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Videos 13 December 2021

A Cheesy Winter Warm-Up

(Family Features) One of the easiest ways to warm up at the end of a winter day – both inside and out – is by sharing a comforting meal with loved ones.

Getting your whole family to the table can be surprisingly easy when a savory dish like Cheesy Spinach Ravioli awaits. This recipe offers a kid-friendly way to get a serving of greens along with favorite flavors. Originally started by an Italian mother more than 80 years ago, having a delicious jar of RAGÙ sauce in hand, with its distinctive yellow cap, can help anyone create this mouthwatering recipe and quick real-world dishes at home.

Having a go-to jar of sauce in your pantry offers an invaluable resource for at-home cooks who want to “cook like a mother” and create delicious, homemade recipes regardless of culinary skill. With a wide array of flavor varieties, the rich heritage of these familiar sauces can quickly help you make cold days feel far away while elevating everyday meals at the family table.

Visit Ragu.com to find more winter recipe inspiration.

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Cheesy Spinach Ravioli

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: about 1 hour
Yield: 17-20 ravioli

Dough:

  • 3          cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon olive oil
  • 4          whole eggs
  • 2          egg yolks
  • water

Filling:

  • 1/2       teaspoon olive oil
  • 2          cups chopped spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1          pinch pepper
  • 1          container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese

Toppings:

  • 1          jar (24 ounces) RAGÙ Old World Style Traditional Sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2          chopped basil leaves
  • 2          chopped sprigs rosemary
  • grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. To make dough: Place 2 1/2 cups flour in bowl and make hole in center. Add salt, garlic powder, olive oil, eggs and egg yolks to hole. Slowly bring flour into middle and knead into ball. Cover with bowl and let rest 20 minutes.
  2. To make filling: In pan over medium heat, add olive oil; add spinach, salt and pepper then saute until spinach is wilted. Let cool then mix in ricotta cheese; set aside.
  3. Cut dough in half. Sprinkle remaining flour on large cutting board and roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into rectangle then cut into 2-3-inch squares. Set scraps aside. Brush water on squares then spoon 1 teaspoon spinach-ricotta filling in center of every other square. Top with remaining squares. Use fork to crimp edges. Repeat with remaining dough. Form scraps into ball and repeat.
  4. Put ravioli in boiling water, 8-10 minutes; they will rise to top when done.
  5. In saucepan over medium heat, heat sauce until simmering.
  6. Place ravioli on plate and top with warm sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil and rosemary. Grate Parmesan cheese on top, if desired.

Source: Ragu Foods

Videos 01 December 2021

An Elegant Veal Meal to Impress Your Valentine

(Family Features) Celebrating a special moment with your special someone this Valentine’s Day starts with a romantic meal. Cooking an elegant dish in your own kitchen offers a way to impress your valentine while enjoying the comforts of home.

Easy to make and ready in 30 minutes, these Pesto Caprese Veal Cutlets showcase the versatility and beauty of humanely raised veal in a flavor-packed recipe. One bite can transport you and your loved one from the kitchen to a garden in Italy.

For added fun, try making homemade pesto to mix with grape tomatoes for a burst of flavor. Top with pine nuts and serve alongside a fresh salad or your favorite pasta for an unforgettably romantic meal.

Find more Valentine’s Day dinner ideas at Veal.org

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Pesto Caprese Veal Cutlets

Funded by Beef Farmers and Ranchers
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          pound veal cutlets (about 2 ounces each)
  • 1          pint grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 4          tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1/2       cup flour
  • 2          large eggs
  • 2          tablespoons whole or 2% milk
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2       cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2          tablespoons butter, divided
  • 6          ounces regular or part-skim fresh mozzarella, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3          tablespoons toasted pine nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Pound veal cutlets to 1/8-inch thickness.
  2. In small bowl, toss tomatoes and pesto to mix well; set aside.
  3. Place flour in shallow dish. In second shallow dish, beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper, to taste, until blended. Place breadcrumbs in third shallow dish. Dip each cutlet into flour then egg mixture then breadcrumbs to coat both sides.
  4. In large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon butter until hot. Place half of cutlets in skillet; cook 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown and veal is cooked through, turning once. Remove cutlets; place on baking sheet.
  5. Wipe out skillet with paper towel. Repeat with remaining butter and cutlets.
  6. Place one slice cheese on each cutlet. Bake 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted. Transfer cutlets to plate and evenly top with tomato mixture; sprinkle with pine nuts, if desired.

