The build-your-own bagel bar at our bachelorette brunch from this morning was such a major hit, I wondered why I hadn’t done this setup at countless gatherings before. It couldn’t have been simpler to put together, required zero cooking time (a major plus when the weather’s as hot as it is in Austin right now), and apparently, […]

Chocolate-Covered Banana Pudding Pops


  Natalie of Good Girl Style is back today with a totally retro dessert, gone frozen, in what will perhaps be the only appearance of pudding mix on this blog for all eternity. Natalie joins us each month to share incredible desserts with Big Girls, Small Kitchen readers–desserts that are entirely gluten-free, but not like obviously gluten-free. That means no […]

Loaded Power Salad


After a bit of an indulgent weekend, I think we can all agree that an epic loaded power salad with tons of fresh produce is the best way to start the week! In my world, life is really all about balance!! The healthy with the indulgent. The super active days with the lazy days. The yoga […]

Paprika Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa


If there’s one ingredient that is always on hand in the Dalkin kitchen, it’s Paprika!! Growing up it was essential to so many of the dishes my mom would make, and it’s carried over to my kitchen 100% Whether it’s in the form of smoked paprika or regular Hungarian paprika or Hot Hungarian paprika, you […]

Croissant Mini Quiche


  An easy and yummy way to make mini quiches that can be altered to your liking. Ingredients Original recipe makes 6 servings cooking spray 8 croissants 5 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg salt and ground black pepper to taste 1/2 cup grated three-cheese blend (such as Kraft® Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago Blend) 1 cup torn […]

Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffed Burgers


I usually just stick to ordinary burgers. Nothing could make a burger better to me than a little salt and pepper and grilling them over a charcoal fire. Even though I may change up the toppings, I usually always make my burgers the same way. Every once in a while though, I’m inspired to turn […]

Southwest Seafood Chowder


  As a native New Englander, chef Steve Sicinski loves clam chowder but prefers making a healthier version with Southwestern flavors. TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN SERVINGS: 8 1/4 cup canola oil 1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped 5 garlic cloves, smashed 2 large ancho chiles, seeded and torn into large pieces 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 […]

Herbed Chicken and Mushrooms


An herbed wine sauce makes this chicken-and-pasta dish a satisfying meal. Steamed green beans are the perfect accompaniment.   Makes: 6 servings Prep: 30 mins Cook: 7 hrs to 8 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4 hours (high) Herbed Chicken and Mushrooms Ingredients 3 pounds chicken thighs and/or drumsticks, skinned 1 tablespoon oil 5 cups sliced assorted fresh mushrooms, […]

Italian Braised Chicken with Fennel and Cannellini


Makes: 6 servings Prep: 30 mins Cook: 5 hrs to 6 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hours (high)   Italian Braised Chicken with Fennel and Cannellini Ingredients 2 pounds chicken drumsticks and/or thighs, skin removed 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 1 bulb fennel, cored […]

Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya


Tender shrimp adds a dose of Cajun persuasion to juicy, fall-off-the-bone chicken. An easy sauce of tomato and seasonings infuses the slow-cooked chicken with a taste of the Caribbean.   Makes: 8 servingsPrep: 20 minsSlow Cook: 4 hrs 30 mins to 5 hrs 30 mins (low) or 2 hours, 15 minutes to 2 hours, 45 minutes (high) Chicken […]

Valerian Mint Cordial: The Perfect Herbal Nightcap


No matter how hard I try to maintain a good sleep schedule, I often find myself lying awake, staring at the ceiling long after I should be asleep. My mind is either going over tomorrow’s plans, replaying today’s conversations over and over, or fixating on some other anxiety that I just can’t let go of. […]

Budget Cooking: Feed 4 for $10


Cooking on a budget? Don’t skimp on nutrition! You’ll feel good about feeding your family these creatively delectable recipes. Stewed Pork and Squash Price: $2.12 per servingServe with simple pantry-friendly corn muffins to complete the meal. Pantry Checklist: • Onion • Garlic clove • Boneless pork shoulder (1 lb.) • Chili powder • Ground cumin • […]

Graham Cracker Ice Cream


I don’t think I’ve had a dessert that wasn’t frozen in ages.  Wait, that’s not true.  I inhaled most things in the Tartine window.  But I don’t think I’ve made a non-frozen dessert in my own kitchen in quite a long time.  Glass jars of local heavy cream just keep making their way into my […]

Cucumber Raspberry Pops


Let’s pretend you and I are at the spa, and they just handed us icy cold cucumber pops studded with fresh raspberries.  Well, if you and I are friends enough to go to a spa together, you probably would assume that I snuck vodka in my purse to dunk these popsicles in.  When you eagerly reach for […]

Brussels Sprout + Apple Slaw in Cheddar Cheese Cups


If I’m counting correctly, we have but a few more weeks of bikini season.  If I don’t get my bikini time in now, I’ll be blinded by my pale legs all winter log.  So, bikinis it is!  Yard work in bikinis!  Dog walks in bikinis! Grilling in bikinis!  Ok, maybe you don’t want to parade […]

9 Goofy M&M’s Recipes That’ll Have Your Kids Cracking Up


M&M’s make people happy. Have you ever seen anyone in a bad mood eating M&M’s? Didn’t think so. There’s something about popping a handful in your mouth and having this infectious feel-good vibe take over. Whether you’re serving them to guests in pretty glass bowls or using them to decorate your amazing dessert creations, one thing’s for […]

Copycat Magic Shell Recipe Starring Caramelized White Chocolate


Ever roasted white chocolate? Me neither. Ever even thought about it? Same. However, when I saw recipes and tutorials floating across my screen touting the magical alchemy that takes place when white chocolate is slow-baked in a low-temp oven — well, who could resist? It’s even better than it looks. Using nothing more than a […]

3 Kids, a Mom & a Kitchen: Inside-Out Caramel Apples


Now that fall is here, the kids and I decided to make a classic autumn treat together – caramel apples. We wanted to make them a little different somehow, so we decided to turn the apples inside out! I must admit that this was an idea I saw on Pinterest, and it’s the first project […]

9 Kids Reveal Their Weird Food Obsessions


Do you have an adventurous eater on your hands, or does your child turn his or her nose up at anything but mac ‘n’ cheese? My kids fall somewhere in the middle, willing to try a few things but not especially adventurous. I’ve always tried to expose our children to all kinds of foods, but […]

Copycat Recipe: Starbucks’ Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino


My 6-year-old Anna is obsessed with Starbucks, more than any caffeine-addicted adult I know. She is always asking to go because of that devilishly-delicious double chocolaty chip frappuccino! Anna asks for this drink all the time, whether she’s seen a Starbucks or not, but especially when she comes into contact in any way, shape, or form […]