The Minnesota State Fair (otherwise known as The Great Minnesota Get Together) is a must go event for hundreds of thousands of Midwesterners each summer. Held the two weeks before Labor Day, it’s an annual celebration of summer, fun, and really, really good food. While there are plenty of things to do at the fair that don’t involve food, I would say that for many people, the food is the fair experience at it’s finest. This week, Lane and I are teaming up with six amazing fellow food bloggers to bring you a collection of Minnesota State Fair Copycat Recipes! These fantastic foodies have recipes for all of the great fair foods (see the links below) and we’re joining in with a new recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts. …
So, I know the height of summer isn’t really considered prime baking season but sometimes a girl just really needs a cookie, am I right? Don’t get me wrong – I love, love, love all of the easy, fresh, summertime recipes in abundance right now. I do. It’s just that yesterday, I also really needed a cookie. A fresh chocolate chip cookie. So I baked some. And now all I want to do is bake some more. I want butter. I want chocolate. I want frosting! And because I have cookies, brownies, and pies on the brain, my recipe research for this week’s Good Food Reads ended up a little, uh, lopsided. So I’m embracing it! Bust out your measuring cups, dust off your apron, and preheat your ovens. We’re about to get down with some serious baking deliciousness. It’s time for Good Food Reads: Get Baking!…
Well, this is post is officially a day later than I had hoped but I guess that’s what happens when you head out of town and forget your laptop charger. Oops! With a few days away from work and no plans in hand, my husband and I made a last minute decision to head to his family’s cabin in the northern Minnesota lake country. We invited some friends to join us and had a great couple of days of sun, sand, water, and some good food. I love the simplicity of summer foods – marinades and grilled chicken or burgers, fresh fish, and plenty of salads. As part of our Southern themed dinner party earlier this summer, Lane and I tossed together this Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad to lighten up an otherwise heavy menu….
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve commiserated with friends about the challenges of cooking for kids. I’m not talking about technical cooking skills here – most of us can manage the ins and outs of classic kid foods. Rather, I’m interested in how to balance making healthy, tasty food that kids and adults will want to eat. I don’t want to be a short order cook and I want my kids to eat food that pushes beyond macaroni and cheese and pizza. Lane and I are both busy working moms and our kids range in age from 9 months to high school so our kid culinary needs are widely varied. In putting together this week’s Good Food Reads, I wanted to find a collection of recipes that would be useful for moms with kids of all ages. To make it a little easier, I’ve broken down the recipes by (loose) age groups. There are recipes for young kids, families, and recipes to cook with your kids! Do you have a favorite recipe that is a surefire hit with kids? Let us know! We’d love to share it here.
For Babies and Toddlers:
Pregnancy Smoothie (and the whole Smoothie Project) from Weelicious. Are you guys familiar with the Smoothie Project? Catherine, the genius behind the go-to cooking with kids site Weelicious, features a daily smoothie on her Instagram and has a cool PDF with mix and match options for healthy smoothies the whole family will love. I loved this pregnancy smoothie – and it’s perfect for the whole family.
An easy finger food for older babies, Barley Banana Protein Pancakes have only four simple ingredients and are quickly whipped up in a blender. Yum!
My oldest child was a bit of a picky eater when first starting table foods. These Toddler Muffins were a lifesaver and he always devoured them. They are so easy to make and freeze well. Highly recommend!
I’m hoping to try these Sweet Potato, Spinach and Chick Pea Patties from Annabel Karmel. I love that it doesn’t shy away from big flavors and packs in plenty of nutrition!
My youngest is proving to be an adventurous eater and I’m excited to try these Mini Chicken and Carrot Meatballs for Baby this weekend. They should be perfect for the freezer, too.
Sweet Potato, Lentil, and Cheddar Croquettes are a great option for baby led weaning and are full of nutrients. Make a double batch and pop the extras in the freezer for later!
My son refused to eat eggs until just a few months ago but my daughter is absolutely in love with scrambled eggs. This Veggie Eggy Orzo is next on my list of finger foods to try for her! I love the simple ingredients and whole wheat orzo.
There’s no easier way to get veggies into picky kids than with pasta sauce! I love this recipe for 5 Vegetable Pasta Bolognese.
These dumplings would be great for older kids and families alike: Ricotta Spinach Dumplings.
Ok, so these are not the healthiest option, but they are an easy treat you can absolutely make with younger kids! We all need dessert sometimes, right? Check out our very own Peanut Butter Cup Bars.
Good For the Whole Family:
Cooking for Kids doesn’t have to mean making separate meals. I love these simple Mashed Sweet Potato Bowls, Two Ways for a quick and easy way to make a healthy meal for all ages.
And because I can’t do a Good Food Reads without a good one pot dish: One Pan Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice. Perfect for cooking for kids and adults!
Finally, what kid (or grownup?) doesn’t love crispy chicken? Check out these Panko Crusted Chicken Drumsticks. They’ve got tons of flavor and crunch and a honey mustard dipping sauce sure to please the pickiest eater.
