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Meal Ideas 14 April 2021

A Fresh, Sweet Way to Celebrate Spring

(Family Features) Enjoying a meal outside is one of the many benefits of warmer weather, which makes spring a favorite season for those who relish the opportunity to dine outdoors. When the weather cooperates, a light dish focused around fresh ingredients is a perfect way to savor the moment.

Center your next al fresco dining occasion around a recipe like this Flatbread with Caramelized Onions, Bacon and Arugula. Whether you choose to bake this spring delight in the oven or lay it flat on the grill, it’s an easy way to enjoy fresh flavors in the sunlight.

It starts with sweet caramelized Texas 1015 onions, a versatile veggie that can be grilled, roasted or eaten fresh on salads and sandwiches. Straight from more than 100 Texas farm fields to grocery stores, the low sulfur content makes them a “no tear” onion, meaning there’s no “hot” or burning sensation when you cut or eat them.

Once the onions are caramelized, simply layer them along with cheese and bacon on a flatbread before baking or grilling less than 15 minutes. Top with arugula tossed with olive oil and lemon juice for a sweet spring eat.

Find more warm-weather recipe ideas at tx1015.com.

Flatbread with Caramelized Onions, Bacon and Arugula

Recipe courtesy of South Texas Onions
Servings: 2-3

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 naan flatbread (rectangular shape)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup fontina cheese, shredded
  • 4 slices bacon
  • arugula
  • olive oil (optional)
  • lemon juice (optional)
  1. To make caramelized onions: In pan over medium-high heat, heat butter and olive oil. Add onions and let sit about 5 minutes. Once onions start sweating, turn heat to low and cover pan. Cook onions to deep golden brown, stirring every 10-15 minutes. With 10 minutes left, stir in balsamic vinegar.
  2. To make flatbread: Preheat oven to 425 F.
  3. On flatbread, layer cheese, bacon and caramelized onions. Bake 13-15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and edges are golden brown.
  4. Toss arugula with olive oil and lemon juice, if desired, before placing on flatbread.

Source: South Texas Onions

Meal Ideas 12 April 2021

A Vibrant, Flavorful Spring Meal Prepped in 20 Minutes or Less

(Family Features) Adding delicious, new flavors to your homecooked meals this spring may be easier than you think. A secret ingredient like cooking wine is a simple way to add a boost of flavor to all kinds of recipes.

During the spring months, few people would prefer cooking in the kitchen for hours rather than enjoying the outdoors. Make spending time with family and friends even more special by sharing a quick, delicious, spring-inspired meal together. Time-saving dishes at home begin with an option like Holland House® Cooking Wines that add an extra boost of flavor to recipes like Chicken Gyro Bowls. Perfect for a weeknight meal, the recipe combines pantry staples and enticing seasonings for an easy-to-make dish using a slow cooker.

Featuring savory chicken gyro meat atop a scoopful of rice, crisp and vibrant veggies, and garnished with crumbly feta and tangy tzatziki sauce, the bowls are bursting with flavor and perfect for the season.

Cooking wines are flavor-enhancing ingredients that can quickly transform an ordinary meal into an extraordinary one. Available in four flavors – Marsala, Sherry, White and Red – Holland House Cooking Wines are made with fine grapes and perfectly blended seasonings, aged to perfection, to offer bold flavor to your springtime cooking. Consider these uses for each variety:

Sherry cooking wine works equally well in dessert recipes, main dishes, sides, soups and sauces. One example is these delicious Chicken Gyro Bowls, which you can leave cooking in the Crockpot™ throughout the day. The remaining preparation is fast for a weeknight meal that’s ready in next to no time.

Best known for its use in chicken marsala, marsala cooking wine lends flavor to other preparations, too. Marinate sliced meat in marsala cooking wine before grilling, roasting or sauteing, or swirl it into gravies and soups to add delicious, savory flavor.

Stir red cooking wine into gravies and red sauces, or try marinating less-tender cuts of beef, lamb or pork in the refrigerator (for up to 24 hours) to boost flavor and tenderness.

White cooking wine pairs well with fish and lighter fare like chicken and turkey, as well as rice dishes.

