Celebrate the season with these delicious holiday meal ideas.
Start your party off right with these elegant, easy-to-assemble little snacks. A little bit of fruit, a little bit of cheese, a little bit of bread and a little bit of green add up to a lot of flavor!
Up the ante on the appetizer course by serving these slow-cooked cranberry sauce meatballs on cocktail picks along with nutty Parmesan and fragrant fresh basil. Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make your own by simmering sugar, water and cranberries. Add a small amount of hoisin sauce and voila – deliciousness!
Miniature phyllo cups make it easy to create a delicious appetizer without a ton of work! Fill them with traditional Italian salad ingredients to make savory bite size snacks you can serve before dinner or as part of an appetizer-only spread.
Put refrigerated dough to work for you as you easily roll, fill and twist your way to savory yumminess. Garlic-parsley butter adds loads of flavor to each bite.
Breakfast is sweet when you layer up this fragrant and flavorful dish that’s both rustic and elegant. Using cinnamon bread is a bit of a cheat, as you get the flavor of cinnamon without having to add another ingredient to the mix. The warm maple-sage syrup brings it all to a whole new level.
Whether you buy premade or whip up a batch of your own, using cinnamon rolls as the base of a bread pudding provides it with great structure and flavor. Bacon, cranberries and pecans add their own great tastes and result in an easy-to-make crowd favorite.
Beef stroganoff has long been a favorite entrée when the weather starts to turn chilly. This version takes things up a notch by adding ultra-rich cream and a garnish of fresh parsley. Cooking the beef and sauce in a slow cooker makes it ultra-easy to prepare. Pairs well with syrah and hefeweizen.
Cheesy potatoes have long been a favorite on holiday tables, and this slow-cooker recipe makes them especially easy to make. Layering baby reds with salty bacon, spicy jalapeño, green onions and parsley, then topping it off with rich sour cream makes for an amazing side dish!
Look for shaved Brussels sprouts packaged in plastic bags in the Produce section. Not having to trim and slice the Brussels sprouts yourself will save tons of time. Use this time to toss together the rest of the ingredients and enjoy the flavors and colors of this bright and beautiful veggie salad!
Good nutrition and great flavors combine in this grain salad. A quick simmer brings together a super-easy DIY cranberry sauce, which becomes the foundation of the sweet and tangy dressing, used to coat velvety spinach leaves and crunchy cauliflower florets.
The next time you’re considering a trip to the coffee shop, try making your latte at home with this simple and spectacular peppermint latte recipe! Using just a few ingredients, you can satisfy your coffee cravings in minutes.
This simple main dish showcases the appeal of roasted chicken: with very little effort, you can turn out an amazing meal. Stuff the chicken with a few fragrant basics and roast it in a hot cast iron skillet for phenomenal results. Pairs well with chardonnay and lager.
If you’re looking for an indulgent main dish, you’ve found it! By layering beef tenderloin with garlic, herbs and pancetta, then rubbing it with olive oil, it bastes itself as it roasts. The result is a tender and flavorful cut of meat. The crispy pancetta on top is a delicious bonus! Pairs well with cabernet and porter.
Created by: Heidi, Foodie Crush
The key to getting these sprouts crispy is to let them cook undisturbed in the heavy-bottomed cast iron skillet cut side down so the caramelization process can begin. All vegetables become sweeter with that continued exposure to higher heat, releasing the sugars within.
A favorite frozen cocktail, reinvented as a no-bake pie! Refreshingly minty, chocolate-y, smooth and creamy — what more could you could ask for from dessert?
Winter nights may be long, but you can cap your holiday meal with a sweet hint of sunshine! Your family and guests will love these no-slice, individual citrus cheesecakes, featuring tangy hints of lemon, lime and orange.
These cake pops boast the fantastically fragrant flavor of gingerbread and tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting, and they look like jingle bells!
We are invited to a multitude of events this time of year. Traditional activities can be comforting, but they need a twist to prevent them from being too repetitive.
What’s more comforting than a mug of hot cocoa in cold weather? Often, choosing gifts for grownups is a challenge. What do they really want? More stuff is likely not the answer. Gift them something personalized, unique and consumable. Make a hot cocoa kit—with a twist.
Hot cocoa brings us joy and comfort, and antioxidant-rich dark cocoa may yield health benefits, too. When guests come to your home, treat them to a grand make-your-own hot cocoa bar! Don’t worry: it’ll look fancy, but it’s simple to set up.
When guests sit down at your table, let them know how glad you are that you’re sharing the holiday with them, with personalized mini wreaths at their place settings. Make the wreaths out of things you probably already have at home.
