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5 Back-to-School Dessert Recipes for Kids

The end of August marks back-to-school time in Delaware. And the thought of a new year may be met with excitement…or groans. But no matter how your family feels about the end of summer, the best way to earn a smile is with a sweet treat.

If you’re looking for delicious dessert recipes for kids, I have lots of ideas you can make at home. Cooking with your kids will get them excited about their what’s in their lunch box—especially when it includes dessert.

My favorite back-to-school recipes for kids have something for everyone, from gluten-free options to all-out decadence. Get in the kitchen and try something new.

Try These Indulgent Dessert Recipes for Kids

Healthy Rice Krispie Treats
A modern twist on a timeless snack, these Rice Krispie treats from Running with Spoons nix the sugary marshmallows in favor of brown rice syrup or honey (you decide). The recipe also contains almond butter, so you can get a bit of protein with every bite. Top it off with a drizzle of melted chocolate for a stunning presentation!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Who wouldn’t love to find a peanut butter-filled chocolate cookie sandwich in their lunch box? Easy to make (and fun to eat) these whoopie pies from Elana’s Pantry are sure be a winner with your kids. The cherry on top? They’re gluten- and dairy-free. But don’t worry; no one will know the difference!

Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Everyone needs a classic cookie recipe—and this one from Ina Garten fits the bill. Full of chocolate chunks and walnuts, it packs some serious flavor and texture. Be sure to serve your warm cookies with glasses of cold milk for dunking!

Lemon Bars
If you’re looking for non-chocolate dessert recipes for kids, try these easy lemon bars from Dinner Then Dessert. The sweet-tart combo is both refreshing and elegant. Pack ‘em up for lunch. Or, bring them to the school bake sale for an easy A.

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New Ways to Enjoy Coffee (That Don’t Involve Sipping!)

Coffee is the latest trend in the food and beverage industry, and there are new and brilliant coffee recipes popping up every day. Millennials are driving demand for more innovative ways to consume their cup of joe, including cold brew and Bulletproof. But you can also enjoy coffee as a delicious ingredient in your summer dishes. From meat rubs to dessert sauces, coffee isn’t just for drinking anymore!

Coffee in Its Natural State

Most high-quality coffee comes from the C. arabica variety of coffee bean. The green coffee beans are contained in small red coffee berries and roasted after harvesting to attain their rich brown color. Because most coffee contains chemical residues from pesticides, organic coffee is worth purchasing if you consume it every day.

Coffee’s Health Benefits

The health benefits of coffee and caffeine are vast, but here are a few of the highlights:

• May reduce the risk of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and high blood pressure
• Improves physical performance, memory and mental alertness
• Stimulates digestion and weight loss

Our Favorite Coffee Recipes

If you’ve never tried coffee as a food addition, it’s time to change that! A few of our preferred ways to incorporate coffee include:

Coffee bean flour: Use coffee bean flour to enhance the flavor and nutritional value of your baked goods! Coffee flour can be substituted for up to 15% of flour in most recipes, but keep in mind you’ll need to add 10-25% more liquid as well.
Light roast coffee rub for roast beef or pork tenderloin: Combine ground light roast beans with salt, pepper and your spices of choice (we recommend chili powder and paprika), then rub to cover the outside of a roast and cook as you normally would. This makes a great option for summer grilling!
Mocha sauce: Warm a cup of brewed dark roast coffee on the stove and stir in baking chocolate, butter and sugar until the chocolate has dissolved. You’ll have a lovely mocha sauce to drizzle on top of whipped cream, cakes or fruit.
Espresso vinaigrette: This one is super simple—just add red wine vinegar, olive oil, honey and instant espresso to a dressing cruet and shake thoroughly. Try it on a breakfast salad with bacon, eggs and avocado, or on this grilled green salad from Bon Appetit.

Keep the Caffeine Buzz Going

Request coffee recipes as part of your event menu with our catering services. Coffee-inspired dishes are always a hit with party guests (hint: you MUST try our triple chocolate espresso brownies!). Contact us to book your next gathering.

Source: http://www.foodinsight.org/caffeine-facts-tea-coffee-chocolate-guarana-kola-nut-benefits

Bedda Chedda Dip: The Ultimate Football Party Food

You might not know this about me, but I’m a huge Giants fan! Unfortunately, not everyone in my family feels the same about Big Blue. My husband roots for the Eagles, so as you can imagine, game day can get tense. Luckily, there’s one thing that always brings everyone around the table: FOOD!

The best part of Sunday football is that it offers a time and day to get my friends and family together. We watch, we eat, we laugh—and sometimes we argue about whether the opposing team really got that first down. Then, we eat some more.

Even though football snacks are meant to be fun, you don’t have to fill your plate with fatty, greasy foods to have an all-star party. My Bedda Chedda Dip is exactly what the name implies. It’s a rich, gooey, cheesy dip, made from real, simple ingredients. Most cheddar dip recipes or store-bought varieties are full of milk, butter, flour and preservatives, which can make you feel heavy and bloated.

Why weigh yourself down when you need energy to cheer on your team? You can serve your guests incredible bites, like my dip, and they won’t even know it’s bedda for them. Don’t worry; it will be our little secret…

Bedda Chedda Dip
Serves 6-8 as an appetizer

6-8 slices thick-cut bacon
8-10 oz. yellow, extra-sharp, block cheddar cheese
1 cup walnuts
6-8 scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup mayo
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Ritz Crackers for serving


1.Cook the bacon in a skillet, until browned or in a 350° F oven on a slotted baking pan for 15-20 minutes. Crumble and set aside.

2.Grate the block of cheese and set aside.

3.Gently toast the walnuts in a dry skillet until fragrant. Cool, then chop and set aside.

4.In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the bacon, cheese, nuts and remaining ingredients (up to Worcestershire). Serve with Ritz crackers and enjoy!