Source: New York Beef Council

Videos 16 November 2021

Comfort Holiday Guests with a Satisfying Snack

(Family Features) When guests arrive for the holidays, handshakes and hugs are often the first order of business. However, a satisfying snack to tide hunger before the big meal is likely the next thought on everyone’s mind.

Keeping your loved ones full and content can be done with apples, an ingredient that heightens the flavor and appearance of favorite recipes like Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy. This comforting dish can be shared among the crowd for an easy way to call everyone to the kitchen.

An option like Envy Apples offer satisfying texture and taste with a consistently balanced, refreshing sweetness coupled with a crisp, elegant crunch. Perfect for small plates or use in recipes ranging from dinner to dessert, they also make for an easy snack when eaten fresh out of hand. A crimson red skin over a golden background practically glows, and their white flesh is naturally slow to brown when sliced for fresher flavor in sweet treats.

Visit EnvyApple.com to find more holiday appetizers.

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Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy

  • 1          box stovetop stuffing
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 2          cups diced Envy Apples
  • 1/2       onion, diced small

Gravy:

  • 3          tablespoons butter
  • 3          tablespoons flour
  • 2          cups beef broth
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 20        turns fresh cracked pepper
  • 1          teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1          tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cook stuffing according to package directions; set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In large saute pan, melt butter saute apples and onion until tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Stir together stuffing and apple mixture. Spread stuffing on sheet tray and allow to cool in refrigerator.
  5. After cooling, form stuffing into medium bites and place on sheet tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. Broil bites 8-10 minutes until golden brown and slightly crispy.
  7. To make gravy: In small pot, melt butter and whisk in flour. Cook flour 1 minute, whisking frequently.
  8. Whisk in beef broth, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, whisking frequently. Remove from heat and stir in rosemary. If desired, continue gently simmering gravy to thicken.
  9. Arrange stuffing bites in serving dish and drizzle with gravy. Serve hot.

Source: Envy Apples

Holiday 09 November 2021

Delightful Dishes to Dazzle Holiday Guests

(Family Features) Entertaining guests during the holidays isn’t just about a main course that calls all to the table. What often makes a festive gathering more fruitful is a spread of delicious appetizers, delightful drinks and divine desserts that keep loved ones coming back to the kitchen for more.

For appetizing dishes from the first guest at the house to the last out the door, you can heighten the flavor and appearance of favorite recipes with one simple ingredient: apples. Ranging from tart to sugary sweet, finding the right balance for your palate is key. Scent can also influence taste, especially when you have a balanced sweetness with an uplifting, fresh aroma.

Turn to an option like Envy Apples this holiday season for satisfying texture and taste with a consistently balanced, refreshing sweetness coupled with a crisp, elegant crunch. They make for an easy snack when eaten fresh out of hand but are also perfect for holding over pre-dinner appetites in small plates like this Bell-Issimo Brie Melt or Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy.

The versatile flavor of apples isn’t just limited to foods, however. For the adults in the room, Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider with a splash of bourbon is a seasonally appropriate way to quench thirst and break the ice. Simply omit the bourbon for a kid-friendly version so the whole party can savor a sip.

Easy to spot with their crimson red skin over a golden background that practically glows, Envy Apples offer an easy, eye-catching way to try new tastes and celebrate joyful occasions together. The bright white flesh is naturally slow to brown when sliced for a fresher flavor in sweet treats like Apple Oat Crumble and Citrus Caramel Topping for a tasty way to elevate your holiday get-togethers.

Find more sweet holiday recipes at EnvyApple.com.

