Attention Dads: This Mother's Day, team up with the kids and head into the kitchen to make Mom a special treat.
Come fall, winter squash are everywhere in farmer's markets and grocery stores, stacked everywhere like an odd assortment of mutant pumpkins. Don't be daunted: pear-shaped butternuts, the best of these vitamin-packed powerhouses, are dense-fleshed and enticingly sweet--plus, they keep well and are available long after summer's bounty has dwindled. This velvety-rich soup gets added sweetness from a bit of maple syrup, and buttery crunch from toasted pecans. Delicious.
This is the quintessential one-pot meal. Creamy, smoky, sweet, it's a sure winner. As far as children are concerned, corn is less a vegetable than a kind of honorary pasta: its only real flavor is a kind of bland, Frito-y sweetness, and it also benefits from summery associations with picnic tables, long, late twilights, and dripping butter. This soup can also be deliciously meatless -- just sauté the onions in a knob of butter and proceed with the recipe. You could even try grating a little smoked cheddar on it.
Try this Mickey pilgrim hat on for size, and show guests your true Thanksgiving spirit.
If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, let friends and family in on the plan with these festive Mickey & Minnie invitations.
A great accompaniment to hearty soups and stews, these Yummy Buttermilk Biscuits are a great project for kids. Between the flour, cookie cutters and dough, your kids will love being involved in the kitchen. Adapted from Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, I like to make these biscuits using half whole wheat flour, and swap in a third of a cup of wheat germ and ground flax seeds.
Veggie-filled frittatas are delightfully quick, versatile, and inexpensive. Here, cheerful summer squash is paired with the summery flavors of pesto -- basil, parmesan, and pine nuts -- though you could substitute a spoonful of prepared pesto if you have some handy. If your garden or market is spilling over with other vegetables, use them instead, cooked and added to the eggs with an herb and cheese of your choice.
How to Make Time To Sit Down For Dinner With Your Kids
This organizer helps you plan your menu, keep track of your shopping list, and set your Thanksgiving Day schedule
Work up an appetite with this Mickey & Friends Thanksgiving coloring page.