Alexandra Soderstrom

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The Soulful Side of Old Cape Cod: Justine’s Family Cottage

When Remodelista’s Justine Hand and her husband, Chad, bought a wonky 1807 house on Rock Harbor, she already knew every cobwebby nook: With their two …

Would You Want to Live In This Fairytale House in the Woods?

This cute-as-a-button, Victorian Gothic cottage is currently on the market—and we're head-over-heels in love! This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.<p>Built in 1875 and located in beautiful Washington Grove, Maryland, it's got everything we look for in a quaint historic getaway. That …

Meatball Mania

Aside from being savory and delicious, these succulent little nuggets can be a healthy source of protein and a vehicle for veggies. They're easy to make, freeze beautifully, and are endlessly variable. Oh, and kids go mad for them. What's not to love?<p>This recipe makes enough tender meatballs and …

All About Citrus + A Classic Daiquiri

<i>All week long, Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Portland's Clyde Common and Pepe Le Moko will be sharing recipes and techniques from his new book, The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique. Follow along to win one of five copies we’re giving away -- and to perfect your at-home cocktails.</i><p><i>Today: All about</i> …

Costa Rica

California Gazpacho

<i>Every week, we’re unearthing Heirloom Recipes -- dishes that have made their way from one generation's kitchen to the next.</i><p><i>Today: Melina Hammer of Licking the Plate makes her favorite childhood gazpacho recipe.</i><p>I never understood what made this gazpacho particularly Californian. I was raised in …

Food Preservation

Balsamic Vegetable Skewers Recipe

Balsamic vinaigrette adds a tanginess to fresh vegetables that have been skewered and grilled until lightly charred.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>We carefully chose vegetables that are firm enough to stay on the skewers during grilling, and left off those that aren't (like eggplant).<br>• Cutting the vegetables …

How to Pack a Jar Salad

<i>As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.</i><p><i>Today: Another -- and arguably the best -- use for your mason jar.</i><p>Last week, I spilled a jar …

Healthy Eating

Fruit and Vegetable Tools You Actually Need

Last week, when I asked what you all are craving this summer, you blew me away with overwhelming enthusiasm for fresh summer fruits and vegetables. …

Summer Succotash + Green Rice

<i>We're celebrating Meatless Mondays with balanced, delicious meal plans. We hope you'll join us -- whether you're vegetarian all the time or just here and there.</i><p><i>Today: When you crave belly-warming, feet-on-the-table sort of food during the summer months, do not be ashamed.</i><p>It's summer and you're …

Coconut

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes Creole Style Recipe

There’s a reason why the Southern dish of stewed okra and tomatoes is timeless. It’s just plain good. First you start with browning some bacon, then …

Style Me Quick – Embellished Bobby Pins

If you are like me and loose around 100 of these a month then this might be a solution. Embellishing your bobby pins will not only make your hair …

The Mediterranean Diet Bonus for Kids

<i>This is a guest post by Karen Cicero, Parents' Contributing Food and Nutrition Editor.</i><p>Fish, whole grains, veggies—these probably aren't your kids' favorite foods (okay, they might not even like them at all), but it's worth your time to work on it. Here's why: A new study of 9,000 children ages 2 to …

Back to School Breakfast Recipes and Ideas

Are you all getting yourself ready & pumped for the Back to School routine???<p>Me, either! Don’t get me wrong, I love a routine. I really do.<p>But I love …

Pop Stars

When your kid screams for ice cream, hand him one of these easy-to-make icy treats.<p>These mint-tea pops (top) and melon pops are incredibly refreshing and low-cal.

No-Fuss Pizza Recipes

Instead of going out for pizza, make it at home with these fun and easy recipes.<p>This super fast French bread pizza only uses four ingredients, so it's great for busy weeknights.

Adventures in Grilling: 9 Easy Dinner Recipes

Your backyard grill can do much more than sizzle burgers, so use it to get your family fired up about a world of new flavors, including ideas for chicken, shrimp, and steak!<p>Once you know the basics of grilling chicken, shrimp, and steak, you can change things up with kid-friendly marinades, basting …

How to Make Fruit Purees for Babies

Homemade fruit purees are filled with essential vitamins and nutrients for your baby. Learn how to make 13 favorites at home with our easy step-by-step guides.<p>Babies typically start fruit with their morning meal after they've tried several green and yellow veggies. Rather than buying baby food at …

22 Twists on Mac 'N' Cheese

Dig into slimmed-down, flavor-packed versions that you'll love as much as the kids do.<p>These bites are perfect for an on-the-go snack or packing lunches—you can't go wrong either way.<p><b>1.</b> Stir 1 egg into prepared mac ’n’ cheese<p><b>2.</b> Spoon into 20 greased mini muffin cups<p><b>3.</b> Sprinkle with shredded cheddar …

Baby's First Finger Foods

When it's time for your baby to start eating solid foods, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests slowly introducing fruits, veggies, and meat one at a time to gauge baby's reaction to each new food. Here's our list of safe finger foods to gradually introduce into your child's diet.<p><b>What:</b> Baby …

Simple Wood Crafts

These easy-to-make wood crafts will have both you and your little ones creating animals out of wooden clothespins and train tracks out of Popsicle sticks. Time to start crafting!<p>Your child will delight in playing conductor with this easy-to-make train and track set.<p><b>Make It:</b> Give your child three …

Kiddie Kabobs

Nothing's more fun than food on a stick. We came up with grilled and no-cook skewer combos that even picky eaters will go for.<p><b>The Lineup:</b> Focaccia bread, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes<p><b>Make It:</b> Fold Canadian bacon into quarters first; brush skewers with olive oil before …

12 Finger Foods That Don't Come From a Box

Skip highly processed finger foods for these natural, nutritious bites babies and toddlers will love to get their hands on.<p>Forget the mush and surprise your baby with a new taste and texture by offering whole peas. Green peas can be steamed, boiled, or simply offered frozen. Aside from wonderful …

Butterfly Pasta Watercolor Art

<b>Butterfly pasta watercolor art</b> was born out of the creation of a bunch cute pasta butterflies we made.<p>We made the butterflies first and then started …

Crafting

10 Ways Moms Can Balance Work and Family

It's never easy being a mom trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. Read on for tips on how you get closer to reaching an ideal work-life balance.<p>More moms than ever are in the workforce. According to the Center for American Progress, "women now make up half of all workers in the …

Easy Weeknight Meals

Supper is solved! With only one grocery trip and a bit of prep, your weeknights will now go a lot more smoothly.<p><b>Weekend Prep</b><p>1. Shake up salad dressing: 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 tsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt.<p>2. Cook 1 1/3 cups of farro according to package directions.<p>3. Wash and dry …

Camp Mom! 20 Activities to Make Summer Awesome for Everyone

There'll be no "I'm bored!" whining this summer! Make a staycation as fun for your kids as a week of summer camp with these awesome (and cheap) activities.<p><b>Get set:</b> Cut a few swimming noodles in two, so that you have one half for each player. Scatter 20 or so blown-up balloons on the ground around a …

Kids

Healthy 'Fast Food' Recipes

Take a break from takeout with these good-for-you versions of your family's favorites. They cook up quicker than you can say drive-thru.<p>With a food prep as simple as this recipe, you'll be getting dinner on the table in no time!

6 Sun Crafts for Kids

During the summer months, these activities blend science with art, keeping summer brains sharp. From using the sun to tell time to observing its powerful heat, your child will learn about the sun through these exciting activities. Note: Always offer adult assistance when using a hot-glue gun and a …