Many people enjoy lush, green holiday wreaths. The fragrance and familiarity are classic comforts of the season. This year, update the tradition. Instead of hanging a wreath on a door or wall, use it to make a botanical chandelier! Use different-sized wreaths to make tiers. Hang them over a dining table or over your front stoop.
Things can get crowded when you have the whole family over for dinner. How do you manage to fit everything on the table? Is there enough room for decorations, or do they start to feel like they’re in the way?
Hand wash or dry clean? Machine dry or hang? Here are some pro tips for keeping your winter wear fresh and looking like new.
Helping kids to make gifts for their friends, teachers, or siblings is a lot of fun! Here’s an easy craft idea that uses around-the-house materials and creates minimal mess: turn a plain white pillar candle into a cute snowman!
Decorating always puts us in the holiday spirit, and adding a festive flair with something homemade makes the season feel even more personal.
The topiary shape gives this whimsical tree a modern twist! One tree makes for a festive standalone decoration, but you can make a more striking display by grouping trees of various sizes in twos or threes, flanking them around a front entrance or lining them up along a walkway.
These minimalist paper ornaments are playful enough to hang in your children’s bedrooms and pretty enough to hang in your front window.
Everyone loves receiving personalized, homemade greeting cards. You and your children can make festive, broadsheet-style Hanukkah cards with just a few simple items that you probably already have around the house!
This is a relatively easy version of gumbo, but it certainly won’t disappoint. Serve it with warm, crusty French bread and plenty of butter.
Corn bread can be made with a variety of additions, such as pecans, corn kernels, diced red bell pepper, sliced green onions, bacon, or shredded Cheddar cheese.
For grilling catfish, you need a nice thick piece of fish. It is important to put a piece of aluminum foil under the fish to keep it together.
Greens have long been a favorite in Southern kitchens, and collard greens are wonderful. Serve this dish with plenty of Tabasco sauce at the table.
Red beans and rice is a New Orleans specialty. This combination makes an inexpensive and satisfying dinner.
Injera is not only used as a utensil. Savory, spicy Ethiopian stews are served on top of the bread too. It catches the juices and gravies, producing a fantastic end-of-the-meal treat.
Moussaka is a classic Greek dish usually made with layers of eggplant, potatoes and meat. Here we are skipping the meat and adding nutrient-dense autumn vegetables.
When apples are in season this is a great way to celebrate them and let them be the star. Serve warm with a dollop of Vegan ‘Ice Cream’ or a drizzle of coconut cream.
These delectable truffles are so rich and satisfying that no one would ever guess that they are vegan.
This old fashioned dessert is mixed as one batter but separates into a sponge cake on top with a luscious pudding on the bottom, filled with blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.
A classically elegant dessert needs few ingredients to enhance the natural flavor of the fruit…a pear-fect dish!
When beets appear with lush green tops, make the most of them and add them to your cooking rather than tossing them out. They add a boost of nutrients, color and texture to this hearty salad.
This fizzy cocktail is kid-friendly yet sparkly enough to raise a glass to toast all you are thankful for.
Those mini pumpkins and gourds are oh so cute. In addition to putting them on display, put them to work—as stamps!
How to personalize your Thanksgiving table this year? Bring the kids in to help! Adding a child’s creative touch to an otherwise sophisticated scene can really soften the tone of a room and introduce more character.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a very busy time of year. When it’s finally time to sit down to a meal many hands have prepped for hours, grown-ups want to do just that: sit.
Customizing home décor doesn’t have to be complicated. If you team up with your kids, it can be a fun afternoon activity as well as a way for them to contribute to the Thanksgiving meal. We’re going to stamp a runner onto a tablecloth.
There’s no need to break the bank for one day of celebrating. Your family and friends will be glad to see you and that’s what matters most. Before you make your shopping list, consider these tricks that will save you a few bucks here and there.
Turn pickup sticks from a chore to a game, and make a three-dimensional tree to celebrate the season and reflect on all there is to be grateful for this time of year.
Serve these pre-portioned traditional stuffing muffins that everyone will enjoy for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Spice up your Thanksgiving stuffing with this recipe! Cranberries and apples stuff even more flavor into every bite.
Everyone will be wanting seconds this Thanksgiving, when you bring this orange-infused sweet potato casserole with a gooey maple-pecan layer!
These warm and tasty spinach dippers will have all your guests wanting more. The flavorful spinach dip goes perfectly with the flaky crust.
These meatballs are quick to put together, and the sweet taste of cranberry sauce mixed with barbecue sauce will have you wanting more.
Switch up your basic deviled egg recipe with this better-for-you version with a hint of fall mixed in.
If you have lots of leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner, this recipe is a great way to combine them to create a delicious meal.
