Dessert 23 August 2019

Eeek, Eat and Be Scary

(Family Features) Brew up a witch’s cauldron of fun this Halloween with special spooky treats. The Haunted House Cake looks almost too spooky to eat, but this masterpiece will disappear as if by magic. Invite guests to tread through the graveyard of creative chocolatey treats you’ve conjured up with some of your favorite candies.

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Haunted House Cake

Prep time: 20 minutes
Decoration time: 40 minutes
Makes: 1 cake

2          cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
orange food coloring
2          frozen pound cakes (16 ounces each), thawed
1          box thin chocolate wafer cookies
1          tube (.68 ounces) black decorating gel
1          bag Twix Fun Size Bars
1          bag M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies Pumpkin Patch Mix
1          bag M&M’S Peanut Chocolate Candies Pumpkin Patch Mix

In bowl, tint frosting orange using food coloring; set aside.

Spread 1/2 cup frosting on bottom of both pound cakes; press together. Stand cakes vertically on serving plate.

Create pitch of roof by trimming top of one cake at slight angle. Trim other cake at steeper angle to make roof look tipsy.

Completely cover cake with remaining frosting. For roof tiles, break chocolate wafers in half and arrange, overlapping slightly.

Pipe black decorating gel for windows. Add candy bars for door and chimney. Use broken wafer cookies for shutters. Use chocolate candies to outline top of roof and sides of house.

In food processor, grind remaining cookies along with a few candy bars. Spread mixture around base of house for “dirt” and scatter chocolate candies on top.

Videos 30 July 2019

Mississippi Mud Cake

(Family Features) Delight the chocolate lovers in your family with this easy recipe for a Southern classic like Mississippi Mud Cake. 

Find more sweet recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!


Mississippi Mud Cake

  • 1          chocolate cake mix (15 1/4 ounces)
  • 1 1/4    cups water
  • 1/3       cup canola oil
  • 1/3       cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3          eggs
  • 1          cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1          can (16 ounces) chocolate fudge frosting
  • 1          bag (16 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 1          cup chopped pecans
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Grease 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan.
  3. In large bowl, using electric mixer on low speed, combine cake mix, water, oil, peanut butter and eggs. Stir in chocolate pieces. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  5. Pour marshmallows over top of cake. Return to oven and bake 2-3 minutes, or until marshmallows are somewhat melted.
  6. In microwave-safe bowl, melt fudge frosting in microwave.
  7. Drizzle frosting over melted marshmallows.
  8. Sprinkle pecan pieces over frosting.
  9. Allow cake to cool completely before serving.

Source: Culinary.net

Videos 13 May 2019

Baked Alaska

(Family Features) With its dramatic presentation, this freshly baked cake and ice cream-based dessert can impress guests at your next gathering. 

Find more dessert recipes perfect for entertaining at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Baked Alaska

Recipe adapted from Milk Means More

  • 1/2       cup, plus 6 tablespoons, all-purpose flour
  • 6          tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1          cup, plus 2/3 cup, granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       cup 2% milk
  • 1/4       cup canola oil
  • 2          eggs    
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2    quarts ice cream, any flavor
  • 3          large egg whites
  • 1/8       teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make well in center of dry ingredients. Add milk, canola oil and eggs. Whisk until blended. Beat batter until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour batter into 9-inch, round, greased cakepan. Bake 25-28 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze 1 hour.
  4. In glass bowl, spray with nonstick cooking spray. Layer inside of bowl with plastic wrap, draping some over edges of bowl.
  5. Scoop ice cream into bowl until full. Level ice cream. Place overhang of plastic wrap over ice cream. Freeze 2 hours.
  6. Unwrap cake and place on plate. Unwrap ice cream and place on top of cake. Wrap both together and freeze 2 hours.
  7. In medium bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Add remaining sugar and vanilla extract; beat mixture to form stiff peaks.
  8. Heat oven to 500° F.
  9. Unwrap stacked cake. Place on oven-safe plate. Spread meringue, creating swirl motions around cake. Bake 2-4 minutes until meringue peaks are brown and remaining meringue takes on dry appearance.
  10. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer.

Source: Culinary.net

Holiday 11 April 2019

A Father's Day to Remember

(Family Features) While Father's Day is for honoring dads, it's also a great opportunity to honor the men who have been father figures to us - stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, even friends who have played that role in our lives.

