Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

What family doesn't love tacos, and what mom doesn't love a good slow cooker recipe? This recipe is the best of both, and as a bonus, calls for less expensive chicken thighs that can withstand hours of slow cooking without losing their texture. Read More »

Fairy Cakes

Fairy Cakes

I don't know anyone who doesn't adore cupcakes and for kids, calling them Fairy Cakes just makes them all the more desirable. For me, a Fairy Cake would be light in color and bright in flavor, and if it were topped with what looked like little fairies that had alighted there for a rest, that would be perfect. Read More »

Strawberry Rose Shortcake

Strawberry Rose Shortcake

While the petals of this strawberry rose shortcake undoubtedly won't last long, the good news is that you can easily create another. Read More »

Red and Green Bell Pepper Boats

Red and Green Bell Pepper Boats

Flavorful toasted almonds and zesty lemon-pepper contrast nicely with crisp bell pepper pieces in this festive appetizer. Read More »

Taste a Rainbow

Taste a Rainbow

Here's what little leprechauns look forward to on St. Patrick's Day: a magical snack that can add color to the grayest March afternoon. Pot of gold not included. Read More »

Pirates of the Caribbean Mermaid Tail Cookies

Pirates of the Caribbean Mermaid Tail Cookies

These whimsical mermaid tails are a sweet tribute to one of the most alluring and exquisite mythical creatures of the sea. Read More »

Mickey's Chocolate-Dipped Valentine Cookies

Mickey's Chocolate-Dipped Valentine Cookies

It's true Mickey can be forgetful, but on Valentine's Day you won't find this smitten Mouse caught short. Dipped in chocolate, these holiday treats are designed to show his leading lady he's all heart. Read More »

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Who could resist these red velvet cupcakes with luscious cream cheese frosting? Read More »

Piglet's Valentine Cupcakes

Piglet's Valentine Cupcakes

He may be timid by nature, but this squeaky-voiced little pig tries his hardest to be brave hearted. Here's a sweet treat that proves Piglet has pluck -- particularly when it comes to professing affection on Valentine's Day. Read More »

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Last minute is no problem with these. Chocolate-dipped strawberries are pretty, classy and easy to do. Read More »

Yoda's Green Sherbet Sundaes

Yoda's Green Sherbet Sundaes

The force is strong with these adorable Yoda Sherbet Sundaes. Create your own Jedi masterpieces using green sherbet topped with green candy ears and marshmallow eyes. Read More »

Cinderella's Christmas Mice Truffles

Cinderella's Christmas Mice Truffles

While some princesses might be afraid of mice, that's certainly not the case with Cinderella. In fact, she befriends Jaq, the head mouse in Lady Tremaine's chateau, and rescues the unfortunate Gus from a trap. Not to mention, she's driven to the ball by a team of mice transformed into horses. Here's a kid-friendly recipe for a holiday treat that pays tribute to Cinderella's sweet little champions. Read More »

Jack Skellington's Sandy Claws Cookies

Jack Skellington's Sandy Claws Cookies

Being the patron saint of Christmas is no small order. Just ask a certain Pumpkin King (aka Sandy Claws) who once tried the jolly old elf's hat on for size. While Jack is now apt to leave official holiday business to the real Santa, he's still game to take part in a cookie swap or two. Read More »

Farm Stand Apple Pie

Farm Stand Apple Pie

The best apples come from farm stands, and so do the best pies. Mile high and loaded with crumbly topping, this pie will give you that farm fresh flavor, right in your own kitchen. Brought along to a pot luck, or served on your holiday buffet, everyone will want a second slice -- and the recipe. Read More »

Suzie's Sloppy Joes

Suzie's Sloppy Joes

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes Ready In: 6-8 hours Yield: 8 servings Ingredients 3 pounds 95% lean ground beef 1 cup chopped onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/4 cups ketchup 1 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 3 tablespoons prepared mustard 3 tablespoons vinegar 2 teaspoons chili... Read More »

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

Between the pumpkin, hazelnuts, walnuts, and maple, this is a perfect autumn breakfast. Beating the egg whites separately from the yolks makes for fluffier pancakes -- almost like a soufflĂ©. Read More »

Poison Apple Cookies

Poison Apple Cookies

To create the infamous "wishing" apple that puts Snow White to sleep, Queen Grimhilde dunks it in a green potion that briefly reveals a goblin face before turning skin an irresistible shade of shiny red. Covered with sweet green frosting, instead of potion, these Halloween cookies are equally tempting. And you can rest assured they won't send you off to the land of nod! Read More »

