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Holiday 07 December 2020

Pair and Pour Some Festive Holiday Cheer This Season

(Family Features) While holiday traditions and celebrations will likely look different this year, the season is still special. Set the scene for a celebratory occasion by mixing festive cocktails or creating the perfect spread to complement your wines, beers, cheeses and even chocolates.  

You can help make your spread delicious and affordable by relying on high-quality ingredients like those at ALDI. If you need inspiration, sommelier and lifestyle expert Sarah Tracey can help guide your palate with these festive ALDI-exclusive pairings and seasonal cocktail ideas:

Light and Refreshing – With aromas of Meyer lemon and flavors of fresh green apple and white peach, the crisp Landshut Riesling has a touch of delicate sweetness while still being juicy and refreshing. For a savory-and-sweet combination, try pairing it with the Emporium Selection Plain Goat Cheese Log and Winternacht Milk Chocolate Domino Cubes.

Rich and Decadent – Indulge your senses with the aromas of butterscotch, warm baking spices and the velvety dark fruit notes of the Quarter Cut Bourbon Barrel Red Blend. This decadent red blend offers a smooth finish, similar to mulled wine without the extra work. The rich flavor pairs well with a smoked cheese like Emporium Selection Smoked Gouda as well as the Moser Roth Dark Chocolate Collection Caramel Sea Salt.

Savory with Brew – If a craft beer is more your style, consider a rich and creamy dark ale like a stout. Its robust flavors of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet cocoa combine for a sweet yet savory, earthy finish. Serve it with rich flavors like Emporium Selection Premium English Truffle Cheddar and add a touch of chocolatey sweetness with Specially Selected Cocoa Dusted Truffles.

Signature Libations – Up the ante on your holiday celebration with a special yet simple cocktail you can mix at home with confidence. The secret to making the Mistletoe Mule is the 3-2-1 method: just pour wine for three counts, ginger beer for two counts and pomegranate juice for one count.

Find more holiday recipes at aldi.us/holiday-guide.

Mistletoe Mule

Servings: 2

  • Sugar
  • 4 1/2    ounces Tourner Brut Sparkling
  • 3          ounces Summit Ginger Beer
  • 1.5       ounces Specially Selected Premium 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • lime juice
  • fresh cranberries, for garnish (optional)
  1. Rim two glasses with sugar.
  2. In separate mixer or glass, combine wine, ginger beer and pomegranate juice using 3-2-1 method.
  3. To serve, pour over ice in prepared glasses then top with fresh lime juice. Garnish each glass with cranberries, if desired.

 Photos courtesy of Getty Images

 Source: ALDI

Videos 19 November 2020

Savory Cheese Balls

(Culinary.net) It’s the holiday season and your family can feel the cheer as loved ones fill their appetizer plates and excitement fills the air as gifts are being placed beneath the tree.

Someone asks, munching away near the table, “Wow, how did you make this?” In your mind, you think, “It was too easy.”

These Savory Cheese Balls are not only simple to make but perfect for any holiday get-together or celebration. They’re fun to create and even more enjoyable to dive in to once finished. Texture and color are the name of the game with this recipe. The result is a beautiful array of red, gold and green, all on one plate.

Start by rolling cream cheese into balls and mixing up three bowls with powerful flavors to create the three different colors. The “green” bowl gets parsley, thyme, rosemary and, of course, some garlic, just for an extra kick of seasoning. The “gold” ball calls for caraway seeds, poppy seeds and garlic. Finally, the “red” ball includes cranberries and pecans.

Simply roll each cream cheese ball around gently until it’s coated. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Display the array of cheese balls on a festive plate for something equally cheery and heavenly. Serve the plate with crackers, fruit or vegetables for complementary dipping options.