Good things come in small packages. Give a mini twist to some of your favorite holiday appetizers, sides and desserts to surprise and delight friends and family. These recipe ideas will add a little fun to your festive Thanksgiving menu!
Teamwork makes Thanksgiving work. Embrace the festivities as family and friends time and plan ahead so everyone can pitch in. Simple ideas like exploring how to say “thanks” in different languages and a special Thanksgiving soundtrack can add lively new dimensions to your holiday celebration.
Thanksgiving revolves around food (see Tip #1) and these simple suggestions will help you pull together your holiday feast faster and easier than ever. Increase your storage space and speed up the chores with these handy tips!
Change up your Thanksgiving color scheme from the usual brown, burgundy and orange. Try the chic rustic style – also called modern farmhouse.
Win the winter storage game with these recycling/upcycling tips for keeping cold weather gear ready to go outside. And for dealing with it when it arrives, wet and dripping, back inside.
When you want to create autumn magic, there’s no need to keep a saucepan of cinnamon boiling on the stove, or logs burning in the fireplace. Put your slow cooker to work for wonderful fall fragrances. Cheer yourself up on a frosty day, or welcome guests with the scents of the season.
This bite-sized version of a Thanksgiving classic is perfect for a fun and casual friendsgiving celebration.
Starting with raw shrimp only takes a little extra time, but allows you to add lots of extra flavor!
Precooked chicken and frozen veggies are easy shortcuts that let you make a tasty homemade crust without too much time in the kitchen.
When planning your first Friendsgiving you want everything to be just perfect. Right? Well, the first rule is don’t worry so much!
Hosting a potluck Thanksgiving makes you the official menu manager, meaning it’s up to you to ensure that all the major food items and accompanying sides make it to the dinner table.
Add some drama to your autumnal tablescape with these glittered-stem mini pumpkin (or gourd) place cards! Pick pumpkins or gourds in colors that coordinate with the rest of your day’s decorations.
The same mini pumpkins and gourds we use in our Glittered Mini Pumpkin Place Card designs can also be used to create a festive Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Whether you’re waiting for dinner to finish cooking or trying to get moving after eating, having an activity like the Cranberry Relay at the ready will ensure your guests are entertained.
Turn an everyday notebook into a keepsake for remembering to be grateful long after Thanksgiving. Your guests will remember your thoughtfulness long after the tryptophan has worn off.
For a rustic, elegant tablescape, use baker’s twine to tie a simple cardstock tag to tiny bundles of 3”-4” twigs.
Everyone deserves to make a wish on Thanksgiving! While the bird may only have one wishbone to break, all can share in the wish-making fun with these easy-to-prepare clay wishbones that will add a festive flair to your holiday tabletop.
Slimy goo oozing down the side of your glass makes this fruity drink perfect for any spooky Halloween gathering.
Simply adorable…vanilla candy coating tops peanut shaped peanut butter sandwich cookies, with a few drops of black frosting for the eyes and mouth! Spooky, tasty, fun!
Cored apples filled and baked until soft, then stuffed with a gummy worm half sticking out! Serve it slightly warm and the gummy worm just might move on you!
Adorably spooky, these little ghost cakes made from white cake mix and topped with a marshmallow frosting and mini chocolate chip eyes are a fun Halloween activity for kids of all ages!
Chocolate candy bars with almonds make an easy topping for these thin but decadent (and SO easy to make) squares. Leftover candy never had it so good!
Try this mulled version of cranberry juice and cider, with the addition of cranberries and a splash of rum. Warming and welcome!
This easy to make double chocolate oatmeal cookie with a special crunch from crisp rice cereal will become a favorite any time of year.
This quick and easy dinner option for Trick or Treat night satisfies – kids love the familiar flavors, and the tangy, spicy sauces capture any adult’s attention.
Four ingredients equals tasty fun; have the kids join in to stir and make these easy crisp rice cereal treats perfect for snacking.
All parents can understand the uncertainty when it comes to what happens with the candy their kids bring home Halloween eve. From hoarding to gobbling, there are several ways your kids will put their Halloween bounty to use.
Christmas cookies may get all the attention, but you can up the cookie ante for Halloween with these creative store-bought cookie dough hacks.
Make your snack-size candy more than Halloween trick-or-treats by trying any of the following with Kit Kat’s new limited-edition pumpkin pie flavor.
These easy to prepare pinwheels have a nice combination of flavors and colors that everyone will simply love.
By: Lauren Brennan, Lauren's Latest
The only thing better than nachos are Loaded Carnitas Nachos! With a few helpful tricks, you can have this amazing, homemade appetizer on your table in minutes!
Homework is part of daily life during the school year. If you make it as pleasant as possible, you can help improve your child’s attitude about schoolwork. This is where the homework caddy comes in.