Apple Oat Crumble and Citrus Caramel Topping

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Envy Apples, diced into large cubes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, diced small
  • 1/2 cup caramel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 orange, zest only
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • vanilla ice cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In bowl, stir together sugar and ground cinnamon.
  3. Toss apples in lemon juice then in cinnamon sugar mixture. Spread in 9-inch pie dish.
  4. In another bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour and oats. Using hands or fork, cut in butter until pea size crumbs form. Sprinkle evenly over apples.
  5. Bake 40-45 minutes until mixture is bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes.
  6. In small pot, whisk caramel, salt, orange zest and orange juice until warm.
  7. Spoon apple oat crumble over large scoop vanilla ice cream and top with salted citrus caramel.

Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy

  • 1 box stovetop stuffing
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups diced Envy Apples
  • 1/2 onion, diced small

Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 20 turns fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cook stuffing according to package directions; set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In large saute pan, melt butter saute apples and onion until tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Stir together stuffing and apple mixture. Spread stuffing on sheet tray and allow to cool in refrigerator.
  5. After cooling, form stuffing into medium bites and place on sheet tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. Broil bites until golden brown and slightly crispy.
  7. To make gravy: In small pot, melt butter and whisk in flour. Cook flour 1 minute, whisking frequently.
  8. Whisk in beef broth, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, whisking frequently. Remove from heat and stir in rosemary. If desired, continue gently simmering gravy to thicken.
  9. Arrange stuffing bites in serving dish and drizzle with gravy. Serve hot.

Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider

  • 1 Envy Apple, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 4 ounces pumpkin spice apple cider
  • demerara sugar
  • Envy Apple slices, for garnish
  • rosemary, for garnish
  • cinnamon stick, for garnish
  1. In pan over medium heat, saute diced apples in butter and pumpkin spice 5-10 minutes.
  2. In glass, combine bourbon and pumpkin spice apple cider; top with sauteed apples.
  3. Add demerara sugar then garnish with apple slices, rosemary and cinnamon stick.

Bell-Issimo Brie Melt

  • 1 round brie (6-8 ounces)
  • 2 Envy Apples
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • firm crackers
  1. Unwrap brie and place on microwave-safe dish. Cut off top of brie round and microwave 60 seconds until middle is soft.
  2. Slice apples into thick wedges.
  3. Top brie with half the apples, crushed walnuts and dried cranberries.
  4. Serve with firm crackers and remaining apple wedges.

Source: Envy Apples

Holiday 08 November 2021

'Tis the Holiday Baking Season

(Family Features) One of the best parts of the holidays is the aromas and flavors of the season, from walnuts and cinnamon to peppermint and nutmeg. Sweet treats and mouthwatering desserts can bring family and friends around the table to celebrate the season together, one bite at a time.

During your festive gatherings this year, choose walnuts as the star baking ingredient. As many home cooks turn to wholesome ingredients that offer health benefits this holiday baking season, California walnuts make for a perfect addition to almost any dish and are an excellent source of omega-3 ALA (2.5g/oz). With a buttery flavor that elevates traditional and modern recipes, home bakers can do more with walnuts in the kitchen.

Part pumpkin, part cheesecake, this Walnut Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart spices up the classic pumpkin pie recipe. Top it, or other favorite desserts, with light and airy Vanilla Walnut Whipped Cream flavored with honey and vanilla to complement festive dishes.

This holiday season, pick up a bag of walnuts for all your baking needs. To discover more festive dessert ideas, visit walnuts.org.

Walnut Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart

Total time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Sweet Tart Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup California walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • nonstick cooking spray

Filling:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup California walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • whipped cream, for serving (optional)
  1. To make sweet tart crust: In medium bowl, stir flour, walnuts and powdered sugar. Stir in butter and egg. Using fork, stir well until soft dough forms. Gather into ball and wrap tightly.
  2. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, or until dough is easy to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F and coat 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Lay pastry dough on lightly floured board and roll into 11-inch circle. Press dough into bottom and sides of prepared pan and poke with fork on bottom and sides. Bake 20 minutes.
  5. To make filling: In medium bowl, whisk pumpkin and cream cheese until smooth. Add brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, egg and egg yolk, beating until incorporated.
  6. Pour into prepared crust and top with walnuts. Bake 40 minutes, or until filling is set when pan is gently tapped.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  8. Serve each slice with dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Vanilla Walnut Whipped Cream

Total time: 8 minutes
Servings: 14

  • 2 1/2 cups California walnuts, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. In blender, puree 2 cups walnuts and water 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon honey, vanilla extract and salt; blend 30 seconds. Add remaining honey if sweeter taste is desired.
  3. To achieve thicker whipped cream, add remaining walnuts and puree until light and fluffy.
  4. Store tightly covered in refrigerator until ready to use.