This year, take some extra time to tell those men how much they've meant to you. A card or letter, a phone call or a face to face conversation - you'll give them a Father's Day gift they'll never forget.

To show them your appreciation, have them over for a special dinner. Grill up some chicken and top it with this Cilantro Cream Sauce. Serve with some southwestern-inspired rice and follow it all up with these Double Chocolate Warm Pudding Cakes for a homey dessert.

For more Father's Day dinner and dessert ideas, visit VeryBestBaking.com.

Cilantro Cream Sauce over Chicken

Makes 6 to 8 servings

  • 6 to 8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cooked and kept warm
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons granulated chicken flavor bouillon
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  1. PLACE cilantro, evaporated milk, water and bouillon in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
  2. MELT butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Stir in flour, stirring constantly until smooth. Stir in cilantro mixture. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly. Season to taste with pepper.
  3. POUR sauce over chicken breasts.

Nutrition Information per serving: 330 calories; 120 calories from fat; 14g total fat; 8g saturated fat; 130mg cholesterol; 380mg sodium; 9g carbohydrate; 0g fiber; 6g sugars; 40g protein; 10% Vitamin A; 20% Calcium

Double Chocolate Warm Pudding Cakes

Makes 8 servings

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Lowfat whipped topping or ice cream (optional)
  1. PREHEAT the oven to 350° F. Spray 8-inch-square baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. COMBINE flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup evaporated milk, oil and vanilla extract; whisk until just blended. Spread batter into prepared baking pan.
  3. COMBINE remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa in small bowl. Microwave remaining 1 cup evaporated milk and 2 tablespoons water in small, uncovered microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute. With wire whisk, stir in sugar-cocoa mixture into milk mixture until blended. Gently pour over chocolate batter in pan.
  4. BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes (25 to 30 minutes if using glass dish) or until cake layer forms on top and edges are bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes. Spoon into serving dishes, spooning chocolate sauce over cake. Top with whipped topping.

TIP: Individual servings can be reheated in microwave for 10 seconds.

Nutrition Information per serving: 250 calories; 25 calories from fat; 3g total fat; 1g saturated fat; 5mg cholesterol; 220mg sodium; 45g carbohydrate; 1g fiber; 32g sugars; 5g protein; 15% Calcium

Source: VeryBestBaking.com

Dessert 14 March 2019

Swoon-Worthy Sweets Made Easy

(Family Features) Do you think that beautiful and delicious desserts must all be made from scratch? Think again. With a cake mix and a new cookbook, you can be on your way to making spectacular sweets in no time.

The "Betty Crocker Fix-With-a-Mix Desserts" cookbook, (Wiley Publishing, 2010), features 100 mix masterpieces from bite-size delights to full-size show-stoppers. The book includes:

* Delectable desserts from cakes and cupcakes to cookies and bars, fruit cobblers, tarts, cheesecake and more.
* Luscious full-color photos of every recipe.
* Flavors that take mixes beyond the basics, like Chocolate-Marshmallow Pillows, Citrus Mini Cheesecakes and Banana Turtle Torte.
* A handy index by mix so you can pick recipes based on the mixes you already have in your pantry.

All recipes start with Betty Crocker's trusted mixes, including SuperMoist® Cake Mix, angel food cake mix, brownie mix, cookie mix, Bisquick®, and all-new gluten-free mixes for cookies, brownies, and cakes.

See how easy it is to turn a mix into a mouthwatering dessert with this Ooey-Gooey Caramel Cake recipe featured in the cookbook.

Ooey-Gooey Caramel Cake

Prep time: 20 minutes
Start to finish: 2 hours 5 minutes
15 servings

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.25 ounces) Betty Crocker SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 bag (8 ounces) milk chocolate-coated toffee bits
  • 1 can (13.4 ounces) dulce de leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk)
  • Sweetened whipped cream, if desired
  • Caramel topping, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 13 x 9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, flour, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in 1/2 cup of the toffee bits. Pour into pan.
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup dulce de leche. Spoon remaining dulce de leche by teaspoonfuls onto batter.
  4. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Drop reserved dulce de leche by spoonfuls over top of cake and spread evenly. Sprinkle with remaining toffee bits. Cool about 1 hour before serving. Top each serving with whipped cream and caramel topping.

