Thursday, December 18, 2014

3-Ingredient Hot Chocolate

We love a cup of hot cocoa as a special treat this time of year but we've noticed that the ingredient lists on some of our favorite instant mixes are looking pretty heavy in the chemical department.  So here's a way cheaper, and just as good option, using just three ingredients!

1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1 cup milk, heated

Place the cocoa powder and syrup in the bottom of a mug and then gradually add the hot milk, stirring as you pour.  Blend well and serve!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to Cut a Butternut Squash and Our Healthy Squash Recipes

To say that we live for butternut squash season would be an understatement. We are full of butternut squash recipes! From Roasted Veggies, Spooky Soup, Hungry Ghoulash to our comforting Pot Roast, we are obsessed.

One of the most common questions we get whenever we mention butternut squash is, "how the heck do I cut this thing without losing a finger?" Breaking down a butternut squash can seem daunting, here's our favorite way to carve and cube one of these babies (while keeping all your appendages). If you're feeling thrifty, many stores now offer pre-cut butternut squash in the refrigerated produce section- but it will cost you extra per pound. So this is our preferred method for cutting a butternut squash while saving some dough.

How to cut a butternut squash, step by step:

When shopping, select squash more uniform in shape-this makes cutting easier. Rinse squash thoroughly.

Trim off both ends of the squash.

Cut in half.

Stand each section on its end and carve the edges away (you can do this with a vegetable peeler, too).

Cut each section in half lengthwise.

Scoop the seeds out of the round halves.

Stand each section back on its end and cut in half again (parallel to the previous cut).

Stack the sections, cut side down onto the board and slice.

Rotate the slices 90 degrees and cut into cubes.

Once you get the hang of it, cutting a butternut squash can be completely painless.

How to cut a butternut squash, via montage:

How to cut a butternut squash, via collage:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Little Foodie Holiday Gift Ideas

It's that time of year again! And if you are anything like us, you've made a pact with yourself to get the shopping done before you are suddenly behind the eight ball. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas that will bring out the little foodie in your kiddos. We are not affiliated with any particular company, just offering ideas with multiple links. There are plenty of companies out there, so don't hesitate to shop around!

Kids aprons and chef hats-

From Food Network Store
Food Network Store


Mini pots and pans set-



Land of Nod

Monthly recipe delivery service-

Raddish Kids

Blue Apron

Mini rolling pins-

Growing Cooks

For Small Hands

Bake Deco