Find more recipes to bring mouthwatering flavor to your springtime table at HollandHouseFlavors.com and crock-pot.com/slow-cookers.

Chicken Gyro Bowls

Recipe courtesy of Jillian of Food, Folks and Fun
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 4-6 hours
Servings: 6

Chicken Gyro Meat:

  • 1/4 cup Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thawed
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced

Gyro Bowls:

  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and sliced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups tzatziki sauce
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 4 pitas, warmed and cut into wedges
  1. To make chicken gyro meat: In small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk cooking wine, chicken broth and lemon juice; set aside.
  2. In separate small bowl, combine dried oregano, salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. Add chopped onion to bottom of slow cooker and lay chicken breasts on top of onions.
  4. Pour cooking wine mixture over onions and chicken.
  5. Sprinkle half of oregano mixture over top of chicken. Flip chicken over and sprinkle remaining oregano mixture over chicken.
  6. Evenly distribute minced garlic over chicken.
  7. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on high 4-6 hours or low 6-8 hours.
  8. Shred cooked chicken then use wooden spoon to mix shredded chicken, onions and remaining liquid together. Turn off slow cooker and let mixture sit, with lid on, while preparing rice.
  9. To make gyro bowls: Cook rice according to package instructions.
  10. Place rice in bowls and top with chicken gyro mixture, cucumber, tomato, lettuce, feta, tzatziki sauce and black pepper, to taste. Serve with pita wedges.

Souce: Holland House

Healthy 12 April 2021

A Simple, Nutritious Recipe with Sustainability in Mind

(Family Features) If you’re on the lookout for recipes that are easy to prepare, nutritious and still full of flavor, you likely know how difficult it can be to check all those boxes. In order to meet those demands, it’s important to focus your dish desires around a short, simple list of ingredients.

Consider a delicious, health-conscious and sustainable recipe like this Asparagus Tartine, which requires less than half an hour in the kitchen and less than a dozen common ingredients. The main character: Michigan asparagus, which is grown by 100 family farmers during a season that relies on the weather and rainwater (rather than irrigation) for sustainable, environmentally friendly flavor.

Plus, it’s easy to pick out at your local supermarket – thicker spears lead to tender, textured, enhanced flavor – and even easier to prepare. Just boil 5-8 minutes for firm spears that aren’t overcooked. As a nutrient-dense, low-calorie vegetable with no fat, no cholesterol and small amounts of sodium, it’s a simple solution for at-home meals or standalone snacking.

Find more easy, nutritious meal solutions at michiganasparagus.org.

Asparagus Tartine

Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Recipe courtesy of Emily Dingmann from “My Everyday Table” on behalf of the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board

  • 1  cup ricotta cheese
  • 2  teaspoons lemon zest
  • 4  thick slices bread (sourdough or artisan)
  • olive oil
  • 16 ounces Michigan Asparagus
  • 1  tablespoon butter
  • flaky sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, plus additional, for garnish, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 slices prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • freshly cracked pepper
  1. Stir ricotta and lemon zest.
  2. Heat grill over medium-high heat and brush both sides of each slice of bread generously with olive oil. Grill 3-5 minutes per side, until lightly charred and toasted.
  3. Trim asparagus by breaking off woody bottoms. Slice into 1-inch pieces.
  4. In skillet over medium heat, heat butter. Add asparagus, sprinkle with flaky sea salt and cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon fresh dill and lemon juice.
  5. Layer bread with lemon ricotta, asparagus and prosciutto. Top with freshly cracked pepper, flaky sea salt and chopped dill.

Source: Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board

Videos 23 March 2021

Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Salad

(Culinary.net) Many families crave savory and delicious weeknight meals. After a long day of work and school, it’s time to gather around the table to share a mouthwatering meal and memories together.

For something truly wholesome, try this Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Salad. It’s a full meal the whole family can enjoy, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it makes it to feed all the smiling faces.

This meal has layers of flavor and sneaks in a few vegetables like spinach and cauliflower, but even picky eaters can’t resist trying it.

Start with a beef tenderloin and drizzle it generously with olive oil. Add 2 tablespoons of pepper. Flip and repeat on the other side. Bake for 12 minutes at 475 F.

