These Apple Cheese Danishes use store-bought puff-pastry for a delicious and easy Pastry Recipe. Get Alison Needham's full recipe here.
Peanut butter is just about as American as apple pie. And I think that at one time or another, when my kids were little, they subsisted entirely on the stuff. I prefer the healthiest kind available (freshly ground organic) but discovered that I could grind my own at home for a fraction of the cost. Kids love to help—pushing the button on the food processor is a favorite activity of my children—and the delectable flavor is well worth the small effort. It must be stored in the refrigerator, but honestly, it's so good it won't last long. I've even caught my husband sneaking spoonfuls. I'm sure you'll find it tasty too and about as easy as…well, pie.
Here's an easy dip to try. For these small and nearly-instant recipes, I use canned beans, and find them perfectly thrifty, happily quick, and acceptably tasty. However, if I'm using a lot of beans -- in a soup, say -- then I use dried, because they taste better and are cheaper. It makes a wholesome packed lunch: a little container of dip, along with a bag of tortilla or pita chips and some carrot sticks makes a nice change of pace from a sandwich.
Princess and fairy lovers in your house will adore these colorful, sweet little snacks made of white-chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks. They are perfect for parties.
Quiche is perfectly portable, perfectly make-ahead and perfectly delicious. Serve it for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. Bring it to a pot luck or as give as a hostess gift--who wouldn't love a slice of cheesy goodness?
Empanadas are delicious, savory little pies that are the perfect bite-sized treat for little ones and adults alike. Get Catherine Newman's tasty recipe here.
Yummy cheese and ham make these homemade paninis a hit, and they're quick and easy to make. Get Alison Needham's great sandwich recipe here.
This is the grown-up variation of chocolate bark: sweet, tart, spicy, salty, and profoundly addictive. It's lots of fun to make, with plenty of lovely little jobs for kids to do. Add festive wrapping, and you've got a great holiday gift.
White chocolate makes a festive and surprisingly tasty backdrop to the gorgeous red of the cranberries in this delicious holiday gift idea. This bark is easy, pretty, and always well received.
Homemade hummus is zingy and wholesome, and wildly inexpensive. It makes an ideal lunch-box addition with a handful of carrot sticks and pita chips, and also makes a great sandwich spread. Give this easy, tasty recipe a try.