Beverages 21 November 2019

Sweet, Savvy Ways to Simplify Holiday Cooking

(Family Features) Most holiday feasts call for delicious dishes to please a crowd, but making preparation as simple as possible is as time-honored a tradition as the turkey itself. Simplifying your recipes and the ingredients you’ll need is one of the easiest ways you can take pressure off your own shoulders as the festivities draw near.

For example, this Sweet Tea Turkey Brine calls for just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients like Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea – available nationwide and fresh-brewed without any added preservatives or colors – for a tender centerpiece at your gathering. Follow it up with Sweet Pumpkin Bread for dessert that will truly wow your crowd while cutting down on prep time.

Find more holiday recipes and inspiration at drinkmilos.com.

Sweet Tea Turkey Brine

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

  • 1          gallon Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea
  • 1          cup kosher salt
  • 3          large sweet onions, quartered
  • 4          lemons, sliced
  • 8          garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5          sprigs rosemary
  • 10        cups ice
  • whole turkey
  1. In large stockpot over medium-high heat, combine sweet tea and kosher salt; stir frequently until salt is dissolved. Add onions, lemons, garlic and rosemary. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.
  2. When broth mixture cools, pour into clean 5-gallon bucket. Stir in ice.
  3. Wash and dry turkey. Remove innards. Place turkey, cavity-side up, into brine to fill cavity. Cover and place bucket in refrigerator overnight.
  4. Remove turkey, carefully draining excess brine; pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  5. Cook turkey, as desired, reserving drippings for gravy.

Sweet Pumpkin Bread

Prep time: 15
Cook time: 55-60 minutes
Yield: 1 loaf

  • 1 2/3    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2    cups sugar
  • 1          teaspoon baking soda
  • 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2       cup Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea
  • 1/2       cup pecans or walnuts (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and nutmeg. In small bowl, whisk eggs, pumpkin and sweet tea. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in nuts, if desired.
  3. Pour into greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Bake 55-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to wire rack.

 

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (pumpkin bread)

Source: Milo’s Sweet Tea

Videos 14 October 2019

Perfectly Pumpkin

Fill your house with the aroma of fall with warm slices of this Pumpkin Loaf dolloped with butter.

Find more seasonal dessert recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Pumpkin Loaf

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4          eggs
  • 3 1/2    cups flour
  • 2          teaspoons baking soda
  • 2          teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1          teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 2          sticks butter
  • 2          cups sugar
  • 1          can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1          cup chocolate chips
  • 1          cup walnuts, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare loaf and muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In bowl, whisk eggs. Set aside.
  4. In separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together. Set aside.
  5. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add whisked eggs and mix until blended.
  6. Alternately add flour mixture and pumpkin puree to egg mixture, beating until blended. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  7. Pour batter into loaf and muffin pans. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans.
Videos 24 September 2019

Fruity Yogurt French Toast Wraps

Add fruit to your breakfast with this take on French toast, which includes a mixture of berries, bananas and vanilla yogurt wrapped in tortillas and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Find more breakfast recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Fruity Yogurt French Toast Wraps

  • 1          cup blueberries
  • 1          cup strawberries, sliced, plus additional for garnish (optional)
  • 1          cup bananas, sliced
  • 1          cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4       cup granola
  • 1          egg
  • 1/4       cup milk
  • 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6-8       tortillas
  • 2          teaspoons butter
  • 4-6       teaspoons powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  1. In medium bowl, combine blueberries, strawberries, bananas, yogurt and granola. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Using pie plate, crack egg and whisk. Add milk, cinnamon and nutmeg; whisk until combined.
  3. Coat both sides of tortillas in egg mixture.
  4. In skillet, melt butter. Place coated tortillas one at a time in pan and cook 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Move to plate.
  5. Spoon yogurt mixture into center of tortillas. Fold edges over to form wraps.
  6. Dust each with powdered sugar and top with additional strawberry slices, if desired.
Meal Ideas 19 July 2019

Simple Steps for More Family Time

Create kid-friendly meals using canned foods

(Family Features) Back-to-school season means busy schedules filled with extracurricular activities, homework and carpools. It can be challenging to find quality time to spend with loved ones, let alone get a wholesome, homemade meal on the table.