Next, add one head of cauliflower to a mixing bowl with five shallots cut into quarters. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil; mix well with salt and pepper, to taste. Add this to the baking sheet with the beef tenderloin and bake 18-25 minutes.

While that’s cooking, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a mixing bowl with lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and baby spinach.

To plate, add baby spinach salad first then the cauliflower and shallot mixture and, finally, that juicy, perfectly cooked beef tenderloin. Garnish with cranberries for a splash of color.

This meal is satisfying and only requires some mixing bowls and a large sheet pan to make cleanup a breeze so you can focus on what really matters most: time with your loved ones.

Find more recipes and savory main dishes at Culinary.net.

Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Salad

Servings: 4-6

  • 1          beef tenderloin (4 pounds), wrapped with butcher’s twine
  • 9          tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4          teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1          head cauliflower
  • 5          shallots, quartered
  • 2          teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2          teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1          package (5 1/2 ounces) baby spinach
  • dried cranberries, for garnish
  1. Heat oven to 475 F. Place beef on baking sheet. Rub 4 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons pepper over beef into beef. Bake 12 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, toss cauliflower, shallots, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper to combine. Scatter vegetables around beef and bake 18-25 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached. Allow meat to rest 15 minutes covered in aluminum foil.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk 3 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and remaining salt and pepper until combined. Add spinach; stir until combined.
  4. Serve by layering spinach topped with cauliflower and shallots then sliced tenderloin. Garnish with dried cranberries.
Videos 17 March 2021

Baked Lemon Donuts

(Culinary.net) Sweets with enhanced fruit flavors are often among the best of the best when it comes to family treats. Fruit can add levels of sweet, tart or even citrus flavor to all kinds of recipes.

From grapefruit to berries and lemons, there are a variety of fruits that can take your delightful desserts to the next level of flavor.

For example, these Baked Lemon Donuts are a unique dessert that can double as a sweet, fruity breakfast. Delicious and packed with lemon zest, they are coated in a lemon-sugar topping for a burst of lemon in every bite.

To make this recipe, start with 2 cups of flour in a mixing bowl. Add sugar, baking powder and salt then whisk everything together.

Then add buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, lemon juice, vanilla extract and lemon zest to the dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are combined to form dough.

Use a piping bag or cut a corner off a re-sealable storage bag then pipe the dough into a donut pan and bake at 350 F for 9 minutes.

While the donuts are in the oven, add some lemon zest to a half cup of sugar and mix.

When they are perfectly baked, dip the tops of each one into some melted butter then into a lemon-sugar mixture.

The end result is fluffy little donuts that are filled with light and scrumptious lemon flavor and covered with lemon sugar for a hard-to-resist lemony treat.

Late night or early morning, these donuts can leave you – as well as anyone you choose to share them with – craving “just one more.”

Find more unique recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

 

Baked Lemon Donuts

Serves: 12

  • 2          cups flour
  • 3/4       cup sugar
  • 2          teaspoons baking powder
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 3/4       cup buttermilk
  • 2          eggs
  • 2          tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2          teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1          teaspoon lemon zest

Lemon Sugar Topping:

  • 1/2       cup sugar
  • 1          teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2       cup butter, melted
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add buttermilk, eggs, butter, lemon juice, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Stir until combined.
  4. Pipe batter into donut pan.
  5. Bake 9 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  6. To make topping: In bowl, combine sugar with lemon zest. In separate bowl, place melted butter.
  7. Place donut face down in melted butter then face down in lemon sugar topping. Repeat with all donuts.
Videos 04 December 2020

Baked Brie Pancake

(Family Features) Of all the traditions that make the holiday season truly special, there’s one that often stands above the rest by bringing loved ones to the table: food. This year, despite all the unknowns that’ll likely make the festivities different than ever before, you can bring your family together with recipes that add that special feeling back to time spent celebrating.

With smaller gatherings and many people staying closer to home, the opportunity to enjoy a morning meal can be something to cherish. You can make mornings mean more by sharing a breakfast like Baked Brie Pancakes with the loved ones in your household, and you can even join friends and family from afar via video call to make the recipe together.

These pancakes are perfect for special holiday moments and call for Real California Milk, cheese and butter so you can feel good knowing your breakfast is made with sustainably produced milk from California families.