Sweet Note: Crushed, chocolate-covered English toffee candy bars can be used instead of the toffee bits.

Source: Wiley Publishing

Holiday 13 March 2019

Pantry Secrets for Easter Dinner

(Family Features) You probably don't know it, but you may have the secret ingredients for an exceptional Easter dinner in your pantry right now. The holidays are a perfect opportunity to sprinkle creativity into special meals by using staples like pancake mix, syrup and instant mashed potatoes in unexpected ways to craft new and delicious dishes the whole family will love.

Here are ways to use up what you already have to make a complete Easter menu, including savory Bacon and Cheese Appetizer Bites, Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dijon Vinaigrette, Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin, and a sweet Spiced Mocha Fudge Cake. You'll create an Easter meal worth celebrating and make your hungry family a happy one.

For more creative recipes and tips, visit www.hungryjack.com.

Spiced Mocha Fudge Cake

Makes: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

CAKE:

  • Crisco Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1cup hot brewed Folgers Classic Roast® Coffee
  • 2/3 cup Hungry Jack Instant Mashed Potato Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar

SPICED WHIPPED CREAM:

  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F. Line bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Coat paper with no-stick cooking spray. Place chocolate and butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH power 45 to 60 seconds or until chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred.
  2. COMBINE coffee, potato flakes, cinnamon and cayenne in large mixing bowl, stirring until moistened. Blend in sugar and vanilla. Blend in chocolate mixture and egg yolks. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually blend into chocolate mixture.
  3. BEAT egg whites on medium speed of electric mixer until stiff. Add to chocolate mixture and blend on low speed until completely blended, scraping sides and bottom of bowl frequently. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until set in center. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Remove from pan. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar.
  4. COMBINE whipping cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in medium mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer until stiff. Serve with cake.

Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons Hungry Jack Original Regular Syrup
  1. COMBINE thyme, marjoram, salt, onion powder and garlic powder in large resealable food storage bag. Seal bag and shake well. Add pork slices. Seal bag. Shake to coat.
  2. MELT butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork mixture. Cook and stir 8 to 10 minutes or until pork is browned and no longer pink in center. Add syrup. Cook and stir until pork is glazed.

Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute

  • 1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 small unpeeled red apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon or real bacon bits
  1. WHISK together syrup, vinegar, mustard, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium microwave-safe bowl until well blended. Gradually whisk in oil, stirring until thickened.
  2. COMBINE spinach, apple, cheese and bacon in a large bowl. Just before serving, microwave vinaigrette on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds or until warm. Drizzle salad with desired amount of vinaigrette; toss salad and serve immediately.

Bacon and Cheese Appetizer Bites

Makes: 24 appetizers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup Hungry Jack Buttermilk Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix (Just Add Water)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Paprika
  1. HEAT oven to 400°F. Spray cookie sheet with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. MIX sour cream and water in medium bowl until well combined. Add pancake mix, cheese and bacon pieces. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheet.
  3. BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with paprika. Serve warm.

(c)/® The J.M. Smucker Company. Folgers Classic Roast is a trademark of The Folgers Coffee Company. Pillsbury BEST is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, LLC, used under license.

Source: Hungry Jack

Videos 06 February 2019

How to Make a Princess Cake

Let's have a Princess Party!!! Don't be intimidated, it's a lot easier to make than you think. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and you'll be rolling out this Princess Cake for all to admire and enjoy at your party.

Watch video to see how to make this party cake!!

What you'll need:

  • 4- Cake box mixes (flavor of your choice) or make the cakes from scratch.
  • 4-5 containers of premade buttercream icing - color of choice or you can buy white and tint your own - or you can use your favorite homemade buttercream icing recipe, your choice.
  • 1 - Barbie doll
  • 1 - Piping bag
  • 1 - Piping tip - tip size and design of your choice
  • 1 - Icing spatula
  • 1 - bottle of sprinkles (style to your choice) - if desired
  • Parchment Paper
  • Oven safe – 2.5 quart glass bowl

1. Make 4 - 8" round cakes. We used 2 - Duncan Hines White cake box mixes.

Tip: to make the cake white and moist, only add in the egg whites that the box calls for. Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes in metal pans.  Cool on wire racks.

