Fun Food

Patriotic Pancakes with No-Cook Berry Syrup

Crank up your patriotic pride at dawn’s early light with these No-Cook Berry Syrups for your 4th of July pancake stack. We have several recipes that call for making a quick stove-top berry compote–one of my favorites is Lemon-Poppy Seed Pancakes with Blueberry Compote–but I was looking for something a bit more simple, something I could repeat easily when I’m on vacation, at the […]

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Refreshing Infused Water with Raspberry and Lime

If you think water is boring, then this is for you! We’ve heard it time and time again: Most Americans are chronically dehydrated without even noticing. Hydration is key for survival—and if you ask me, it’s more important than ever when facing the wrath of summer’s heat. So, you’re probably asking yourself, “How can I beat the season’s rising temps?” […]

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Happy National Lobster Day!

Dust off your shell crackers, because it’s National Lobster Day! That means it’s time to enjoy some filet-of-the-seafloor (copyright pending). I celebrated last year by making my first foray into boiling the criminally tasty crustaceans, so this year I wanted to shake things up a bit. This go-round involved four huge Maine lobsters (aptly dubbed Lobsternardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphaelobster), courtesy of Lucky […]

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It Will Waffle! 4 Fun Recipes To Transform Your Waffle Maker

Waffle (n): Saturday morning breakfast / crispy, golden pancakes with ridges / strictly limited to butter and syrup toppings, perhaps fresh fruit. Forget any preconceived notions of the above definition having any valid truth! The humble waffle is no longer subjected to maple syrup, just being golden, or even being served only as breakfast. Presenting: It Will Waffle! An exploration of waffles […]

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Ginger Tea Coolers = Easiest Mocktail Ever

It’s time to put a little kick in your mocktail! Here’s a delightfully light and refreshing drink with a hint of peppery ginger. And there’s no need to get all complicated, either. As quickly as you can steep a cup of tea, you can make the pungent syrup that sweetens and flavors the drink using ginger tea bags. The syrup will […]

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Edible Flowers: Frozen Florals

We have come to the end of this budding series. We’ve looked at gardenias, marigolds, chive flowers, anise hyssop, and wild roses, then we even made a bloom-ful salad. I decided to end with a trick to put all your foraged friends to use, no petal or leaf to waste: Freeze them! Start with silicone ice molds of your choice. Fun shapes are always welcome, but […]

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Edible Flowers: Bloom-ful Salads

Now that we’re getting comfortable with our floral friends, I’m moving on to salads. Take a moment to remember what we’ve learned from gardenias, marigolds, chive flowers, anise hyssop, and wild roses. We now know that flowers don’t have to taste, well, floral. They can be festive and fun, but they can also be used as intentional little bites of flavor to enhance […]

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Edible Flowers: Anise Hyssop and Wild Roses

Our love affair with edible flowers is back! Last summer we looked at marigolds and gardenias. With the spring showers pouring and blossoms blooming, we’re already seeing the world get a whole lot brighter, both outdoors and on our plates.  Today, I’m tackling anise hyssop and wild roses.   These bright orange buds are anise hyssop, also known as agastache. Their violet counterparts are more […]

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Edible Flowers: Chive Flowers

Our love affair with edible flowers is back! Last summer we looked at marigolds and gardenias. With the spring showers pouring and blossoms blooming, we’re already seeing the world get a whole lot brighter, both outdoors and on our plates. Huzzah! When I was a kid, I ate like a goat—attempting to stick bugs and inedible things in my mouth and […]

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Toasts with the Most: Wasa Bread with Kale and Sweet Potato

As of late, bread has become the common denominator in trending “bad-for-you” food. When did we decide that we need to wage war against gluten? To battle to defeat carbs? In my opinion, there is no need for such negative feelings about the humble loaf; it doesn’t deserve such treatment! Yes, moderation is key when it comes to the carb argument, […]

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