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Holiday 06 December 2016

Easy Upgrades for Holiday Entertaining

(Family Features) Holiday gatherings call for an extra touch to make the celebrating special. Since many holiday festivities are centered on food, focus some attention on the refreshments for a simple way to upgrade your next holiday party.

From the presentation to the pairings, it’s easy to make an ordinary spread extraordinary this holiday season. Take this year’s event to the next level with these easy tips that bring the wow-factor to your gathering:

Make it look as pretty as it tastes. Even simple platters of crackers and cheese can feel extra special when presented on a pretty plate. If you’re serving food buffet style, use a colorful tablecloth and stack sturdy boxes of varying sizes underneath to serve as risers that create some visual interest for the spread. Incorporate seasonal decorations such as ornaments or sprigs of holly and poinsettia blooms. For a plated meal, a table-runner adds just the right pop of color and a tasteful centerpiece of candles or evergreen dressed with holiday trinkets elevates an everyday table.

Offer the perfect pairings. When planning your menu, consider the types of beverages you’ll serve along with the appetizers and dishes. When paired properly, food and cocktails complement one another, making the flavors more vibrant and the overall experience more impressive. A good starting place is cheese. Pair alpine-style cheese such as Roth Grand Cru with Riesling; creamy blue with gin; smoky blue with merlot; Havarti with pinot noir; Spanish-style such as Roth GranQueso with scotch; and Gouda with prosecco.

Enhance traditional favorites. Putting a fresh, elegant spin on the basics instantly elevates your menu and the overall experience for your guests. Even a staple like cheese can get some special dressing for the occasion. This recipe combines three rich, flavorful cheeses for a fondue that’s sure to delight guests.

Explore more ideas for exceptional holiday entertaining at rothcheese.com.

13391 fondue

Culinary Education Center House Fondue

Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 3/4 pound Grand Cru Original, shredded
  • 3/4 pound Grand Cru Reserve, shredded
  • 1/2 pound Roth Fontina, shredded
  • 16 ounces Pinot Grigio or other light- to medium-bodied white wine
  • 1 loaf crusty artisan bread
  • fresh apples, grapes and pears
  • black and white pepper (optional)
  • nutmeg (optional)
  1. Combine cheeses and wine in ceramic fondue pot and stir to combine. Allow mixture to soak 15-30 minutes.
  2. Heat mixture over low heat, approximately 7-10 minutes, stirring constantly with wooden spoon. Do not allow mixture to boil. When cheese has melted completely, remove from heat and transfer to tabletop burner.
  3. Serve fondue with chunks of bread and fruit. If desired, provide pepper and/or nutmeg guests can sprinkle onto a plate and use for dipping bread and cheese. Pair with chilled dry Riesling and a shot of authentic Swiss kirschwasser.

Source: Roth Cheese

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Healthy 14 September 2016

Eat Healthy at Home

(Family Features) Even if you’ve mastered the art of a smart workday lunch and can pick the most nutritious items on a restaurant menu like a pro, eating healthy at home is an unexpected downfall many people face.

When you find the chance to take a break from the busy pace of life and spend some time at home, it can be easy to slip into an all-indulgence mindset. Just remember that doesn’t have to mean going all-out on junk food.

Enjoy the comforts of home and keep your eating on track with these helpful tips.

When you’re spending time with family

It’s easy to catch a carefree spirit while you’re running the bases in an impromptu game of backyard baseball or being tempted by yet another imaginary dessert from the kiddie kitchen. When playtime winds down for dinner, there’s no reason for the fun to stop. Have kids get hands-on to help assemble a healthy meal everyone can enjoy. Skip the cutting, peeling and mess by using Dole Jarred Fruit to prepare salads, desserts and even main dishes that satisfy the whole family’s sweet tooth.

When you’re tackling chores

From seasonal landscaping to the myriad projects you’ve been putting off, the list of chores around the house may seem never-ending. Remember to stay hydrated, especially if you’re working outdoors, and be sure you make time to eat, even if it’s just a quick bite to keep you fueled. Air-popped crackers and hummus is a smart alternative to chips and dip, or get your pick-me-up from a handful of nuts and a serving of sweet, juicy fruit.

