Grilling-Tailgating 17 June 2020

How to Clean Up Your Summer Grilling Game

(Family Features) There’s something about summertime that ushers in an easygoing spirit. The long, hot summer months are often celebrated with backyard barbecues, beach days and spending time with friends and family. It’s a time to fire up the grill, slow down and roll with the punches.

So, when you’re thinking about what to feed your family off the grill, it should be a breeze, and you shouldn’t have to choose between good and good for you. Next time you turn on your grill, consider these tips for creating healthier, flavorful meals you can feel confident serving.

Keep it simple. Skip the complicated recipes that call for a wide variety of ingredients, a multitude of steps and long cook times. Instead, seek out products and dishes that are made with ingredients you recognize and have just a handful of instructions. This will ensure less time in the kitchen and more time with loved ones.

Focus on seasonal, clean ingredients. Get inspired by your local farmer’s market. One of the best parts about summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that can add flavor and nutrients to your plate. Plant-based meat, like the burgers, ground and sausages from Lightlife, are also a healthier swap for traditional animal meat products. The pea protein-based product line features only simple ingredients, like pea protein, beet powder and red bell pepper, and are non-GMO, gluten-free and soy-free, perfect for use in recipes like this Burger with Grilled Pineapple and Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce.

“I know how hard it can be to create fast and flavorful meals that the entire family will love,” said Dan Curtin, president of Greenleaf Foods. “That’s why we’re focused on making delicious food with the cleanest ingredients possible. The fact that they’re all plant-based is just a bonus.”

Don’t forget the sides. Food should be a source of confidence, with everything enjoyed in moderation. To balance your spread of burgers and hot dogs, consider serving fresh asparagus or sweet corn in place of other salty, processed options. Fruits like peaches and pineapple work well on the grill, too, but remember to group produce by similar cooking times. 

Aim for a quick and fun cleanup. Perhaps one of the most overlooked secrets to a stress-free meal is to cut down on cleanup. A backyard barbecue can be one of the easiest messes to maintain as most of the prep is done outside on the grill. Try setting up a buffet line on your deck or patio where your family can build their burgers with customized toppings, like cheese, veggies and sauces. Then add a little bit of fun by putting on your favorite music playlist to help make a simple, everyday meal feel even more special.

Visit lightlife.com to discover more plant-based recipes and solutions.

Burger with Grilled Pineapple and Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce 

Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 

  • 2          rings freshly cored pineapple  
  • 2          Lightlife Plant-Based Burger patties, thawed 
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1          cup baby arugula 
  • 2          sesame seed burger buns, lightly toasted 
  • 1/4       cup crispy fried onions 
  • 2          tablespoons honey garlic barbecue sauce  
  1. Heat grill to medium heat. Grill pineapple slices 4-5 minutes per side until grill-marked and slightly caramelized. Cut slices in half and set aside. Wipe down grill to cook burger patties. 
  2. Season burger patties with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill 4-5 minutes per side until burgers are evenly browned with internal temperature of 165 F.  
  3. To assemble, layer handful of baby arugula leaves on toasted bottom buns, top each with burger and two cut slices each of grilled pineapple. Sprinkle on crispy fried onions, drizzle with honey garlic barbecue sauce and place toasted sesame seed bun on top. 

Source:  Greenleaf Foods

Meal Ideas 17 February 2020

Raspberry Goodness from Morning to Night

(Family Features) From breakfasts to salads, desserts and beyond, fruit is unique in its ability to add both flavor and nutrition to family-favorite dishes. As you look for ways to incorporate produce in your family’s recipes, consider an option with a sweet-tart flavor and eye-catching color: red raspberries.

In the cool, marine climate of the Pacific Northwest, Washington state produces approximately 90% of the nation’s frozen red raspberry crop. Picked at the peak of ripeness and frozen within hours of being harvested, flavor and nutrition are locked in to offer convenience and consistent quality out of the freezer section at most grocery stores, perfect for better-for-you desserts like Pecan-Topped Raspberry Cake and Red Raspberry Whole-Fruit Sorbet.

With a distinct flavor that works well in dishes from sweet to savory, red raspberries can add bright flavor and balance to recipes ranging from salads like Spinach and Frisee Salad with Raspberry Pickled Onions and Raspberry Vinaigrette to a morning meal such as this Raspberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl. Plus, 1 cup of the flavorful red fruit includes just 80 calories and contains 6 grams of fiber while providing 28% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.