Sending lunch to school in a multi-segment box container means no more ho-hum lunches and no lunchtime rut for your student. Keep it healthy and fun with any of these combos:
Once school starts, those lazy summer mornings are history. To ensure that weekday mornings run smoothly, it’s best to have a plan. Here’s a list to get your kids out the door with everything they need for a great school day. Once they’re on board, you’ll be rewarded with a moment to catch your breath as well.
Kids are often hungry when they walk through the door after a long day at school. With varied lunchtimes, children are usually ready to fuel up once they get home. Lets’ make it easy for them to enjoy good-for-you snacks by creating an After-School Snack Station.
By: Margaret Chapman, The Plant Philosophy
Back-to-school lunches are here! I’m so excited to be sharing content geared towards vegan kiddos, however adults can have a little fun and make these for themselves too. Really this is perfect for all ages because you can modify each as needed. A little meal prep never hurt anyone.
Pineapple, mandarin oranges and avocado will make this the best sweet and sour slaw you’ve ever tasted!
This sweet and tangy balsamic glaze gives this salad a hit combination and will become an amazing summer salad for your party!
Throw a summer season party for friends and family and have whole array of toppings so everybody can enjoy this taco feast!
These grilled stuffed peppers are hearty enough for a vegetarian dish, or served as a side. Easy and delicious!
Grilling salmon inside foil makes it incredibly flavorful, juicy and flaky. You are going to love this recipe!
Staying hydrated is always key, especially when summertime heats up. If you’re physically active, you have even more reason to drink lots and lots of water. But let’s be honest: Water, though refreshing, can also be boring. Yet the more appealing juices, sodas, energy drinks and teas can be frighteningly high in sugar. A better bet is to infuse your own fruit-flavored water.
Outdoor parties are practically essential come summertime and if these get-togethers slide into evening hours, you can easily keep the lights on with any of these lighting hacks.
Should you be looking for a little “wow” to brighten your summertime table, this pineapple vase is it! Not only is it fun and seasonal, it’s also waste-free as you’ll be using the edible fruit, too. To create this one-of-a-kind centerpiece, you need only an attractive, healthy pineapple, sharp knife and large spoon.
Moist, flavorful meaty ribs are a summer classic. Choose your favorite level of doneness - fall-off-the bone tender or with a little bit of chew.
Moist delicious red velvet cake is a classic. We've taken it to the next level by topping the cake with beautiful fresh fruit.
All of the flavors of the classic Italian caprese salad are combined in this easy picnic pasta salad. Fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella balls combine with Italian dressing for a winning flavor combo.
Sweet-tart juicy Mango Salsa is a hit at any summer picnic. Serve it with chips, or spoon it over grilled chicken or on grilled burgers.
Watermelon heated on the grill takes on a whole new flavor and texture. The sweet smoky flavor is enhanced by the salty feta cheese and bacon.
Limeade adds an extra sweet-tart flavor to the fresh fruits of summer and gives the fruits a glossy shine.
Andouille sausage adds a smoky, slightly spicy flavor to thick and hearty baked beans. Baking time helps concentrate all of the robust flavors.
Created by: Margaret Chapman, The Plant Philosophy
Celebrate with this festive Vegan treat!
This tart can easily be made square, rectangular or round. And feel free to switch up the fruit to use whatever is fresh and in season.
Summer isn’t summer without s’mores. Whether you’re looking for specific instructions on how to build your favorite campfire treat or a more relaxed mix-and-match approach, your s’more options are many!
Wherever you’re travelling this 4th of July, we have you covered with our regional hot dog and topping suggestions.
Bring red, white and blue outdoors with patriotic and festive centerpieces. These DIY projects are as easy as gathering a stack of inexpensive red, white and blue bandanas (dollar and discount stores are great places to look) and assembling as desired. Wrinkle-free bandanas look best on the table, so you’ll want to iron any that look less than perfect.
Use this sugar and spice rub that caramelizes on the grill and creates a crackling, burnt sugar char and juicy, rare center.
Load these tacos with spice rubbed steak slices and lots of toppings for a satisfyingly salty crunch and soft taco. If serving guests, have them join in the fun by prepping and getting all the toppings ready for indulging.
Spicy and full of flavor, these burgers are sure to please everyone with their varied toppings. Pass additional hot pepper sauce for those who want an extra kick!
Warm beans add depth and are satisfyingly filling – a uniquely delicious addition to your summer appetizer selection.
Why limit that fabulous combo of rum, pineapple and coconut to a glass? Piña colada ingredients make a dynamite marinade for shrimp destined for the grill.
Try this modern take on a classic Bloody Mary, using your favorite craft beer and spicing things up!
