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Videos 30 January 2019

Cranberry Strata

(Culinary.net) Nearly nothing is better than a perfectly planned brunch. This delicious, sweet recipe could be the cherry on top of your brunch bash.

As you see your friends and family members take their first bites, you will see their faces light up with delight as they devour this Cranberry Strata. It’s made with fluffy, baked French bread, smooth cream cheese, sweet and tangy maple syrup and, of course, dried cranberries.

This recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat. With only a handful of ingredients and just a few simple steps, this dish is one you can quickly whip up when you’re in a pinch.

Plus, the end result will have you and brunch goers asking, “Why is this so good?” It’s wholesome, rich and delicious. With two layers of bread sandwiched around layers of cranberries and cream cheese, this dish is almost certain to be a new brunch favorite.

Start by mixing eggs, maple syrup and milk together in a bowl. Then in a baking dish, add a layer of French bread and top it with chunks of cream cheese. Spread the cranberries on top.

Then layer on your second sheet of French bread. Next pour your egg mixture over top of everything, making sure the bread is absorbing the flavors. Top with a dash of cinnamon and bake.

Pull it out of the oven and serve warm. You will have a gooey, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth strata on your hands.

This dish is wonderful for brunch, however, it is versatile enough to be served as a family dessert, scrumptious breakfast or treat on a cold, winter day.

Between the dairy, grains and sprinkle of fruit, this dish is a star for any occasion throughout the year.

Find more recipes at www.culinary.net.

Watch video to learn how to make this delicious recipe!

What you'll need:

  • French Bread
  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • Dried cranberries
  • Eggs
  • Maple Syrup
  • Ground cinnamon



In a greased 2-quart baking dish, tear off pieces from 1/2 of the French bread and put into dish.


Cut the creamcheese into slices and place over the bread pieces.

Sprinkle the dried cranberries over the creamcheese and bread pieces.

Top cranberries with remaining broken french bread pieces.



In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, milk and maple syrup.

Pour egg and milk mixture over bread and lightly press down the bread to saturate in the liquid mixture.  Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes.  Full recipe instructions below.

Cranberry Strata

  • 8 cups           French Bread (Crusty)
  • 1 8 oz           package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup         dried cranberries
  • 6                   eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups       milk
  • 1/3 cup         maple syrup
  • ½ tsp            ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  1. In a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish, arrange half of the bread pieces, about 4 cups.
  2. Cut cream cheese into 8-10 slices and arrange over the bread chunks.  
  3. Sprinkle cranberries over bread chunks.
  4. Top with remaining bread pieces (4 cups).
  5. In a medium bowl beat together eggs, milk and maple syrup.
  6. Pour over bread in dish.
  7. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  8. Lightly press down with back of spoon or spatula to saturate bread with egg mixture.
  9. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
  10. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  11. Bake covered for 45 minutes.
  12. Uncover then bake for 20 minutes more.
  13. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  14. Serve warm and topped with maple syrup, if desired.

Source: Culinary.net

Healthy 29 January 2019

Fuel Your Morning with Protein-Packed Recipes

(Family Features) As you prepare to take on the day, one of the most beneficial ways to energize yourself each morning is by fueling your body with the proper nutrients, including protein.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team High-Performance Dietitian Allen Tran works with top athletes and recognizes the key role protein plays in their diets. Developed by Tran, these breakfast recipes can provide the nutrition necessary for journeying through your day with energy and verve. Protein Waffles include Rockin’ Protein Builder for an easy boost of protein. The 12-ounce shakes, which are low in carbs and sugar, are made with fresh milk and have 30 grams of high-quality protein to help build muscle without a chalky after-taste.

If you’re looking to make healthier choices or live an active lifestyle and are short on time, a premade recipe may allow for additional productivity. Recipes that can be made in advance – like the night before – may aid your goal to consume necessary nutrients without putting a rush on your morning routine.

Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats are made with Shamrock Farms Chocolate Milk and are a source of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Plus, they can be made in advance, allowing you to grab a healthy, ready-made breakfast to take on the go. Adding milk to your diet helps serve as a source of energy while building and repairing muscles.

Find more tips and recipes to help enhance your nutrition at shamrockfarms.net.
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Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats

Yield: 2 jars

  • 1/2       cup frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1 1/2    cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1          container (12 ounces) Shamrock Farms Chocolate Milk
  • 1          ripe banana, sliced
  • 1          pinch salt
  1. In two mason jars, add 1/4 cup frozen cherries in each. In microwave, thaw 30 seconds.
  2. Divide rolled oats, milk, banana and salt between jars. Cover with lids and shake until combined.
  3. Store in refrigerator overnight or at least several hours.
  4. Serve cold or warm in microwave.