2. Make 2 more cake mixes and pour into the oven-safe glass bowl.  Bake at 325°F.  First, bake for 45 minutes then check every 15 minutes until cake is thoroughly baked. Cake is done when toothpick or straw comes out clean from the center of the cake.  Our cake took a little over an hour to bake.  Cool on wire rack.  Carefully remove cake from glass bowl, do not force it.

3.  Wrap all layers in cellophane and place in freezer for 45 minutes.

4.  Trim off the top of the round layers to make layers more level.

5.  Cut a hole in the center of each round layer.

6.  Trim off the flat end of the dome layer until it fits with one of the round layers.  It may not fit exactly and that is perfectly fine.

7.  Cut a hole in the middle of the dome layer.

8.  1st layer: place the layer on top of either a plate or a cake turntable.

9.  Put 3 dollops of icing on the first layer and spread around the top of the layer.

10.  Place parchment paper pieces underneath the edge of the layer to keep plate or turntable clean of icing.

11.  Place the 2nd layer on top of the 1st layer, lining up the cut-out center, then dollop with icing and spread over the top of that layer.

12.  Do the same for the 3rd and 4th layer ensuring the cut-out center is lining up.

13.  Place the final layer, the dome, on the top.  Dollop the layer with icing and spread it over the dome.

14.  Crumb coat: Place a dollop of icing at the top of the cake and start working down the sides of the cake adding more icing to create a thin layer on the entire cake.

15.  Place in freezer for 45 minutes.

16.  Final Layer: Place a few generous dollops of icing at the top of the cake and start working your way down the sides of the cake adding more icing to completely cover the cake.  Be sure to take your spatula and wipe icing inside the cut-out area.

17.  Take your icing spatula and make swirly moves all over the cake to give the cake some texture.

18.  Wrap the doll in cellophane, under the arms to the feet, to protect the outfit that comes with the doll. 

19.  Place the doll in the center of the cake.

20.  Using the icing spatula, add some icing where the doll and the cake meet to cover any gaps.

21.  With the piping bag and tip, pipe on the bodice of the doll and over the shoulders for straps.

22.  If desired, add sprinkles, of your choice, and put on the bodice or anywhere else you desire.

Voila!

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 17 January 2019

Kick Off the New Year with 8 Better-for-You Recipes

(Family Features) A commitment to eating better-for-you foods and living a healthier lifestyle in the new year doesn’t need to break the bank.

To help achieve a more nutritious routine without blowing your budget, consider a one-stop shop like ALDI for high-quality, affordable ingredients to incorporate into better-for-you recipes. Plus, it carries the foods and ingredients to fit nearly any dietary lifestyle and budget – including a wide variety of options for plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free diets.

Start the year with a clean slate and make practical, better-for-you eating goals with these recipes for main courses, sides, desserts and kid-friendly meals and snacks. Find more nutritious eating solutions and recipes at ALDI.us.

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Harvest Breakfast Skillet – This hearty meal can be enjoyed any time of day. Combining fresh vegetables, eggs and sweet potatoes with diced quinoa crunch veggie burgers, this skillet puts a new spin on breakfast for dinner.

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Crunchy Fish Bites – For a kid-friendly dish adults can enjoy as well, these crunchy fish bites feature breaded tilapia with a flavorful mustard-yogurt sauce that can win over nearly any crowd – including picky eaters.

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Cauliflower-Quinoa PizzaWith the right ingredients, even pizza can help you attain your health goals in the new year. To create a healthier pizza option the whole family can enjoy, swap out the standard crust for a cauliflower-based version to cut down on carbs without sacrificing flavor.

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Fresh Avocado Pasta – This pasta requires just four ingredients along with an easy-to-make, creamy sauce perfect for the entire family to enjoy. Avocado lends a colorful hue to this kid-friendly main course.

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Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries – Skip the fried snacks and go for this better-for-you version of breaded veggies. A simple breading and just 15 minutes in the oven put a crunchy, guilt-free, crispy side dish on the table.

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Soft-Baked Granola Cups – Topped with a dollop of strawberry yogurt and fresh berries, these granola cups are ideal for breakfast or as an after-school snack. They’re perfect to make ahead of time – just store the premade cups in an airtight container and add toppings before serving. Fun tip: Let your child decorate his or her own cups.