Find more breakfast recipes for the holidays at realcaliforniamilk.com/better-breakfast and share your creations using #MorningsMeanMore.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Baked Brie Pancakes

Servings: 4-6

Pancakes:

  • 6          ounces Real California Brie, cut into chunks
  • 1          cup Real California Milk
  • 1          cup biscuit mix
  • 2          tablespoons sugar
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon lemon zest
  • 6          large eggs
  • 1          tablespoon Real California Unsalted Butter
  • 3-4       tablespoons chopped, toasted walnuts

Sauteed Pears:

  • 1          tablespoon Real California Unsalted Butter
  • 3          pears, any variety, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1          tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4       cup orange juice
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4       teaspoon cinnamon
  1. To make pancakes: Preheat oven to 425 F. In food processor, process brie until finely broken up. Add milk, biscuit mix, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Process until smooth, about 10 seconds. Add eggs and process until just beaten in.
  2. In 10-inch oven-proof skillet, melt butter. Pour in batter. Bake 15-20 minutes until browned and set.
  3. To make sauteed pears: In saute pan, melt butter. Add pears, sugar, orange juice, nutmeg and cinnamon; saute over high heat until pears are tender and juice has caramelized. Serve with pancakes and toasted walnuts.

Substitution: Use apples in place of pears.

Source: Real California Milk

Healthy 04 November 2020

Easy Dishes to Boost Immunity

(Family Features) Staying healthy is important year-round, but especially in the cooler months when temperatures drop, people spend more time inside and germs can spread easily. What you eat and the lifestyle you embrace are critical components of staying healthy.

Nourishing meals full of fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods and whole grains help provide the body's immune system with the nutrients it needs. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by getting enough sleep, being physically active every day, having enough fluids and reducing stress also help keep the immune system in shape.

As a nutritious food to include on your grocery list, grapes of all colors - red, green and black - contain more than 1,600 natural plant compounds such as antioxidants and other polyphenols that help protect the health of cells throughout the body. They also contain about 82% water, so they provide important fluids for hydration, which is also critical to a healthy immune system.

Grapes can be enjoyed as a healthy snack or an immune-boosting ingredient in recipes like Chicken, Spinach and Grape Pita sandwiches and Grape and Salmon Power Salad. Each provides a mix of immune-supporting nutrients, including zinc in chicken, vitamins A and C in kale, polyphenols in grapes and other important nutrients in the salmon, walnuts and barley.

Find these recipes and more in "Eating for Immune Health" along with additional ways to eat healthy and stay well at grapesfromcalifornia.com.

Chicken, Spinach and Grape Pita

Servings: 4

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sumac
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 package (5-6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, washed and dried
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup red California grapes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 whole-wheat pita breads (6 1/2 inches each), warmed and halved
  1. In small skillet over medium-high heat, toast pine nuts, stirring constantly until toasted, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl and let cool. In large bowl, whisk lemon juice, shallot, olive oil, red pepper flakes, sumac, salt and pepper. Add spinach, chicken, grapes, feta and pine nuts; toss to mix. Stuff into pita breads and serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 445 calories; 24 g protein; 46 g carbohydrates; 20 g fat (39% calories from fat); 5 g saturated fat (10% calories from saturated fat); 57 mg cholesterol; 658 mg sodium; 6 g fiber.

Grape and Salmon Power Salad

Servings: 6

  • 3/4 cup pearled barley
  • 3 cups firmly packed kale leaves, torn and sliced into ribbons
  • 1 cup halved red or black seedless California grapes
  • 8 ounces cold, cooked salmon, skin and bones removed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Cook barley according to package directions. Drain and cool.
  2. Tenderize kale by blanching in boiling water 2-3 seconds or microwaving 1 minute. Rinse pieces in cold water to stop cooking; squeeze dry. Fluff and uncrimp dry kale pieces with fingers. In medium bowl, mix barley, kale, grapes, salmon and walnuts.
  3. To make dressing: In small bowl, whisk lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne. Gradually mix in olive oil. Pour onto salad and fold gently to combine.