A simple way to create more moments with your family and still serve up nutritious and delicious dinners is to make sure you have canned foods on-hand.

According to a study published in “Nutrients,” a pantry stocked with canned produce helps adults and kids eat more nutrient-rich foods, leading to healthier overall diets. Canned foods also help cut down on meal prep, so you spend less time in the kitchen and more time together with your family doing the things you love.

“As a busy mom, canned foods are my secret weapon in the kitchen and ensure that I always have the makings of a nutritious meal for my family all year long, and especially when the kids are back in school,” said Holley Grainger, registered dietitian and mother of two. “Fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of ripeness and canned within only four hours after being picked, sealing in their nutrition and flavor. So, I know I have year-round access to my family’s favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables right in my pantry.”

Canned foods also make it easy to get the kids involved in the kitchen, with recipes like Pumpkin Mac and Cheese or Hearty Chickpea Vegetable Soup, so you can help build a positive connection to healthy eating for your children. Plus, the family can “go green” and recycle the cans after they’re used; in fact, cans are the most recycled food and beverage containers in America.
 
For more flavorful recipes, and to learn more about the benefits of cooking with canned foods, visit CansGetYouCooking.com.

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

  • 8          ounces rotini or medium shell pasta
  • 5          tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4       cup all-purpose flour
  • 1          can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1          cup milk
  • 1/2       cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2          cups shredded Swiss or Gruyere cheese
  • 1          cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4       cup breadcrumbs
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 375° F.
  3. Grease 1 1/2-quart baking dish. In 4-quart saucepan over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and milk; cook until mixture is thickened and smooth. Stir in pumpkin, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  4. Remove from heat; whisk in cheeses until smooth. Stir in cooked pasta; toss to mix well. Spoon into baking dish.
  5. Melt remaining butter; stir in breadcrumbs to coat well. Sprinkle on top of casserole. Bake 30 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and mixture is golden.

Hearty Chickpea Vegetable Soup

  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          medium onion, chopped
  • 1          large garlic clove, minced
  • 2          teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2          cans (14 3/4 ounces each) low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1          cup water
  • 4          cups cubed butternut squash (about 1 medium squash)
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1          can (15 1/2 ounces) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) sliced carrots, drained
  • 3          cups kale, coarsely chopped
  1. In 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook onion and garlic until just softened, stirring frequently. Stir in cumin; cook 1 minute.
  2. Add broth, water, butternut squash and salt. Over high heat, heat to boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes until squash is tender.
  4. Add garbanzo beans, carrots and kale. Continue to simmer about 5 minutes until vegetables are tender.

Source: Can Manufacturers Institute

Dessert 31 August 2018

From Orchard to Pie: Apple Pies Made Easy!

(Family Features) Crisp air, changing colors, orchards teeming with ripe apples - all sure signs of autumn. Usher in the fall harvest season by spending an afternoon with the family picking apples, and then rewarding yourself with a delectable home-baked pie.

It's easy to save time in the kitchen by starting with Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts. Just unroll a crust into your favorite pie plate, spoon in a sweet apple filling, bake and serve. Add a delicious twist to the classic apple pie with a number of complementary and favorite fall flavors - such as cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, streusel, pecans and even cranberries.

From picking apples to baking a pie and enjoying it with family and friends, all in a matter of hours - any way you slice it, it's a delicious time of year. Here are a few Pillsbury pie recipes to get you started baking apple pies now. For more ideas, visit www.pillsbury.com/pie.

Festive Apple-Berry Pie

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 box (14.1 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
  • 5 to 6 cups sliced peeled apples (5 to 6 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. In 1-quart saucepan, mix cranberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and water. Heat to boiling. Boil 5 minutes. Cool 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie using 9-inch glass pie pan.
  3. In large bowl, mix apples, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg until apples are coated.
    Stir in cooled cranberry mixture. Spoon into crust-lined pan. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Cut slits in several places in top crust.
  4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning.