Well friends, that’s it for this week’s Good Food Reads: Cooking with Kids. How’d we do? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
The past few summers, as soon as the zucchini starts to take over garden patches, I make a batch of Yotam Ottolenghi’s genius Turkey Zucchini Burgers with Sumac Yogurt Sauce. They are the perfect use of summer’s garden bounty and are also the recipe that got me hooked on sumac. As my kitchen skills have grown over the years, so has my willingness to try new herbs and bold spices. I’ve come to love a big flavor punch, especially when it comes to vegetables. While I was pulling out my spices for this summer’s first go at Ottolenghi’s recipe, I thought I’d try to put together a collection of spice heavy recipes to experiment with for this week’s Good Food Reads! Get ready for some serious spice!
First up is this Chicken and Tomato Salad with Sumac and Herbs, featured in the New York Times. It uses tons of fresh herbs and more sumac!
While you’ve got the sumac and your spices out, try this recipe for Cucumbers with Labneh and Cherries for a refreshing take on a side dish.
And since I know you’re going to be as sumac obsessed as I am, how about this Sumac Chicken with Cauliflower and Carrots for an easy, healthy dinner? It’s a sheet pan wonder that will be perfect for busy weeknights.
Don’t think I forgot a beverage! How about this Chili Lime Pineapple Soda? I think it would also be good with a splash of vodka, if you’re looking for an evening cocktail.
Want a show stopping, filled with flavor treat? Look no further than this recipe for Zucchini and Herbed Ricotta Flatbread. I think I might try it on the grill for a little added flavor.
I first had chicken under a brick while traveling in Tuscany about 10 years ago. Here’s a great take on the classic, using fresh sage and flavor packed juniper berries: Chicken Under A Brick with Sage and Olives.
As you all know by now, I’ve never met a good vegetarian recipe that I don’t like. Itching to try these Spiced Grilled Vegetables.
The lovely Amanda of Heartbeet Kitchen killed it with this profile of Shelly Westerhausen’s gorgeous recipe for Minted Baba Ghanoush. My backyard mint plant is going to be put to good use!
This recipe for Lemongrass Curry With Shrimp from Bon Appetit can be made – leaving out the shrimp – a day ahead, which is definitely helpful for the weekday dinner crunch.
And finally, we can’t talk about spices without including a recipe for chicken wings, right? Try these Chicken Wings with Mango Chili Sauce for a sweet and spicy twist.
I hope you all have a great weekend filled with good food, great spices, and lots of fun with friends and family. Let us know what you make! We’d love to see your kitchen successes. Find us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
Like much of the country right now, Minnesota is in the midst of a summer heat wave. Temperatures have been hovering in the 90s the last few days with high humidity, making the state feel down right tropical. I am actually a huge fan of the hot and humid days of summer – especially considering what winter can be like around here! That being said, I will fully admit that when it’s steamy outside, the last thing I want to be doing is standing over a hot stove or turning up the oven to bake. This week’s Good Food Reads is full of no bake or minimal heat required recipes perfect for summer! Many of them are easily portable for outdoor gatherings or trips to the beach or cabin. I know I’m planning to whip up a few of them tomorrow to have ready for the weekend ahead. What are your favorite go to recipes when the temperature rises? We’d love for you to share your recipes on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!
Let’s start things off with a frosty beverage, shall we? This Frozen Mint Lemonade is absolutely perfect for a hot summer day (or eve). If you’re looking for a breakfast treat, try our Simple Summer Green Smoothie.
This recipe for Cold Southwestern Corn and Shrimp Soup uses frozen corn. Genius!
Technically this recipe for a Grilled Vegetable Platter recommends that the veggies be served warm, but I think they would be equally amazing as a chilled appetizer or side dish. And yes, you have to grill them, but grilling and summertime go together so I’ll be forgiven for breaking my no heat rule, right?
I absolutely love crisp salads when it’s hot out and this Antipasto Salad couldn’t be easier and more full of big flavor! No boring supermarket salad here.
BLT Salad with Olive Vinaigrette, with bacon made in the microwave. No cooking needed!
Check out these absolutely gorgeous Rainbow “Rawmaine” Taco Boats from Minimalist Baker. I’m not a huge fan of beets, but darn it if that beet hummus isn’t crazy beautiful. I think I’ll give it a try!
Our very own Greek Chicken and Barley Salad is on repeat in the summer months around here. I use rotisserie chicken so definitely no cooking required. The best part is, the recipe makes a generous amount and leftovers are the best.
If you want to feel like a kid again, but with a grown up palate: Mango Lassi Popsicles. YUM.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a Good Food Reads without a cocktail, right? Watermelon Tequila Popsicles. Perfect for an evening on the porch!
I hope everyone has a happy and safe weekend! Get outside and enjoy the heat!