Source: California Walnuts

Holiday 28 October 2021

A Festive Menu Fit for Family and Friends

(Family Features) Hearty snacks, seasonal sides, flavorful main dishes and tantalizing desserts all complement one another perfectly for holiday celebrations among loved ones. This year, when planning your menu, be sure to consider recipes that keep family and friends content from the moment they hang up their coats to the goodbye hugs.

These delicious options for a satisfying bread bowl, pumpkin spice potatoes, artfully glazed lamb chops and fresh apple pie can bring your guests running to the kitchen (and keep them there) as you celebrate all the season has to offer.

Find more recipes fit for holiday festivities at Culinary.net

Beckon Holiday Guests with a Bread Bowl

While your loved ones wait patiently for the main course to be served, hearty appetizers like bread bowls can keep appetites at bay. This Spinach-Ham Dip is the perfect combination of comforting and satisfying when served with bread cubes, crackers or tortilla chips for a warming snack ahead of the big meal.

To find more seasonal appetizer inspiration, visit Culinary.net.

Spinach-Ham Dip

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 pound ham, cubed
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 round bread loaf (16 ounces), unsliced
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In medium bowl, blend ricotta cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add spinach, ham, Parmesan cheese and green onions; mix until blended.
  3. Cut 1-2-inch diameter circle out of top of bread loaf. Reserve top. Remove bread inside loaf, leaving about 1 inch along sides. Pour cheese mixture into bread bowl. Replace top. Cover bread loaf in aluminum foil and bake 60 minutes, or until warmed through.
  4. Take bread removed from inside bread bowl and cut into dipping sized chunks.
  5. Remove bread from aluminum foil and place on platter. Scatter bread chunks around bread bowl to use for dunking in cheese sauce.

A Seasonal Side with a Tasty Twist

No matter what life may look like this holiday season, you can put a smile on loved ones’ faces with classic meals and sides that memories are made of.

You can use a traditional holiday ingredient, potatoes, to make easy yet delicious recipes like these Pumpkin Spice Scalloped Potatoes. Perfect for serving with your favorite main course, they’re a tasty twist on a classic sweet potato casserole.

Plus, they’re made with Little potatoes that come ready to use with no washing or peeling required, perfect for busy families during bustling holiday gatherings. Try them roasted, boiled, smashed or mashed in your favorite seasonal dishes. For a time-saving hack, use the slicer attachment in a food processor to evenly slice potatoes in minutes.

Visit littlepotatoes.com for more holiday recipe inspiration.

Pumpkin Spice Scalloped Little Potatoes

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Servings: 4

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds Terrific Trio Little Potatoes, 1/8-inch sliced, kept in water until ready to use
  • 5 slices thick-cut bacon, sliced, cooked until crisp and drained
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup pecans, rough chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low then slowly add milk gradually, ensuring it is incorporated before adding more. Turn heat to medium-high and cook until thickened, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In bowl, add drained potatoes, sauce, bacon, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Season with salt and pepper, to taste; mix well.
  4. In greased 8-by-11-inch baking dish, line potatoes on sides in desired pattern. Stuff extra bacon between potatoes from remains left in bowl. Pour extra sauce over potatoes.
  5. Bake 60 minutes.
  6. In small pot over medium-high heat, add brown sugar and water. Cook to melt sugar and allow to bubble, about 5 minutes. Add pecans; stir 2 minutes. Lay on parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to cool. Once cool, chop into pieces.
  7. Remove potatoes from oven and sprinkle pecans over top.

Serve Up a Seasonal Treat

No seasonal gathering is complete without dessert, and quality baking during the holidays results in fresh favorites like Apple Pie.

Allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon add spice to this festive favorite while brown sugar adds a hint of caramel sweetness with a nutty, moist, subtle molasses flavor that’s ideal for use in desserts of all kinds. The trusted performance of an option like Domino sugar helps make this a recipe you can turn to when it’s time to savor the season.