A quenching froth of fresh peach puree combined with dry pink champagne, which gives those less than perfect peaches a sunset colored cocktail.
Warm cornbread shot through with blueberries create a contemporary sidekick for grilled foods and picnic entrees.
This salad is a variation on the bread salads of Italy and the Middle East. The high proportion of vinegar and lemon juice in the dressing softens the bread perfectly.
Don’t panic! Making your own pizza dough and sauce is easy…and both can be made ahead of time! so that when it’s grill time, you are cool, calm and collected and ready for all the compliments!
Breakfast on the grill? Why not! Easily enjoy frozen waffles grilled and topped with fruit and maple syrup…what a way to start the day!
Created by: Liz DellaCroce, The Lemon Bowl
A fresh and tasty grilled fruit recipe, the pineapple caramelizes as it cooks to create the ultimate fruity salsa recipe for summer.
Treat your guests to a fun sangria bar. We typically think of sangria as being red or pink, but this bar will celebrate summer with cheerful orange and yellow accents. We’ll use white wine as a base and offer many different choices so guests can mix up their own unique concoctions—from strong to sweet and everything in between.
Our skin has been craving the bright, warm comfort of sunshine and the gentle breezes of summer. We may be anxious to wear our tanks, shorts, dresses and swim suits, but it’s important to take good care of that exposed skin throughout the season. Sunscreen, bug repellant and aloe vera are three summertime essentials you should never leave the house without.
Build a delicious burger with eggs, lean beef, cheese and mayonnaise on a bun and there you have it: Brunch!
Dark beer brings a bold taste to grilled steak. Make homemade steak sauce from the reserved marinade!
Slow cooking doesn’t have to take all day. When cooking on high, chicken breasts cook rather quickly. Just check for doneness with a meat thermometer.
Steakhouse-style potato wedges are easy to fix on the grill, and the flavors of Parmesan and ranch are crowd-pleasing favorites.
A classic summer dessert gets a new flavor combination with butterscotch and rum. Everyone in the family can enjoy this ice cream treat by substituting rum extract for the rum.
Sunday, June 18 is Father’s Day! The kids are out of school, summer has begun and it’s the season for fun. What’s your dad’s or husband’s favorite warm-weather activity? This year consider planning a gift package around something you already know he enjoys. It will give the season a fresh spin and let him know you’re interested in spending time together.
Here’s a simple and beautiful DIY gift idea for you that is great for spring occasions such as Teacher Appreciation Day or Admin Appreciation Day, as well as Mother’s Day. Or just to brighten the day of a sick friend or someone going through a hard time.
Pizza for breakfast is always a good idea, especially when it is full of morning favorites – eggs, sausage and cheese.
This easy breakfast skillet comes together in no time. Swap out the sausage links with cooked chorizo and add a few more nacho toppings, like pinto beans, green onion and jalapeño, for a loaded breakfast skillet.
Impress mom with a fancy breakfast croissant. Add fresh fruit and some yogurt for a perfect start to the day.
All the great flavors of a banana split are featured in this stunning cake. Starting with a cake mix and instant pudding mix make this recipe simple!
Created by: Six Sisters' Stuff
Mother's day is just around the corner - and it's never too early to start thinking of what you want to do for your mom! I decided to have my own brunch with just my little family - and whipped up these super easy croissant breakfast sandwiches.
Chopped salads make an easy do-ahead recipe that can be tossed together just before serving. This one gets its personality from fruits and nuts.
Treat mom to a lavish morning wake-up call of crepes and mimosas before surprising her with an entire agenda of special treatment.
Flowers for mom are a classic “I Love You” statement on Mother’s Day. While dandelions and daisies from the yard are sweet day-to-day tokens of affection, for mom’s special day create something a little more elaborate. It can be a fun activity for kids and co-parents to do together.
Serve crusty Italian or French bread with these fresh tasting packets to soak up all of the yummy juices.
Using little coblets of corn is a fun way to present these easy dinner packets for the grill. If you prefer, you can substitute 2 cups of fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels for the corn on the cob.
Pork tenderloin is perfect for grilling because it stays tender and juicy. The sweet and slightly spicy rub blends nicely with the sweet pineapple.
These juicy burgers are full of family favorite flavors - Italian seasoning, cheese and pizza sauce.
Brining keeps these thick pork chops juicy during the long smoking process. The dry rub adds great color and flavor.
Grilling adds a smoky note to the greens in this knife-and-fork salad, and brings out some of the natural sweetness. It blends well with the sweetness of the berries and vinaigrette.
These delicious mini skewers are great for a light dessert after a big meal. Omit the caramel sauce and they would also be a delicious appetizer or side dish.