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Cocoa Mocha Oatmeal Cookies – A mocha drizzle makes these oatmeal cookies stand out among healthier dessert options. After 15 minutes in the oven, you’re left with a delightful treat that doesn’t send your diet down the drain.  

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Chocolate Mug CakeA better-for-you dessert, these miniature cakes made in mugs can be on the table in just 3 1/2 minutes. Simply combine a short list of ingredients, mix in your microwave-safe mug and pop it in the microwave for a quick, chocolaty snack.

Source: ALDI.us

Meal Ideas 17 August 2018

Simplify and Savor Dinner with Bold Flavors

(Family Features) A busy day doesn’t have to come between you and your favorite people at mealtime. With a little creativity and a simple ingredient like olive oil, you can set the table with flavorful meals and surround yourself with the company of friends and family, enjoying the experience together.

There’s no need to get complicated when you have quality ingredients like olive oil to add some extra zest. You can have flavor at the ready with Olive Oil Ice Cubes, for example. Add fresh herbs from your garden to an ice cube tray then fill with smooth, light and flavorful olive oil and freeze. Whenever you need to get the flavor sizzling, simply toss a cube into the pan.

Create a nearly effortless dressing with olive oil for a recipe like Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese, Berries and Pecans. White fish fillets like cod also pair well with an olive oil-based pesto, which can help ensure you’re prepared for any stressful day that dares to challenge your time around the table, allowing you to enjoy life’s pure moments. Olive oil even adds flavor to sweet and succulent desserts, such as Chocolate-Pumpkin Cake.

When the minutes start to slip away, capture them back with recipes that use olive oil to create meals you can feel good about while savoring the company of those around you.

Make every moment count and find more simple, enjoyable recipes at Bertolli.com.
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Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese, Berries and Pecans

Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1-2

  • 7 cups arugula
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup mixed berries (such as blackberries or strawberries)

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. In bowl, toss arugula, goat cheese, pecans and mixed berries.
  2. To make dressing: In bowl, mix lemon juice, shallots, honey, salt and olive oil.
  3. Add dressing to salad for serving.

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White Fish Fillets with Pesto

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

Fish:

  • 2 cod fillets (about 7 ounces each)
  • salt, to taste
  • Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, to taste

Red Pesto:

  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 ounce cashews
  • 3/4 ounce Parmesan cheese
  • Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • water
  1. To prepare fish: Rub both sides of fillets with salt and olive oil while heating saucepan.
  2. Sear fillets meat-side first followed by skin-side.
  3. Heat oven to 350° F.
  4. To make Red Pesto: Puree basil, cashews, Parmesan cheese and olive oil while adding small amount of water.
  5. Add additional olive oil as necessary, ensuring sauce is thick enough to cover fish.
  6. Place fish in oven tray, cover with Red Pesto and bake 5 minutes.

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Chocolate-Pumpkin Cake

Total time: 20 minutes

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 ounces sugar
  • 4 1/2 ounces Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 1/2 ounces flour
  • 1/3 ounce cocoa powder
  • 1/8 ounce salt
  • 5 1/4 ounces pumpkin
  • 1/10 ounce baking powder
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix eggs with sugar thoroughly and beat until bubbles form. Slowly add in olive oil while continuing to stir mixture.
  3. Add flour, cocoa powder, salt, pumpkin and baking powder; using whisk, mix well.
  4. Pour into cake mold lined with baking paper and bake 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool and remove cake from mold.

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Olive Oil Cubes

  • Assorted herbs
  • ice cube trays
  • Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. Break up herbs by hand. Add herbs to trays. Fill trays with olive oil and gently set in freezer; allow to solidify.
  2. When cooking, use cubes for added flavor.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese, Berries and Pecans, Olive Oil Cubes)

Source:  Bertolli

Meal Ideas 16 March 2018

A Simply Scrumptious Easter

Bake a festive brunch spread

(Family Features) Easter is a time meant to be spent creating memories with loved ones. Even when hosting duties fall on your plate, creating the perfect brunch spread doesn’t have to be a daunting task. If you take advantage of quality ingredients and recipes that feature simple preparation, your spread can impress even the pickiest of guests.

