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Valentine’s Day is not just for the grownups. Kids love to play a role as well. So how are you going to get your kids involved this Valentine’s Day? One way they could be helpful is to assist you in the kitchen, if you are planning to make a special valentine dessert or a batch of valentine cupcakes.

Perhaps you want to make something special to surprise your partner, and giving a special homemade gift from you and the kids is sure to delight your other half. Cupcakes are always a good idea because there are lots of different cupcake recipes to choose from. Also, it is easy to find valentine type decorations at this time of the year, so you can make a pink frosting for your romantic cupcakes and get the kids to help you with the chocolate candies or heart-shaped jellies you use for the decorations.

Kid-Friendly Treats

If you want to make a Valentine’s Day treat for your kids, to remind them of how much you love them and how special they are to you, then you could make some cute cupcakes for them, or you could even make something else. Continue reading

Are you considering a Valentine dessert recipe this Valentine’s Day? The following Valentine cupcake recipe is a great one to choose if you want to make something easy yet delicious and impressive. The fluffy little vanilla-flavored cupcakes melt in the mouth because they are so light and flavorful. The cupcakes are topped with creamy frosting and a red heart-shaped candy. Although you can buy valentine cupcakes, nothing says true love quite like homemade cupcakes, and making cupcakes is a lot of fun.

They do not take long to make, but cupcakes only keep for a few days (else they dry out) so make them the day before you need them, or even on Valentine’s Day itself. This Valentine dessert recipe will make your partner’s heart skip a beat, because they are so cute. Do you want colored frosting? Well you can make the frosting as light or as dark as you want, using pink or red food coloring. A couple of drops will turn the frosting pale pink. Add more for mid-pink, or more again for deep pink. Add a couple of drops at a time though, because if you add too much you cannot lighten the color. You could even make some in pink or red, and others in green, blue, or any other colors that have special significance to you and your partner.

This recipe makes forty cupcakes, but you can halve it if that is too much. You might like to present a box of four or six to your loved one, perhaps tied up with a pink or red bow. This is a romantic gift and this Valentine cupcake recipe tastes every bit as great as it looks. This is a simple recipe so you can try it even if you are new to making cupcakes. Swap the vanilla extract for almond extract or another flavor if you want to change the recipe a little. This applies to the cupcake recipe as well as the frosting recipe. If you are using vanilla, then go for vanilla extract and not vanilla essence, since that is synthetic and not as nice. This recipe is baked in two batches (unless you have an enormous oven!) Continue reading

There are traditional food ideas for Valentine’s Day and more modern ones, so you can take your pick, depending what you want to make, how much time you have to spare, your budget, and what kind of food your loved one prefers. If you want to make something creative, you might prefer to consider cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.

You can choose from all kinds of different recipes and make something totally unique. Keep with the valentine theme by featuring pink or red frosting or decorations. There are easy cookie recipes and cake recipes, as well as more complex ones, so whatever your experience you can find a good recipe to suit your skills.

You can pick out some special decorations for your valentine cookies or cakes, and maybe even write your loved one’s name in frosting. This is perhaps more for advanced cooks than absolute beginners are, but you will get kudos for trying! Continue reading

Superbowl is not the time to be fiddling around with elaborate appetizers or anything too time-consuming. Rather it is the perfect time to make Superbowl finger food and simple Superbowl party food. Chips, dips, pretzels and anything hearty is what Superbowl calls for. You might like to make a pot of chili, some mac and cheese, or a spicy beef stew.

Crockpot pulled pork or barbecue beef sandwiches are always popular or you might like to make easy ham or tuna sandwich melts or barbecue beans. Most people like to make one pot of something hot and savory, and then accompany that with slices of pizza, sandwiches, dips, spreads, chips, and nuts, so there is something for everyone.

Watching the Superbowl with a crowd of friends is much more fun than watching it alone, so you will want to plan your Superbowl food early and buy the ingredients you need. You will not want to be running back and forth to the kitchen once the Superbowl has begun, so make sure everything is ready to serve, bring everything out to the table, including drinks and napkins, and then you can settle down to enjoy the game. Continue reading

This unusual mini pizza recipe features dinner roll dough as the crust, then the topping is made with eggs, cheddar cheese and tomato concentrate, for a simple yet totally satisfying flavor. Cheese and tomato together make a basic and flavorful topping for pizza, whether you are making a mini pizza recipe or a full size pizza. This recipe calls for eight eggs but use ten if yours are very small, or six if they are extra-large.

Another optional ingredient is bacon and you can cook this ahead and crumble it over the pizzas before baking them, or you could add some ham, cooked chicken or another kind of meat. Some people like to add fresh basil to their cheese and tomato pizzas, and that would make it a “Pizza Margherita” recipe. The egg adds an unusual texture and flavor, which complements these appetizers, making them perfect for brunch snacks too. Making the mini pizza crust from dinner roll dough saves time too. This recipe is very easy to double or triple, and the mini pizzas only take fifteen minutes to bake, so you can make a few batches if you want.

Mini pizza is a great idea if you are serving finger food, because these bite-size snacks are great at a buffet and they are easy to eat with the fingers. They are also good hot, warm or chilled, so they do not have to be eaten right away. What about making this mini pizza recipe when you have friends over or even when the kids invite their friends over? They are also great Superbowl party food. These little treats always disappear fast because they are so yummy. Continue reading

If you associate pizza with takeout food, then you might not have made your own pizza recipes before. Pizza can be limp, soggy fast food, or it can be wonderfully aromatic, flavorful, crisp, and homemade. Making your own pizza recipes is something that any home chef can learn, because you can make as much of the pizza yourself as you want.

