Hints & Tips

Find cooking solutions and expert advice on topics like cooking with kids and food safety.

Make-Ahead Meals For Easy Family Dinners

The key to making weeknight dinners a breeze is finding recipes that allow you to prep components in advance. Taking an hour on Sunday to tackle some preliminary chopping and cooking will save you precious time during the week.

Pack Lunch Like a Celebrity Chef

20 super-healthy lunch box recipes that are so tasty you'll probably want to pack a second lunch for yourself!

Rachael Ray to the Rescue

They have three young (and hungry) kids and no time to cook! Helena and Joseph Goncalves were serving the same old suppers. So we sent a famous foodie to give them new recipes and bust them out of their dinner rut.

Make-Ahead Meal Plan for Busy Families

Serving dinner to your family doesn't have to be a struggle. We've got tricks, tips, and a work-week's worth of recipes to get a delicious healthy food ready in half an hour or less.

How to Make Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

The Naptime Chef, Kelsey Banfield, shows how to make a simple slow-cooker stew.

How To Make Apple Pops

Kids will love to help make this sweet and simple apple treat.

How to Reduce Food Waste and Save Big

Most American families throw away $1,600 every year, and it's literally rotting in the garbage can in the form of food waste. If you're watching your grocery budget (and who isn't?), reducing food waste is an easy way to save some dough, and help the environment to boot.

Smart Ways to Introduce Your Baby to Nuts

Recent recommendations suggest feeding nuts and nut products to babies as soon as they start eating solid foods. But that doesn't mean giving your baby a handful of cocktail peanuts (obviously!). Instead, follow these easy suggestions for adding nutritious and delicious nuts to your baby's diet.

Easy as Cake!

Our simple guide will help you rise to the occasion and create bakery-worthy desserts you can be proud of.

Adventurous Eating from A to Z

We've compiled a list of off-the-beaten-path foods. Try them with your kids in alphabetical order - if dates don't go over well, just move on to eggplant, or choose another food from the list.

Teach Your Kids to Cook

Teaching your kids to cook is like teaching them to drive, only harder. There's no imaginary brake, for one thing, and you'll go through more eggs.

The Food Dye Blues

As families are consuming more artificial colors than ever, scientists weigh in on whether there's truly cause for concern.

Time-Saving Kitchen Products and Appliances

Forget a pricey remodel! Get the buzz on new products that can speed up cooking and the dreaded cleanup.

Fruit Nachos

Watch FamilyFun's Joy Howard prepare Fruit Nachos, as featured in the September 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Cooking How-To: Cutting Up a Chicken

Simple tips and tasty recipes that make delicious use of a whole chicken.

Battering & Breading Basics

Learn how to get the crispy texture kids love through baking and avoid all the fat of frying.

Quick Cake Decorating Techniques: How-To Video

Parents' food editor Erica Clark demonstrates three easy ways to decorate birthday cakes.

Stir-Fry Made Simple

Stir-frying is a phenomenally easy way to add some sizzle to your weeknight dinners. The three hallmarks of this Asian style of cooking are the pan you cook in (stir-fries are traditionally made in a wok, but a large skillet works, too), high heat, and constant stirring. It takes mere minutes, so be sure to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start!

Canning Made Easy

Home canning is making a comeback, and for good reason. When you turn seasonal fruits and veggies into jams, pickles, and relishes, you're preserving the produce at the height of its freshness -- and its nutritional peak. Best of all, even on the bleakest winter days you'll be able to eat sweet peaches and deep-red tomatoes, treats sure to tempt even the choosiest kids.

The Ultimate Guide to the Grocery Store

We cut through the chaos and tell you what you should buy--and where you can save your money.

Tools to Organize Your Pantry

Take back your cabinets with these chaos-conquering products.

Expert Answers to Your Cooking Questions

Chef Britt Kurent uses her culinary expertise and the skills she's gained from creating and running her own boutique catering company to answer your toughest cooking questions.

Snow Cone Cupcakes

Watch editor Joy Howard demonstrate how to make this festive, summery cupcake that masquerades as a snow cone.

Hands-Off Cooking for Simple Family Suppers

The key to this menu plan is sticking to largely hands-off recipes and making more than your family will eat at one meal to guarantee leftovers later in the week.

How To Make Leaf Chips

Parents' food editor Erica Clark shows how to make yummy leaf chips from wonton wrappers and spices.

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