Find more holiday dessert ideas to bring your family and friends together at dominosugar.com .

Apple Pie

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 prepared 9-inch double-crust pie pastry, divided
  • 3/4 cup Domino Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 pounds apples, cored, quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line 9-inch pie pan with half pastry then prick bottom and sides with fork.
  2. In large saucepot, combine brown sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, lemon juice and lemon zest. Add apples and toss to coat evenly. Slowly heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and apples begin to soften and cook down to about 6 cups.
  3. Turn apple mixture into lined pie plate. Top with remaining pastry. Trim and flute edges with fork. Slit top crust to allow steam to escape.
  4. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until crust is golden.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

Add Color and Flavor to the Holiday Table

When a holiday celebration calls for a truly memorable meal, it’s a perfect opportunity to serve a dish that just might become a family favorite. Combining a seasonal staple like cranberries with naturally flavorful lamb could be your ticket to a newfound tradition.

These festive Cranberry Maple Glazed Grass-Fed Lamb Chops can brighten up your holiday table with an irresistible pop of red and deliciously pure New Zealand grass-fed lamb. New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most naturally raised beef and lamb, where the animals are allowed to roam and graze freely over lush green hills and pastures, resulting in a beautifully tender meat that tastes just as nature intended.

Visit beefandlambnz.com to learn more and find where to buy grass-fed meat for your holiday meals.

Cranberry Maple Glazed Grass-Fed Lamb Chops

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Glaze:

  • 1 cup fresh or thawed cranberries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • cracked black pepper

Lamb Chops:

  • 8-10 New Zealand grass-fed lamb rib chops
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • olive oil
  1. To make glaze: In small bowl, whisk cranberries, maple syrup, orange juice, orange zest, garlic, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. To make lamb chops: Pat lamb chops dry with paper towel.
  3. In small bowl, whisk brown sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt and garlic powder.
  4. Sprinkle dry rub on lamb chops and press mixture into meat.
  5. In large skillet, heat thin layer olive oil over medium heat until drop of water sizzles in pan. Sear rib chops 2 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 140 F. Remove chops from pan and set aside.
  6. Add glaze to pan and cook 3-5 minutes, whisking constantly until reduced by half.
  7. Drizzle glaze over chops before serving.

Source: The Little Potato Company
Domino Golden Sugar
Beef + Lamb New Zealand

 

Appetizers & Sides 22 October 2021

Amaze Guests with Great Grape Appetizers

(Family Features) Along with the delicious food, gift giving and cheer of the holiday season, getting together with friends and family is also cherished. Whether it’s a cozy weekend dinner with friends or time for festive merrymaking, you can enhance any gathering with unique small plates and appetizers.

Make the season special with California grapes, which are abundant into January, as an ingredient in your favorite dishes or by decorating with them for colorful pops of red, green and black. If time is of the essence, they also offer an easy, fresh, healthy snack or side dish that adds color and flavor to your table.

As a versatile ingredient that adds taste and visual appeal, grapes can help you create memorable appetizers that will surprise and delight friends and family. For easy and delightful hors d’oeuvres, turn to Tricolor Grape Pizza with Goat Cheese and Thyme or Smoked Chicken and Grape Bruschetta, each offering simple yet flavorful ways to please a crowd.

Send guests home with Easy Grape Compote, or give it as a fun host or hostess gift for friends and family, so they can enjoy a little taste of the holidays even after all the excitement winds down.

Find more tasty appetizers, meals, desserts and more at grapesfromcalifornia.com.

Tricolor Grape Pizza with Goat Cheese and Thyme

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough
  • flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups halved green, red and black California grapes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Position rack in bottom of oven and place inverted baking sheet on top of rack; heat oven to 500 F.
  2. On lightly floured surface, press pizza dough into 10-inch round circle and cover with towel while preparing toppings.
  3. Sprinkle large baking sheet lightly with flour. Stretch pizza dough into oval, about 14-by-10 inches, and place on sheet. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with grapes, thyme and walnuts. Place baking sheet on top of sheet already in oven and bake until crust is bubbling and golden, 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove pizza from oven. Sprinkle with goat cheese and Parmesan. Season with pepper, to taste. Transfer pizza to board, cut into pieces and serve warm.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 350 calories; 10 g protein; 47 g carbohydrates; 14 g fat (36% calories from fat); 2.5 g saturated fat (6% calories from saturated fat); 5 mg cholesterol; 580 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Smoked Chicken and Grape Bruschetta