Nutritional information per serving: 413 calories; 15 g protein; 30 g carbohydrates; 16 g fat (47% calories from fat); 3 g saturated fat (8% calories from saturated fat); 22 mg cholesterol; 232 mg sodium; 500 mg potassium; 4 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Holiday 21 October 2020

Make Small Holiday Celebrations Special with a Fresh Menu

(Family Features) Holiday festivities with immediate family members or just a few friends rather than larger gatherings may feel different than normal, but you can make the most of the situation with these tips to add intimacy and special meaning to celebratory moments:

  • Use special dishes, glassware and linens to convey the tone of the celebration. Go ahead and use your best dishes or enhance your everyday plates with the use of cloth napkins or a festive tablecloth. Bring out the fancy glasses to savor every sip.
  • Arrange visually appealing, individual mini-snack platters for each person. Combine grapes with a special cheese, crackers, olives and nuts for an easy way to curb appetites before the main course.
  • Set a festive table with a simple but creative centerpiece. For instance, you can combine candles, flowers and draped bunches of colorful grapes. Place votive candles on mirrors for added shimmer and sparkle. Tie a gold or silver wire ribbon bow around the napkins at each place setting. Handwritten place cards with guests’ names can add a surprising and special touch.
  • Stay healthy to enjoy the holidays. Choose healthy foods like fruits and vegetables that help support the immune system. Maintain your exercise schedule as much as possible and ensure you are getting enough sleep.
  • Opt for homemade over processed foods for signature dishes then reinforce with prepared items to fill out the menu, if needed. Let your guests bring part of the meal or something to contribute to the festivities.

Adding a sweet touch to the menu can help keep guests coming back for more. For example, fresh California grapes are available into January and are perfect for the holiday season. Enjoy them as a fresh, healthy snack or side dish, or as an ingredient to add taste and visual appeal to recipes to make the season feel special.

Start the meal with a simple but beautiful salad such as Grape and Spinach Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Dressing, where the grapes provide festive color and pleasing texture. Pair your chosen entree with Warm Farro Salad with Grapes and Delicata Squash for a hearty side dish that can also be served on its own. Finally, cap off the celebration with homemade Grape and Apple Sheet Pan Pie.

Visit grapesfromcalifornia.com/recipe to find more holiday-worthy dishes from appetizers and entrees to sides, snacks and desserts.

Create the Perfect Appetizer Plate

Delight your guests with individual appetizer plates this season by considering color, texture and presentation. Remember, this is the prelude to the meal, so small portions are perfectly fine. Consider this starter list:

  • Cheese
  • Nuts
  • Fresh grapes
  • Olives
  • Hummus
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Salami slices
  • Spinach or other dips
  • Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves)
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Crackers
  • Pita triangles
  • Thin breadsticks
  • Pretzels
  • Jam or honey

Grape and Spinach Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Dressing

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 8          cups fresh baby spinach, washed
  • 4 1/2    cups California grapes
  • 1 1/4    cups mandarin orange segments, drained if using canned
  • 1/3       cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 3/4       cup bottled light balsamic vinegar and oil dressing
  • 1/4       cup orange juice
  • 3          tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 3/4       cup crunchy chow mein noodles
  1. In large salad bowl, combine spinach with grapes, oranges and onion.
  2. Whisk together dressing, orange juice and jam. Pour over salad and toss until greens are coated with dressing. Divide among eight plates and top with crunchy noodles.

Grape and Apple Sheet Pan Pie

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16

Dough:

  • 4          cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons sugar
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 1/2    sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1          cup ice water, plus additional if needed

Filling:

  • 3          pounds Granny Smith or other tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced (about 9 cups)
  • 4          cups black California grapes
  • 3/4       cup sugar
  • 2          tablespoons all- purpose flour
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1          egg
  • 1          tablespoon water
  • demerara sugar, for garnish
  1. To make dough: In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar and salt. Add butter and toss with flour mixture. Smash each butter cube flat then use fork to stir in cold water. Knead lightly until dough comes together in ball. Transfer to floured work surface and use well-floured rolling pin to roll into 10-by-15-inch sheet. Fold each short side into middle and close like a book. Fold once more to make thick block and cut in half. Wrap each piece in plastic and chill at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. To make filling: In large bowl, combine apples, grapes, sugar, flour, lemon juice and salt; set aside.
  3. To assemble pie: Heat oven to 375 F.
  4. Roll one half of dough out to 18-by-13-inch rectangle. Transfer to 10-by-15-inch heavy baking sheet; place in refrigerator to chill while rolling out top sheet. Roll out remaining dough to 18-by-13-inch rectangle and use pastry cutter to cut into 1 1/2-inch wide strips.
  5. Transfer filling into chilled pastry and spread evenly. Lay dough strips on top of filling in lattice pattern and crimp sides together. Mix egg with water and brush top of pie. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and bake until filling is bubbling, and crust is nicely browned, about 45-50 minutes.