Perfect Apple Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 3 hours
8 servings

  • 1 box (14.1 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling

  • 6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.
  2. In large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients; spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second crust.
  3. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal; ?ute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.
  4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch-wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.

Tip: Two cans (21 ounces each) apple pie filling can be substituted for the filling.

Caramel-Apple Streusel Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Start to Finish: 3 hours
8 servings

  • 6 cups sliced peeled ripe apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 box (14.1 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter or margarine
  • 18 caramels, unwrapped
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. In large bowl, mix apples and lemon juice. In small bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, tapioca, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
    Add to apples; stir gently. Let stand 15 minutes. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Pour apple mixture into pastry-lined pie plate.
  2. In small bowl, mix oats, flour and 3 tablespoons sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Cut second crust into wedges; arrange wedges in an alternate pattern across the mixture.
  3. Bake 45 minutes. Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat caramels and milk over low heat until caramels are melted. Stir until smooth; add pecans. Drizzle over pie. Bake 8 to 10 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 2 hours.

Source:  Pillsbury

Dessert 01 November 2018

Deliciously Easy Pumpkin Desserts

Enjoy an organic twist on seasonal sweets

(Family Features) Holidays are typically a joyous time filled with gatherings of friends and family, including time spent baking and enjoying seasonal dishes, all while making fond memories. Pumpkin has become a popular holiday ingredient, making it easy to create pumpkin-centric desserts, perfect for entertaining.

This season, try utilizing organic ingredients in holiday dishes as a simple way to add a better-for-you twist to your family’s favorite dishes – including baked goods and other desserts. The
O Organics product line, exclusive to the Albertsons Companies family of stores including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Pavilions, Randalls, Shaw’s, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons, includes 100 percent pure organic pumpkin, as well as more than 400 additional USDA-certified, non-GMO items for every occasion, from fresh fruits and vegetables to wholesome dairy, meats, baking ingredients, cereals, snacks and more.

When it comes to the dessert table, try a new twist on pumpkin with these seasonal sweets featuring high-quality, organic ingredients. Use the online store locator to find a store near you and discover more ways to add organic foods to your family’s meals.

Organic Pumpkin Pie

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Servings: 8

Crust:

  • 1 1/2    cups O Organics all-purpose flour
  • 8          tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1          tablespoon O Organics granulated sugar
  • cold water, as needed (about 4-6 tablespoons)

Filling:

  • 1          can (15 ounces) O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 1/2       cup whole milk
  • 1/2       cup pure maple syrup
  • 2          large eggs
  • 1          teaspoon O Organics ground cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2       teaspoon O Organics ground ginger
  1. To make crust: Place flour, butter, salt, sugar and water in large bowl. Using fingers, mix ingredients together until dough ball forms. Flatten into 1-inch thick disk and wrap in parchment paper. Let rest 1 hour in refrigerator before rolling out.
  2. Heat oven to 375° F. Roll out dough and press into pie plate.
  3. To make filling: In medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, syrup, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Pour into pie plate.
  4. Bake 40-55 minutes until filling is slightly jiggly but set. Let cool 4 hours. Serve.

Notes: Using measuring cup as scoop for flour actually overfills it. Instead, fill cup lightly with spoon and level off top with butter knife. Do not roll dough all the way to edge to keep dough from sticking to surface. Keep surface and rolling pin floured and continue turning dough. Pie dough can be made and frozen ahead of time for easy use – just thaw in refrigerator before using. It can keep up to 6 months in freezer.

