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Videos 13 December 2022

Whipped Goat Cheese Salsa Dip

(Family Features) Pairing an easy, delicious appetizer with the perfect wine doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds. When you’re ready to elevate your home entertaining, turn to a simplistic recipe featuring fresh, bold flavors.

Developed by sommelier and founder of “The Lush Life,” Sarah Tracey, this Whipped Goat Cheese Salsa Dip is part of her “Dips and Sips” partnership with Fresh Cravings, makers of authentic-tasting chilled salsas offering a vibrant alternative to soft, dull blends of jarred salsa, flavor-filled hummus, plant-based vegan dips and veggie-packed creamy dips.

“When I entertain at home, I’m always looking for ways to impress my friends with fresh, creative bites I can pair with wine,” Tracey said. “My favorite hack is finding great products with high-quality ingredients then creating simple, elevated ways to serve them. The less time I spend in the kitchen, the more time I get to spend with my guests.”

Ready in just 15 minutes and paired with a rosé, this savory recipe provides an ideal way to satisfy guests without spending too much time in the kitchen. Plus, with goat cheese at the heart of the dip, it’s a delicious way to capitalize on trendy butter boards with an approachable main ingredient.

Visit FreshCravings.com to discover more entertaining-worthy recipes and pairing ideas.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Whipped Goat Cheese Salsa Dip
Recipe courtesy of Sarah Tracey
Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          goat cheese log (8 ounces), softened at room temperature
  • 1          pinch sea salt
  • 1/2       cup heavy cream
  • Fresh Cravings Chunky Salsa, Mild
  • 1/2       cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
  • 1          bunch fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
  • crackers, chips or vegetables
  • 19 Crimes Snoop Dogg Rosé
  1. In food processor or blender, blend goat cheese with sea salt and 2 tablespoons heavy cream. If mixture is too firm, add cream little by little while pulsing blender until light, fluffy consistency is reached.
  2. Spread whipped goat cheese into shallow serving dish or onto board.
  3. Top with salsa.
  4. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and fresh parsley, if desired.
  5. Serve with crackers, chips or veggies. Pair with rosé.

Source: Fresh Cravings

Dessert 18 November 2022

Make Holiday Memories with Sweet Eats

(Family Features) Whether your festivities include immediate family or bring together relatives from around the country, the holidays are about making memories with loved ones. From the first days of the season to the last, many families spend their precious time together with favorite activities and the best foods the holidays have to offer.

This year, you can change things up and start new traditions with a fresh ingredient like Envy apples, which provide an easy way to update classics due to their sweet taste and availability. The sweet, sophisticated flavor; uplifting, fresh aroma; delightfully satisfying crunch; beautiful appearance; and naturally white flesh that doesn’t brown as quickly as other apples all lend themselves to shareable recipes like this Apple Wreath Salad or Roasted Apple Macaroni and Cheese, both perfect for holiday parties.

Because cherished memories are made with sweet ingredients, you can turn cozy movie nights into festive and memorable events year after year by pairing Hallmark Channel’s popular “Countdown to Christmas” holiday movies with delicious desserts like Apple Custard Sponge Trifle and Brown Butter Apple Pie.

Find more memory-making recipes at EnvyApple.com.

Apple Custard Sponge Trifle

Servings: 8-10

  • 6 Envy apples
  • 2 tablespoons golden caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, water
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 1 large plain sponge cake
  • 2 cups vanilla bean custard
  • 1/2 cup caramel or butterscotch sauce, plus additional for garnish, divided
  • 1/2 cup creamfresh apple slices
  • fresh strawberry slices
  1. Peel, core and dice apples; place in large saucepan. Add caster sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 cup water. Simmer apples 5-8 minutes until tender.
  2. Combine corn flour and remaining water. Stir corn flour mixture into apples until apples are syrupy.
  3. Cut sponge cake into 2-centimeter diced pieces. Arrange 1/3 of sponge pieces in base of serving bowl. Add half of cinnamon apple pieces, including syrupy juices. Add 1 cup custard and drizzle with 1/4 cup caramel sauce. Repeat with remaining ingredients, finishing with sponge cake; chill.
  4. Whip cream and spoon dollops over sponge cake to cover top. Garnish with apple slices, strawberry slices and caramel sauce.

Apple Wreath Salad

Recipe courtesy of "The Produce Moms" (@theproducemoms)

Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, finely ground
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salad:

  • 10 ounces baby arugula
  • 3 Envy apples, sliced
  • 9 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3 ounces pomegranate arils
  • 3 ounces pecans, toasted
  1. To make balsamic dressing: In small serving bowl, whisk honey, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  2. Place dressing bowl in center of large board or platter. Arrange arugula around dressing bowl in wreath shape.
  3. Place apple slices on top of arugula. Sprinkle on goat cheese, pomegranate arils and pecans.