Yield: 24 pieces

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 French bread baguette
  • 8 ounces smoked chicken breast (1 3/4 cups), shredded or cut into bite-size strips
  • 1 1/2 cups red, green or black seedless California grapes, halved
  • 12 ounces fontina, port salute or Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon chives, snipped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat broiler to 550 F.
  2. In small bowl, combine garlic, olive oil and salt. Set aside. Slice baguette on bias into 1/2-inch thick slices. Brush baguette slices with garlic-oil and place on cookie sheet. Toast in broiler about 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove from broiler.
  3. On each bread slice, place about 1 tablespoon chicken breast and three grape halves then top with 2 tablespoons grated cheese.
  4. Place cookie sheet about 8 inches away from broiler and broil 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Place on serving platter and sprinkle with snipped chives and pepper.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 125 calories; 7 g protein; 9 g fat (68% calories from fat); 3 g carbohydrates; 24 mg cholesterol; less than 1 g fiber; 154 mg sodium.

Easy Grape Compote

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus cooling
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 4 cups black or red California grapes
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 strips fresh lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon high-quality balsamic vinegar (optional)
  1. In bowl of food processor, finely chop grapes and sugar using one-second pulses. Transfer to deep, medium skillet or wide saucepan; stir in lemon peel, salt and water. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cover pan with lid, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 18 minutes until fruit is tender.
  2. In small bowl, stir lemon juice and cornstarch then stir into grape mixture with butter; simmer 6 minutes, or until desired consistency. Stir in vinegar, if desired. Serve warm or cool.
  3. Cooled jam can be stored in covered glass jar in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 160 calories; 0 g protein; 41 g carbohydrates; 0 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 170 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Festive, Fruitful Decor

Naturally beautiful, fresh grapes make for an easy, classic way to decorate for the holidays. Consider these ways to enhance your home and table:

  • Drape bunches of red, green and black grapes in decorative bowls and alternate with candles for dazzling centerpieces.
  • Fill a flower vase with grapes and water for color and texture to complement and support the flowers in the arrangement.
  • Bedazzle your ham or turkey platter with small bunches of grapes and fresh herbs.
  • Accent a perfectly cooked steak with grape rosemary skewers for a colorful, fragrant sidekick.
  • Adorn dessert plates and trays with sugar-frosted grapes to add a special sparkle.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Videos 19 October 2021

Fresh, Better-for-You Fruit Flavor

(Family Features) Whether you’re enjoying a special occasion or simply spending deserved time with loved ones, you can gather at breakfast or brunch and enjoy this easy-to-make, divine pancake that tickles taste buds and delivers a satisfying start to the day.

Add the naturally sweet taste of fruit to the breakfast table with this Grape Dutch Baby recipe that requires just 15 minutes of prep time in the kitchen. Or serve it as a light main dish for those nights when having breakfast for dinner is the plan. Fresh California grapes offer a tasty burst of flavor that pairs perfectly with an egg-based pancake.

Whether enjoyed at breakfast or throughout the day, grapes can be a convenient, healthy, hydrating and energizing option. In fact, research suggests regularly eating grapes as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle contributes to overall wellness and healthy aging. Specifically, eating grapes is linked to beneficial impacts on the health of specific body parts and systems, including the heart, brain, skin and colon.

Find more better-for-you recipes at GrapesFromCalifornia.com.

