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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This July 6, 2011 photo shows fruit dippers in Concord, N.H. Dippers shown are orchard spice dipper, bottom, chocolate dipper, center, and citrus dipper. Making a dip (or three) to dunk your fruit in can make it a little more enticing, and a lot more fun. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Maybe you need another idea for packing fiber and vitamins into your child's lunch. Or maybe you're looking for a way to convince yourself to eat more fruit. Either way, making a dip (or three) to dunk your fruit in can make it a little more enticing, and a lot more fun.

In constructing a healthful dip for fruit, the main problem lies in the base of the dip. You want something that doesn't pile on the fat or sugar, but still is interesting enough that you want to dunk your apple wedges and strawberries in it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This July 6, 2011 photo shows sweet quesadillas in Concord, N.H. These quesadillas are a fun treat for days when something warm and comforting is called for. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Sometimes peanut butter and crackers or a piece of fruit just isn't enough for the kids after a long day of summer fun. To keep snacking interesting, try one of these simple recipes.

The peanut butter and jelly cubes need time to set up, so be sure to start them well in advance. The blueberry blendies are a quick, healthy frozen beverage that appeals to both kids and adults; it's sort of like a drinkable soft-serve ice cream. Sweet quesadillas are a fun treat for days when something warm and comforting is called for.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
AP PHOTO When kids assemble their own lunch, like this parfait, they can use healthier ingredients you and your kids love, like berries, cereal or granola. You also can include a wider variety of ingredients than the typical box includes, and have it assembled in little time.

Kids love the chance to assemble their own lunches.

Not the night before, mind you. They're quite happy to leave the packing of lunch to you. We're talking about when they eat it. Present them with a variety of agreeable ingredients, and the little ones have a blast assembling their own sandwiches, pizzas, fajitas and other kid-friendly creations.

It's part of the reason those boxed lunches available at the grocer are so popular. But there's no reason you need to pay a premium for those, or be a slave to their questionable quality.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Want to bake like a pro? Here are tips from Food Network's Anne Burrell to help you achieve better results:

1. Measure up. Use a liquid measuring cup for liquids and a dry measure for flour, sugar and other dry ingredients. Baking is all about precision.

2. Preheat your oven. This the No. 1 step in every baking recipe and the No. 1 step that everybody skips. You can't overestimate the importance of preheating the oven.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
AP Photo/Matthew Mead This Sweet-and-Sour Chicken can be served over white rice, but consider trying it as a grinder or tossed with soba noodles.

For quite a while we couldn't quite put our finger on what was missing from sweet-and-sour chicken.

With all the tangy sweet goodness from the pineapple, peppers, onions, sugar and vinegar, it was hard to identify what it needed. Then we started thinking about Hawaiian-style pizza and suddenly it hit us bacon! Like so many things, sweet-and-sour chicken could be made better with bacon.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

If you are looking for a quick and budget-friendly dinner you can have on the table in under 20 minutes? These recipes from Mrs. T's Pierogies could be the perfect solution.

The first recipe, Pierogy Pad Thai, is an Asian-inspired dish, that incorporates ingredients typically found in Thailand's most popular dish bean sprouts, eggs and peanuts but replaces the traditional rice noodles with Mrs. T's Pierogies.

The second recipe, Pierogy Primavera, takes advantage of fresh, seasonal vegetables.

For more recipes featuring pierogies, visit http://www.pierogies.com/.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This April 11, 2011 photo shows a raspberry-lemon trifle in Concord, N.H. These individual trifles are made from angel food cake cubes and fresh berries layered with whipped cream and lemon curd. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Give mom the royal treatment this Mother's Day with these Brit-inspired trifles. Because face it, as nice as breakfast in bed is, dessert is better.

Traditionally made with liquor-soaked ladyfingers or sponge cake and layers of whipped cream, custard and fruit, we've taken liberties to create a more family-friendly version.

Our individual trifles are made from angel food cake cubes and fresh berries layered with whipped cream and lemon curd (look for it alongside the jams and jellies at the grocer).


Wednesday, May 4, 2011
AP Photos/Matthew Mead Instead of presenting a bouquet of flowers to your mother for Mother's Day, consider a flowered cake, like this Lemon Honey Triple-Layer Cake.

Instead of giving your mother a bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day, consider a flowered cake.

This beautiful and easy-to-make cake features the flavors of lemon and honey and is swathed with a cloud-like blanket of honey meringue. It then it crowned with masses of sugared edible flowers.

Be sure to buy flowers that are safe to eat, as many flowers are sprayed with pesticides. Most grocers sell edible flowers with the herbs in the produce section.

Lemon HoneyTriple-Layer Cake

Start to finish: 1 hour 20 minutes (40 minutes active), plus cooling

Servings: 12

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This April 4, 2011 photo shows orange pistachio and goat cheese crusted pork chops in Concord, N.H. Round out this recipe with a quick salad or some green beans and rice pilaf. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This hearty Mother's Day dinner is as beautiful as it is delicious. Because while moms may like pretty things, it doesn't mean they don't also want a dinner that leaves them satisfied. To round out this recipe and make it a meal, a quick salad or some green beans and rice pilaf would be perfect.

Orange Pistachio and Goat Cheese Crusted Pork Chops

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Zest and juice of 2 oranges

1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios

4 ounce log soft goat cheese

teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon salt

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
This March 21, 2011 photo shows bubble and squeak in Concord, N.H. So named for the sound it makes while it's cooking, bubble and squeak is a breakfast hash of sorts designed to use leftovers from the previous nights' boiled dinners. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Throwing a watching party for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton doesn't have to be a royal pain.

But with the wedding scheduled for 6 a.m. East Coast time you probably are going to find that plenty of coffee is, so to speak, your cup of tea.

Patra Wroten, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area and writes about parties and other occasions on her blog, I Do Declare, has found a workaround to the inconvenient timing – a slumber party for some friends.