Find more recipes and holiday fun this season at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

 

Savory Cheese Balls

Servings: 6-12

  • 2          packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
  • 2          tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1          teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1/4       cup parsley, chopped
  • 2          teaspoons thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1          teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4       cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 2          tablespoons pecans, chopped
  • crackers (optional)
  • fruit (optional)
  • vegetables (optional)
  1. Cut each cream cheese block into three squares. Roll each square into ball.
  2. In small bowl, combine caraway seeds, poppy seeds and half the garlic.
  3. In second small bowl, combine parsley, thyme, rosemary and remaining garlic.
  4. In third small bowl, combine cranberries and pecans.
  5. Roll two cheese balls in seed mixture, two in herb mixture and two in cranberry mixture.
  6. Cut each ball in half and serve with crackers, fruit or vegetables, if desired.
Holiday 03 November 2020

Holiday Spirits to Sip On

(Family Features) Despite a holiday season that’s practically guaranteed to feel different than any other, one constant will remain for many: enjoying the tastes of favorite foods and beverages while cozied up at home. Enhance the holiday spirit and complement the meal at your table with adult beverages that call for seasonal flavors to add to the festive vibe.

Whether you prefer your drinks with a fruity twist and plenty of mix-ins or would rather opt for a simpler combination, the options are vast. Many traditional holiday drinks require a small handful of ingredients that blend, mix or shake together to create a wintry flavor that’s worth the wait.

Regardless of personal preferences, one ingredient you can rely on when creating an at-home concoction is a mixer like those from Zevia, which are naturally sweetened with stevia and include no artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives. These non-alcoholic, zero-sugar, zero-calorie mixers for cocktails (or mocktails) are available in three different flavors: Lemon Lime with Bitters, Tonic and Ginger Beer to provide a simple yet delicious complement to the ingredients of your choosing.

For a fruit-flavored solution, this Cranberry Smash Moscow Mule offers a sweet spin on the classic cocktail. Break out your favorite copper mug and let the cranberries and cinnamon sticks add festive flair to your fusion of vodka and ginger beer.

Alternately, if the sour notes of a margarita better fit your style, go for a holiday twist with this Winter White Margarita by blending in coconut milk and garnishing with cranberries and rosemary sprigs. By rimming your glasses with granulated stevia, you can add a sweet touch to each gulp.

To find more holiday cocktail ideas, visit Zevia.com/recipes/cocktails.

Cranberry Smash Moscow Mule

Servings: 1

  • 1          cup cranberries, plus additional for garnish (optional), divided
  • 3/4-1    cup water, divided
  • 2          ounces vodka
  • 1-2       ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 4          ounces Zevia Ginger Beer Mixer
  • ice
  • rosemary, for garnish (optional)
  • lime slices, for garnish (optional)
  • cinnamon sticks, for garnish (optional)
  1. In saucepan, boil cranberries in 1/2 cup water until they burst.
  2. Use fork to smash cranberries. Boil 3-4 minutes. Keep mixture moist by adding water 1/4 cup at a time.
  3. Let mixture cool to room temperature.
  4. In copper mug, combine vodka, lime juice, ginger beer and smashed cranberries over ice.
  5. Garnish with additional cranberries, rosemary, lime slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Winter White Margarita

Servings: 6

  • 12        ounces coconut milk
  • 12        ounces silver tequila
  • 1          tablespoon orange extract
  • 2 1/2    cups ice
  • 1 1/2    cans Zevia Lemon Lime with Bitters
  • granulated stevia, for garnish (optional)
  • cranberries, for garnish (optional)
  • rosemary sprigs, for garnish (optional)
  1. In blender, blend coconut milk, tequila, orange extract, ice and bitters until smooth.
  2. Rim six glasses with granulated stevia.
  3. Divide mixture among glasses and garnish each with cranberries and rosemary, if desired.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

Source: Zevia

Holiday 02 November 2020

Delectable Desserts for Holiday Celebrations

(Family Features) With so many traditions and ways to celebrate the holiday season, the options are nearly endless for families looking to spend special moments together. One of the tastiest and most enjoyable activities you can engage in with family and friends is to team up and create sweet eats in the kitchen.