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Protein Waffles

Yield: 8-10 waffles

  • 2          cups pancake mix
  • 2          large eggs
  • 1          container (12 ounces) Vanilla or Chocolate Rockin’ Protein Builder
  • 1/4       cup canola oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Heat waffle iron.
  2. Place pancake mix in bowl. In separate bowl, whisk eggs, protein shake and oil. Stir into pancake mix until just combined.
  3. Bake in waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.

Tip: To freeze for later consumption, cool waffles on wire racks. Freeze between layers of waxed paper in re-sealable plastic freezer bag. In toaster oven or microwave, heat waffles until heated through.

Source:  Shamrock Farms

Breakfast & Brunch 17 January 2019

Ramp Up Breakfast with Morning Protein

(Family Features) Families across America want to make sure that they’re starting the day strong, and getting enough high-quality protein in the morning is a simple way to do so. A breakfast with protein is a great way to energize the morning, and adding it to your family’s routine doesn’t have to be complicated.

Simply add an 8-ounce glass of milk with 8 grams of natural protein plus other essential nutrients to your favorite breakfast foods for an easy, delicious way to help meet your morning protein goals.

Kids already love milk and it’s a naturally nutrient-rich, wholesome food that moms can feel good about pairing with breakfast. Plus, experts recommend 25-30 grams of protein for adults at every meal – so getting a high-protein breakfast, including milk, gives moms the energy they need to cross everything off their to-do lists. Parenting expert, pediatrician and mom of three, Dr. Tanya Altmann, recommends serving milk at breakfast for a source of high-quality protein in the morning.

“The morning is a great time to bring the family together and start the day off with a tasty breakfast. As a mom of three, I need breakfast options that are quick and easy but also nutritious,” Dr. Altmann said. “Serving my children whole-grain cereal and milk, healthy oatmeal with fruit or a smoothie made with milk guarantees that my family will get high-quality protein and other essential nutrients to start their day off strong.”

Bring a smile to your child’s face with this charming twist on a breakfast standard. Simply make instant oats with familiar flavors – cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar – and top the bowl with a friendly bunny face. For more recipes and ideas, visit MilkLife.com.

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Bunny-Faced Microwave Oatmeal

Recipe courtesy of Tiffany Edwards of Creme de la Crumb

  • 1/3       cup instant oats
  • 3/4       cup fat free milk
  • 1/4       teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon vanilla                                                           
  • 1          teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2/3       small banana
  • 2          fresh blueberries
  • 1/2       small strawberry
  • chocolate syrup (optional)
  1. In microwave-safe bowl, stir together oats, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar. Microwave on high 30 seconds-1 minute and stir.
  2. Cut banana in half crosswise. Cut 1 1/8-inch thick coin slices from flat end of each banana half. Place slices in upper-third of oatmeal bowl, side-by-side, to make eyes. Top with 1 blueberry on each banana slice.
  3. Place remaining banana halves at the top of the bowl, hanging off edge, to create ears.
  4. Place strawberry in the middle of the bowl to make the nose then drizzle chocolate, if desired, to make mouth and whiskers.
  5. Serve with 8-ounce glass of milk.

Nutritional information per serving: 320 calories; 2 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 18 g protein; 59 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 190 mg sodium; 550 mg calcium (60% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using fat free milk, and include an 8-ounce glass of milk.

Source: MilkPEP

Breakfast & Brunch 17 January 2019

New Year, New Organic You

(Family Features) The New Year is a great time to reflect on your life and think about what you can do to become happier and healthier. There are many resolutions you can make, but one that can benefit you, your family, your community and the planet is eating more organic food. It can also be easier than you think.

To be USDA-Certified Organic, food must be grown without toxic synthetic pesticides and herbicides, genetically engineered ingredients (also called GMOs), antibiotics or artificial growth hormones.

“Simply put, organic is better for you and the environment. When you’re eating organic foods, you’re keeping harmful chemicals and GMOs out of your body and some studies have shown that organic farming produces more nutrient-dense crops,” said Arjan Stephens, executive vice president, sales and marketing at Nature’s Path. “Organic farming supports a healthier planet by not adding chemicals to the air, water and soil, as well as keeping them away from you and future generations.”