It’s finally time to move the cooking outside! Find your favorite apron, make sure you have all the tools you need, and start compiling new recipes. Here are a couple tips to incorporate into your grilling adventures this season.
Grilling season is upon is! Wouldn’t it be great to prep a few things in order to save time on busy summer nights, or when you feel like throwing an impromptu get-together? These spice mixes will pair well with meats and fish you love, and if you’ve never grilled fresh vegetables and fruit—here’s your chance.
Everyone is anxious to get outside in spring, and this project is easy enough for one afternoon and will make your backyard space more inviting. Recycle a wooden pallet to create a lush fern wall.
Jalapeño popper dip makes a great filling for a savory pie crust and everything tastes better on a stick.
That comforting aroma of hot baked potatoes right out of the oven will call anyone into the kitchen. Whether they’re doodling in yearbooks, staring at their phones separately-together, or playing a game of bean bag toss in the yard, grads will come running.
Technology is a part of our everyday lives, and it has become a big part of professional success for new grads. Help the graduate in your life by gifting something truly useful to jump-start their next steps.
It only takes a few minutes to create classic restaurant-style guacamole that’s bursting with flavor.
A perfect juicy Flat Iron Steak for a Cinco de Mayo party. The tenderness combined with spicy Poblanos, sweet onions, bell peppers makes this an unforgettable dish. Taco night with a mango salsa, hmmm, unbelievable!
Pre-cook your Mexican chorizo at the beginning of the week and you’ll be ready to pull together breakfast tacos that are fast and filling.
Use this versatile chorizo and cheese dip as a party appetizer, taco filling, or at the center of a delicious breakfast omelet.
The crunchy cinnamon cereal base of these brownies makes them completely irresistible. Luckily, those with a gluten intolerance won’t have to!
Margaritas not peppy enough for your party? Add a generous splash of bright and bubbly Mexican soda to a base of tequila, lime and orange juice.
The cool tang of blue cheese gets a south of the border kick in this dip made with refried beans and taco seasoning. Try serving with a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles or a little cayenne pepper.
Part enchilada casserole and part lasagna, these individual roll-ups are totally packed with flavor.
The simple goodness of these slivers of dough tossed in cinnamon and sugar gets even simpler when you use a Bisquick mix to make the dough.
Your kids will love the fruity taste of this fizzy mocktail almost as much as they’ll love helping you mix the ingredients together.
This slow-cooked soup delivers rich flavor without a lot of hands-on time. The only hard part is resisting the urge to taste it as it cooks.
Made with the corn masa that’s essential to Mexican cuisine, Sopes are small, thicker tortillas with rim to contain the toppings. Try beans, Mexican cream, avocado slices, and sprinkle of Queso Fresco or farmer’s cheese.
Perch a complete breakfast on a tortilla base with this fun alternative to the usual eggs and toast.
Inexpensive staples like rice and frozen corn make this an exotic and cost-effective meatless meal or party side dish.
Fresh salsas are a staple of any Mexican menu. Use a volcanic rock molcajete or a mortar and pestle to grind the ingredients and fully combine the flavors.
Toss a few ingredients in while your rice is cooking to infuse it with the full flavor of fresh ingredients.
Created by: Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Muy Bueno
Every culture has a dumpling recipe, and empanadas are preferred South of the Border style. Once the prep and pressing is done, try dipping these warm bundles in salsa or sour cream.
Salsa, spices, and soy sauce are the backbone of this savory pork marinade that’s sure to spice up any potluck.
With creamy potatoes and blistered Poblano chiles, this side dish will always receive a warm welcome at your table.
Bourbon adds the perfect touch of savory flavor to the smoky marinade in this recipe. Pineapple provides a touch of sweetness to complete it.
Bourbon, tomatoes and jam? It’s a combination you’ve gotta try. This savory spread pairs nicely with cheese and many types of meat, poultry and fish.
The Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich can be reinvented in so many ways, but the basics of cheese sauce, turkey and toasted goodness must not be tampered with!
Do you love cheesy grits? Then surprise your family and friends with this tasty brunch casserole. Use red, yellow or orange bell peppers for added color.
Sweet and sassy…and quick and easy. These supremely snackable pecans can be made in less than 30 minutes!
The Kentucky Derby is also known as the “Run for the Roses” because of the garland of 554 red roses draped over the winning horse. (Fun fact: Kroger has made this garland for the Derby since 1987!)
Egg bakes are great make-ahead dishes for busy times or holidays. They require time for the bread to soak up the custard mixture, so spend a few minutes assembling the casserole the night before and have this yummy family favorite dish ready to bake for brunch in the morning.
Fun and festive individual cheesecakes are easy to serve! The papers peel right off, so there's no time spent slicing. Just serve on a platter or on individual dessert plates.