Whether you’re a chocolate lover or prefer traditional seasonal flavors like peppermint and gingerbread, these tasty, dairy-inspired treats from Milk Means More provide heartwarming ways to tingle your taste buds while bringing everyone together.

Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding provides a sweet, fruity, hearty dessert while Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies combine chocolatey goodness with creamy cheesecake and peppermint. Or, for a classic holiday combination, you can turn to Gingerbread Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream.

Find more ways to celebrate the season with sweet eats at milkmeansmore.org.

Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies

Recipe courtesy of Sarah Bates of “The Chef Next Door” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16

  • Nonstick cooking spray

Cheesecake Batter:

  • 8          ounces low-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3       cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          tablespoon all-purpose flour

Brownie Batter:

  • 1          cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2       cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1          cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4       cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4       cup milk
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 1/2       cup peppermint baking pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To make cheesecake batter: Place cream cheese in bowl of stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and peppermint extract; beat well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and beat mixture until blended.
  3. To make brownie batter: In medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder and salt until combined. In separate bowl, whisk sugar, oil, milk, eggs and vanilla until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until blended.
  4. Pour brownie batter evenly into prepared pan. Carefully pour cheesecake batter over top, spreading evenly. Carefully swirl layers together using knife tip. Bake 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle top of brownies with peppermint baking pieces and bake 10 minutes until brownies are set. Cool brownies completely in pan on wire rack before cutting into 16 squares.

Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Kirsten Kubert of “Comfortably Domestic” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 65 minutes
Servings: 12

Pudding:

  • 1          loaf Texas toast or day-old bread
  • 1-2       tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 1/2    cups fresh cranberries
  • 6          eggs
  • 3/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2    cups 2% milk
  • 1          teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/4       cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4       cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons coarse granulated sugar (optional)

Orange Custard Sauce:

  • 3          egg yolks
  • 1/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 1          cup half-and-half
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  1. To make pudding: Cut bread into bite-sized cubes. If bread is soft and fresh, place cubes on half sheet pan and let stand at room temperature overnight to dry out.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  3. Grease 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish with softened butter. Place bread cubes in prepared baking pan. Scatter cranberries over bread.
  4. Beat eggs with sugar, milk, orange zest, orange juice, melted butter, vanilla and cinnamon until well blended. Pour evenly over bread and cranberries to coat. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired. Bake 60-65 minutes, or until custard is set and edges of bread are browned.
  5. To make orange custard sauce: In small saucepan, whisk egg yolks with sugar until lightened to pale yellow color, about 2 minutes. Stir half-and-half into mixture until combined. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 15-20 minutes, or until sauce thickens enough to coat spoon. Stir orange zest into custard sauce.
  6. Serve bread pudding with warm custard sauce over top.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

Recipe courtesy of Megan Gundy of “What Megan’s Making” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 20

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2          teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2    cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2    cups granulated sugar
  • 3          tablespoons molasses
  • 4          large eggs
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla extract

Whipped Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 1          cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4          cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4       tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1          pinch salt
  • cinnamon, for topping
  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. To make cupcakes: In medium bowl, whisk flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In large bowl of stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add molasses and beat until incorporated. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined.
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center cupcake comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Let cupcakes cool 10 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make whipped vanilla buttercream: In large bowl of stand mixer, beat butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and, with mixer on low, slowly add in powdered sugar, cream and salt, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Once incorporated, whip frosting at least 3 minutes on medium-high or high speed. If frosting is too thick, gradually beat in additional cream. Pipe on top of cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Source: United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Holiday 20 October 2020

Rich, Flavorful Recipes for Memorable Holiday Moments

(Family Features) For many families, spending special moments with loved ones feels more important than ever this year. Whether you’re spending the holidays with family or inviting them for a virtual call from afar, you can plan ahead to enjoy the same dishes even without being at the same table.

Tap into family favorites like these seasonal sweets that include California Walnuts for rich, holiday-worthy flavor. Overnight Walnut French Toast with Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote offers a tart-sweet combination perfect for a holiday brunch and allows you to prep the night before and simply pop in the oven when you wake up.