Going organic is simple; you can start small and feel good knowing that every time you choose organic it benefits you and the environment. Here are three ways to go organic this year:

  • Look Inside Your Pantry: Fresh fruits and vegetables may be the first thing that come to mind when you think about organic, but don’t forget about your pantry. Staples such as flour, sugar, vegetable oil, peanut butter and more can be swapped out for organic options and make it easier to have organic food as part of every meal.
  • Start with What You Eat Everyday: A good place to start is with the foods you consume every day. If you and your family start each morning with a bowl of cereal, try eating organic cereal like Nature's Path, which has an extensive line of cereals (as well as waffles, granola, oatmeal and granola bars) that are all USDA-Certified Organic, or try this tasty, organic recipe for an Oatmeal Latte.
  • Think Outside the Cart: You may think that organic food costs more, but you can find less expensive options by shopping at your local farmer’s market, comparing prices online, buying in bulk (which is better for the environment) and even growing some of your own food.

Going organic can be easy, delicious and good for you and the planet. For more tips on going organic, visit blog.naturespath.com/.
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Oatmeal Latte

  • 2/3       cup water
  • 1/3       cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2       cup Nature’s Path Original Hot Oatmeal
  • pinch of salt
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-2       shots espresso, for topping
  • 1/2       cup warm vanilla soy milk, for topping
  • Nature’s Path Flax Plus Vanilla Almond Granola, for topping
  • pinch of cinnamon, for topping
  1. In small saucepan, bring water and soy milk to simmer over medium-high heat.
  2. Add oats and salt. Turn heat to medium and cook until oatmeal reaches desired consistency. Stir in brown sugar and transfer to bowl or mug.
  3. Using steamer, milk frother or whisk, froth warm milk until foamy.
  4. Top oatmeal with espresso and frothed milk. Stir gently. Top with granola and cinnamon.

Source: Nature’s Path

Healthy 10 January 2019

Fuel Up for a Busy Day

(Family Features) While some may say being busy is good, it’s not always good for a healthy lifestyle. With less time to prep, the thought of planning nutritious meals and snacks may feel overwhelming, but with simple changes, you can power through your hectic schedule.

This full menu of quick and easy recipes is part of the Atkins low-carb lifestyle, a long-term, healthy eating approach focused on high-fiber carbohydrates, optimal protein and healthy fats. The plan also aims to reduce levels of refined carbohydrates, added sugars and the “hidden sugar effect” – when carbohydrates convert to sugar when digested. You don’t see the sugar, but your body does.

Consider these tips from Colette Heimowitz, author of “Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less” and vice president of nutrition and education at Atkins.

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Fill up with fiber. Fiber-rich foods, such as vegetables, nuts and seeds, low-glycemic fruits and whole unrefined grains, are considered carbohydrates but they don’t raise your blood sugar the way processed carbs do. Fiber slows the entry of glucose into your bloodstream so you don’t experience the insulin spikes that encourage your body to produce and store body fat. Additionally, fiber can help you feel full longer. If possible, try to eat 25-35 grams of fiber each day.

Start the day with breakfast. Start your mornings with a hearty breakfast like an Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl. The nutritious combo of protein and healthy fats can set you up for a productive day and prevent mid-morning donut or bagel cravings. For another quick option that takes just 10 minutes, a Power Mug Muffin with Cinnamon Butter can provide the fuel you need to start your day right.

Snack smart. If you’re in the midst of a traffic-clogged commute, on-the-go snacks can be an ideal solution for the whole family. For a fun, tasty option, try these Portobello Pizzas, full of nutrients and fiber, or these Tuna-Stuffed Deviled Eggs that can help round out lunch at work.

A Simple, Nutritious Snack

When it comes to nutrition, finding a healthier way to snack can be just as important as full-blown meals. For a protein- and fiber-rich snack low in sugar, an option like Atkins Protein Wafer Crisps provide a light and crispy texture for a surprisingly filling treat. Whether it’s for a grab-and-go snack or afternoon pick-me-up, the wafer crisps boast 10-11 grams of protein, 4-5 grams of fiber and 1 gram of sugar with three flavor profiles to choose from: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint and Lemon Vanilla.

Find more recipes to kickstart a nutritious eating plan at Atkins.com.

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Portobello Pizza

Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4

  • Olive oil spray
  • 4          large Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1/2       cup low-sugar marinara sauce
  • 1/2       cup (2 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 16        slices pepperoni sausage or 1 chorizo link, thinly sliced
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Coat with olive oil spray.
  3. Using spoon, scrape out dark gills from mushrooms; discard gills.
  4. Place mushrooms stem-side up and top each with 2 tablespoons sauce. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese and four slices pepperoni or chorizo.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and mushrooms are soft.