Brown Butter Apple Pie

Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Filling:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds Envy apples, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 deep dish frozen pie shell
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. To make streusel topping: Mix flour, chopped pecans and light brown sugar. Stir in butter using fingertips until incorporated with small lumps of butter visible. Refrigerate.
  3. To make filling: In large skillet over medium heat, melt butter until amber, stirring often. Set aside to cool. In large bowl, stir sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, vanilla and flour using spatula. Pour brown butter over apples and mix, scraping skillet with rubber spatula to incorporate brown butter bits.
  4. Place frozen pie shell on baking sheet. Add 2 cups apple mixture into shell, gently pressing apple slices for even base. Add remaining apple slices and gently press. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over apples.
  5. Bake 30 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350 F and bake 35-45 minutes until topping is golden and apples feel tender when pierced with fork.

Roasted Apple Macaroni and Cheese

  • Salted water
  • 1 pound macaroni noodles
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Envy apple, peeled and diced
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire

Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  1. Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add noodles and cook until just tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. In large pot over high heat, melt butter then saute diced apple until caramelized and tender. Sprinkle in flour and stir. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Whisk in heavy cream and milk; bring to boil, whisking frequently so milk doesn't burn.
  4. Once boiling, turn heat to low and whisk in cheddar cheese, Romano cheese, gruyere cheese, salt and Worcestershire. Continue whisking until cheese is melted thoroughly.
  5. Carefully pour mixture into large blender and blend on high until smooth.
  6. Pour cheese sauce over noodles and stir.
  7. Pour macaroni and cheese into 9-by-13-inch pan and spread evenly.
  8. Heat oven to broil.
  9. To make topping: In medium bowl, melt butter and stir in panko breadcrumbs.
  10. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over macaroni and cheese; broil until golden brown.

Source: Envy Apples

Meal Ideas 09 November 2022

Pair Soup and Sandwich for a Warming Winter Meal

(Family Features) Cool winter days and their cold, crisp air call for a quick warmup in the form of a classic combo: soup and sandwich. Next time you need warmed up from the inside out, go for a homemade pairing that brings together a cheesy handheld and hearty minestrone.

When you sit down for a wintertime meal with the family, Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets provides the comfort you crave with caramelized onions, gooey melted cheese and toasted sourdough. Slowly simmered to savory perfection, 3-Bean Tortellini Minestrone – powered by READ 3-Bean Salad – plays the ideal complement to the griddled sandwiches as a filling soup without the hassle.

To find more comforting meal ideas made for combatting the cold, visit AuntNellies.com and READSalads.com.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Pickled Beets

Recipe courtesy of "Carlsbad Cravings"
Prep time: 60 minutes

Caramelized Onions:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large yellow onions, halved, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1-2tablespoons water (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Sandwiches:

  • 8 large sourdough slices, 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces shredded gruyere cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 jar Aunt Nellie's Sliced Pickled Beets (about 32 beets)
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  1. To make caramelized onions: In Dutch oven over medium-high heat, melt butter and olive oil. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes then reduce heat to medium.
  2. Cook until onions are caramelized and rich, deep golden brown, about 25 minutes, stirring often. Turn heat to medium-low or add water if onions are dry or start to scorch before caramelizing.
  3. Add sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes; cook 1 minute. Onions should be jammy and darkly caramelized when done. Remove to plate to cool.
  4. To make sandwiches: Spread out bread slices on flat surface. Spread thin layer of mayonnaise on one side of each bread slice.
  5. Turn four bread slices over and spread goat cheese on plain side. Top goat cheese with gruyere, even layer of beets, caramelized onions and arugula. Top with remaining bread, mayo side out. Secure with toothpicks, if desired.
  6. In large skillet over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add two sandwiches, cover and grill until bottom of bread is toasted, about 5-7 minutes, and cheese starts melting, checking often. Flip and cook, uncovered, until cheese is melted and bottom of bread is toasted.
  7. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

3-Bean Tortellini Minestrone

Recipe courtesy of "Joy of Eating"
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

  • 1 can (15 ounces) READ 3-Bean Salad
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 peeled garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pinches salt, plus additional to taste, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus additional to taste, divided
  • 3 small carrots, trimmed, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, trimmed and diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 Parmesan rind (optional)
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 9-10 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • jarred pesto, for serving (optional)
  1. Drain and rinse bean salad; set aside.
  2. In large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onions, garlic and 1 pinch salt; saute until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Stir in Italian seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots, celery and zucchini with remaining pinch salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp tender, 5-7 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomatoes. Add Parmesan rind, if desired. Cook about 10 minutes until most tomato juice evaporates. Pour in vegetable broth. Bring to boil. Add tortellini; cook 2 minutes, or just until tender. Stir in bean salad and spinach. Cook 2-3 minutes to heat through.
  4. Season with additional salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve garnished with pesto, if desired.

