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Videos 06 April 2022

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Fruit Swirls

(Family Features) Spending precious moments enjoying outdoor meals with family and friends is part of what makes warm weather get-togethers so special. Take those al fresco occasions to the next level with a favorite dessert: ice cream.

Homemade ice cream is a hallmark of many family events from birthday celebrations and pool parties to warm weather holidays spent basking in the sunshine. Completely customizable with an array of fruits or other tasty mix-ins plus toppings of your choice, it’s a perfect way to put a grin on loved ones’ faces.

At your next outdoor event, try an option like Cheesecake Ice Cream with Fruit Swirls from Milk Means More. It’s a simple solution you can make a couple days in advance with your favorite fruit flavor such as blueberry, raspberry, cherry, strawberry, peach or apricot. Plus, this recipe serves a crowd, making it perfect for serving up smiles.

Visit MilkMeansMore.org for more delicious dessert ideas.

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Cheesecake Ice Cream with Fruit Swirls

Recipe courtesy of Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN, on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 12        ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 3/4       cup sugar
  • 1          cup sour cream
  • 3/4       cup half-and-half
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4    teaspoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1          dash salt
  • 1/3       cup blueberry, raspberry, cherry, strawberry, peach or apricot fruit spread
  1. In large mixer bowl of electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Add sour cream, half-and-half, vanilla, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and salt. Beat on low speed until combined then beat on medium speed until smooth. Cover and refrigerate 2-24 hours, or until cold.
  2. Pour cream cheese mixture into 1 1/2-quart ice cream freezer. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
  3. In small bowl, stir fruit spread and remaining lemon juice.
  4. Spoon about one-third of ice cream into 2-quart food storage container. Spoon about half of fruit spread mixture in dollops over ice cream. Repeat layers. Top with remaining ice cream. Cover and freeze 4-24 hours.
  5. To serve, scoop ice cream into dessert dishes.

Source: United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Videos 21 February 2022

St. Patrick's Day Sandwiches

(Culinary.net) Freshen up your St. Patrick’s Day menu with easy, light sandwiches inspired by the traditional color of the festivities. These open-faced noshes can be perfect for lunch, snack time or even as an appetizer for get-togethers with friends and family.

Layered with a smooth cream cheese and mozzarella mixture then topped with crisp cucumber and a stem of green bell pepper, these St. Patrick’s Day Sandwiches are easy and cute, which makes them a fan favorite at nearly any green gathering. They’re also sprinkled with lemon juice to add a little acidity and create a nice, light bite.

Plus, this recipe is quick to make. When you’re in a rush to get everything on the table for the party, it’s easy to throw together and get on the platter in next to no time.

The sandwiches pop off the plate with their bright, seasonal garnishes. While sure to attract attention and have your loved ones asking “Where did you get this idea?” they’re also an easy way to sneak a few vegetables into your kids’ diets.

For more festive recipes and ideas at Culinary.net.

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St. Patrick’s Day Sandwiches

Yield: 8 sandwiches

  • 8          ounces plain cream cheese spread, softened
  • 1          cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt
  • 4          English muffins
  • 24        slices cucumber
  • 8          thin slices green pepper
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • lemon juice
  • lemon slices, for garnish (optional)
  1. In bowl, mix cream cheese spread, mozzarella cheese and salt well.
  2. Split English muffins in half. Cut each muffin half into shamrock shape.
  3. Spread cheese mixture over each muffin half.
  4. Place three cucumbers on each “shamrock,” one on each “leaf.” Use green pepper slice as stem. Place cilantro leaf on top of each sandwich.
  5. Sprinkle sandwiches with lemon juice and add lemon slices, for garnish, if desired.

Source: Culinary.net

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

Videos 23 August 2021

Arkansas Possum Pie

The star of your next spread can be hidden away in the refrigerator for a surprise delight for your guests. It’s topped with chocolate syrup and chopped pecans, and your loved ones just may vote it to be their favorite dish.

It’s an Arkansas Possum Pie, made with three delicious layers and crunchy toppings for a show-stopping dessert.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Add flour and stir to combine. Add crushed pecans and brown sugar. Stir to combine and form to the bottom of a pie pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 F.