There are a lot of things to love about June but one of my favorites is that it is finally berry season! I am a fairly equal opportunity fruit eater but give me a fresh pint of raspberries or a bowl of plump, just picked strawberries and I will eat the entire thing every single time. There is just nothing like fresh berries at the height of the season. My four year old son is also a berry lover and on the days when he eats an entire container of organic blueberries by himself I am grateful for Costco and their amazing organic fruit options! Since my personal fridge is currently filled to the brim with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, I thought a collection of berry themed recipes might be just the thing for this week’s Good Food Reads. I hope you enjoy a few of these treats this weekend!…
As some of you may know, Lane and I have the wonderful privilege of being part of an amazing group of friends and colleagues that also love food and cooking. Almost two years ago, two of those dear ladies started a rotating dinner party that we take turns hosting and cooking and it has been just so much fun. Each quarter the ten of us gather for a multi-course, home cooked feast. The evenings are always filled with the best food and cocktails and hours of great conversation and laughter. Lane and I hosted our first dinner last March (check out the menu and list of recipes here!) and last week, it was our turn again. This time we decided to tackle an eight course Southern themed menu and boy was it a good time.
Over the next few weeks, we will be posting the recipes and full menu here on With Two Spoons. We are so excited to share it all with you! Some of the recipes we developed or adapted ourselves and few others we left to the recipes of foodie icons like Ina Garten, Deb Perleman, and J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. At the end of the series you’ll have a full menu ready and waiting if you are looking to host your own Southern inspired party.
As many good parties do, we started with cocktails. In the interest of keeping things simple, we chose to serve a signature drink for everyone as they arrived and then switch to wine and prosecco (one red, one white, one sparkling!) for the rest of the evening. Our cocktail of choice for this party was the amazing Bourbon Tea from Garden and Gun Magazine and the Apiary event center in Kentucky.
The base of the drink is a simple syrup made with lemon, orange, ginger, cinnamon and mint. A small amount of this flavor filled syrup is poured over ice and then bourbon and an ounce of elderflower liquor (like St. Germain) is added. Top the whole thing with a splash of ginger ale and you have a simple southern drink that everyone will love. A word of caution: these cocktails are meant to be savored so go slow!
Find the recipe (and lots more Southern goodness!) at Garden and Gun magazine, here.
We’ll be back on Friday with this week’s Good Food Reads and next week our moveable feast continues with one of our main courses.
Some of you may know this, but I spent almost 16 years of my life as a vegetarian. From about age 12 until a few months before my 28th birthday, I lived the veggie life. My reasons for going vegetarian (and then staying veggie!) changed over the years, and while I’m now definitely an omnivore, I still try to keep about half of my meals plant based and really don’t miss meat when I’m focusing on such great food! Over the years I’ve built up a pretty great personal collection of vegetarian recipes but I’m always on the hunt for more so for this week’s Good Food Reads, we are going veg! I promise, there is something for everyone and the meat lovers in your life won’t even miss it.
I’m so intrigued by this 5 Minute Macadamia Cheese and Vegan Crudité from Minimalist Baker. I’m not going to lie, I’ll probably stick with non-vegan cheese, but the photos are so gorgeous I could probably be convinced to give it a try! Those roasted carrots are making me so hungry right now.
Grilled Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Chimichurri. So many of my favorite things in one dish. Can’t wait to give it a try.
Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Romesco & Farro from Vegetarian Heartland. I love all the colorful veggies!
Don’t forget the grill! When I was a full time vegetarian, I always struggled to enjoy those boxed veggie burgers (Boca cheeseburgers usually won out). I can’t wait to give these Wild Rice Veggie Burgers with Herbed Ricotta a try for our next grilling session. Another option? This Sweet Potato and Mushroom Quinoa Burger. I doubt the meat will be missed!
Where there are burgers, there should probably be fries. I’m ready to tackle these Sesame Garlic Grilled Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Curry Dip.
A fresh, vegetarian take on the classic summer pasta side dish: Creamy Greek Pasta Salad.
Instant Pot Hummus with Chimichurri. I love hummus and love to make it at home but can never seem to plan ahead enough to soak the beans and end up using canned. Maybe it will be InstantPot to the rescue!
Meal Prep Mediterranean Bowls – for making those busy work days a little less crazy. LOVE the inclusion of marinated feta. So yum! These Almond-Sesame Soba Noodles with Quick Pickled Vegetables would be amazing as well.
Ok, this isn’t a recipe but have you guys seen these DIY Terracotta Wine Chillers? I have exactly zero pinterest type craft skills but maybe I could pull one of these off?
Recently I’ve been looking for more ways to get my four year old into the kitchen cooking with me. He loves to help mix up cookies and chop veggies but as he’s gotten a little older, I wanted to find a cooking project he could do largely on his own. As I sat staring into my pantry yesterday, I spied a box of Rice Krispies and a bag of marshmallows and I realized, what could be easier than classic Rice Krispies Treats? Aside from the melting of the butter and marshmallow, those perfect little pillows of marshallow-y goodness really don’t require much in the way of kitchen skill. So there I was, all set to make a batch with my kiddo when he got home from preschool when I noticed the bag of bittersweet chocolate chips staring at me from the shelf below the marshmallows. And that’s when my plans took a quick turn. While I do intend to get my little guy in the kitchen to make some classic Rice Krispies treats soon, I decided in that moment that my chocolate craving was winning and needed to be addressed ASAP. Thus was born my new favorite indulgence: Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispies Bites with Dulce de Leche. …