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a must-have on everyone's Thanksgiving table. I love this recipe because the custard is soft and smooth and doesn't require the use of canned milk. Read More »

Jack Skellington Cupcakes

Jack Skellington Cupcakes

Much as he wanted it to be, Christmas did not turn out to be Jack Skellington's fortĂ©. Still, with a bow tie that resembles a bat and a pet dog whose nose looks like a glowing Jack-o'-lantern, Jack remains king of Halloween. After all, who else do you know that can remove his own head and put it back on again none the worse for wear? Inspired by this remarkable trick, these cupcakes make a sweet, if nightmarish, Halloween treat. Read More »

Pirate's Skull Cookies

Pirate's Skull Cookies

Destined to sail the seas as undead marauders, the pirates of the Caribbean could no longer experience the simplest pleasures afforded humans. Even the sweet flavor of Halloween treats -- such as these wide-eyed, toothy skulls -- became a treasured memory. Luckily young mortal masqueraders can more than fathom how good they taste. Read More »

Ghoulish Ghost Cakes

Ghoulish Ghost Cakes

You can't serve any old food at a Halloween party. Make sure your table is groaning with some gruesome goodies and toe-curling snacks. A popover pan is ideal for baking these ghost cakes. Read More »

Mickey Mummy Cupcakes

Mickey Mummy Cupcakes

Need a cool and creepy treat to wrap up your Halloween party menu? Here's one that features a special famous guest mummified in sweet marshmallow strips. Read More »

Chicken Fajita Tostadas

Chicken Fajita Tostadas

The kick of fajitas with the crunch of a taco combine in these tostadas. At $1.50 per serving, they're also a tasty bargain. Use pre-made tostada shells and pre-cooked chicken to make prep and clean-up easy. Read More »

Ham'n'Cheese Ranch Roll-Ups

Ham'n'Cheese Ranch Roll-Ups

While everyone else is into wraps these days, I'm back at roll-ups. Wraps are good, don't get me wrong; but for kids they're generally too big and too full. Little hands need something easier to get a grip on, and my kids like plain old roll-up sandwiches. This is their favorite. Read More »

Teatime Table Cake

Teatime Table Cake

Topped with a fondant tablecloth and miniature teacups and saucers, this layer cake really sets the mood for a tea party. Plus the tea set makes a nice bonus gift for the birthday child. If you haven't worked with fondant before, don't let the thought of it intimidate you. This recipe is made with marshmallows, resulting in a consistency that's easy to roll and will hold together well when you drape it over the cake. Read More »

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

There is hardly a more delightfully childish treat than caramel apples. But even adults scramble for the deep, complex flavors of these. Kids love to help dip the apples in the warm caramel, then roll them in their favorite toppings. Try them with nuts, candies, crushed graham crackers, or drizzle them with melted chocolate after they've set. Read More »

Woody's Sheriff Badge Cookies

Woody's Sheriff Badge Cookies

Unlike his destined buddy Buzz, Woody knew from the beginning he was really a toy. Nonetheless, he does as much as any full-fledged sheriff to ensure justice is served. First he turns the tables on Andy's evil neighbor Sid Phillips and goes the extra mile to reunite Buzz with all the other toys. Then he helps free Jessie from the cargo hold of a plane bound for Japan. These sheriff badge cookies make a sweet tribute to the virtuous cowboy who strives to keep law and order in Andy's room. Read More »

Toy Story Alien Bento Box

Toy Story Alien Bento Box

Make an out-of-this-world lunch for your young Space Ranger with Toy Story alien cucumbers as a crisp centerpiece. Read More »

Frozen Raspberry Pie

Frozen Raspberry Pie

This creamy, luscious pie is made by combining a fluffy cooked meringue with a raspberry puree, then pouring the mixture into a chocolate-cookie crust. Read More »

Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Honey Lime Yogurt Dip

Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Honey Lime Yogurt Dip

Grilling fruit brings out the natural juices and caramelizes them ever so slightly. The best fruits are ones with firm flesh such as stone fruits or pineapple. Stay away from melons as they tend to soften too much. Served with a cool dip, it's a great ending for a summer meal. Read More »

Frozen Berries with Hot White Chocolate Sauce

Frozen Berries with Hot White Chocolate Sauce

This is served up in some of the poshest restaurants in London as dessert, but it's dead simple to make at home and oh-so plate lickingly good that I defy the fussiest eater to refuse it! It's best to freeze the berries yourself, as ready-frozen berries tend to go a bit mushy when defrosted. The combination of the frozen berries and hot white chocolate sauce is divine. Read More »