In a separate bowl, add cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar and heavy cream. Stir to combine. Add to pie pan over cooled pecan crust. Refrigerate.

To make the pudding layer,  whisk egg yolks in a bowl then whisk in whole milk.

In a separate bowl, add sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, flour and salt. Whisk to combine.

In a saucepan over medium heat, add egg mixture followed by the dry mixture and stir. Add butter and vanilla extract, stirring until butter is melted.

Pour pudding mixture into a separate pie pan and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Once cooled, add on top of the other layers and spread evenly.

Refrigerate pie overnight.

To make whipped topping, in a mixer, add heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Beat to combine. Add whipped topping to the top of the chilled pie.

Drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Whether it’s a holiday, birthday or reunion, this pie is a perfect conversation starter. It’s sweet, crunchy and filled with creamy, delightful layers of goodness.

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Arkansas Possum Pie

Servings: 8

Crust:

  • 3/4       cup butter
  • 1 1/2    cups flour
  • 1/2       cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2    cups pecans, crushed

Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 12        ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1          cup powdered sugar
  • 4          tablespoons heavy cream

Pudding Layer:

  • 3          egg yolks
  • 2          cups whole milk
  • 1          cup sugar
  • 1/3       cup cocoa powder
  • 3          tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2          tablespoons flour
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Topping:

  • 1          cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4          tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • chocolate syrup
  • 1/2       cup chopped pecans
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. To make crust: In saucepan, melt butter; add flour, brown sugar and crushed pecans. Stir until combined. Press into 9 1/2-inch deep pie plate.
  3. Bake 15-20 minutes until crust begins to brown. Cool completely.
  4. To make cream cheese layer: In medium bowl, mix cream cheese until creamy. Add powdered sugar and heavy cream; mix until smooth. Spread over cooled pecan crust. Refrigerate.
  5. To make pudding layer: In medium bowl, whisk egg yolks. Add milk; whisk until combined. Set aside.
  6. In separate medium bowl, whisk sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, flour and salt until combined.
  7. In saucepan over medium heat, add egg yolk mixture and flour mixture. Whisk constantly until pudding begins to thicken and bubble. Add butter and vanilla extract, stirring until butter is melted. Pour chocolate pudding in shallow bowl. Cover with plastic wrap touching pudding to keep it from forming skin. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  8. Pour pudding over cream cheese layer. Cover pie with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  9. To make whipped cream topping: In stand mixer bowl, add heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Whip until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream over pudding layer.
  10. Drizzle pie with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with chopped pecans.
Videos 04 August 2021

Veal Tex Mex Stuffed Shells

(Family Features) Ease and convenience can go a long way toward creating weeknight meals that bring the entire family together, which is why it’s helpful to focus your favorite dishes around main ingredients that simplify dinner routines.

Versatile proteins like veal open many possibilities from decadent, romantic meals to easy and beginner-friendly options. Its flavor is light, making it a blank canvas for discovery by pairing it with different combinations of sauces, spices, cheeses and more.

You can be confident in the taste of veal as your main ingredient in these Veal Tex Mex Stuffed Shells, a quick and easy dinner perfect for hectic weeknights. Requiring just over half an hour in the kitchen, jumbo pasta shells are loaded with taco-flavored ground veal and melted cream cheese then topped with your favorite taco sauce.

It offers a new, exciting recipe to add to the family menu while also providing nutrition; a 3-ounce serving of veal includes 27 grams of protein, which is more than half of the daily value for a 2,000-calorie diet.

Discover more quick and easy recipe ideas at Veal.org, funded by Beef Farmers and Ranchers.

