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Blueberry Caramel Skillet Cobbler

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There is finally a local CSA in our downtown NYC neighborhood and, despite the fact that our girls will be at sleepaway camp for half the summer, I joined. I got a fruit, vegetable and juice 12-week summer share. The vegetables can throw me for a loop (garlic snapes and Harukei turnips and [unshelled] fava beans, anyone?).  The past few weeks, I’ve made collard greens, roasted kale, beets & fava salad. CRAZY STUFF that I never thought I’d ever make. But that’s what a CSA is all about: the surprise of the bounty and then, “OH MY GOD, WHAT THE…

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Easy Summertime BBQ Meal + Easy Slowcooker BBQ Ribs Recipe

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Finally It is summertime and the outdoor deck (or in our case, our building’s rooftop) is ready! If you have a slowcooker and a grill, I have a beautiful, colorful summertime BBQ meal for you and your family. Believe me, your family will eat everything up and be extremely impressed by the yummy bounty. I also love that you can prep and cook up all the vegetables and side dishes and keep them out until ready-to-serve.   Grilled vegetables. For this meal, I cut big circles (1″ thick) of a couple of vidalia onions and asparagus. I put 2 tbsp of…

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Quick Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

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With the holidays coming up, the season of eating is upon us. I personally love all of the cooking and eating that goes on but there is always so many leftovers! Between the turkey, the roasted brussell sprouts and vegetables, buttered green beans — there is just so much food. Most of the time, eating the same thing over and over again means that no one eats the leftovers (at least in my family). So Campbell’s has something to help — whether you’re using leftovers or not — their new Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking helps take cooking (and eating!) up a…

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar

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I love the fall not just for fall fashion layering, new fall boots and family holidays. I love it for the cooking and the baking! Like Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies or Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cupcakes. Although I love sweets (a lot!) I enjoy simple and savory sides like Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar. I’ve used a lot of roasted brussel sprout recipes and have even cooked down balsamic vinegar into a syrupy sauce, but found that the below recipe makes for a quick, easy and tasty roasted brussel sprout recipe. To cut down on the roasting time, I peel…

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Marinated Chicken Breast Recipe Using Wishbone Italian Dressing

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This is one of those tried-and-true recipes that my mom made for me and my brother when we were younger. She worked full-time and rushed to get dinner made. This is one of those easy recipes where an older child (who knows how to handle raw meat, can step in), so when I came home from school, I’d do my homework, then follow whatever directions my mom had for me to make dinner. For this marinated chicken breast recipe, all I would have to do is put the chicken into a casserole dish and pour some Wishbone Italian Dressing on top…

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Ragu Celebrates National Pasta Day with Easy Mealtime Recipes

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Did you know that National Pasta Day is October 17th? Who knew?  I mean, seriously, every day is National Pasta Day in my family. It’s easy and quick and you know that your kids are going to love it. For this year’s National Pasta Day, I was invited by Ragu® for a hands-on cooking event where we got to see a demo by Ragu’s Chef Joanne and then was able to put our knowledge to the test by making our very own dishes. We got our hands on some fresh herbs, vegetables, meats and produce and of course, Ragu sauce. We were…

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Hill Country Brooklyn Fam Jam with The Three Gentlemen

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If you are a big fan of BBQ family like ours, you have to visit Hill Country for their Texas-style fresh BBQ and the meat-market style of the restaurant. (You go up to a “butcher” and meats are carved to order and you can ask for as much as you like, say 1/8 lb of brisket, or a 2 sausage links, or a 1/2 lb of chicken.) Then you head on over to the Marketplace for sides where you can updated versions of classic southern sides like Longhorn Mac & Cheese (the girls’ fave), White Shoepeg Corn Pudding (my fave),…

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New Food Trucks at Governors Island

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Lower Manhattan is bursting with more food options than ever before. During the summer, we are big fans of heading over to Governor’s Island for a family bike ride, some arts & crafts and eating. This year, Governor’s Island has taken outdoor dining to the next level with seven new food trucks and tents. In 2012, Governors Island started a multi-year $260 million transformation with over 100 acres of parks and public spaces. Just in time for the summer, construction has finally been completed on the first 30 acres. Every Saturday and Sunday this summer through September 28th the gourmet…

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El Vez: Family Friendly Restaurant in Battery Park City

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When we first moved to Lower Manhattan a decade ago, it was extremely hard to find a family friendly restaurant that wasn’t considered fast food, but wasn’t overly expensive. We definitely had to venture above Chambers Street into TriBeCa or to the West Village and Chelsea for family friendly choices. Fast-forward ten years and we have a shopping and restaurant boom in downtown New York City and it’ll be extremely hard for our family to venture anywhere north of Chambers Street. Enter El Vez, a family friendly restaurant in Battery Park City on Vesey Street. It’s in a perfect location,…

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Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

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The first time I heard of chia seed pudding, I was at the local Le Pain Quotidien. It was presented in this cute little mason jar with berries and was incredibly delicious and incredibly expensive. I can’t remember how much it was — I think it was either $6 or $9 — but I remember that it was more than I would’ve wanted to pay. I researched recipes online and found Giada De Laurentiis recipe from Food Network and played around with it until I found a recipe that I enjoyed. It is SO incredibly easy and quick and something…

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Recipe: Pasta with Bacon and Leeks

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Last month, I received the Bacon Issue of The Food Network Magazine. I try to eat healthy, but there are just some things that you can’t get away from. Bacon is one of them. This Pasta with Bacon and Leeks recipe is easy and quick, and something that the whole family will love. First, I cook the bacon using the easiest method I know. I use about half the strips for this recipe and reserve the rest for BLT sandwiches for lunch!  Leeks are just gorgeous and my husband and I eat them. My girls, however, aren’t too big with big green things in…

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Healthy Yogurt and Fruit Smoothie with Chia Seeds

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For the past several months, my husband and I have been making our own healthy smoothies in the morning. It’s really quite easy, and I’m sure you have the ingredients in your refrigerator already. The new addition that I’ve added to my yogurt and fruit smoothies are chia seeds. My base ingredients for my yogurt and fruit smoothie are Almond Milk, Stonyfield Greek Yogurt, and a mixture of frozen berries and fruit. I usually do a mixture of rasberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and bananas, depending on what looks good at the store. I keep a container of frozen fruit in…

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