When you want to be a couch potato

When a new TV season begins this fall, keep your guilty pleasure in check with quick, healthy dishes to enjoy as you binge watch your favorite shows. Keep your kitchen stocked with ingredients such as high quality, ready-to-eat Dole Jarred Fruit so you can create quick and easy snacks with a serving of fruit in between episodes or during a commercial break.

Sweet Treats

Tickle your taste buds with these tricks that transform a kitchen staple like jarred fruit into a tasty treat:

  • Brighten up bland yogurt or frozen waffles with a serving of jarred fruit, such as sliced peaches or mandarin oranges.
  • Dip jarred pineapple chunks in melted chocolate and pop them in the freezer until hardened.
  • Top a serving of jarred tropical fruit with coconut flakes for an island escape.

For more recipes you can enjoy at home, visit dolesunshine.com.

13309 Pineapple Parfait

Pineapple Parfait

Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 jar (23.5 ounces) Dole Pineapple Chunks
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 2 vanilla wafers, crushed
  1. Measure 1/2 cup drained fruit.
  2. Spoon pineapple chunks into dessert glass. Spoon yogurt over pineapple. Sprinkle crushed wafers on top.

13309 Tropical rum raisin

Tropical Rum Raisin Dessert

Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 jar (23.5 ounces) Dole Tropical Fruit, drained, juice reserved
  • 1/2 cup Dole Seedless Raisins
  • 1/4 cup spiced or coconut rum
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, divided
  • 4 teaspoons toasted shredded coconut, divided
  1. Place fruit in medium bowl and set aside. In small bowl, combine raisins, rum and 1/4 cup reserved juice. Allow raisins to soak at least 20 minutes until plump. Drain off liquid.
  2. Combine fruit and rum raisins; spoon into serving bowls. Top each bowl with 1/2 cup scoop of ice cream and top each with 1 teaspoon toasted coconut.

Tip: 1/2 teaspoon rum extract and 1/2 cup reserved juice may be used instead of rum.

13309 asian lettuce wraps

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1/2 cup refrigerated cooked chicken breast strips
  • 2 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup Dole Mandarin Oranges, drained
  • 2 teaspoons slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon light Asian salad dressing
  1. Divide chicken equally inside two lettuce leaves, making two wraps.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of Dole Mandarin Oranges and 1 teaspoon slivered almonds into each wrap.
  3. Serve lettuce wraps with light Asian salad dressing for dipping.

13309 avocado toast

Orange Chipotle Avocado Toast

Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 slice whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 avocado, diced or smashed
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/3 cup Dole Mandarin Oranges, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1/4 lime
  1. Lightly toast whole-wheat bread and top with diced avocado. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. In medium bowl, toss oranges with chipotle peppers.
  3. Spoon oranges over avocado toast and finish with a squeeze of lime.

Tip: For spicier toast, include pepper seeds. For more mild heat, remove seeds. A sprinkle of chili pepper can also be used to add spice.

Source: Dole

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Dessert 07 August 2015

Frozen Grape and Banana Skewers with Chocolate Drizzle

Ingredients
  • 2 firm ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup red grapes (about 16)
  • 1/2 cup green grapes (about 16)
  • 8 10-inch wooden skewers
  • 1 1/2 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 70 percent cocoa solids), finely chopped
Preparation
  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Cut the banana into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Place in small bowl and toss gently with the orange juice.
  2. Skewer fruit, alternating two grapes for each piece of banana, and place fruit skewers onto lined tray.
  3. Place chocolate in small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir well, and microwave another 10 seconds if necessary to melt chocolate.
  4. Using a spoon, drizzle melted chocolate onto fruit skewers.
  5. Place the tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Once frozen, skewers may be transferred to a sealable plastic bag where they will keep in the freezer for up to a week. Allow to soften at room temperature for 5 minutes before eating.
Description

These delightful frozen treats are healthy, too.

Serves

Makes 4 servings

Source

California Table Grape Commission

Dessert 07 August 2015

A Sweet Celebration!

Celebration Lime Cheesecake Bars
Quick Raspberry Sauce
Quick Berry Sauce
White Chocolate Glaze With Toasted Coconut and Pecans
Mixed Fruit Salsa
Magic Lemon Pie
Coconut Macaroons

(Family Features) - It's been called "magic." At least that's how it seemed in 1856 when Gail Borden transformed fresh milk into safe and shelf-stable sweetened condensed milk.