Drizzled with a chocolate-peppermint glaze and finished with walnuts and crushed peppermint candies, a Walnut Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake can provide the perfect finish to the festivities. The soft cake and crunchy walnuts contrast for an ultimate texture combination.

Find more sweet holiday recipes at walnuts.org.

Overnight Walnut French Toast with Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote

Total time: 1 hour
Servings: 12

Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote:

  • 1/2       cup California Walnuts
  • 2          cups cranberries
  • 1/2       cup orange juice
  • 1/2       cup maple syrup
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1          orange, zest only

Overnight Walnut French Toast:

  • 8          slices Texas Toast or 1-inch thick slices French bread
  • 1/4       cup butter, melted, plus additional for baking dish, divided
  • 2 1/2    cups milk or walnut milk
  • 1/2       cup sugar
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1          teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6          eggs
  1. To make Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote: Preheat oven to 350 F. Place walnuts on baking sheet and toast 8 minutes. Remove from heat and chop coarsely.
  2. In medium pot over medium heat, combine toasted walnuts, cranberries, orange juice, syrup, ginger and orange zest. Bring to boil and stir frequently 12-15 minutes until cranberries pop and liquid starts to reduce.
  3. Transfer to container and refrigerate once cooled.
  4. To make Overnight Walnut French Toast: Preheat oven to 350 F.
  5. Place bread on baking sheet and bake 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted on outside but still soft on inside. Butter 13-by-9-inch baking dish.
  6. In large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, 1/4 cup butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and eggs. Dip each bread slice in mixture and let soak about 15 seconds on each side. Place in prepared baking dish, overlapping slices slightly, if necessary.
  7. Cover and refrigerate a few hours or overnight.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until golden brown and somewhat firm to touch. Serve immediately topped with Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote.

Walnut Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Servings: 16

Cake:

  • 1          cup butter, plus additional for greasing pan, divided
  • 1/2       cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus additional for dusting pan, divided
  • 1          cup water
  • 2 1/4    cups sugar
  • 1          teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3          eggs
  • 2          cups flour
  • 3/4       teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       cup buttermilk
  • 1          cup California Walnut halves and pieces

Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Glaze:

  • 1/3       cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3          tablespoons butter
  • 2          tablespoons milk
  • 1/2       teaspoon peppermint extract

Toppings:

  • 1/2       cup coarsely chopped California Walnuts
  • 1/2       cup crushed peppermint candy
  1. To make cake: Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly butter bundt pan then dust with cocoa powder. Turn pan, tapping, to coat on all sides; tap out excess.
  2. In small saucepan over low heat, melt 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup cocoa powder and water, whisking until smooth; let cool.
  3. Transfer to bowl of mixer and lightly beat in sugar, peppermint extract and eggs.
  4. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add about 1/3 of dry ingredients to chocolate mixture and beat on low speed to combine. Add 1/4 cup buttermilk and beat again. Repeat steps ending with flour mixture, mixing only until combined. Fold in walnuts.
  5. Spread in prepared pan and bake 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool then invert onto serving plate or platter.
  6. To make Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Glaze: While cake bakes, melt chocolate chips, butter, milk and peppermint extract together until smooth. Let cool slightly to thicken then drizzle over cake. Top with walnuts and peppermint candies.

Source: California Walnuts

Meal Ideas 30 September 2020

Holiday Centerpieces to Savor

(Family Features) Celebrate the season and create long-lasting memories this year by serving tasteful main courses centered around tender cuts of beef.

With hand-cut choices like a Bone-in Frenched Prime Rib Roast, Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignons, a Beef Brisket Flat and Premium Ground Beef from Omaha Steaks, you can create elegant holiday centerpieces such as Steak Au Poivre or a unique generational recipe, the Simon Family Brisket. Each cut of beef is hand-carved by expert butchers, flash-frozen to capture freshness and flavor at its peak and delivered directly to your door.

