Nichol Nelson

A Fourth of July Cake Worth Celebrating

America’s birthday is full of dazzling hues, from iconic red, white, and blue bunting to the dazzling firework shows that cap the evening. And at backyard gatherings across the nation, one patriotic dessert—the sweet, simple flag cake—has itself become an icon. Fourth of July-themed cakes, traditionally iced with white buttercream and decorated with fresh summer …

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In Defense of Recipes

Ask yourself this question: Do you think good cooks don’t use recipes? I’ve noticed that a lot of people make this assumption, but the idea has always rubbed me the wrong way. And I know it’s a weird topic for a website where we try to emphasize moving away from recipes and toward trusting yourself, …

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Why Cooking With Kids Is Worth It

My universe of friends with kids is pretty evenly divided between two groups: those who embrace cooking with their children—and those who categorically don’t. Before I get any further, let me just say this: I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way here—it’s whatever works for you. For me, the idea of spending a …

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Ready, Set … Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

When it comes to jack-o’-lanterns, the guts are the glory. Whether your kids favor a jaunty, crooked smile or a menacing grimace, every Halloween pumpkin sacrificed for a doorstep decoration has a treasure hidden inside. Tangled up inside those wet, slimy strings (sometimes called “pumpkin brains”) are the seeds, which roast up beautifully into a …

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3 Fun, Freaky STEM Experiments to do with Kids in Your Kitchen

Whether you’re homeschooling your kids or just looking for ways to keep them engaged and active without screens, we’ve got you covered! These three food-science activities will keep your kids entertained, while teaching them all about the properties of everyday kitchen ingredients. ALIEN EGGS Use the magic of acid to make eggshells vanish and create rubbery …

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