January 16, 2018

Warm Winter Corn Chowder

Warm Winter Corn Chowder

This new year started off with a wintery bang – a bomb cyclone storm followed by frigid temperatures. Being from Cooperstown, I am no stranger to crazy cold and snow, but it is always a little jarring to readjust to winter when it comes on so fast. In the kitchen, this means breaking out my cold weather cooking repertoire and bringing on the hearty stick-to-your-ribs food we all love.

One of the comfort classics in our house is corn chowder. We love its warm, creamy texture and rich flavor. It definitely warms you up, even down to the tips of your toes! I can vouch for this because last week, I ate it immediately after I shoveled snow in four-degree Fahrenheit weather. If there is any time you want warm food, it’s then!

The word “chowder” can strike fear into the heart of many foodies because it brings up images of heavy cream and calorie counts, but I lighten mine up – without sacrificing flavor – by using Skim Plus Milk and Skim Plus Half & Half. Not only does it give this dish the hallmark creamy texture of a classic chowder, it also adds protein and calcium benefits. Skim Plus actually has 37% more protein than whole milk and 34% more calcium than whole milk. It really is a win-win.

December 28, 2017

Flavorful Popcorn for New Year’s Eve Fun

GH Cretors | The Naptime Chef

We’ve had a fantastic and busy month, but the fun isn’t over yet! We still have New Year’s Eve this weekend if you are anything like my family you are all about easy-peasy family entertaining. One of my go-to’s this time of year is lots of gourmet snacks. Instead of going crazy with homemade from scratch everything, I reach for a few of my favorites off the shelves.

December 7, 2017

Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Gingerbread Bundt Cake | The Naptime Chef

My daughter’s favorite holiday flavor is ginger. She loves all kinds of ginger flavored things including cookies, ice cream, whipped cream, and, of course, gingerbread. There is just no form of ginger she doesn’t love. For a recent celebration, I decided to make her a ginger dessert she wouldn’t forget: Gingerbread Bundt Cake with a Chocolate Glaze.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake | The Naptime Chef

The bundt cake is perfect because it serves a crowd, which is exactly what we needed to do. If you don’t need to serve a crowd, you can also make this recipe in two loaf pans and glaze them. Give one away as a holiday gift, but be sure to save one for yourself!

Gingerbread Bundt Cake | The Naptime Chef

One of the secrets that makes this cake so good is the addition of Skim Plus milk. It adds moisture to the cake, and I also use it in the glaze. I love using this milk because even though it is fat-free, it still has a creamy texture and flavor. It even has 37% more protein and 34% more calcium than whole milk. This means I don’t have to go out and buy full-fat milk just for baking! It is so nice to be able to us Skim Plus for our morning cereal and for making holiday treats, too.

This rich cake is extra moist and delicious and is bound to be a hit this holiday season.

November 28, 2017

10 Faves: Gifts for Grandparents

Gifts for Grandparents 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A comfy buffalo check blanket, $129, perfect for cozy nights by the fire.

Gifts for Grandparents 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A Champagne club that sends amazing bottles of champagne to them everyone month (prices vary).

Gifts for Grandparents 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Blocks with photos of the grandkids, $28.99, for fun memories.

Gifts for Grandparents 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A gorgeous coated canvas French tote, $58, perfect for the beach or farmers’ market.

Gifts for Grandparents 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Hands down the comfiest sleep shirt, $175, in all the land.

Gifts for Grandparents 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A coconut cake, $130, that will last the entire winter and is worth every single calorie.

Gifts for Grandparents 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A stylish hot water bottle, $78, for tucking into sheets to stay warm all night.

Gifts for Grandparents 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Gorgeous potpourri, $80, from the South of France.

Gifts for Grandparents 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Delicious candy, $36, from Paris.

Gifts for Grandparents 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Seawicks candles, $24, to remind them of summer vacation in Maine.

November 27, 2017

10 Faves: Gifts for Dads

Gifts for Dads 2017 | The Naptime Chef

The book, $22, you know he’ll read cover to cover.

Gifts for Dads 2017 | The Naptime Chef

And a cool watch, $118, to go with it.

Gifts for Dads 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Finally, a useful key chain, $29.95, so he’ll be able to find them!

Gifts for Dads 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Amazing board shorts, $79, to get him thinking about summer.

Gifts for Dads 2017 | The Naptime Chef

This handbook, $11, because funny dads are great.

Gifts for Dad 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Rich cologne, $65, inspired by outdoor adventures.

Gifts for Dads 2017 | The Naptime Chef

The barbecue kit, $40, of his pit master dreams.

Gifts for Dads 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A fun floaty pen, $5, to use on taco Tuesday!

Gifts for Dads 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Cans of wine, prices vary, to take on a hike!

Gifts for Dads 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A classic duffle, $84.99, for hauling all his stuff.

The 2017 Gift Guide so far: Gifts for Dads, Gifts for Moms, Gifts for BFFs, Gifts for Kids, The 2016 Gift Guide

November 24, 2017

10 Faves: Gifts for Mom

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Chic earrings, $50, for fun nights out with friends.

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Lake & Skye 11 11, $69, an incredibly clean scent that makes everyone feel good.

Gifts for Mom 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A candle, $46, that makes the whole house smell like a Christmas tree farm.

Gifts for Mom 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Gifts for Mom 2017 | The Naptime Chef

The perfect water bottle, $42, in a Liberty print. Available at Starbucks nationwide.

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Magnetic wine glass charms, $21.99, for keeping it all straight during book club.

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A super cute cat print sweater, $89.50, that will look amazing on her.

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Bread Toast Crumbs, $23.93, the most awesome cookbook of the year!

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Sweet cheek and lip tint, $36, for the perfect flush.

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

French Plumber Bag, $325, the coolest bag for carrying around town.

The 2017 Gift Guide so far: Gifts for Dads, Gifts for Moms, Gifts for BFFs, Gifts for Kids, The 2016 Gift Guide

November 23, 2017

10 Faves: Gifts for Best Friends

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A warm hat with a fun poof, $68, that’s perfect for New York or San Francisco.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Butter by Dorie Greenspan, $12, the perfect little book for cooking fun.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

French Girl Sea Spray, $12, to give her beachy hair, even in the dead of winter.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Super fun sheet masks, $15, for extra moisture and lots of giggles.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Celeste Challenge Accepted Calendar, $25, most insanely funny thing she’s ever hung on her wall.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Pretty star glasses, $38, for sparkly cocktails with friends.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A gripping novel, $18.02, for winter reading.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

This funny t-shirt, $36, that was made for both of you.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Cookies, $17.99. that are positively decadent.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A personal reading with Charles Grant, the most amazing medium, psychic, tarot reader. And then a date to talk about it after! (prices vary)

The 2017 Gift Guide so far: Gifts for Dads, Gifts for Moms, Gifts for BFFs, Gifts for Kids, The 2016 Gift Guide