For example, if you are new to such recipes, you might like to purchase a pizza crust and jarred sauce and then just prepare your own toppings. For a more homemade touch, you can gently simmer your own pizza sauce recipe on the stove while you chop the toppings.

If you want to make the whole thing from scratch, then it is not hard to make the crust too, and that also means you can take your pick, choosing a thin, crispy crust, a thick one, or something in between the two. Continue reading

When planning your Superbowl food, it is a good idea to buy some and make some. Offering only store-bought goods might be the easy solution but then you will be missing out on the wonderful flavor of home-cooked food.

You do not have to make everything yourself, especially if you are feeding a crowd of people and have limited time, but try to make a couple of the Superbowl food dishes yourself. Then you can offer basics like nuts and chips on the side.

Hot and Hearty Snacks

One easy food for Superbowl idea is to make a big pot of chili and serve it in mugs or in paper bowls. Making chili for twenty takes no longer than making chili for four. You will just need more of each ingredient. Chili is hearty, filling, and delicious, and there are various recipes for it. Continue reading

As well as the usual Superbowl foods like chicken wings, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, and chili, there are plenty of more unusual dishes you can try. It is a good idea to limit your Superbowl recipes to those which are easy to make, since nobody is going to appreciate elaborate food while the game is on. Save those recipes for your next dinner party, and focus on good, wholesome, hearty, easy-to-eat Superbowl snacks.

What about making some shish kabobs on an indoor grill? You can alternate chicken, beef, lamb, pork, or fish with chopped veggies and serve the kabobs hot with your favorite dipping sauce. Marinate the meat first, to give the kabobs plenty of flavor. Kabobs can be eaten with the fingers, especially if you use the smallest size skewers for them.

Do not forget about sweet foods either. You might want to make some deep-dish brownies or tasty muffins to finish off your delicious Superbowl spread. A few extra bags of chips, popcorn, or pretzels are also a good idea, just in case you run out of snacks. If you do not run out, then these staples will keep in the pantry for a long time. Continue reading

Tilapia Fish Recipes

It is easy to get tired of beef and chicken if you eat them all the time, which is why easy fish recipes might be a good idea to jazz up your family mealtimes. Many families rely on the same staples, week in and week out, and while there is nothing wrong with having favorites, it can also be good to try something new every once in a while.

A lot of people might shy away from cooking fish because they have not discovered sites like, to show them how easy fish and seafood is to prepare and how many great fish and seafood recipes there are to choose from. The truth about seafood is that it is a healthy ingredient and it need not cost the earth.

Some kinds of fish are really economical. What about learning a new recipe for basa fish casserole or making classic tuna pasta bake for tonight’s dinner? Fishcakes are another wonderful idea and you can mix and match the fish and other ingredients in them, spicing them up however you like. Continue reading

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Fish CakesThis recipe is simple to prepare and features some big flavors. Bear in mind when making it that the fish to potato ratio should be 50:50 which means you will need equal amounts of fish and potatoes, or as close as you can get. Combining salmon and cod gives the flavor of these fishcakes more depth and the garlic, onion, and corn also add a great taste to this.

This recipe takes a while to make because you will need chilling time. Chilling the fishcake mixture before shaping and cooking the fishcakes helps them to hold together. You do not want to make perfect fishcakes and then watch them break into pieces in the pan. The chilling also makes the mixture less sticky and easier to handle.

You can serve these fishcakes with some kind of dressing if you like although they are moist enough not to require one. Tartar sauce or garlic mayonnaise would go well with these or you could try ketchup. Some Asian fishcake recipes are good served with sweet chili sauce and that could be another option here. Served with a simple salad recipe, these fishcakes make a wonderful meal. You could also serve some fries on the side if you want. Continue reading

French Salad in the following recipe shows you how easy it is to prepare a gourmet French salad recipe. You do not need many ingredients for this recipe and you can prepare the dressing and then make the salad itself while the dressing chills in the refrigerator. This delicious salad is perfect for lunch, dinner or even as an appetizer. You can use pre-bagged salad leaves to save time or use fresh spinach or lettuce instead. If you are not using bagged salads, you will need to rinse and dry your salad leaves before you make the salad. A salad spinner is the easiest way to get the excess water off.

This simple combination of salad leaves, cheese, and pear is dressed up with pomegranate seeds and sunflower seeds, and some alfalfa on top makes a great garnish. The dressing for this delicious salad is based on yogurt and mayonnaise. Fresh herbs, orange juice, mustard, and garlic make it really delicious and you will find that the dressing goes perfectly with the salad. This is a salad of contrasts, since it combines the crunchy with the creamy, the sweet with the tart, and more besides. For an extra salty touch, you could crumble some crispy fried bacon over the salad.

Choose a ripe pear for this recipe. You should not choose an over-ripe pear because then it is hard to get neat slices rather than mush, but make sure it is soft enough to eat. Use your favorite blue cheese. Stilton is a nice choice or you could try Danablu which is a salty Danish blue cheese or even gorgonzola. You can make the dressing up to a few hours in advance, because the flavors will develop and intensify in the refrigerator, but it is best to toss the salad at the last minute, for optimum freshness. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Food is such a huge part of our family's lives and being able to find menus, recipes and cooking tips in one place online is something busy parents can really appreciate, which is why the Recipe Publishing Network aims to bring you exactly that.

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