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Veal Tex Mex Stuffed Shells

Prep time:  20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          pound ground veal
  • 1/2       cup diced onion
  • 1/2       cup diced poblano pepper
  • 1          package (1 1/4 ounces) taco seasoning
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 4          ounces cream cheese
  • 2          cups shredded colby jack cheese, divided
  • 20        jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 1/2    cups salsa
  • 1          cup taco sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground veal, diced onion and diced pepper until meat is no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. 
  3. Stir in taco seasoning and water.
  4. Break cream cheese into chunks and add to skillet; simmer 3-4 minutes, or until cream cheese melts into veal mixture. 
  5. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup colby jack cheese; stir to combine.
  6. Bring large pot of salted water to boil and add pasta shells. Cook according to package directions and drain.
  7. Immediately separate shells on plate to avoid sticking together. 
  8. Pour salsa into 13-by-9-inch baking dish and spread to cover bottom. 
  9. Fill each pasta shell with 1-2 tablespoons veal mixture and place in baking dish.
  10. Top stuffed shells with taco sauce and sprinkle remaining colby jack cheese on top.
  11. Bake 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and shells are heated through. 

Source: New York Beef Council

Meal Ideas 30 July 2021

Plan a Perfect Reunion for Family and Friends

(Family Features) After an extended period of social distancing, this year will be a time for reuniting with family and friends. Picnic get-togethers filled with delicious food are one of the best ways to reunite with loved ones when you’re ready for those long-overdue laughs.

While planning the perfect outdoor gathering can feel overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. With these simple tips, it can be easy to organize a memorable picnic reunion.

Make it fun. Whether it’s a water balloon toss or a three-legged race, organizing a few games for your guests can be a simple way to reconnect and have fun together. Outdoor games like ring toss and potato sack races or arts and crafts are activities all ages can enjoy.

Reach for pantry staples. No picnic is complete without good food. When planning your menu and packing your cooler, don’t stress. Before you make an extra trip to your local farmers market or grocery store, be sure to check your pantry. You probably already have the makings for simple yet delicious meals and snacks. For example, canned fruits, vegetables and proteins – like wild-caught tuna, salmon and sardines – can help you create and elevate your picnic recipes.

Host an eco-friendly picnic. Good food and good weather help make a successful picnic, but ensuring you leave your space as you found it is equally important. To minimize waste, invest in reusable picnicware, like utensils and plates. Also consider swapping your paper napkins for cloth versions. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they’ll also elevate the overall look of your picnic.

No grill, no problem. As more people seek out substitutes for red meat, change up your menu and serve seafood as a delicious alternative. For example, an Albacore Bliss Bowl made with Chicken of the Sea Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water is a versatile choice that can be topped with veggies like cabbage, cucumber and carrot then drizzled with a homemade dressing. Since there’s no cooking required, you can easily prep ahead of time or even on-site. For those taking part in the day’s games and activities, try these Salmon Rollups which make perfect handheld snacks.

For more recipe inspiration while planning your next picnic reunion, visit chickenofthesea.com .

Albacore Bliss Bowl

Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2          cans (5 ounces each) Chicken of the Sea Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, drained and flaked
  • 2          cups cooked quinoa 
  • 1/2       cup chopped purple cabbage
  • 1/3       cup diced cucumber
  • 1/3       cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3       cup diced red pepper
  • 1/3       cup diced mango
  • 1/3       cup chopped green onions
  • 4          tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons honey
  • 1          tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1          teaspoon sesame seeds or black sesame seeds
  1. Divide cooked quinoa between four bowls. Top each with evenly divided tuna, cabbage, cucumber, carrots, red peppers, mango and green onions.
  2. In small bowl, whisk apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Drizzle over each bowl. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Salmon Rollups

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          can (5 ounce) Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon
  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2       cup thick and chunky salsa, plus additional for dipping (optional)
  • 1          cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1          cup corn chips, crushed
  • 4          flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 4          large leafy green lettuce leaves, washed and patted dry
  1. In bowl, combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup salsa until light and fluffy. Stir in salmon, cheese and corn chips.
  2. Spread 1/4 filling to within 1/2 inch of each tortilla edge. Arrange one lettuce leaf over filling. Roll up tortillas and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1-3 hours.
  3. To serve, remove plastic wrap, trim ends from rolls and cut each into 3-4 slices. Serve with additional salsa, if desired.