Pumpkin Hand Pies

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6-8

  • 1/2       cup O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 2          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1          tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/8       teaspoon O Organics ground cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla
  • 2          premade pie dough crusts, rolled into 10-inch circles

For brushing pastry:

  • 1          tablespoon whipping cream
  • 1          tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/8       teaspoon cinnamon

Icing:

  • 4          ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/4       cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons milk
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Using mixer, combine pumpkin, cream cheese, maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla until well mixed. Set aside.
  2. Spread pie dough. Using 5-inch round cutter, make circles. Whisk together whipping cream, maple syrup and cinnamon for brushing.
  3. Taking round piece of dough, place about 3 tablespoons filling in center and fold dough over to create half-moon shape. Brush edges with whipping cream mixture. Using fork tines, seal edges of pastry. Repeat with each dough circle.
  4. Place pies on parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush tops with whipping cream mixture. Bake 16-20 minutes until bottoms are golden brown. Let cool 30 minutes.
  5. To make icing: Whisk to combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle over pies. Serve.

Notes: Use lid from small pan to cut dough circles for pies. For easier drizzling, load icing into small zip-top bag. Squeeze into corner and twist top to seal. Cut corner and drizzle over pies.

Pumpkin Slab Pie

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Servings: 36-40

Crust:

  • 1          cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8          ounces cream cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2          cups all-purpose flour
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt

Filling:

  • 2          cans (15 ounces each) O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 4          eggs
  • 2          cups whipping cream
  • 1 1/4    cups granulated sugar
  • 2          teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1          teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  1. To make crust: In bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, flour and salt. Use fingers to mix ingredients until dough ball forms. Form into two flat rectangular disks about 1-inch thick and wrap with plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll out each crust into 13-by-10-inch rectangle. Carefully place dough on each side of 12-by-17-inch pan and pinch together, smoothing out crust so it fits into all corners of pan. Trim edges to 1/2 inch of crust and tuck edges under. Crimp edges with fork.
  3. Heat oven to 350° F.
  4. To make filling: In large bowl, whisk to combine pumpkin, eggs, whipping cream, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, ginger and salt. Pour into crust.
  5. Bake 35-45 minutes until filling is slightly jiggly but set. Let cool 3-4 hours before serving.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1/2       cup frozen pumpkin puree made with O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 2          frozen bananas, cut or broken into 1-inch chunks
  • 1          teaspoon espresso instant coffee granules
  • 1          tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1          teaspoon maple syrup
  1. Remove pumpkin puree cubes from freezer and allow to soften slightly, about 5 minutes. In food processor or high-powered blender, combine pumpkin puree, bananas, coffee granules, cashew butter, pumpkin pie spice and syrup.
  2. Pulse until mixture begins to resemble ice cream consistency, about 5 minutes.

Notes: Freeze pumpkin in ice cube trays. Overripe bananas work best. Peel and place on parchment-lined baking sheet in freezer. Once frozen, store in zip-top bag.

Source: Albertsons Companies

Meal Ideas 11 February 2019

Pair Pecans with Seasonal Produce for Nutritious Dishes

(Family Features) With summer comes the opening of farmers markets bursting with fresh produce ripe for the taking. Pair your fresh-picked bounty with wholesome pecans for power-packed seasonal recipes from salads and snacks to side dishes and main courses.

American Pecans are The Original Supernut; a naturally sweet superfood that’s nutritious, versatile and local as it’s the only major tree nut native to America. Pecans are also among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats and contain plant protein, fiber, flavonoids and essential minerals, including copper, manganese and zinc, so you can feel good when adding them to your next meal or snack.

After a morning at the farmers market, cook up a nourishing spread for breakfast or lunch. For a quick, mess-free brunch, try Sheet Pan Eggs with Pecan Breakfast “Sausage.” Substitute flavored ground pecans for your sausage and add fresh greens for a quick, good-for-you option with plant-based protein.

For a simple yet sweet take on dessert, try Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts with a three-ingredient, pecan-based crumb as the base, topped with a light filling and fresh berries. 

To find additional seasonal recipes, nutrition information and cooking tips, and to learn more about America’s native nut, visit AmericanPecan.com.

Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts

Mini Pecan Crusts:

  • 2          cups pecan pieces or halves
  • 1/4       cup butter, melted
  • 2          tablespoons sugar
  • 24        Mini Pecan Crusts
  • 1/2       cup lemon curd
  • 1/2       cup blueberries or raspberries
  • powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
  1. To make Mini Pecan Crusts: Heat oven to 350° F. Line mini muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In food processor, blend pecans, butter and sugar until mixture forms coarse dough.
  3. Scoop about 2 teaspoons pecan mixture into each muffin tin. Use back of wooden spoon or fingers to press mixture evenly along bottom and up sides of each muffin cup.
  4. Bake 12 minutes, or until crusts are golden brown. Allow crusts to cool completely before removing from pan.
  5. Spoon 1 teaspoon lemon curd into each Mini Pecan Crust. Top each with one raspberry or three small blueberries. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Sheet Pan Eggs with Pecan Breakfast “Sausage”

Pecan Breakfast Sausage:

  • 1          teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2       medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1          tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1          teaspoon sage
  • 1          teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4       teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8       teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1          cup raw pecan halves

Sheet Pan Eggs:

  • 12        eggs, beaten
  • 3/4       cup fat-free or low-fat milk
  • 1 1/4    teaspoons salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  • 1          cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. Heat oven to 325° F.
  2. To make Pecan Breakfast “Sausage”: In pan over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, coconut aminos, sage, thyme, nutmeg, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Cook about 4 minutes until onion is translucent.
  3. In food processor, pulse onion mixture and pecans until consistency of ground beef is reached, about 8-10 pulses.
  4. To make Sheet Pan Eggs: In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper until combined.
  5. Add pecan “sausage” and spinach to eggs and stir. Lightly spray nonstick 12-by-17-inch sheet pan with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture onto prepared pan. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until eggs are fully cooked.

Source: American Pecan Council

Holiday 04 December 2018

Twice-As-Nice Holiday Treats

(Family Features) With 334 days leading up to December, make the most of the season by enjoying the holiday’s quintessential flavors like gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon – with double the festive treats to please every taste.

Transform one vibrant holiday flavor into two festive treats that family and friends are sure to love. Nothing signals the holiday season like the sweet and spicy snap of gingerbread. Enjoy this must-have flavor in freshly baked Gingerbread Men Cookies or a Triple Chocolate Gingerbread cake.

Peppermint offers a refreshing, sweet taste that’s perfect for gifted treats like Peppermint Crunch Popcorn and Peppermint Bars. Also, cinnamon stars twice as nice in a Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Tart with Cinnamon Peanut Crust and decadent Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars.

Find more gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon treats at McCormick.com.

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Gingerbread Men Cookies

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Servings: 24

  • 3          cups flour
  • 2          teaspoons McCormick Ground Ginger
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1          teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4       teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 3/4       cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4       cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2       cup molasses
  • 1          egg
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. In large bowl, mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  2.  
  3. In separate large bowl, using electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into thick, flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Heat oven to 350° F. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1-2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate as desired.

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Triple Chocolate Gingerbread

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16

  • 1          package (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
  • 1          package (4-serving size) chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 4          eggs
  • 1          tablespoon McCormick Ground Ginger
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2       teaspoon McCormick Ground Allspice
  • 1/2       cup sour cream
  • 1/2       cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2       cup molasses
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 1          cup miniature chocolate chips
  • nonstick baking spray with flour
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In large bowl, using electric mixer on low speed, beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, sour cream, vegetable oil, molasses and water until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Pour into 10-cup Bundt pan prepared with nonstick spray.
  3. Bake 50 minutes, or until cake pulls away from sides of pan and springs back when touched lightly. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack. Cool completely.

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Peppermint Bars

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 36

Brownies:

  • 1          family-size package fudge brownie mix

Peppermint Filling:

  • 5          cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 14        tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2          tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 1/8       teaspoon McCormick Food Color & Egg Dye, Red

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 12        ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2       cup (1 stick) butter
  • crushed peppermint candies (optional)
  1. To make Brownies: Heat oven to 350° F. Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions. Spread on greased, foil-lined, 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan.
  2. Bake 15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  3. To make Peppermint Filling: In large bowl, using electric mixer on medium speed, beat confectioners’ sugar, melted butter, cream, peppermint extract and food coloring until well blended and smooth. Spread evenly over cooled brownies. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. To make Chocolate Glaze: In large, microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate and butter on high 2 minutes, until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread over top of chilled brownies. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies, if desired. Cut into bars.