A return voyage from London in 1851 prompted Borden's invention. He saw children fall ill from lack of fresh milk and set out to find a way to preserve milk while maintaining its taste and quality. Borden developed a vacuum method to remove water from milk, adding sugar as a preservative.

Eagle Brand first became a staple during the Civil War, when troops needed milk that wouldn't spoil. It is also credited with significantly reducing the infant mortality rate in North America. When the two World Wars brought rationing and shortages to American households, Eagle Brand proudly provided a "magic" way to make desserts. Today, Eagle Brand is still America's most trusted sweetened condensed milk.

For more delicious recipes, visit www.eaglebrand.com.

Celebration Lime Cheesecake Bars

Celebration Lime Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 7 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut, packed
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages plain cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. With mixer fitted with flat paddle, combine flour and sugar; add butter and egg yolk; blend until combined. Mix in coconut. Press dough evenly into bottom of greased 13x9-inch glass baking dish.
  2. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edge of crust is golden brown. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  3. With mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add eggs; mix until just combined. Stir in lime juice. Pour batter over baked crust. Once oven has cooled to 350°F, bake 17 to 22 minutes or until center is set.
  4. Cool. Cover and chill 2 hours. Serve with toppings (optional, recipes follow). Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.
Preparation Time

20 minutes

Serves

Makes 18 to 20 bars

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

Optional Toppings:

Quick Raspberry Sauce

Quick Berry Sauce

White Chocolate Glaze With Toasted Coconut and Pecans

Mixed Fruit Salsa

Quick Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
Preparation
  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Store covered in refrigerator.
Serves

Makes 3 cups

Quick Berry Sauce

Ingredients
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or to taste
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
Preparation
  1. In large bowl, combine raspberries, lemon juice and sugar.
  2. Using large fork or potato masher, smash berries to make puree.
  3. Fold in blueberries and strawberries. Store covered in refrigerator.
Serves

Makes 2 1/2 cups

White Chocolate Glaze With Toasted Coconut and Pecans

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips or white vanilla chips
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
Preparation
  1. In skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add coconut and pecans; continue mixing until coconut is light brown. Remove from heat. Cool.
  2. In large bowl, combine chips, lime juice and remaining butter. Microwave on medium-high 30 to 40 seconds. Mix until smooth.
  3. Pour glaze over bars, spreading evenly. Top with coconut mixture.

Mixed Fruit Salsa

Ingredients
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Preparation
  1. Mix all ingredients in bowl. Chill at least 1 hour. Stir before serving.
Serves

Makes 2 1/2 cups

Magic Lemon Pie

Magic Lemon Pie

Description

Created in the early 1900s, this pie was touted as "magic." Adding lemon juice to Eagle Brand creates a rich, creamy filling, without cooking, that is easy to make, delicious every time and never fails, even for first-time bakers.

Ingredients
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind or 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 (8- or 9-inch) graham cracker or baked pie crust
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In medium bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon rind or extract and egg yolks; stir until mixture thickens. Pour into chilled graham cracker crust or cooled pie crust.
  2. In medium bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar on medium speed, 1 tablespoon at a time; beat 4 minutes longer or until sugar is dissolved and stiff glossy peaks form.
  3. Spread meringue over pie, carefully sealing to edge of crust to prevent meringue from shrinking. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.
Marinate Time

10 minutes

Serves

Makes one (8- or 9-inch) pie

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

Description

A macaroon recipe with Eagle Brand was featured in magazines as early as 1919. Developed for simplicity, it can be made and baked in minutes - no flour, baking powder, rolling or cutting needed.

Ingredients
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1 egg white, whipped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 (14-ounce) package flaked coconut
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with foil; grease and flour foil. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, egg white, extracts and coconut; mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets; slightly flatten each mound with a spoon.
  3. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Immediately remove from baking sheets (macaroons will stick if allowed to cool); cool on wire racks. Store loosely covered at room temperature.
Preparation Time

10 minutes

Serves

Makes about 4 dozen

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

Macaroon Kisses: Prepare and bake as above. Press solid milk chocolate candy piece in center of each macaroon immediately after baking.

Source

Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

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