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Raspberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

Servings: 2

  • 2          cups frozen raspberries
  • 1          large frozen banana
  • 2/3       cup light coconut milk
  • 1          tablespoon chia seeds

Toppings (optional):

  • shredded coconut
  • shaved dark chocolate
  • hazelnuts
  • chia seeds
  • edible flowers
  1. In blender, puree raspberries, banana, coconut milk and chia seeds until smooth. Mixture will be thick; ingredients may need pushed down to get blender going. If necessary, add more coconut milk.
  2. Pour into two bowls. Garnish each with shredded coconut, shaved dark chocolate, hazelnuts, chia seeds and edible flowers, if desired.

Red Raspberry Whole-Fruit Sorbet

Servings: 8 (1/2 cup each)

  • 4          tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 18        ounces frozen raspberries
  • 1 egg white, pasteurized
  1. In blender, blend sugar and frozen raspberries until smooth.
  2. Add egg white and blend 30 seconds.
  3. Serve immediately or place in container, cover and store in freezer.

Spinach and Frisee Salad with Raspberry Pickled Onions and Raspberry Vinaigrette

Servings: 4

Raspberry Vinegar:

  • 1          cup frozen raspberries
  • 2          cups vinegar

Raspberry Pickled Onions:

  • 1/2       cup Raspberry Vinegar
  • 1          teaspoon olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons sugar
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1          pound sweet onions, peeled and julienned
  • 1          cup frozen raspberries, partially thawed

Raspberry Vinaigrette:

  • 1          cup Raspberry Vinegar
  • 1          teaspoon fresh shallot, peeled and minced
  • 2          teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2       tablespoon honey
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4       cup olive oil

Spinach and Frisee Salad:

  • 8          ounces baby spinach, cleaned and dried
  • 8          ounces frisee lettuce, cleaned, dried and torn
  • 2          ounces Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • 6          ounces Raspberry Pickled Onions
  • 2          ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 ounces almonds, slivered and toasted
  1. To make Raspberry Vinegar: In clean glass container, combine frozen raspberries and vinegar; cover tightly. Refrigerate 3-7 days prior to use.
  2. Pour vinegar through fine strainer or cheesecloth-lined strainer into clean glass container. Cover container tightly and store in refrigerator. Discard raspberries.
  3. To make Raspberry Pickled Onions: In medium, non-reactive container, combine Raspberry Vinegar, oil, sugar and salt. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add onions and raspberries. Toss well to blend and coat onions.
  4. To make Raspberry Vinaigrette: In blender, combine Raspberry Vinegar, shallot, Dijon mustard, honey and salt. With motor running, slowly add oil in steady stream. Reserve remaining Raspberry Vinegar.
  5. Once blended, pour Raspberry Vinaigrette into clean, non-reactive container; cover and reserve in refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. To make Spinach and Frisee Salad: In medium mixing bowl, combine spinach and lettuce. Add Raspberry Vinaigrette and toss well to coat.
  7. Plate 4 ounces mixed greens.
  8. Top mixed greens with 1 1/2 ounces Raspberry Pickled Onions, 1/2 ounce feta cheese crumbles and 1/2 ounce toasted almonds. Repeat with remaining greens, Raspberry Pickled Onions, feta cheese crumbles and toasted almonds.

Pecan-Topped Raspberry Cake

Servings: 8

  • 3/4       cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1/2       cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1          teaspoon baking powder
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1          bag (12 ounces) frozen raspberries
  • 1/2       cup chopped pecans
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon cinnamon
  • whipped cream
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In bowl, cream 3/4 cup sugar and butter. Add eggs one at a time and continue beating until well incorporated. Add flour, baking powder and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Pour batter evenly into 9- or 10-inch prepared pan.
  4. Place frozen raspberries on top of batter. Sprinkle with pecans, remaining sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.
  5. Bake about 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. Serve with whipped cream.

Source: Washington Red Raspberry Commission

Videos 06 December 2019

Enchilada Casserole

(Culinary.net) If your family is looking for a simple way to serve up a south-of-the-border classic, this Enchilada Casserole can be your ticket to a warm, filling meal.

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Enchilada Casserole

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 12        ounces ground beef
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4       teaspoon ground cumin
  • 15        ounces pinto beans, drained
  • 20        ounces diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 1/2    cups sour cream
  • 3          tablespoons flour
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12        corn tortillas, 6 inches
  • 20        ounces enchilada sauce
  • 8          ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2       cup green onions, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large skillet, cook onion and ground beef until cooked through. Drain, if necessary.
  3. Stir in chili powder and cumin. Stir in pinto beans and diced tomatoes; set aside.
  4. In small bowl, combine sour cream, flour and garlic powder.
  5. Place six tortillas in bottom of baking dish, overlapping as needed. Top tortillas with beef mixture and sour cream mixture. Top with 10 ounces enchilada sauce. Repeat layers.
  6. Bake 35-40 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese and green onion over casserole. Bake 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Videos 20 November 2019

Cheesy Baked Potato Casserole

(Culinary.net) ’Tis the season for comfort foods, and this recipe with crumbled bacon and cubed potatoes smothered in melted cheddar cheese is sure to satisfy.