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Grape Dutch Baby

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 6          large eggs
  • 1 1/3    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3    cups low-fat milk
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 5          tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2          cups red California grapes, halved
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/8       teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • confectioners’ sugar
  1. Heat oven to 450 F. Put large (10-inch) cast-iron or ovenproof skillet in oven.
  2. With electric mixer on high speed, beat eggs until frothy then beat in flour, milk, vanilla and salt, and beat until smooth, about 1 minute (batter will be thin). Remove skillet from oven and add 2 tablespoons butter, swirling to cover pan. Pour in batter and return to oven. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 14-19 minutes.
  3. While pancake is baking, in another skillet over high heat, melt remaining butter and add grapes, brown sugar and cinnamon, if desired. Cook until grapes are heated through and sugar has melted. Spoon grapes over pancake, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 280 calories; 6 g protein; 22 g carbohydrates; 18 g fat (58% calories from fat); 10 g saturated fat (32% calories from saturated fat); 180 mg cholesterol; 380 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Holiday 18 October 2021

Healthy Holiday Baking Swaps

(Family Features) Many holiday hosts tend to pull out their most treasured family recipes when entertaining loved ones. After all, taste is the most important aspect of most holiday spreads, particularly when it comes to favorite baked goods and desserts.

Put a better-for-you twist on your baked classics this holiday season by swapping out less healthy cooking fats like butter, canola oil and vegetable oil with an option like Pompeian Light Taste Olive Oil. Ideal for baking desserts like this Lemon Cake or Sugar Cookies with Orange Glaze, as well as frying, this light tasting olive oil provides a healthier take on your holiday recipes without impacting the taste you and your guests love. This olive oil is high-quality and authentic, backed by a brand that has been perfecting the craft of olive oil since 1906.

Find more better-for-you holiday recipe inspiration at Pompeian.com/recipes.

Lemon Cake

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Servings: 30

  • 1 1/3 cups Pompeian Light Taste Olive Oil, plus additional for oiling pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon zest, plus additional for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup limoncello
  • powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  • dried sweetened lemon rings, for garnish (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Oil 8-by-12-by-2-inch pan with olive oil and line bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In bowl, whisk flour, sugars, salt, baking soda and powder. In another bowl, whisk 1 1/3 cups olive oil, milk, eggs, lemon zest, juice and limoncello. Add dry ingredients; whisk until just combined.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 60-75 minutes until top is golden and cake tester comes out clean. Transfer cake to rack and let cool 30 minutes.
  4. Run knife around edge of pan, invert cake onto rack and let cool completely, 2 hours.
  5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon rings right before serving, if desired.

Sugar Cookies with Orange Glaze

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 36

Cookies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Pompeian Light Taste Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened milk of choice

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, plus additional if needed, for thickening
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • orange slices or blood orange slices, for topping
  • sugar, for topping
  1. To make cookies: Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease baking sheet.
  2. In large bowl, stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to combine.
  3. Add olive oil, vanilla extract and almond extract. Stir until crumbly dough forms.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons milk; stir until soft dough ball forms, adding more milk if needed.
  5. Place dough ball on lightly floured surface. Roll out dough until 1/4-inch thick. Using jar lid or other circular object, cut out cookies; place on baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is used.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes; do not overbake. Set aside to cool.
  7. To make glaze: In small bowl, stir powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice and salt until thick glaze forms. Add more juice, if needed, to thin out glaze or add more powdered sugar to thicken.
  8. When cookies are cooled, glaze them. Top with orange slices or blood orange slices and pinch of sugar.

Source: Pompeian Oils & Vinegars

Dessert 12 October 2021

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

This season, when you’re craving something sweet, try this Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips. It’s rich with lots of semi-sweet chocolate chips but also has a prominent pumpkin flavor that is hard to resist.

This recipe is easy to make and provides an opportunity to get the little ones involved in the kitchen. For example, they can stir and pour those yummy chocolate chips into the batter.

Made start to finish in less than an hour, this dessert gives you more time to rake leaves, carve pumpkins and cuddle up by the fireplace.

It can be a perfect treat for get-togethers from parties and events to just a couple friends enjoying each other’s company.

It’s light and moist with a crisp exterior. The signature pumpkin taste blends with the sweet chocolate to create a unique taste perfect for fall.

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Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45-50 minutes

Servings: 12

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda
  • 2          teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1          cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3       cup brown sugar
  • 1/3       cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2       cup vegetable oil
  • 3          eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2       tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1          cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1          cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 8-by-4-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and pumpkin spice. Set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, combine canned pumpkin, brown sugar, granulated sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Stir together.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients; mix until combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake 45-50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool at least 10 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack to finish cooling.

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