Recipes

Welcome to our Food & Recipes page. Here you'll quick and easy recipes, simple kitchen tips, and food crafts and activities for kids. Check out a few of our most popular posts here, or scroll down for the most recent projects.

Banana bread is a comfort food. Sweet, dense, and full of bright flavor, the bread has a way of cheering people up and turning a bad day around. The scent of the baking bread infusing a home calms tempers and eases woes. Problems are solved over the kitchen table, one buttered slice at a time. […]

Whether sandwiched between chocolate and graham crackers or eaten plain, toasted marshmallows have become a part of the culture of summer. Gathered around a campfire, a few sticks and a bag of marshmallows can complete a enjoyable evening between friends and family. After years of moderating debates between friends who like their marshmallows flaming and […]

Whether you call them energy bites, cookie dough balls, or no-bake cookies, these little tasty morsels take just a few basic ingredients and turn them into a quick and easy sweet treat. We make many variations of dough balls, but this recipe is the simplest and favorite around here. Unlike regular cookie dough, the base […]

What is it about warm weather that makes me feel like a sandwich? Especially a light and healthy looking one like this eggplant and avocado combo from Food Fanatic I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight. Looks yum, right? I think I’ll have to give it a try! More Sandwich Ideas Below: Open […]

With summer in full swing and barbecue weather upon us, my grill has been getting quite the workout. Even so, the ultimate barbecuing holiday is only a week away, and I can already smell the scent of burgers and corn on the cob wafting through the neighborhood. Though I have yet to start planning the […]

Tomorrow’s Summer Solstice! That means the longest day of the year is finally here. How fitting that this month’s challenge can be a month, week, or even a day in length (might I suggest  starting tomorrow – what with all the extra time we’ll have to fill up, and all – wink, wink. ) It’s […]

Rhubarb is one of those vegetables that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Drowned out by other flavors in desserts, such as strawberries and cream cheese, rhubarb rarely gets the opportunity to shine on its own. When I first encountered rhubarb a few years ago, I made a simple jam so I could discover exactly […]

I’m not one to trade flavor for low-fat, but with this curried chicken salad from Cookin’ Canuck I found at the Make and Takes Spotlight, I don’t think I have to. Can’t wait to give it a go! More Yum Fun In The Kitchen Below: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie-Kid Friendly! Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetable […]

Swing into salad season with this yummy chicken, black bean, radish and avocado salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen I found over at the M&T Spotlight. Add in some lime and cilantro and it sounds pretty much like a bite of yummy heaven! More salad inspiration found here: Cold rice noodle salad with creamy tahini dressing Healthy […]

I love a good food blog, don’t you? They are not only fun to look at, all those drooling delicious pictures, there are really good must-try recipes! I recently went to an event with Dole Salads and met a few fabulous foodies. I’m head over heels for their amazing blogs. You must follow them too. And […]

Sunday brunch is a well honored tradition in my household. Among the rotation of pancakes and hash browns is an often requested spread consisting of waffles and fruit with a side of sausage. When brunch rolled around this week, I began cooking up our favored meal. After the sausage was cooked and the waffle iron […]

Do your kids love dipping? Mine sure do! From our standard veggies with ranch to a more decadent chocolate fondue dessert, my girls are always game for a snack with a dip. Here is a tasty and simple chocolate yogurt dip that kids can whip up on their own – and it’s healthy enough to […]

I’m thrilled to welcome a new member to the Make and Takes team. Say hello to Kristin of the Pastry Affair. She’ll be here once a month sharing amazingly delicious recipes!! With Mother’s Day around the corner, I’ve been spending time in the kitchen testing out recipes to surprise my mother with on her special […]

Summer is on it’s way. Can you feel it? Even here in Seattle we are seeing some sun. So I say it’s time to plan a backyard party, maybe even potluck style. If that’s the case with you, I’ve got a super simple summer pasta salad perfect for a crowd. All it takes is a little […]

Summer is a-comin’, and you know what that means? I’m always on a big push to eat healthier and get this body into summer swimsuit shape! I’m actually hosting a “biggest loser contest” with my family – siblings, cousins, etc. So I’m on the road to kick it up a notch -  I’ve got to win […]

I’ve been adding to my meat-free recipe collection and can’t wait to try this Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie from Food Fanatic I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight. Comfort food never looked so good! More tasty vegetarian recipes below: Stuffed Zucchini Creamed Polenta With White Beans And Spinach Braised Kale With Toasted Bread Crumbs […]

Did you know you can make your own sourdough starter? I guess I always thought it had to be inherited from like 150 year old starts or something crazy like that. Turns out that’s totally not true! Thanks to this sourdough starter guide and tutorial from Food Fanatic I found at the Make and Takes […]

I’ve heard tell of homemade pretzels before and now proof, it can be done! When I spotted this homemade pretzel recipe from Amanda’s Cookin’ at the Make and Take’s Spotlight, I knew it was a sign. I’m off to fire up my oven! Can’t live without your carbs? Check out these links below: Open face […]

My girls love to help prepare meals for the family. From mixing batter to tearing lettuce to scrambling eggs, they are always eager to learn a new skill or master a new recipe. We have a number of kids’ cookbooks, but our favorite by far is the adorable (and delicious) Honest Pretzels by Mollie Katzen. […]

I don’t care much for mayo-based potato salads. While I like a creamy dressing, the mayo feels a bit too heavy to me. So usually I opt for a salad more along the lines of a German potato salad made with an herb vinaigrette. Think of this as a healthified potato salad–but one that doesn’t […]

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