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Girls Night Pizza Party

EAT, entertain By October 27, 2016 No Comments

Does anyone ever get a girls night anymore? Certainly not me!! And worse? When you get one, do you really want to be cooking and fussing over sweating it out in the kitchen? Didn’t think so. Pizza – the bake-in-home kind, is a perfect option for an easy girls night pizza celebration, and the new line of Dr. Oetker Ristorante Ultra Thin Crust pizza is my go-to choice. I adore pizza and am very particular with what I consume. The crust must be thin. (This new version sports the thinnest crust ever!) And crispy but not too much. (I verified it comes out perfectly every time). Toppings must be perfectly cooked and the combo has to be perfect. (Picking off items that I dislike makes me feel just terrible. And kindof picky.)

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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5 Delicious Brews (aka Beers) to Try this Fall

EAT, entertain By September 15, 2016 No Comments

There’s a slight chill in the air and green leaves are beginning to transform into a melody of gold, red, and orange. Summer’s end may be bittersweet, but fall has plenty to offer, especially when it comes to beer. Read: Octoberfest Beer Gardens (or Oktoberfest Bier Gartens for our European readers!). We’ve rounded up five delightful beers (and the like) that perfectly compliment the start of autumn.

Julia Arnold

Julia is a freelance writer living in Minnesota with her husband and two young children. She loves reading, writing, photography, and all things equestrian. She blogs about Motherhood with humor and honesty at FranticMama.com.

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Barilla Pronto Pasta

One Dish, One Pot, One Boat & Generations of Tradition

EAT, entertain, holidays, Uncategorized By July 6, 2016 No Comments

I have been passionate about food and drink my entire life. I have been a culinary broadcaster and writer for over 20 years. Long ago, I became weary of fads and gimmicks in the food world passing as new “essentials”. So when I am delighted by a new product, it usually is accompanied by an element of surprise reminding me of what I still love about food and food people. Barilla Pronto Pasta delighted and happily surprised me when I dared it to star in my traditional, Boston inspired, Fourth of July celebration.

Jennifer English

Jennifer English

Jennifer is a multi-award winning broadcaster, writer, and culinarian who is the founder and host of the Food & Wine Radio Network, based in Tucson, Arizona. Her in-depth interviews and intellectual musings on the craft, history and culture of all areas of food and drink have earned Jennifer the prestigious Gracie Allen Award from The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television and The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Radio Show. Jennifer serves on the Board of the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society, and was proud to participate on the very first Seminar Panel at Tales of the Cocktail. Jennifer is a co-founder of the World Margarita Championships. She’s also hosted food segments for NBC affiliate KVOA TV-4 and the “Bottoms Up Radio Hour”, and R.S.V.P. Radio Show. Boston born Jennifer has called Tucson home for many years. Jennifer’s delights in sharing the delicious and bountiful flavors, colors, smells and sips of the Desert Southwest.

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Tea is the new wine

Tea is the New Wine

EAT, entertain By May 24, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Welcome to the Global Tea Renaissance. With a single sip from a humble cup, together we embark on the most exciting, healthful, delicious and revolutionary journey of discovery in our lifetime. Tea is experiencing a massive shift in consumer awareness that will fundamentally change how every one of us views this glorious infused beverage. Tea is the new wine.

Comparing tea and wine is not a novel notion; more precisely, today we can explore this experience with tea because of our past, passionate experience with wine. Wine has served as our sipping apprenticeship.

Jennifer English

Jennifer English

Jennifer is a multi-award winning broadcaster, writer, and culinarian who is the founder and host of the Food & Wine Radio Network, based in Tucson, Arizona. Her in-depth interviews and intellectual musings on the craft, history and culture of all areas of food and drink have earned Jennifer the prestigious Gracie Allen Award from The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television and The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Radio Show. Jennifer serves on the Board of the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society, and was proud to participate on the very first Seminar Panel at Tales of the Cocktail. Jennifer is a co-founder of the World Margarita Championships. She’s also hosted food segments for NBC affiliate KVOA TV-4 and the “Bottoms Up Radio Hour”, and R.S.V.P. Radio Show. Boston born Jennifer has called Tucson home for many years. Jennifer’s delights in sharing the delicious and bountiful flavors, colors, smells and sips of the Desert Southwest.