For a truly mouthwatering meal, make Fred Simon’s Rib Roast Dubarry the focal point of the family table. As a favorite of Madame Dubarry, a prominent courtesan in French King Louis XVI’s court, this version adapted by Fred Simon, fourth-generation family owner of Omaha Steaks, involves a marinade that gives the roast a smooth, rich, velvety flavor worthy of a royal dinner.

Find more inspiration to create a memorable holiday meal at OmahaSteaks.com.

Steak Au Poivre

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 2          Omaha Steaks Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignons (5-6 ounces each), thawed
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2          tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2          tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/3       cup brandy or cognac
  • 1          cup cream
  • 1          tablespoon Dijon mustard
  1. Season steak with salt and pepper. Press seasoning into meat to create even coating.
  2. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon butter until just smoking. Add steak and sear 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Once cooked to desired doneness, transfer steak to cutting board and tent with foil to rest.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add brandy to skillet. Allow to cook down about 1 minute while stirring to scrape off any browned bits from bottom of pan. Once brandy reduces by half, add cream, Dijon mustard and remaining butter; continue cooking until mixture begins to reduce and thicken, 5-7 minutes.
  4. Slice steaks against grain and top with sauce.

Fred Simon’s Rib Roast Dubarry

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus 5-12 hours marinating time
Cook time: 2 hours, 15 minutes-2 hours, 45 minutes, plus 15 minutes for sauce
Servings: 4-6

  • 3          cups red wine, divided
  • 1/4       cup olive oil
  • 3          cloves garlic, minced
  • 2          tablespoons coarse ground mustard
  • 1          bay leaf
  • 1          Omaha Steaks Bone-In Frenched Prime Rib Roast (4 pounds), thawed
  • 1          tablespoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1          tablespoon coarse ground pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 2          tablespoons canola oil
  • 1          onion, quartered
  • 4          carrots, quartered
  • 4          celery stalks, quartered
  • 1          head garlic, halved horizontally
  • 4          sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2          sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2          cups beef stock, divided
  • 3          tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. In 2-gallon resealable bag, mix 2 cups wine, olive oil, garlic, mustard and bay leaf. Add roast, seal and place in refrigerator to marinate at least 5 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
  2. Remove roast from marinade and pat dry. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  4. Preheat large skillet over high heat. Add canola oil. Place roast in skillet and sear until well browned on all sides. Set skillet aside, leaving juices and browned bits for making sauce.
  5. In roasting pan lined with foil, add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme and rosemary. Place roast on top of aromatics bone-side down. Add 1 cup beef stock.
  6. Place in oven on center baking rack. Roast 2 hours, 15 minutes-2 hours, 30 minutes for rare or 2 hours, 30 minutes-2 hours, 45 minutes for medium-rare. Remove from oven. Place roast on cutting board. Tent with foil.
  7. Place any accumulated juices from roast in measuring cup. Add remaining beef stock to make 1 cup total. Pour into skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining wine and bring to boil, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half. Remove from heat and whisk in butter. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Carve roast and serve with sauce.

Simon Family Brisket

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours, plus 20 minutes resting time
Servings: 4

  • 1          Omaha Steaks Beef Brisket Flat (2 pounds), thawed
  • 1          package (1.1 ounces) dry onion soup mix
  • 1          can (14 ounces) whole cranberries
  • 1          cup chili sauce
  • 1          cup ginger ale
  1. Preheat oven to 250 F. Place brisket in large ovenproof baking dish.
  2. In bowl, mix onion soup mix, cranberries and chili sauce. Spoon over top of brisket. Pour ginger ale around edges of brisket.
  3. Cover with foil and bake 4 hours.
  4. Remove from oven and let rest 20 minutes. Remove brisket from baking dish and place on cutting board. Slice brisket against grain and place in serving dish. Top with sauce and serve.

Source: Omaha Steaks

Dessert 31 January 2020

Sweet, Luscious Snacks for Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day eats and treats

(Family Features) Valentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness and love. Because it also occurs during American Heart Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to start taking care of your own heart and the hearts of loved ones.

