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Homemade Spring Rolls

Here’s a sampling of what CP#1 has requested for her lunch: goat cheese wrapped in salami; mozzarella, tomato and basil on skewers; and rice and beans with lime. MP is all for healthy, creative lunches, but when CP#1 asked for fresh spring rolls, she wondered, how will I pull this off? She enlisted the help of her friend, Watcharee Limanon, a …

Make Your Own Toaster Pastries

MP never had Pop-Tarts growing up, which may be why she found herself attracted to Alana Chernila’s recipe for homemade Toaster Pastries. This is a great, lazy Sunday morning treat to try, and the whole family can help prepare them.

The Best Banana Muffins

When our family is snowed in, there’s nothing MP enjoys more than baking. Post-holiday, however, MP wanted to make a healthy snack for us all. She turned towards an old favorite, a banana bread recipe pulled from the pages of a Betty Crocker cookbook MP and DP received for an engagement present years ago.  

The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila

Alana Chernila, mother of two and author of The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making, visited Longfellow Books in Portland for a reading not long ago. Alana’s gorgeous cookbook is chock full of simple recipes for breads, cheeses, snacks, pasta, and more delicious everyday dishes.

Cooking to Beat the Cold

Happy New Year to our friends and readers—we’ve missed you. Like so many families, we’re trying to get back to our regular routine after a busy holiday, while mentally preparing for the long winter ahead. When it’s too chilly to play outside, one of our favorite housebound activities is to cook or bake something new. That’s why we love these …