Stack of Scottish Sweet Buns

Stack of Scottish Sweet Buns

Merida's wee triplet brothers, Harris, Hubert, and Hamish are ever willing to step up to the plate for their feisty older sister -- especially if it happens to be topped with a sweet reward. Made with biscuit dough and frosted with maple-flavored glaze, these Scottish buns are a quick and scrumptious treat for kids to help bake. Read More »

Salmon and Rice Salad

Salmon and Rice Salad

This yummy salmon and rice salad is a healthy meal all in one dish -- and it's one of my favorite salads. Read More »

Greek Salad on a Stick

Greek Salad on a Stick

Of course, you could simply combine the ingredients to make a delicious salad -- but what's the fun in that? These make delightfully unusual and wholesome after-school snacks or perfectly cheerful summer appetizers. Feel free to swap in other beloved ingredients such as bell-pepper chunks or pepperoncini. Read More »

Inside-Out Cheeseburgers

Inside-Out Cheeseburgers

Why put the cheese on top of the burger when half of it just melts off--Instead, form the burger around the cheese so you can char the meat and safeguard the more delicate flavors. Use any mixture of hard or semihard cheeses-Emmentaler and Gouda or Asiago and Parmigiano-Reggiano also pair well. Read More »

Potato Mice

Potato Mice

These baked-potato mice are almost too gorgeous to eat! Makes 4 potato mice. Read More »

Salad Kebabs

Salad Kebabs

You can make these kebabs using straws instead of skewers if you like. They are quick to put together and children love eating them. Here are some ideas to try, but feel free to make up your own combinations. Read More »

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

This fragrant dish is a real crowd pleaser and is perfect for both family meals and entertaining. I like to make the filling and stuff the peppers the night before to cut down on prep time during those busy late afternoon hours. You will probably have some of the filling mixture left over, which would be wonderful to use in savory mini-meat pies (empanadas), or to be frozen for another time. Read More »

Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown Butter

Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown Butter

Thinly sliced ribbons of zucchini and nutty brown butter make for a gourmet supper. Make it a meal: Round out the plate with steamed broccoli rabe sprinkled with parmesan. Read More »

Troy's Basketball Cookies

Troy's Basketball Cookies

Suppose you're the captain of the varsity basketball team, like Troy Bolton, and your father is the coach. Or maybe you just happen to have a dad who is a really great sport. Either way, you're going to want to come up with a Father's Day surprise that's guaranteed to score -- and these jumbo basketball cookies are a slam dunk. Read More »

Tramp's Sweet Dog Bones

Tramp's Sweet Dog Bones

These bone-shaped cookies, inspired by the Tramp's favorite breakfast, make a sweet Father's Day treat for the top dog in your family. Read More »

Margarita Chicken

Margarita Chicken

This fresh and light dish, flavored with limes, chile and a splash of tequila, is perfect for summer entertaining. Read More »

Grilled Chicken With Tomato and Cucumbers

Grilled Chicken With Tomato and Cucumbers

I'm growing a nice crop of tomatoes and cucumbers and I love combining them in a fresh and bright salsa. This is perfect over grilled chicken and uses up our garden bounty in a most delicious way. Hands-On Time: 15 minutes Ready In: 30 minutes Yield: Serves 4 Ingredients 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts  oil as needed 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped,... Read More »

Peanut Butter Bears

Peanut Butter Bears

Great for a Teddy Bear's picnic, tea time treat, or birthday party. Read More »

Mr. Incredible Cupcakes

Mr. Incredible Cupcakes

Even after being relegated to a desk job, Mr. Incredible continues to battle evil in his spare time. This treat, inspired by the logo on the popular Super's crime-fighting suit, makes a fitting tribute to an equally deserving hero on Father's Day. Read More »

Father's Day Bee-bee-cue Sauce

Father's Day Bee-bee-cue Sauce

Take it from Pooh Bear, everything tastes better with a little bit of honey -- and the proof is in the sauce! Sweet-and-tangy, and quick to prepare (it only takes 15 minutes or so), this recipe is perfect for dressing up grilled chicken, ribs, or burgers at your Father's Day cookout. For a special surprise, ladle the sauce into a jar and let your kids add a hand-printed label before presenting it to Dad. Read More »

Homemade Fancy Crackers

Homemade Fancy Crackers

How hard -- I wondered to myself -- could it be to make crackers yourself? Not very hard is the answer. Not very hard at all. They're quick to roll out and bake, they cost next to nothing, they're infinitely customizable, and they're as wholesome as the flour you use to make them. So now I make them all the time. Especially because the kids favor cheese and crackers or crackers and dip for their school lunches. On Sunday, I make some crackers and buy a nice piece of brie, and then we're basically set for the week: a piece of cheese, a handful of crackers, a knife, a napkin, an apple, and a cookie. Lunch. Read More »