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Cheesy Baked Potato Casserole

  • 5          pounds red potatoes, cubed
  • 1          pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1          pound cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 16        ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1          yellow onion, chopped
  • 1          cup mayonnaise
  • 8          ounces sour cream
  • 1          tablespoon minced chives
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  1. Heat oven to 325° F.
  2. In large bowl, combine potatoes and bacon.
  3. In separate large bowl, combine cheese, onion, mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, salt and pepper. Add to potato and bacon mixture until combined.
  4. Pour into 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake 50-60 minutes until browned and bubbly.
Meal Ideas 15 November 2019

Think Outside the Oven this Holiday Season

(Family Features) When most families think of holiday cooking, they typically picture baked goods and time spent in the kitchen near the oven. This year, you can take your seasonal meal prep outdoors with cooking methods often overlooked during the winter: grilling and smoking.

As one of the most popular dishes during the holidays, turkey is an easy way start creating festive flavors using a grill or smoker. To help keep your bird tasty and juicy, this Art of the Turkey Brine requires just a few simple ingredients before transferring the turkey to the grill. Pair it with this Sweet ’n’ Savory Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing that combines a soft, familiar interior with crispy edges.

If you’re aiming to create dishes like these in your own backyard this season, head to a destination like Ace Hardware for all your grilling essentials and holiday inspiration. With 72% of U.S. households located within 15 minutes of an Ace store and products from Big Green Egg, Traeger and Weber all under one roof, it’s a helpful place to take your holiday meals to the next level.

Find more ideas to change the way you think about holiday cooking at acehardware.com.

Art of the Turkey Brine

Recipe courtesy of chef Jason K. Morse of 5280 Culinary and Ace Hardware
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 2 hours; allow 2-3 hours to cool
Servings: 6-8

  • 1/3       package 5280 Culinary Brine mix
  • 2          quarts water, plus additional for cooling and covering turkey, divided
  • ice
  • 6-8       pounds turkey breast with rib cage, cleaned
  • 1          5-gallon Ace Hardware bucket and lid
  1. In pan, mix brine with water. Heat to high 5 minutes to dissolve sugar and salt.
  2. Cool brine mixture; add ice water and mix well.
  3. Place turkey in bucket and cover with water and brine. Place bucket in refrigerator or cooler.
  4. Brine 45 minutes per pound.
  5. Remove turkey from brine.
  6. Heat wood fire grill to 350° F.
  7. Cook turkey 20 minutes then turn temperature to 275° F. Cook 1 hour, 40 minutes until internal temperature reaches 170° F.
  8. Allow turkey to rest about 15 minutes prior to carving to allow juices to settle.

Sweet ’n’ Savory Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing

Recipe courtesy of chef Jason K. Morse of 5280 Culinary and Ace Hardware
Prep time: 15 minutes, plus 1 day for drying
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: 10-12

  • 1          package cornbread
  • 1          pound sweet Italian sausage, ground
  • 1/2       cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2       cup celery with leaves, diced
  • 1/2       cup yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1/4       cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2       cup dried apples
  • 1          teaspoon fresh garlic, crushed
  • barbecue rub
  • 1-2       cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. Cook cornbread according to package instructions; allow to cool. Leave uncovered and let dry 1 day. Break into medium pieces.
  2. Heat wood fire grill to 350° F.
  3. Heat medium skillet and add sausage. Cook until half done and fat is rendered.
  4. Add carrots, celery, onion, blueberries, apples and garlic. Saute until caramelized. Add cornbread pieces and stir to combine. Add chicken stock until slightly wet or pasty; stir well to combine.
  5. Season, to taste, with barbecue rub and transfer stuffing from skillet to pan lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Grill, uncovered, 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Internal temperature should reach 155° F when fully cooked.

Source: Ace Hardware

Videos 05 September 2019

Cheesy Hash Browns

For a simple yet satisfying breakfast idea, try this easy and delicious recipe for Cheesy Hash Browns.