Source: Chicken of the Sea

Grilling-Tailgating 30 July 2021

Rally the Crowd with a Masterful Game Day Menu

(Family Features) Scoring big on game day requires championship-level meals and snacks that keep the crowd full and ready for action. You can take your tailgate to the house with these baked dishes that help simplify homegating so you can focus on the big screen.

From a salsa-based dip and chicken wings to kick off the party to sweet brownies for celebrating victory, each of these recipes call for less than an hour in the kitchen. Clock management is key to tackling a tailgate spread, making these delicious dishes the perfect play calls on game day.

To find more tailgate and homegate recipe inspiration, visit Culinary.net.

Just Wing It

Skip the silverware at your next homegate and dive right in with a fan favorite that requires just your hands and a heap of napkins: wings.

Whether you pick through your pieces or clean each wing to the bone, these Game Day Chicken Wings are perfect for eaters of all types. A simple flour-based coating keeps the recipe easy to make and baking in the oven means you can skip the messy fryer or firing up the grill.

Cook until crispy then corral your party’s favorite dipping sauces from ranch and blue cheese to barbecue and more. Once your spread is served, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the game.

Visit Culinary.net to find more touchdown-worthy tailgate recipes.

Game Day Chicken Wings

Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1/2       cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3       cup flour
  • 2          teaspoons paprika
  • 1          teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1          teaspoon black pepper
  • 10        chicken wingettes, thawed
  • dipping sauces (optional)
  • fresh parsley (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil. Arrange butter cubes on foil.
  3. In medium bowl, combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Coat both sides of wings in flour mixture then evenly space among butter cubes on baking sheet.
  5. Bake wings 30 minutes.
  6. Turn wings over and bake 15 minutes, or until crispy and fully cooked.
  7. Serve with dipping sauces and sprinkle with fresh parsley, if desired.

Score Big with a Salsa-Based Dip

Whether your game day celebrations call for a full-blown parking lot party or homegating with your closest friends, the nibbles and noshes you serve set the stage. Building your menu with crowd-pleasing classics – including one tried-and-true favorite that offers a fresh, veggie-forward taste: chilled salsa – makes your guests cheer for more than just the home team.

Healthy game day snacks are important to almost half (48%) of tailgaters and 18% said they’d consider leaving a party if salsa wasn’t served, according to the “Game Day Eats Report” survey from refrigerated salsa brand Fresh Cravings. With its low calorie count packed with high flavor, salsa supports health-conscious goals. Made with ingredients like fresh tomatoes, crisp vegetables, zesty peppers and more, the authentic taste of chilled salsa is a universal favorite among fans.

With a belief that plant-based foods should contain wholesome ingredients and bold flavors worth celebrating, Fresh Cravings refrigerated salsas are available in the produce section, next to dressings and dips, in restaurant-style or chunky mild, medium and hot varieties. Chilled salsa is an affordable and vibrant-tasting alternative to jarred salsa, making it a key ingredient in this Mexican Pizza Dip from celebrity chef George Duran. It’s a simple crowd-pleaser you can make in less than an hour, leaving more time for pregame festivities.

For more information and game day recipe ideas, visit freshcravings.com.

Mexican Pizza Dip

Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran
Servings: 6-8

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1          pound ground beef
  • 1          package taco seasoning mix
  • 8          ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2       cup sour cream
  • 1          cup Fresh Cravings Chunky Salsa, plus additional for topping
  • 1          cup grated mozzarella
  • 1/2       cup blended Mexican cheese
  • sliced jalapeno (optional)
  • sliced black olives (optional)
  • green onions (optional)
  • tortilla chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spray 8-by-8-inch glass pan or large souffle dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In large saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat and add ground beef, breaking up with flat wooden spatula, until fully cooked. Sprinkle taco seasoning throughout beef and combine.
  4. Place warm beef mixture in large bowl and add cream cheese, sour cream, 1 cup salsa and mozzarella. Mix well until combined and pour into prepared pan. Top with blended cheese and sliced jalapeno, black olives and green onions, if desired.
  5. Bake until fully warmed and cheese is melted, 30-35 minutes.
  6. Top with small spoonfuls of salsa. Serve with tortilla chips.