Mighty Mac and Cheese

Mighty Mac and Cheese

I know lots of fussy children who only ever want to eat plain pasta with grated cheese. Maybe with a little gentle persuasion they may be enticed to try this tasty macaroni and cheese. You can make this with or without the ham and tomato -- it's a really delicious cheese sauce. Pasta provides a good source of complex carbohydrates,... Read More »

Puffed Apple Pancake

Puffed Apple Pancake

This pancake, a fancy cousin of the puffy Dutch baby, is filled with cinnamon spiced apples and baked in the oven. More custard than cake, this breakfast is sure to warm the belly and is perfect with a side of bacon or sausage. Read More »

Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad

Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad

Nutty and slightly sweet sherry vinegar is a natural partner for strawberries. This composed salad makes a cool kickoff for dinner or a nutrition-packed lunch on its own. Read More »

Strawberry Rosebuds

Strawberry Rosebuds

No doubt these gracious fairies would be willing to work their magic for another important occasion -- helping the princess transform the berries they asked her pick into delicious candy-coated rosebuds to present to the queen on Mother's Day. Read More »

Triple Chocolate Meringue Fudgies

Triple Chocolate Meringue Fudgies

If you've been searching for a rich, chewy, dark, decadent chocolate cookie that's like a cross between a brownie and a black hole, look no further. Based on a Bon Appetit recipe, and made with melted chocolate, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder, these are profound. Hide them from the children, and don't say we didn't warn you. Read More »

Animal's Punk Pink Pasta

Animal's Punk Pink Pasta

Beets are the secret to this tasty dish -- they give the pasta a subtly sweet and nutty flavor and an electric pink color. This dish is perfect for getting picky kids to eat their veggies, and Animal is sure to approve! Read More »

Lunchbox Apple Pies

Lunchbox Apple Pies

Everybody loves apple pie, but it's not so easy to pack for a lunch. These little handheld pies are the perfect dessert for a totable meal. Read More »

Rabbit's Easter Cupcakes

Rabbit's Easter Cupcakes

As an avid gardener, Rabbit was forever working hard to protect the vegetables he raised from the bugs and crows. And though few things made him grumpier than when someone tried to steal his carrots, he could never be accused of refusing to share his lunch -- even with an uninvited guest. Topped with miniature candy carrots, these holiday cupcakes make the perfect treat for Rabbit to serve a silly old bear, or any other resident of the Hundred Acre Wood, that might happen to stop by at lunchtime on Easter day. Even Winnie the Pooh is bound to find them as tempting -- well, almost as tempting -- as honey. Read More »

Citrus Salad

Citrus Salad

This colorful "salad" is perfect on weekend mornings. The fresh, bright flavors of the oranges and grapefruit awaken the senses and put everyone in a festive mood. Perhaps the best part about this dish, is that all it requires of me in the morning, is taking it out of the fridge. Read More »

Chocolate Easter Egg Nests

Chocolate Easter Egg Nests

Shredded Wheat or Rice Krispies and melted chocolate make perfect nests for candy coated Easter Eggs and they are quick and easy to make. Read More »

Easy Tiramisu

Easy Tiramisu

While this traditional dessert is usually made with mascarpone cheese, cream cheese will do fine and is cheaper and easier to find. This is single-layer-quick for those times you want the flavors of tiramisu, but don't have the time for a larger dessert. Hands-On Time: 15 minutes Ready In: 2 1/4 hours Yield: 6 servings Ingredients 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate-grated... Read More »

Easter Cupcake Animals

Easter Cupcake Animals

These adorable cupcakes are perfect treats for an Easter Egg Hunt party, or a special treat in your child's Easter basket. Use cake mixes and canned frosting to help speed the prep. Read More »

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Rice and pasta dishes tend to be popular with fussy children, so it's a good idea to combine these with nutritious ingredients. Butternut squash is very rich in vitamin A, which is important for healthy skin, eyesight and fighting infection. Read More »

Strawberry Mousse

Strawberry Mousse

Strawberry season is a favorite here and I try and get as many of the ruby beauties in as I can before the bushes are empty. This mousse is quick to fix and creamy delicious, making it a most-requested dessert by friends and family alike. Read More »