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Cheesy Hash Browns

  • 2          teaspoons canola oil
  • 1          onion, chopped
  • 1          bell pepper, chopped
  • 1          pound frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  • 4          ounces ham, diced
  • 5          cheese slices
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  1. In skillet, heat oil. Add onion; cook 5-7 minutes. Add bell pepper and garlic; cook 3-5 minutes. Add hash browns, salt, pepper and ham; cook 18-20 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  2. Top with cheese slices; cook until melted. Stir into hash brown mixture.
Videos 21 August 2019

Cheeseburger Turnovers

Dinner ideas for busy school nights can be such a chore. Don’t fret, this recipe for Cheeseburger Turnovers is easy enough the kids can help, too.

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Cheeseburger Turnovers

  • 1          pound ground beef
  • 1/2       cup onion, chopped
  • 2          tablespoons ketchup
  • 1          tablespoon mustard
  • 1          can flaky biscuits
  • 1          cup shredded cheese
  • dill pickle slices, halved
  • 1          egg, beaten
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. In large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until beef is thoroughly cooked and onions are tender. Drain. Stir in ketchup and mustard.
  3. Separate biscuit dough. On ungreased baking sheet, flatten biscuit dough to form 6-inch rounds. Spoon beef mixture onto one side of flattened dough. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with dill pickle half. Fold dough over filling. With fork tines, press dough edges to seal. Cut two slits in top of dough to release steam.
  4. Brush each turnover with egg wash.
  5. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until deep golden brown.
Videos 24 July 2019

Spanish Potato and Onion Omelet

(Family Features) A filling yet nutritious breakfast is a productive way to start any day, especially one loaded with flavor. Spanish Potato and Onion Omelets are simple to make and pack plenty of protein with diced ham and eggs paired with the complementary tastes of onion and potatoes.

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Spanish Potato and Onion Omelet

Recipe courtesy of the National Onion Association

  • 1          cup olive oil, divided
  • 4          Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices (about 4 cups)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2          medium onions, thinly sliced (2-2 1/2 cups)
  • 6          eggs
  • 4          ounces cured, cooked ham or prosciutto, diced
  1. In large saute pan, heat 3/4 cup olive oil. Cook half potatoes until tender and golden, turning often. Drain. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons olive oil to pan. Cook onions until soft, about 15 minutes. Add potatoes to onions.
  3. In large bowl, beat eggs. Add eggs to potato and onion mixture. Stir in diced ham or prosciutto. Reduce heat to low and cook 8-10 minutes until golden brown on bottom. Invert platter on pan and flip omelet onto plate. Add remaining olive oil to pan; slide omelet back into pan.
  4. Cook until golden brown on bottom.
  5. Slide omelet onto serving plate. Let cool. Cut into wedges.

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 07 September 2018

Burrito Bake

This hearty casserole is full of meat, onion and cheeses, sitting on top of a crescent roll dough crust.  Add even more flavor and top your casserole with olives, green onions, lettuce, tomatoes and jalapenos with a side of sour cream, chips and salsa.

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Burrito Bake

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (16oz) refried beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 tube (8oz) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 bag (8oz) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 bag (8oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Optional toppings: chopped green pepper, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and sliced ripe olives
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add beans, onion and taco seasoning.
  2. Unroll crescent roll dough. Press onto bottom and up the sides of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; seal seams and perforations.
  3. Spread beef mixture over crust; sprinkle with cheeses. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown, about 30 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with toppings.

Watch video to see how easy this recipe is!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Meal Ideas 23 July 2018

Put Taste on the Table

When busy weeknights leave little opportunity for extravagant meals, bring the family together with a simpler recipe that provides just as much tasty flavor, such as these Turkey Potato Dinner Wraps. Requiring just 15 minutes of prep and 15 minutes of cook time, a half-hour is all you need to create an enjoyable meal for all. Find more quick dinner recipes at eatwisconsinpotatoes.com.
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Turkey-Potato Dinner Wrap

  • 3/4 pound Russet potatoes* cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 3/4 pound ground lean turkey
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions with tops
  • 1 can Tomato sauce 8 ounce can
  • 2/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herb seasoning or basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 large whole wheat or high fiber tortillas
  • 1 light sour cream
  1. Place potatoes in microwave-safe bowl; sprinkle with water.  Cover, venting one corner.  Microwave on HIGH 5 to 8 minutes just until potatoes are tender. (Time will depend on wattage of your oven.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add and break up turkey; cook 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Mix in carrot; cook 2 minutes. Add potatoes and onions; cook and toss 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; mix in tomato sauce, cheese, and herbs.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes until mixture is hot and most of sauce is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper. On work surface, lay out tortillas. Place 3/4 cup hot turkey mixture on each; fold and roll up as for burritos.
  4. Cut in halves and place on serving plates. Accompany with sour cream, if desired.

Source:  Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

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