Cap Off Game Day with an All-Star Combo

Pregame festivities call for salty snacks and meaty morsels, but halftime eating and postgame celebrations are perfect for sweet treats.

You can sweeten up your tailgate or homegate with a shareable option like Marbled Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies made with Domino Golden Sugar, which is made from pure cane sugar and dissolves and measures cup for cup just like white granulated sugar without compromising performance or taste. Featuring an undefeated combination of peanut butter and chocolate, this dessert is ideal for baking a day ahead so you can manage the clock on game day.

Find more tailgating sweets at dominosugar.com.

Marbled Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 24 brownies

Chocolate Brownies:

  • 1/2       cup (1/4 pound) butter
  • 2          ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1          cup Domino Golden Sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2          eggs
  • 1/2       cup all-purpose flour

Peanut Butter Marble:

  • 1/4       cup natural (no added sugar) peanut butter
  • 4          tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2       cup Domino Golden Sugar
  • 1          egg
  • 1/4       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4       cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4       teaspoon baking powder
  • powdered sugar, for topping (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. To make chocolate brownies: In medium saucepot over low heat, melt butter and chocolate. Remove pot from heat; stir in sugar and vanilla until blended.
  3. In small mixing bowl, whisk eggs until frothy then stir into chocolate mixture.
  4. Sift flour into batter and stir just until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing to edges.
  5. To make peanut butter marble: In mixing bowl, cream peanut butter, butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; beat just until blended. In separate bowl, sift or whisk flour and baking powder then stir into batter just until combined.
  6. Carefully spread peanut butter marble over chocolate batter. Use knife to swirl batters together, first horizontally then diagonally.
  7. Bake 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool completely on wire rack before cutting. Top with powdered sugar, if desired, before serving.

Source:Fresh Cravings
Domino Sugar

Videos 12 July 2021

Sopapilla Bars

(Culinary.net) Finding a unique dessert to impress others can be a tall task. Cakes, brownies and cookies are classics but can be boring and repetitive. When you want something easy, delicious and made to impress, think outside the sweet treat box.

Next time you’re in a pinch for something sweet, try these Sopapilla Bars. They have a sugary, crunchy exterior, but on the inside, they are creamy and delicious.

Great for gatherings of all kinds, they’re cut into perfect portions and rare enough to give partygoers something to talk about.

The prep is simple and they can be made in advance then stored in the fridge overnight so there is no last-minute rushing around the kitchen.

To start, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add sugar and cornstarch then combine. Add vanilla extract and one egg then beat until combined.

Place one can of unrolled crescent rolls in the bottom of a lightly greased pan and pinch together the seams.

Add cream cheese mixture to the pan and spread out smooth. Then add remaining unrolled crescent rolls on top before spreading with melted butter.

Mix together sugar and cinnamon to sprinkle over the top of the bars.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool to room temperature and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.

These bars are also the perfect sweet treat for kids. They will love the sugar-coated top and you will love they are expanding their palates by trying something new.

Whether it’s a birthday party, a barbecue or any celebration, this dessert is the way to go. It’s sweet, it’s got texture and it’s a home run when it comes to a simple sweet.

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Sopapilla Bars

Servings: 15

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2          packages (8 ounces each) crescent rolls
  • 24        ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4    cups sugar, divided
  • 1          tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1          large egg
  • 1/4       cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2          teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Lightly grease 9-by-13-inch glass baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place one package unrolled crescent rolls in bottom of dish. Pinch seams together.
  3. In large bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add 1 cup sugar and cornstarch. Beat mixture until combined. Add vanilla extract and egg. Beat until combined.
  4. Pour batter onto crescent roll dough. Smooth with spatula.
  5. On floured surface, unroll second package crescent roll dough. Pinch seams and roll dough to 1/2 inch longer and wider.
  6. Place rolled sheet on top of cheesecake layer. Spread melted butter over top.
  7. In small bowl, whisk remaining sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of bars. 
  8. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown. 
  9. Cool to room temperature. Chill in refrigerator 3 hours or overnight. 
Videos 16 June 2021

Coconut Key Lime Cream Pie

(Culinary.net) Summer is the time to relax, refresh and indulge in sweet and heavenly treats. While you’re lounging poolside and watching the kids play, enjoy a cool, creamy and absolutely divine dessert that’s perfect on a hot day.