Warm Farro Salad with Grapes and Delicata Squash

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 3          pounds delicata squash, cut lengthwise, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3 1/2    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1          teaspoon coarse salt, divided
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1          pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2    cups farro
  • 2          cups water
  • 3 1/2    tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2    cups halved California grapes
  • 1/2       cup chopped parsley
  1. Heat oven to 425 F.
  2. On sheet pan, toss squash with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cayenne pepper. Spread into single layer and roast 10-15 minutes, or until bottoms are browned. Turn squash and roast 10-15 minutes, or until browned and tender.
  3. While squash is cooking, combine farro, water and remaining salt. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook until farro is tender, 25-30 minutes. Drain leftover water and transfer to large bowl. Add squash, remaining olive oil, remaining pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, grapes and parsley; toss.

Note: Acorn or butternut squash may be substituted for delicata squash.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Holiday 13 October 2020

Smoked Salmon for Holiday Soirees

(Family Features) Delicious, colorful and versatile, smoked salmon can make it easy to elevate your holiday festivities, which might look shockingly different this year.

Whether it's your family or a small group of friends, you can feel good about serving sustainable smoked salmon to your guests. Highlight smoked salmon at socially distanced gatherings with these recipes and tips from chef Nora Pouillon, a James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and her daughter, Blue Circle Foods product director Nina Damato.

Ready, Set, Serve
There's no need to prep or cook smoked salmon - it's sliced and ready to eat so you can impress your guests in no time with a colorful smoked salmon platter.

1. Arrange smoked salmon layers on a decorative platter.
2. Garnish with your favorite charcuterie sides like olives, capers, pickles and sliced lemon, tomato, cucumber or radish.
3. Season with dill sprigs, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.
4. Serve with an assortment of crackers or buttered triangles of crustless brown bread.

A Seafood Superfood
Smoked salmon is a nutritional powerhouse full of antioxidants, omega-3s and protein. A 2-ounce serving of Blue Circle smoked salmon contains 1,000 mg of health-boosting omega-3s, which meets the daily requirements recommended by the FDA's 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To make the most of a healthy choice, look for smoked salmon that does not contain sugar or added preservatives.

A Sustainable Protein
To ensure your smoked salmon is sourced with the environment and your health in mind, purchase products that are free from antibiotics, GMOs, added hormones and synthetic colorants.

A Dietary Chameleon
From traditional tastes to keto, gluten-free or dairy-free canapes, smoked salmon fits the bill. Its clean ingredient profile means it satisfies many common dietary restrictions.

For mouthwatering appetizers, try Pouillon's Smoked Salmon Cucumber Boats. If you enjoy pairing smoked salmon with traditional flavors like cream cheese and capers, consider her Smoked Salmon Rolls with Cream Cheese and Caper Filling.

To access more recipes and tips, visit bluecirclefoods.com.

Smoked Salmon Rolls with Cream Cheese and Caper Filling

Recipe courtesy of chef Nora Pouillon

  • 4 ounces Blue Circle Smoked Salmon
  • olive oil
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons small capers, drained, plus additional for serving, divided (optional)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Layer smoked salmon slices on lightly oiled aluminum foil, overlapping slightly.
  2. Mix cream cheese with capers, onion and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Place thick line of cream cheese mixture along long side of salmon.
  4. Roll up salmon carefully with help of aluminum foil, similar to sushi roll.
  5. Chill in refrigerator 2-3 hours or overnight to firm up roll.
  6. To serve, use sharp knife to slice salmon roll into 1/2-inch long pieces.
  7. Place rolls on serving plate and garnish with additional capers, if desired.