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Peppermint Crunch Popcorn

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16

  • 6          cups plain popped popcorn
  • 1          bag (12 ounces) candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 12        ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 1 tablespoon red and green sprinkles
  1. In large bowl, mix popcorn and candy-coated pieces. Line large, shallow baking pan with wax paper. Set aside.
  2. Melt white chocolate according to package instructions. Stir in peppermint extract. Pour over popcorn mixture. Toss to coat evenly. Spread in single layer on prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with red and green sprinkles.
  3. Let chocolate cool and harden completely. Gently break into clusters. Package in cellophane bags with ribbons for holiday gifting.

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Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Tart with Cinnamon Peanut Crust

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 1/2    cups lightly salted roasted peanuts, lightly crushed
  • 3          tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3          tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon, divided
  • 3          tablespoons chocolate milk
  • 4          ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2       cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2          tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2       cup heavy cream
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In medium bowl, mix peanuts, sugar, butter and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Remove 1/4 cup and spread on small baking sheet. Divide remaining peanut mixture among four (4-inch) tart pans with removable bottoms. Press firmly onto bottom and sides of each pan.
  2. Bake tart crusts and peanut mixture together 8 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  3. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate milk on high 45 seconds. Add chocolate; stir until completely melted and smooth. Set aside.
  4. In large bowl, using electric mixer on medium speed, beat peanut butter, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and remaining cinnamon until smooth. Add heavy cream; beat until soft peaks form. Spread in prepared tart crusts. Spread chocolate mixture over top.
  5. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, or until ready to serve. Cut each tart in half. Sprinkle with toasted peanut crumble.

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Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24

  • 1 1/2    cups flour
  • 2          teaspoons baking powder
  • 2          teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2    cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2       cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          tablespoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1          cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1          package (14 ounces) caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4       cup milk
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and pecans until well blended. Add flour mixture; mix well. Reserve 1 cup batter. Spread remaining batter into lightly greased, foil-lined, 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes, or until firm.
  3. In microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and milk on high 2-3 minutes, or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after each minute. Cool 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Pour over baked layer in pan, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edges. Drop reserved batter by spoonfuls over caramel layer. With knife, cut through batter several times for marble effect.
  4. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan. Cut into bars.

Source:  McCormick

Beverages 12 November 2018

White Hot Chocolate

When it's cold outside, start up the fireplace, get your favorite slippers on, wrap up in a warm blanket and snuggle on the couch with this delicious White Hot Chocolate. Find more recipes at Culinary.net.
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White Hot Chocolate

  • 3 cups Half & Half
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate baking pieces
  • 1 3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • Ground Cinnamon (optional)
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  1. In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 of the half & half, white chocolate baking pieces, cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Stir over low to medium heat until white chocolate is melted.
  2. Add remaining half & half. Stir and cook until heated through. Remove from heat. Discard cinnamon stick.
  3. Add in vanilla and almond extract. Stir until mixed through.
  4. Pour into your favorite mug(s). Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.

Watch this video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Source: Culinary.net

Holiday 07 November 2018

Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole

Jazz up your traditional sweet potato casserole with some nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, walnuts and crunchy cornflakes. The holidays never tasted sweeter!

For more holiday recipes, go to culinary.net.

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Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole

• 5-6 sweet potatoes, mashed
• 1/2 cup butter, melted
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 TSP ground cinnamon
• 1/2 TSP ground nutmeg
TOPPING:
• 1 cup crushed cornflakes
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup butter, cubed

1. Preheat oven to 375° F
2. In a large bowl, combine mashed sweet potatoes, melted butter, sugar, brown sugar, beaten eggs, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Spoon into a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes.
4. In a small bowl, combine crushed cornflakes, walnuts, brown sugar and cubed butter.
5. Sprinkle over potato mixture.
6. Bake again 5-10 minutes or until topping is lightly browned.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

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