This luscious Coconut Key Lime Cream Pie has a smooth texture with toasted shredded coconut on top. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and will leave your taste buds wanting more as soon as you take your first bite.

Fresh out of the refrigerator, it’s ideal for everyone to share on those days when it’s just too warm outside to not have a chilled snack.

Also topped with lime zest and maraschino cherries, visually this pie is a winner with fun pops of color that will leave your mouth watering.

To make this cool, creamy creation, add vanilla wafers to a blender to make crumbs. Add melted butter and blend. Add crumb mixture to the bottom of a pie pan and press against the sides. Refrigerate to make crust.

In another large bowl, beat cream cheese, condensed milk and coconut extract.

In a different large bowl, beat whipping cream until it starts to thicken. Add powdered sugar and lime juice. Reserve 1 cup of the whipped topping.

Add lime juice, coconut flakes and the reserved whipped topping to the cream cheese mixture then stir to combine.

Add cream cheese mixture to the pie crust and smooth it out. Top with whipped topping then garnish with toasted coconut, lime zest and maraschino cherries.

It’s the perfect pie to enjoy whether you’re outside enjoying some sunshine or inside, taking a break from the summer fun. After being chilled, all of the flavors combine to leave you with a delicious, one of a kind treat.

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Coconut Key Lime Cream Pie

Servings: 6-8

  • 1          package (11 ounces) vanilla wafers
  • 1/3       cup butter, melted
  • 2          cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4       cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2       cup Key lime juice, divided
  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1          can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1          teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1          cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4       cup toasted shredded coconut
  • lime zest
  • maraschino cherries
  1. In blender, pulse vanilla wafers into crumbs. Add melted butter and pulse until combined. Press crumbs into bottom and up sides of greased 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, beat whipping cream until it thickens. Add confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon lime juice; beat until stiff peaks form. Remove 1 cup; set aside.
  3. In separate large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk and coconut extract; beat until blended. Add remaining lime juice and shredded coconut; stir until combined. Add reserved whipped cream. Stir until combined. Pour into crust.
  4. Refrigerate 4 hours.
  5. Before serving, garnish with toasted coconut, lime zest and maraschino cherries.
Videos 17 May 2021

Strawberry Mousse

(Culinary.net) A lazy Sunday afternoon cuddled up with family, playing in the rain with your kids and tasting a perfect, sweet treat on a summer day can be some of the simplest yet best parts of life.

Recipes that can be made with clean, fresh ingredients in a matter of minutes make some of the best-tasting dishes, snacks and treats. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best route to take as opposed to confusing prep that takes too much time.

This Strawberry Mousse, which is made with families in mind, is a perfect recipe to make with your little ones or for a date night dessert. It’s great to take for an outing at the park, a neighborhood party or just to snack on throughout the week.

It’s sweet, fluffy and smooth all at the same time. Made to serve a handful of people, it only takes a few moments to complete. Moms love it and kids enjoy the taste and texture.

To start, puree 1 cup of strawberries in blender until smooth.

In a mixing bowl, combine whipping cream and powdered sugar until smooth.

In a different bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth then add the pureed strawberries.

Finally, add the whipped cream mixture to the cream cheese and strawberries. Stir all the components together until they reach the desired consistency before serving with fresh fruit.

It’s easy, fresh and delicious. Your kids can help you combine all the ingredients and excitedly try the sweet result.

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Strawberry Mousse

Servings: 6-8

  • 1          cup strawberries, halved
  • 2          cups heavy cream
  • 1          cup powdered sugar
  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • assorted fruit, for serving
  1. In blender, puree strawberries until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In mixing bowl, whip heavy cream and powdered sugar until fluffy.
  3. In separate mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add strawberry puree to cream cheese and mix until combined. Add whipped cream and stir until combined.
  4. Serve in bowl with fruit.

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