Children

How To Make Fritters Out of Any Vegetable — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Veggie fritters are a bit of a mind game because they have a magical way of making you forget that you're actually eating vegetables. That's because the best fritters aren't just packed with veggies — they're also enhanced with cheese, herbs, and spices. Then there's the brilliant method of pan-frying them, making them nice and crispy. Everyone can agree on crispy.

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Recipe: Apple Pie Granola Bars — Recipes from The Kitchn

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When a snack attack hits, reach for these chewy, buttery granola bars. They're packed with grated apples, warming spices, and toothsome oats – perfect as a lunch-box treat or an on-the-go breakfast.

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A Sweet First Birthday Party That’s Not Just for the Birds — First Birthday

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There's no need to wing it when it comes to a first birthday celebration. (And yes, I realize these puns are already starting to get ridiculous!) Wynona Leach of Red Carousel styled this birdhouse-plus-garden party for a client (well, technically the client's 1-year-old daughter, Sanaa) and it's definitely an idea worth stealing.

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My 3-Part Formula for a Fun (and Easy) Kids’ Party — Tips from The Kitchn

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I'm almost embarrassed to share how much time and money I spent on my daughter's first birthday. I hand-punched confetti, you guys, and we smoked a pork shoulder on our grill for eight hours and made BBQ sauce for party favors. All that hard work was worth it because we loved celebrating her with friends and family, but it made the days leading up to the party and the emotions I had about my baby turning 1 hard to manage. I can't say that her second birthday party was any less ambitious.

This month my daughter celebrated her fifth birthday, and along with her baby brother's two birthday parties, I now have seven kids' parties under my belt. I've learned a lot about what makes a fun (and easy) kids' party from planning these parties, so much so that I've developed a formula for planning that keeps me and my guests happy. It's simpler than you think.

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Recipe: Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Yogurt-Herb Dip — Recipes from The Kitchn

There's a reason why some foods are childhood favorites: They're delicious, if somewhat lacking in sophistication (and nutrition). Having kids has prompted me to revisit the dishes of my youth — like fish sticks, scrambled eggs, and fruit leather — with varied results.

The most victorious of such ventures is this chicken fingers recipe, with almond meal breading and yogurt-herb dip. It gives a nod to nostalgia while incorporating some of the ingredients and flavors of my modern kitchen.

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This 4-Year-Old Barista Who Loves Making Cappuccinos Will Warm Your Heart — So Cute

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Flirting with the cute barista is nothing new, but have you ever wanted to pick up and tickle the guy making your cappuccino? Four-year-old Adler Webb is possibly the world's youngest and most adorable barista making cappuccinos and other coffee drinks at home and at his family's coffee shop, Bindle Coffee, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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