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This super-simple peanut butter jelly fudge recipe makes a great treat at Christmas-time... Or anytime!

Peanut Butter Jelly Fudge

EAT, entertain, holidays, snacks By April 28, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Fudge is a Christmas tradition in my family, my mom or sister always makes it for us to enjoy on Christmas Eve (and for days after!)  I’ve never really made it myself but I recently came across a recipe for Apricot Raspberry Cheesecake Fudge from A Mom’s Take and while it looks amazingly delicious, I’m personally not a big fan of white chocolate or apricots by my little pregnant brain immediately went to: That would be awesome as a Peanut Butter and Jelly fudge!!!

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Cinema Inspired Cocktails for Stay-Home Date Night… or Any Night!

EAT, entertain By April 17, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

There’s no denying the importance of “couple time.” Date night gives you the chance to reconnect with the person you knew before they became the person with whom you co-parent. Time alone together lets you strengthen your commitment, rekindle a romantic spark, and relieve stress.

Renee Robbins

Renee Robbins

Writer. Kamikaze Mom. Participation Trophywife. Trying to achieve a balance of principal and practice without shouting obscenities at too many people.

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Neverland: a Gender Neutral Birthday Bash that’s Fun for Everyone

EAT, entertain, FAM, kids, LIVE, play By April 4, 2016 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Cabin Girl and Mr. Monkey have birthdays 4 days apart.  Awesome planning on my end.  We decided that this year, to make things simpler (HA!), we would do a combined birthday party for them.  But, how to combine a birthday for a 7 year old girly-girl and a 2 year old rough and tumble toddler boy?

The answer, my friends, is in Never Neverland.

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Raspberry Panna Cotta

Oscars Treat: Wolfgang Puck’s Champagne Raspberry Panna Cotta

EAT, entertain By February 24, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

We love great movies here at Urban Mommies. Oscar night allows us to indulge our Hollywood fantasies as star or director, studio boss or film reviewer. We all become movie experts on Oscar night. Chef Wolfgang Puck makes the celebration of cinema’s brightest night delicious with this award-worthy recipe for Raspberry Panna Cotta.

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Oscar-Worthy Mocktails

EAT, entertain, LIVE, play By February 23, 2016 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

The Glitz, The Glam, The Gossip. It’s Oscar season in tinseltown and Hollywood’s biggest night is upon us. The Academy Awards is the culmination of the year in film, and the nominees have been active in talk show and media circuits promoting the projects for which they hope to take home a coveted golden statue. For those of us regular folk who are not planning on attending the awards show, the Oscars are the perfect excuse to indulge in rich foods, decadent desserts, and bubbly cocktails while enjoying the show from the comfort of our couches.

VanessaHeron

VanessaHeron

Vanessa is a wife and mother to two littles. She is a school counsellor by day, a blogger at Like Mother Like Daughter by night, and occasionally dabbles in freelance during naptime. Her favourites include all things pop culture, strong cups of coffee, and full nights of sleep.

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Salmon Chowder Bread Bowls

Salmon Chowder Bread Bowls

EAT, eat, entertain, family meals By February 1, 2016 Tags: , , 1 Comment

The words ‘Super Bowl’ brings a lot of things to mind. Aside from the obvious, football, I always think of gatherings, friends, and incredible food. While some foods are classic football party fare and will never go out of style, sometimes a little menu reinvention is necessary. A staple in our house, chowder is a weekly request during the cold winter months. Paired with a thick crusty bread for dipping, this recipe often needs doubling as even my 9 year old goes back for extra heaping servings! This recipe is easily tweaked for clam or shrimp lovers, too.

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