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Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

  • 1/3       cup plain protein powder
  • 1          cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4       cup water
  • 8          ounces spinach or kale
  • 1/4       cup almond or peanut butter
  • 1/2       cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2          tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 2          tablespoons ground flaxseed
  1. In blender, blend protein powder, yogurt, water, spinach or kale and almond or peanut butter until smooth. Divide between two bowls.
  2. In straight lines, sprinkle strawberries, almonds and flaxseed over smoothie bowls.

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Tuna-Stuffed Deviled Eggs

Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

  • 8          large eggs
  • cold water
  • 1          can (6 ounces) tuna, drained
  • 1/4       cup mayonnaise
  • 1          jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 2          tablespoons capers, drained, rinsed and chopped
  • 1          teaspoon hot or sweet ground paprika or ground chili
  1. In medium saucepan, cover eggs with cold water.
  2. Place over high heat and bring to boil. When boiling, turn heat off and cover. Remove from heat and let cool 1 minute.
  3. Place eggs in colander under cold, running water 1-2 minutes. Peel eggs under cold, running water and use kitchen towel to dry.
  4. Cut eggs in half lengthwise and scoop out yolks. Transfer yolks to small bowl along with tuna, mayonnaise, jalapeno and capers. Stir well until combined.
  5. Place egg whites on platter, center-side up, and fill with tuna mixture. Garnish with ground paprika or chili.

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Power Mug Muffin with Cinnamon Butter

Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Serves: 1

Cinnamon Butter:

  • 1          tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground nutmeg

Muffin:

  • 2          tablespoons golden flaxseed meal
  • 2          tablespoons almond flour
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon stevia (sugar substitute)
  • 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1          large egg
  • 1          teaspoon unsalted butter, at room temperature, or olive oil
  1. To make Cinnamon Butter: In small bowl, using spoon, combine butter, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; mix well. Set aside.
  2. To make Muffin: In coffee mug or single-serving souffle dish, mix flaxseed meal, almond flour, baking powder, stevia and cinnamon.
  3. Mix egg and butter into dry ingredients.
  4. Microwave on high 1 minute until firm. Serve with Cinnamon Butter.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images (deviled eggs and mug dish)

Source: Atkins

Videos 21 December 2018

Gingerbread Cookie Shake

Try this healthy spin on a classic cookie treat.  For more recipes go to culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

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Gingerbread Cookie Shake

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla protein shake
  • 1 tbsp. molasses
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup ice
  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve.  

Source: Culinary.net

Videos 13 December 2018

Cinnamon-Apple Crostata

Need a dessert that is not only delicious but easy to make?  Try this recipe for Cinnamon-Apple Crostata.  You'll have a hard time waiting to sink your teeth in to the flaky crust with a burst of cinnamon and apples. Find more delicious dessert recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious dessert!

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Cinnamon-Apple Crostata

  • Pie Pastry (we used Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts)

Filling

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples (4-5 medium sized)
  • 1 tsp. sugar (for sprinkling)
  • 2 tbs. chopped pecans
  1. Heat oven to 450°.
  2. In medium bowl mix together 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon.  Stir in peeled and sliced apples until well combined.
  3. Place flattened pie crust on an ungreased cookie or pizza sheet.
  4. Spoon apple mixture onto the center of the crust, spreading the mixture to about 2 inches from the edge of the crust.
  5. Fold crust over mixture, pleating along the way.
  6. Brush edges of crust with water.
  7. Sprinkle sugar over crust and apple mixture.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is a golden brown.
  9. Sprinkle pecans over apple mixture.
  10. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe adapted from Pillsbury.

Source: Culinary.net

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

Videos 30 November 2018

Spiced Pumpkin Bars

Cold winter weather calls for comfort food like these delicious and moist pumpkin bars.  Start your favorite movie and warm up your chilly day with a cozy blanket, a mug of hot chocolate and a plate of some of these incredible Spiced Pumpkin Bars.  Find more dessert recipes at culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

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Spiced Pumpkin Bars

  • 2  cups flour
  • 2  tsp baking powder
  • 2  tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1  tsp baking soda
  • 1/4  tsp salt
  • 4  eggs
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 2/3  cups sugar
  • 1  cup cooking oil
  • 3/4  cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4  cup butter, softened
  • 1  tsp vanilla
  • 2  cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • Pecan halves (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat together eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and oil on medium speed. Add the flour mixture; beat until well combined. If desired, stir in chopped pecans.
  3. Spread batter into an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  4. Bake in a 350° F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until  the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sifted powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
  6. Frost pumpkin bars. If desired, top with pecan halves. Cut into squares. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.

Source:  Culinary.net

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

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