A Better Cinnamon Roll

A Better Cinnamon Roll

We've figured out a way to add a little more nutrition into a classic pastry without sacrificing its kid appeal. Our cinnamon roll recipe also helps young bakers acquire a taste for the heartiness of whole wheat by letting them include as much of the flour as they like, one cup or two, or somewhere in between. Read More »

"Sweet as Pie!" Cupcakes

These cute cherry pies have a secret: they're cupcakes in disguise. Read More »

Homemade Fruit Rolls

Homemade Fruit Rolls

Fruit rolls are a big 'kid favorite' and very easy to pop into lunches or backpacks for kids on the go. These rolls are 100% fruit with no sugar or artificial anything added. They're also cheaper than their boxed counterparts, coming in at just 17 cents each. Read More »

Fairy Cakes

Fairy Cakes

I don't know anyone who doesn't adore cupcakes and for kids, calling them Fairy Cakes just makes them all the more desirable. For me, a Fairy Cake would be light in color and bright in flavor, and if it were topped with what looked like little fairies that had alighted there for a rest, that would be perfect. Read More »

Pasta with Hidden Vegetables

Pasta with Hidden Vegetables

This is a great way to get children to eat vegetables because they are blended into the sauce to make them invisible, and what they can't see, they can't pick out. For a creamier version, you can stir in a little mascarpone (an Italian cream cheese). Read More »

Fozzie Bear Cake Pops

Fozzie Bear Cake Pops

So delicious they're unbearable... Get it?! These Fozzie cake pops are no joke! Hoo boy, tough crowd. Read More »

20-Minute Chicken Chili

20-Minute Chicken Chili

This quick, lean chili is a delicious part of any Game Plan. Read More »

Bite-Size Cake Doughnuts

Bite-Size Cake Doughnuts

These sweet treats will cause a race to the couch - to eat them! Read More »

Sherbert Fruit Pops

Sherbert Fruit Pops

Keep cool and blog away with these delicious sherbert treats. Read More »

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

This delicious Asian noodle soup goes great with Turtle Power! Read More »

Sublime Mac and Cheese

Sublime Mac and Cheese

Mousehunt's maddening mouse would probably love this cheesy treat... Read More »

Rainbow Birthday Cake

Rainbow Birthday Cake

If you've got a special birthday coming up, try this rainbow-licious cake! Read More »

Flicka Cake

Flicka Cake

Celebrate Flicka with this sweet horse-shaped cake. Read More »

Multicoloured Meringues

Multicoloured Meringues

These sweet, festive treats are multicoloured fun! Read More »

Easy Cheesy Bread Rolls

Easy Cheesy Bread Rolls

Try this step-by-step cheese bread recipe, just for kids! Read More »

Bake a March Lion and a Lamb

Bake a March Lion and a Lamb

Get excited for the animals of Earth with this March-themed baking project. Read More »

Kids' Do-It-Yourself Ice Cream Bar

Kids' Do-It-Yourself Ice Cream Bar

It won't rain gumballs, but some sprinkles might fall on your family sundae. Sweet! Read More »

Easy Pita Pizzas

Easy Pita Pizzas

Top 'em with whatever you like, but we have some delicious suggestions. Read More »

Crispy Rice Pops

Crispy Rice Pops

Forget crispy squares, your kids will love fun-to-eat crispy rice pops! Read More »

Curly Hotdog Snakes

Curly Hotdog Snakes

A creative way to make munching on hot dogs even more fun. Read More »

Peppermint Ice Cream

Peppermint Ice Cream

Celebrate Boxing Day and put your candy canes to good use! Read More »

Kris Kringle Cookies

Kris Kringle Cookies

Santa's coming early this year - in cookie form! Read More »

Santa Hat Sugar Cookies

Santa Hat Sugar Cookies

In honour of the holiday season, try this sweet Santa capper this Sunday! Read More »

Toy Story Green Alien Cupcakes

Toy Story Green Alien Cupcakes

The Aliens are coming! And they're delicious! Sweet Toy Story treats for movie night. Read More »

Mini Muffin Pizzas

Mini Muffin Pizzas

What are little, round, and prepared just the way you like them? Home-made Mini Muffin Pizzas, of course! Read More »

Monstrous Potato Pancakes

Monstrous Potato Pancakes

These tasty potato treats are the perfect snack for monsters and kids alike. They'll knock you flat! Read More »

Biscotti

Biscotti

These traditional Italian almond biscuits are not just for the cafe anymore. Read More »

Banana Honey Bread

Banana Honey Bread

A touch of honey makes for a sweet twist on this delicious classic. Read More »

Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins

Taste the maple syrup! It's a perfect combination in these moist, chewy muffins. Read More »