Nothing says weekend mornings like a big stack of fluffy pancakes. When else can you get away with chocolate and whipped cream for breakfast? Although a morning staple, pancakes can be eaten any for any time of the day. New Jersey is home to many delicious and family-friendly pancake restaurants, with varieties that range from sweet, like chocolate chips and fruit, to savory, like bacon and cheddar cheese. With portions as big as your plate, you won't leave hungry, nor empty-handed. Pancake restaurants are often a road-trip destination for my family. From diners to specialty houses, here’s how New Jersey’s best pancake joints stack up:
Creating a homemade, natural Easter Egg dye out of ingredient in the fridge has always appealed to me and my son as a fun kitchen experiment, giving us the chance to play mad scientists for a while. You can make the dye from any fruit or vegetable that when boiled leeches its color into the water. My son and I used kale, blueberries, cranberries, beets, a mixture of carrot peels and onion skins and turmeric for cool, unusually colored Easter Eggs in an earthy color palette. These eggs really stand out from the neon colored tie dyed Easter Eggs we usually make.
Turn a typical flapjack into a finger food with this easy recipe. Customize with your favorite add-ins and the possibilities are endless. Better yet, toss them in the freezer and you've got a quick breakfast or snack for busy weekday mornings.
Westfield, NJ is a Union County town that brings together small-town charm and metropolitan appeal. The downtown area is home to well-known retailers, trendy boutiques and an abundance of restaurants, from fine dining to casual eateries. Westfield is a family oriented community, and there’s no shortage of family restaurants to choose from. With popular chains as well as neighborhood establishments, there’s always something to satisfy hungry little ones. Here’s a taste of the many kid friendly dining options in Westfield.
The fact that these apple chips are really easy to make and a great, healthy snack isn't even the best thing about them. With just a few minutes of prep, your home will start smelling like apple pie while they bake—and they taste just like apple pie too. They do take a while to bake slowly, so it's slightly delayed gratification, but I promise they are worth the wait.
It was a little shocking to me when my daughter started making her own cakes after school. She discovered mug cakes on Pinterest and immediately started experimenting with various recipes of the three minute microwavable desserts. No hot oven, no big mess, these easy treats are so easy kids can even make them themselves.
Having made lots of varieties, however, we've discovered that mug cakes can be a little finicky. Microwaving is never an exact cooking method and it's easy to get something hard as a rock or a gooey mess.
Thanks to our tireless (and selfless) experimenting, we've come up with three no-fail mug cake recipes that come out well time and again. I've also worked on some adjustments to make them a little healthier.
Fruit roll-ups seem like a good snack choice for kids, but look closely at the label of ingredients on a box of store bought fruit leather and you’ll find most brands are loaded with sugar. But it's easy to get in the kitchen with your kids and make your own. With this easy fruit leather recipe, you control the ingredients for a healthier snack to put in lunch boxes or at snack time.
I've never been a coffee drinker, but I envy the enjoyment of sipping a steamy, creamy warm cuppa. Warm milk steamers are a great alternative for caffeine-averse grown-ups and kids too. Easy to make and less sugar than hot cocoa, you can even make them with almond or soy milk if you don't do lactose. Dress them up for special treats or make them a calming bedtime treat any night.
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