Look for diverse ingredients that can be incorporated into a variety of spring recipes: a versatile cheese like Jarlsberg is easy to cook with, whether your menu features light or savory dishes, or a combination of the two.

These tips and recipes from Chef George Duran, host of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” and Food Network’s “Ham on the Street,” can help you prepare a scrumptious meal that lets you keep your attention where it belongs – on the festivities of the day.

  • Keep ingredients like puff pastry sheets, cheeses and various spices and seasonings that work in a multitude of dishes on-hand all year long.
  • Look for a cheese that won’t overpower other spring flavors; choose a mild, nutty cheese like Jarlsberg, best known for its classic wedge but also available sliced.
  • Choose dishes that can be prepared in advance, such as quiches or muffins.
  • Work to incorporate a variety of flavors that complement each other, such as mixed vegetables and smooth, nutty cheese.

Find more tips and recipes for a festive, seasonal brunch at jarlsberg.com.
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Asparagus Tart

  • 1          sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 2          cups Jarlsberg Cheese, shredded
  • 1          pound asparagus
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll out puff pastry into 16-by-10-inch rectangle; trim uneven edges. Place on baking sheet. Using knife, lightly score pastry dough 1 inch from edges. Using fork, pierce dough inside markings at 1/2-inch intervals. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove pastry shell from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Trim bottoms of asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside pastry shell; arrange in single layer over cheese, alternating ends and tips. Brush with oil, sprinkle with thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Bake until spears are tender, about 20 minutes.

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Festive Salmon Cake

  • 2          cans (16 ounces each) red salmon or tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1          package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 2 1/2    cups shredded Jarlsberg Cheese, divided
  • 1          cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2          lightly beaten eggs
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2       cup minced onion
  • 1/2       cup parsley
  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, cooked and drained or 2 cups fresh, chopped mixed vegetables, steamed
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In large bowl, combine canned fish, spinach, 1 1/2 cups cheese, bread crumbs, eggs and lemon juice; blend well. In skillet, saute onion and parsley in olive oil until onion is translucent. Add to fish mixture. Spread mixture into well-oiled 8-inch springform pan and bake 30 minutes. Top with remaining cheese.
  3. To serve, remove from pan. Place on serving platter or low pedestal and arrange mixed vegetables on top.

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Corn Muffins

  • 3/4       cup milk
  • 2          eggs
  • 1/4       cup plain flour
  • 1 1/4    cups cornmeal
  • 1          tablespoon sugar
  • 3          teaspoons baking powder
  • 4          tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/2       cup Jarlsberg Cheese, plus additional
  • cured ham, thinly sliced (optional)

Nut Pesto:

  • 5          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          pack fresh, flat-leaf parsley
  • 1          garlic clove
  • 1/2       cup walnuts
  • 1/4       cup cashews
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Whisk together milk and eggs.
  2. In separate bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and butter. Add milk-egg mixture and stir. Spoon mixture into muffin cases.
  3. Cut cheese into cubes and press down into mixture. Bake in center of oven about 15 minutes.
  4. To make Nut Pesto: In blender or using hand blender, combine olive oil, parsley, garlic, walnuts, cashews, salt and pepper. Pulse or blend until coarsely chopped.
  5. Serve corn muffins with additional cheese, Nut Pesto and thin slices of cured ham, if desired.

Notes: If possible, use stiff paper cups, so muffins stand up better. Cornbread can also be baked in large, round baking pan, about 20 centimeters in diameter; adjust baking time as needed until done.

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Puff Pastry Swirls

  • 4          ready-rolled puff pastry sheets
  • 1 1/4    cups grated Jarlsberg Cheese
  • 2          sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Pepper
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. On lightly floured work surface using rolling pin, roll out pastry sheets into rectangles about 20-by-10 centimeters each. Mix cheese, rosemary and pepper. Spread mixture over puff pastry sheets.
  3. Roll up each pastry rectangle from short end. Press edges firmly together to seal roll. Slice each roll into 3-centimeter thick slices. Place face-down on baking sheet and bake about 15-20 minutes.

Note: To allow pastry swirls to rise more, don’t roll out pastry with rolling pin. Notes: If possible, use stiff paper cups, so muffins stand up better. Cornbread can also be baked in large, round baking pan, about 20 centimeters in diameter; adjust baking time as needed until done.

Source: Jarlsberg

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