Source:

Seneca Foods

Meal Ideas 24 October 2022

Show Your Love with a Naturally Sweet, Delicious Gift

(Family Features) Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, saying “I love you” to a faraway relative or offering a kind gesture to a friend or neighbor, sending a gift is a thoughtful way to share your appreciation. A handwritten note goes a long way, and you can take that token of gratitude one step further by pairing it with an authentic fruit basket.

When it’s time to give a gift to a friend or loved one, consider sending fresh Florida Citrus boxes, which contain premium citrus hand-selected at the peak of ripeness. Available in a variety of sizes to fit your budget and filled with your choice of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and unique jams, jellies and candies, the baskets arrive fresh at the door of your recipient.

With naturally sweet taste from the Sunshine State, the unique climate with subtropical temperatures, abundant sunshine, distinctive sandy soil and ample rainfall help grow juicy citrus. Plus, the delicious fruits are equally nutritious as they’re loaded with vitamin C and provide a combination of nutrients to support overall health to help adults and children alike meet intake recommendations for certain key nutrients.

On top of their taste as appetizing snacks, they’re perfect for cooking in recipes like Citrus Marinated Flatiron Steak Salad or Citrus Cherry Cobbler that take advantage of their natural sweetness and allow for mouthwatering meals, sides, desserts and more.

To choose a premium, hand-selected basket and send to your friends, neighbors, coworkers and loved ones, visit gifts.floridacitrus.org.

Citrus Marinated Flatiron Steak Salad

Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Florida Tangerine Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Florida Orange zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil

Flatiron Steak Salad:

  • 1 1/2 pounds flatiron steak
  • 2 cups Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette, divided
  • 1/2 cup Florida Orange segments
  • 1/2 cup Florida Grapefruit segments
  • 2 quarts baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup radish, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  1. To make citrus balsamic vinaigrette: Combine orange juice, tangerine juice, orange zest, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper, to taste. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking vigorously. Set dressing aside.
  2. To make flatiron steak salad: Place flatiron steak in container and add 1 cup citrus balsamic vinaigrette. Marinate in refrigerator at least 30 minutes, or up to 3 hours.
  3. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Grill steak to desired doneness. Remove from heat and rest 5 minutes before slicing thinly.
  5. In large mixing bowl, combine orange segments, grapefruit segments, baby spinach, red onion, cherry tomatoes, radish and cucumber. Add remaining citrus balsamic vinaigrette, as desired, and toss well to combine.
  6. To serve, divide salad and sliced steak among four plates and top with crumbled goat cheese.

Citrus Cherry Cobbler

Cobbler:

  • 4 cups cherries, pitted, juice reserved
  • 1/2 cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups Florida Orange segments, seeded
  • 1/2 cup Florida Grapefruit segments, seeded

Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  1. To make cobbler: In medium saucepan, combine cherries and reserved juice, orange juice, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. Bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute and remove from heat. Add butter and stir until melted. Cool and add orange segments and grapefruit segments. Pour filling into baking dish or pie pan.
  2. To make topping: Heat oven to 350 F.
  3. In food processor, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. Add butter and pulse until butter is cut into small, pea-sized pieces. Remove flour mixture from food processor and place in mixing bowl. Add egg and milk; stir until just combined. Drop topping mixture by tablespoon over filling until almost covered.
  4. Bake until topping is browned and filling is bubbling and hot. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving.

Source: Florida Department of Citrus

Meal Ideas 13 May 2022

Make the Most of Your Money with Family-Friendly Meals

(Family Features) It can be hard to ignore the rising costs of food, gas and other basic household items. Many families are especially feeling the burden of inflation at the grocery store.

However, you can make your hard-earned dollars stretch a little further at the supermarket and put delicious, nutritious meals on the table with these cost-saving tips from Healthy Family Project and by looking for the Produce for Kids logo in your local produce department. These produce companies give back to local communities and support nutrition education and information sharing.

Plan your meals. Making a plan for what meals will be on the menu each week can help you identify ingredients you can use in multiple recipes and save money by not adding items you may not use to your grocery list. Once your meals are planned and you head to the store, stick to your list to avoid unnecessary spending.