 

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Boats

Recipe courtesy of chef Nora Pouillon

  • 1 English cucumber (about 1 1/2 inches thick and 10 inches long)
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dill sprigs, finely chopped, plus additional for serving (optional), divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 ounces Blue Circle Smoked Salmon, chopped or pulsed
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Slice cucumber in half lengthwise and use spoon to scoop out seeds. If cucumber skin is too thick, peel before slicing.
  2. Gently mix tomato, scallions, 1 tablespoon dill, lemon juice and smoked salmon until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Fill cucumber halves with smoked salmon mixture.
  4. Slice cucumber boats into 1/2-3/4-inch pieces crosswise.
  5. To serve, place pieces on platter and garnish with additional dill, if desired.

Source: Blue Circle Foods

Holiday 05 October 2020

Add Fruity Flavor and Fun to Holiday Desserts

(Family Features) Making the holiday season special is an important tradition for many families, and it’s likely to take on heightened importance this year with gatherings, celebrations and festivities taking on a different look than years past. One family-favorite way to create holiday magic is through delicious desserts that can be made and enjoyed together.

Don’t be afraid to try something new this year by turning to foods typically associated with warmer weather. For example, watermelon is available year-round and makes a surprisingly nutritious, flavorful addition to your seasonal spread, whether it’s the main ingredient or included in recipes from entrees to sides and drinks to desserts.

For a kid-friendly, tasty treat, ask your little ones to help make these Holiday Watermelon Cutouts. Because they only require a few ingredients and plenty of creativity, they’re perfect for getting the whole family involved. Or try this Watermelon and Blueberry Cheesecake as the highlight at your dessert table with its creamy, fruity flavor and eye-popping looks.

To find more holiday dessert solutions and other sweet recipe ideas, visit watermelon.org.

Holiday Watermelon Cutouts

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

  • 1/2       watermelon, cut into 1/2-inch thick disks
  • vanilla frosting or yogurt
  • sprinkles, for decorating
  1. Using holiday cookie cutters, cut shapes out of watermelon disks.
  2. Decorate watermelon shapes with yogurt.
  3. Top with sprinkles.

Watermelon and Blueberry Cheesecake

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board
Servings: 12

Cheesecake:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/3       cup graham cracker crumbs (2 graham crackers)
  • 24        ounces fat-free cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8          ounces low-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1          cup white sugar
  • 3/4       cup no-calorie sugar substitute
  • 3/4       cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/4       cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2          tablespoons lemon peel, finely grated
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2    cups liquid egg substitute (equivalent of 6 eggs)

Watermelon-Blueberry Sauce:

  • 3          cups watermelon juice, with pulp
  • 6          teaspoons cornstarch
  • 6          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3          tablespoons sugar
  • 3          tablespoons no-calorie sugar substitute
  • 1-1 1/2             teaspoons lemon extract
  • 2          cups diced watermelon
  • 3          cups blueberries
  1. To make cheesecake: Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spray bottom and sides of 9-inch springform pan. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs in pan and tilt to spread evenly over bottom and sides, leaving extra crumbs on bottom.
  3. Using electric mixer, beat fat-free cream cheese, low-fat cream cheese, sugar and sugar substitute until creamy and well-blended. Slowly add half-and-half, lemon juice, lemon peel and vanilla; continue beating. Add egg substitute until mixture is thoroughly blended and creamy. Pour into crumb-lined pan.
  4. Place springform pan in large roasting pan. Pour enough water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of springform pan. Bake cheesecake until firm, slightly golden and top is cracked, about 1 hour, 25 minutes. Remove springform pan from water and refrigerate, uncovered, until cold, about 3 hours or overnight.
  5. To make watermelon-blueberry sauce: In blender, whip watermelon juice, cornstarch, lemon juice, sugar and sugar substitute until smooth. Pour into small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to gentle boil until topping begins to thicken. Remove from heat and place in refrigerator to cool. Just before serving, add lemon extract, diced watermelon and blueberries; stir to thoroughly blend.
  6. To serve, run knife around sides of cheesecake and remove springform pan sides. Top each slice with generous helping of watermelon-blueberry sauce.

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

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