Part of the charm of the day’s celebrations is in giving family and friends flavorful foods to enjoy from chocolates and candies to other sugary treats. However, the festivities don’t have to be completely focused on unhealthy bites in order to make someone feel special.

This year, it can be easy to share in the fun of Valentine’s Day by serving those you love with sweet, seasonal treats. For example, these Frosted Watermelon Cutouts make for ideal snacks for children and adults alike whether it’s an after-school treat or a sweet dessert with just three ingredients, heart-shaped cookie cutters and minimal time spent in the kitchen.

If you’re really looking to impress that special someone, this Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board calls for creativity and plenty of tasty morsels like berries, cashews, almonds and dark chocolate. Without any baking or cooking required, simply spread out the ingredients for a platter that’s just as visually appealing as it is appetizing.

Both recipes include the benefits of watermelon, which boasts plenty of vitamin C to boost the immune system’s defenses as a cholesterol-free, fat-free and sodium-free food. Plus, watermelon draws its red color from the powerful antioxidant lycopene (12.7 mg per serving), which may help protect cells from damage, and the healthy treat is American Heart Association Heart-Check Certified with just 80 calories per serving, making it the perfect centerpiece for Valentine’s Day recipes.

Find more Valentine’s Day inspiration and recipes at watermelon.org.

Frosted Watermelon Cutouts

  • 1          seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-3/4-inch thick slices
  • 4          brownie bites
  • 1          cup frosting (any flavor)
  1. Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes out of watermelon slices or simply use cut watermelon wedges, if desired. Top heart shapes with brownie bites and add frosting as desired.

Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board

Servings: 6-8

  • 1/2       medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges and cubes
  • 1          cup fresh raspberries
  • 1          cup fresh red cherries
  • 1          cup strawberries, trimmed and halved
  • 1/4       cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3       cup roasted, salted cashews
  • 1          cup chocolate covered almonds
  • 1          bar dark chocolate, broken into squares
  • 1          cup coconut chips
  • mint leaves, for garnish
  1. On serving board, arrange watermelon in center and surround with raspberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, cashews, almonds, chocolate and coconut chips. Scatter mint leaves around board for garnish.

Source:  Watermelon Board

Videos 03 January 2020

Cranberry Orange Pork Loin

(Culinary.net) Whether you’re looking for a family meal or a dish to feed a different type of crowd, taking advantage of kitchen tools like your slow cooker can help take the effort out of preparation. Flavored using cranberries and oranges, this Cranberry-Orange Pork Loin is a classic dish that’s perfect for entertaining any type of group.

Find more recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Cranberry Orange Pork Loin

  • 1          tablespoon oil
  • 1          pork loin (4 pounds), tied at 1-inch intervals
  • 14        ounces cranberry sauce
  • 1          cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4       cup orange juice
  • 1/8       teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3          strips orange zest
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. In skillet over medium heat, heat oil.
  2. Sear pork loin on all sides.
  3. In slow cooker, stir cranberry sauce, dried cranberries, orange juice, cinnamon and orange zest until combined. Set pork loin in middle of sauce mixture and drizzle sauce over meat.
  4. Cover and cook on low 4 hours, or until meat reaches 140-145 F.
  5. Transfer pork to cutting board. Remove twine.
  6. Strain cranberries from slow cooker; set aside. Pour strained liquid into skillet. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer 7-8 minutes.
  7. Spoon cranberries and sauce over pork loin.
Videos 06 November 2019

The Perfect Sauce to Pair with a Roast

(Family Features)Creating a crowd-pleasing holiday centerpiece starts with choosing a flavorful, tender cut of meat. This year, you can make a holiday roast to remember with an elegant cut from Omaha Steaks paired with this Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce to elicit rave reviews from guests. Find more recipes and tips to create a holiday dinner to remember at OmahaSteaks.com.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Holiday Roast with Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 2 cups

Roast:

  • butcher’s twine
  • 1          Omaha Steaks chateaubriand roast (2 pounds)
  • 2          tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons, canola oil, divided
  • Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Rub

Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce:

  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 2          medium red bell peppers, finely diced
  • 1          cup red wine
  • 1/4       cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3       cup white sugar
  • 2          teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 6          tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 6          tablespoons dried currants
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  1. To make roast: Heat oven to 250° F.
  2. Using butcher’s twine, tie roast to maintain shape. Coat all sides with 2 tablespoons canola oil and season with rub.
  3. In medium skillet, heat remaining oil. Sear all sides of roast 2 minutes each.
  4. Place roast in roasting pan and bake 1 hour, 30 minutes.
  5. To make Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce: Heat medium skillet on medium-high heat.
  6. Add olive oil and diced red pepper; saute 3-5 minutes.
  7. Add red wine, red wine vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, cranberries, currants and salt. Bring mixture to boil then turn temperature to low and simmer 20 minutes, or until liquid is mostly evaporated and thickened.
  8. Top each serving of roast with Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce.

Note: Mostarda can be made up to 3 days in advance.

Source: Omaha Steaks

Breakfast & Brunch 09 August 2019

An Easy Solution to After-School Snacking

(Family Features) The early morning chaos and activity-packed evenings of the back-to-school season can make finding time to connect challenging. Throughout the day, there can be small windows of time that your family can make the most of – even if only for a few moments that matter.

“As a busy mom, I know how hard it can be to find time to slow down with the kids,” said Dr. Tanya Altmann, pediatrician and parenting expert. “After-school snack time is my secret weapon. It’s a time we can all pause for a few minutes before running out the door to soccer or starting homework. As a doctor, I’ll take any extra opportunity to provide the nutrients my kids need. That’s why I focus on nutrient-rich snacks, which always include milk in our house.”

Most Americans, including kids, fall short on the recommended three daily servings of real milk and milk products for kids ages 9 and up, according to the USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Adding real dairy milk to afternoon snack time is an easy way to get kids nutrients they need to grow up strong, which is one less thing for parents to worry about.

“The great thing about milk is that kids already love it, so it’s an easy way to get protein and other essential nutrients they need to fuel their after-school activities and meals,” pediatrician Dr. Ilan Shapiro said. “It’s not a battle to get them to drink it like so many foods can be.”

You can make the most of snack time with simple, fun recipe ideas like Harvest Fruit and Oat Energy Bites, which are a quick way to fuel up. Pairing these with an 8-ounce glass of real milk provides protein and essential nutrients kids need to power through after-school homework or activities.

Snacking recipes are not only easy to make, but also easy to plan. For more tasty on-the-go recipe ideas to try this back-to-school season, and to shop for ingredients, visit milklife.com.

Harvest Fruit and Oat Energy Bites

Recipe courtesy of Emily Caruso of Jelly Toast on behalf of Milk. Love What’s Real
Servings: 10, 2 bites per serving

  • 1/2       cup milk
  • 1 1/2    cups rolled oats, divided
  • 2          tablespoons almond nut butter
  • 2/3       cup dried apple rings, chopped (soft variety)
  • 1/2       teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1/4       cup dried cranberries or dried tart cherries
  • 2          tablespoons chopped pecans or almonds
  • 1          glass milk (8 ounces each) per serving
  1. In bowl of food processor or high-speed blender, combine milk, 1 cup rolled oats, nut butter, dried apple rings, apple pie spice and salt. Pulse until mixture becomes fairly smooth and holds together when rolled. Transfer mixture to medium size bowl.
  2. Stir in remaining oats, dried cranberries and chopped nuts. Roll mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Chill 1 hour, or until firm. Keep bites covered and refrigerated up to 3 days.
  3. Pair each serving with 8-ounce glass milk.

Nutritional information per serving: 190 calories; 3.5 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 12 g protein; 28 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 150 mg sodium; 334 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using fat-free milk and include 8-ounce glass fat-free milk.

 

Photo courtesy of Emily Caruso of Jelly Toast on behalf of Milk. Love What’s Real

Source: MilkPEP

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