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Kids Take Over the Kitchen with Kid-Friendly Recipes

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

National Grilled Cheese DayToday is Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day, and while you may not leave them completely to their own devices with the stove and mixer, they can still take charge with these kid-friendly recipes from our archives.

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This speaks for itself. If your child or children are not quite old enough to use the stove, they can still help with preparation and opt to add ingredients like ham, lettuce or turkey. They can also make good choices about what to have on the side; carrot sticks or low-fat crackers are great options.

Pumpkin_SeedsRoasted Pumpkin Seeds

It is fall, after all. After you’re done carving pumpkins this season, toast the seeds for a simple snack that can be taken to school or eaten afterwards.

Thumbprint Cookies and Dirt & Worms

These desserts are great not only for their simplicity but for teaching the importance of moderation (remember, you benefit from the dessert making, too!). Your child will be delighted when they get to make the thumbprint impression before scooping their favorite jam, and will have a lot of fun adding colorful worms to their chocolate dirt.

Thumbprint Cookies

What are some of the recipes you share with your children or grandchildren? Share with us, and let the kids take over the kitchen!

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Tasteful Tuesday: PB&J Popcorn

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

You read that right – two favorites combine to make one yummy snack for movie watching or enjoying after school (or, dare to indulge at your desk at work). Have fun with this creation, and enjoy the tasty result!


What you’ll need:

  • Parchment paper
  • 1 bag of plain microwaveable popcorn
  • 1 cup white chocolate, divided
  • 1 1/2 tbsp grape jelly
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter



  1. Divide popcorn evenly into two separate bowls.
  2. Over medium-low heat on the stove top, melt 1/2 cup white chocolate with peanut butter; stir until smooth and pour over 1 bowl of the popcorn, using a rubber spatula to mix well and coat thoroughly. Spread out on parchment paper to cool.
  3. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup white chocolate with grape jelly over medium-low heat; stir until smooth and pour over the remaining bowl of popcorn, stirring with rubber spatula to coat well. Spread out on parchment paper to let cool.
  4. Once both batches are cooled enough that the coatings are set, mix together in a large bowl and enjoy!

*Recipe adapted from Something Swanky Desserts and Designs

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Tasteful Tuesday: Classic Baked Beans with Bacon and Hot Dogs

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

For camping and backyard barbecue easy-to-make meals, there’s almost nothing simpler than baked beans and hot dogs (especially in New England!). This recipe is packed with protein, and we’re sure the kids will enjoy it just as much as you will.

What you’ll need:

  • Casserole dish
  • 6 slices of uncooked bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 28 oz. cans baked beans
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomato, drained
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 5 hot dogs, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.Baked Beans
  3. In a skillet, cook the bacon with the onions until evenly browned.
  4. Add in garlic and while cooking, stir for 2 minutes and drain.
  5. Place into a large bowl, and add everything but the hot dogs and combine well.
  6. Mix in hot dogs and transfer to prepared casserole dish.
  7. Bake uncovered for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.

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