Kids will enjoy decorating these fun cupcakes with chocolate crumb "dirt" and that naughty bunny Peter Rabbit.
Garden peas are a classic spring vegetable. Lemon and a hint of mint add to the fresh spring flavor.
Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of vegetables. The maple syrup and honey add an extra hint of sweet flavor.
This beautiful fruit platter can be made ahead. Peel and slice the fruit, and store each kind separately in the refrigerator. Prepare the dressing and refrigerate until serving time. Just arrange the fruit and whisk the dressing before serving.
Slightly tangy cherry sauce adds a beautiful glaze to the ham. Served as an accompaniment sauce, it enhances the smoky flavor.
Easter baskets are traditionally all about the candy, but you can treat the basket recipient to a whole lot of fun by changing things up a bit.
Spring has (finally) sprung and you’ll likely want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Even when you’re indoors, you can stay mindful of nature’s bounty and beauty by arranging vibrant floral bouquets and bringing them inside.
Semolina is a bit courser than most flour, has an awesome texture and creates a great crust for Alaska halibut. I really enjoy semolina and seafood together. It’s a simple and humble pairing that lends itself to all kinds of sauces and flavors. It won’t distract you from the most important thing on the plate: the fish!
Bursting with fresh lemon taste, this pie is a springtime classic. Serve & enjoy the sweet and tart flavors of this delicious dessert.
A spicy twist on the classic sloppy joe that cooks in the slow cooker so it’s ready whenever your crowd is ready to eat.
You’ve sent out invites and are ready to plan for food. Maybe you’ve even already set the menu. But the question remains: How much of what?
No matter how wild your gameday crowd gets, your house can still be clean(ish) at party’s end. These tips will help you minimize after-party cleaning.
Homemade guacamole gets even more exciting with the addition of an Anaheim chile and some ranch seasoning.
These mini-pizzas make a great game-time snack or an easy weeknight dinner – just toss a salad together while the chicken is marinating and you’ll have a complete meal ready in minutes.
Ranch Buffalo Wings
If you know you’re going to be dipping your Buffalo wings into ranch dressing, why not just bake the flavor right into the sauce?
From tips on tasty drinks and appetizers to fun and easy decorating ideas, you’ll have the luck o’ the Irish on your side this St. Patty’s Day.
Roasted cabbage with a bit of garlic and caraway is perfect as a side for roast meats or even a vegetarian main dish.
Irish cheddar blended with Guinness beer, garlic and mustard makes the perfect spread for crackers, bread or pretzels.
Fresh fruit skewered in rainbow color order served up with a golden fruit dip makes a wholesome but festive St. Patrick’s Day treat.
The combination of mint and chocolate is irresistible in these cupcakes finished with a whipped cream frosting.
If you have the younger set over to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you can keep them busy and entertained while also teaching them a thing or two about March 17.
Deck the halls for your St. Patrick’s Day party, and do it kid-style as your little ones draw, cut, staple, glue and paint their way to festive party décor!
Check out a parade of fun party ideas and recipes to help make your Cajun celebration fun for everyone.
A little prep in the morning means coming home to a hearty and flavorful dinner of a Louisiana classic.
If you’re gathering friends and family to help you celebrate this holiday known for its high energy and excess, you’ll up the fun factor by pulling any of the following games out of your party hat.
A decadent holiday deserves decadent décor. You can pull it off without having to spend oodles of money or overmuch time and effort.
One you have your Mardi Gras menu planned, your feast is as easy as assembling the recipes (and the ones found here really are that simple) and setting a table worthy of Mardi Gras.
Fresh Atlantic salmon adds perfect protein to this orzo-spinach salad. Radishes bring color and zip, and raisins bring a touch of sweetness.
Created by: Meghan McMorrow, Fox and Briar
A delicious DIY sushi idea you can try for lunch or dinner.
If there’s one sure sign of spring, it’s tulips. Poking through the barren ground, they brighten often drab end-of-winter surroundings with their beautiful, vibrant and springy hues.
Why toss the wine corks when you can instead transform them into adorable miniature planters, complete with live greenery? Making these cute refrigerator magnets is simple and quick and you likely have most of what you need on hand already.
Oven roasted hand-cut fries served up with whipped feta dill dip makes a great appetizer or side dish.
Take frozen grapes to the next level with a dip in peanut butter yogurt for a healthy treat with a creamy twist.
Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus
Fresh pesto is a snap to make, and in this recipe meaty halibut is seared and finished in the oven.
Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes
Springtime is here, and that means there are a lot of delicious and fresh veggies to go around. Try switching up your traditional green salad with pasta this season – you'll be surprised at what a little fusilli can do.
Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog
Making your own dye for Easter eggs keeps things natural and can create beautiful colors, but keep in mind that you must leave the eggs in natural dyes longer than the store-bought dye kits – maybe even overnight.
Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps
For some people, breakfast is just a means to an end, a way to curb hunger pangs until lunchtime. It's not really a meal they enjoy.
Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle
There’s something refreshing about a cocktail with a mix of floral and citrus flavors. This Lavender Collins Cocktail is the perfect mix of sweet (from a lavender-infused syrup) and tart (from lemon juice). The club soda topping gives it a nice sparkling twist.
Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest
Here’s a fun way to incorporate Peeps into your spring-themed dessert table: a moist cupcake, topped with a mountain of fruit punch-flavored Peeps frosting and dipped into pastel-colored chocolate.
I love making small changes to my home to welcome the coming seasons. Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it reminds me of flowers, fruit and sunshine. Below are some of my favorite ways to ring in the spring season.
Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes
Who doesn’t love enchiladas? The melted cheese mixed with the flavors of the sauce and meat are delicious. Combine this with breakfast, the best meal of the day, and you’ve got the perfect idea!
Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife
When the seasons change, I like to have a few go-to recipes in my back pocket that incorporate seasonal produce. I love fresh asparagus in the spring – it gives a bright pop of green to any dish.
Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root
For those of us who love slathering just about anything with hummus, this version is otherworldly… a supercharged vitamin and protein-packed dip of your dreams.
Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root
One of the best parts about coming out of winter into springtime is all the spring produce – namely, fresh, vibrant, tangy, sweet berries. While I am all about a sweet fresh berry fruit salad, berry smoothies, berry muffins, baked oatmeal with berries, etc., etc., I can also get on board with a sweet and savory side dish.
Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama
When I need to satisfy my sweet tooth without the guilt, I make a creamy smoothie inspired by one of my favorite desserts. Lately, my guilty pleasure has been a slice of cheesecake drenched in strawberry topping.
Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig
Roasting asparagus will intensify its woodsy flavor and make each stalk succulent and flavorful. If you haven't tried this method before, this is your chance to experience something really outstanding.
Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig
Cupcakes are not just for children (grownups love them too!), especially when they're soft, sweet and full of flavor. While cake mix versions are convenient, adults are often looking for something with a little more complexity, originality, substance and charm. However, I will say even the older crowd loves a really good frosting.
Created by: By: Molly Hembree, RDN, LD - Dietitian
Make this Easter both entertaining and health conscious for you and your family by following some of these helpful tips.
From tips for a cozy night at home to recipes for a fantastic gathering, we’ve got plenty of Valentine’s Day ideas to warm your heart.
Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps
Is there anything more classic when it comes to fancy dinners than surf and turf? Whenever I hear that phrase, I automatically visualize a couple on their anniversary at the fanciest of steakhouses.
Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama
Surf & Turf takes on a whole new tasty meaning with these Surf & Turf Bacon Burgers! Start with a juicy Black Angus burger, then add a light and creamy crabmeat topping and crispy bacon. It’s an impressive burger perfect for a special night in.
Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root
When it comes to romantic holidays like Valentine’s Day, sharing a home-cooked meal is a memorable, cost-effective and meaningful experience. For a romantic evening in, this baked salmon with lemon-caper sauce is a marvelous choice.
Created by: Nellie Tracy, Butter With a Side of Bread
I have been making more of an effort to cook healthy dinners lately, and this is one of my favorites. It doesn’t take much time, but it has a beautiful presentation! Pair this dish with a simple salad and dinner is ready!
Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife
For me, Valentine’s Day isn’t a day for expensive gifts, but honoring the love of your life by spending quality time together. A romantic dinner for two is the perfect way to do that. Make the Valentine’s Day meal more special than any other day with some gourmet eats from your own kitchen, like this decadent Baked Brie!
Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie
These little heart-shaped appetizers are perfect for parties – you can easily make a ton to feed a crowd. If there are any extras, stick them in your kids’ lunches and they’ll have all their friends wishing you were their mom!
Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery
The goat cheese in this appetizer is so creamy – it pairs perfectly with the crunch from the pistachios and the bold flavors from the rosemary and pink peppercorns.
Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root
These sweet potato hearts fit the bill exactly. Sprinkle them with sea salt and pepper, or even drizzle them with melted butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar for the ultimate treat. Serve these beauties alongside your favorite Valentine’s Day entrée for a vibrant and nutritious meal.
Created by: Jessica Williams, Butter With A Side of Bread
Put your heart into this simple-to-make, delicious fruit salad. It’s a lovely take on the classic, with just a little extra effort required to make it perfectly suited for Valentine's Day!