Opt for in-season produce. Typically, fresh fruits and vegetables cost more when out of season since they’re not as readily available. Buying in-season produce also helps ensure you get better tasting fruits and veggies.

Keep ingredient lists short. Quick and easy meals the entire family can enjoy are often accompanied by shorter ingredient lists. For example, these recipes for Grilled Peach Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Mixed Berry Pizza with Oatmeal Coconut Crust both require 15 ingredients or less and can be on the table in half an hour, giving you more time to spend with those who matter most.  

Discover more family-focused recipes and tips for saving on grocery bills at healthyfamilyproject.com.

Mixed Berry Pizza with Oatmeal Coconut Crust

Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey, plus additional for drizzling, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In mixing bowl, mix egg, rolled oats, coconut, flour, brown sugar, butter, 1/4 cup honey, cinnamon, vanilla and salt until incorporated.
  3. Evenly spread mixture in greased springform pan and bake 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Remove pan from oven and cool.
  5. In bowl, mix Greek yogurt with lemon juice.
  6. Once oatmeal crust is fully cooked, use spatula to spread lemon-yogurt mixture on top.
  7. Top with sliced strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Drizzle with additional honey.

Grilled Peach Flatbread with Goat Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

  • 2 large naan or flatbreads
  • 2 fresh peaches, sliced
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • fresh arugula (optional)
  1. Preheat grill or grill pan.
  2. Grill naan until softened and lightly grilled.
  3. Place peach slices on grill and sear about 1 minute per side.
  4. Using pastry brush, spread olive oil onto naan.
  5. Top naan with goat cheese and peaches.
  6. Place back on grill over low heat, cover and cook 3-5 minutes.
  7. Add fresh arugula, if desired
  8. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar before slicing and serving.

Source: Healthy Family Project

Snacks 09 May 2022

Shake Up Summer Snacks

(Family Features) Power up for summer adventures by shaking up your snacking routine with homemade recipes inspired by childhood favorites.

Tasty and versatile, California walnuts are easy to swap into your favorite snack recipes and work hard to keep you energized and full. Kick off summer with some irresistible plant-forward Walnut Chorizo Pizza Bites and Strawberry Walnut Hand Pies for delicious summer snacks loaded with the nutrition benefits of walnuts.

Visit walnuts.org/snacking for more snack recipes.

Strawberry Walnut Hand Pies

Dough:

  • 1/4 cup California walnuts
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 4-5 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 1 egg, beaten

Strawberry Walnut Filling:

  • 1 cup strawberries, tops removed, halved
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped California walnuts

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon beetroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped California walnuts
  1. To make dough: In food processor, pulse walnuts until fine and evenly ground. Add flour, sugar and salt to ground walnuts; pulse to combine. Add cubed butter; pulse until butter is in small pieces. Add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing while adding, until dough starts sticking together.
  2. Transfer dough to clean surface; shape into two 4-inch discs. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. To make filling: In food processor, pulse strawberries and lemon juice until slightly chunky.
  4. Transfer to saucepan and gradually whisk in cornstarch until dissolved. Stir in sugar.
  5. Heat over low heat until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Turn heat off and stir in chopped walnuts. Transfer mixture to small bowl; refrigerate.
  6. To assemble hand pies: Remove one dough disc from refrigerator. Lightly flour work surface and rolling pin. Roll out dough into large rectangle. Slice dough into six 4-by-2-inch rectangles. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  7. In bowl, mix water and egg. Brush perimeter of dough rectangles with egg wash. Place 1 tablespoon filling on center of dough.
  8. Roll out second dough disc, creating six rectangles of dough. Place on top of jam and crimp edges with fork to seal. Freeze hand pies 20 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  10. Trim uneven edges of dough with sharp knife and brush tops and sides with egg wash.
  11. Bake 20-24 minutes until golden brown around edges. Cool at room temperature 5 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to wire cooling rack until completely cooled.
  12. To make frosting: In bowl, whisk sugar, milk and beetroot powder until thick but smooth. Drizzle frosting over hand pies and top with chopped walnuts. Cool 15 minutes, or until frosting is set.

Walnut Chorizo Pizza Bites

Walnut Chorizo:

  • 1 1/2 cups California walnuts
  • 1 cup pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Pizza Bites:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced sweet onion
  • 5 mini bagels
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced 1/2 inch (10 slices)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup walnut chorizo
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  1. To make walnut chorizo: In food processor, pulse walnuts until finely crumbled. Transfer to mixing bowl.
  2. In food processor, pulse pinto beans, lime juice, paprika, oregano, cumin, chipotle powder, salt and garlic powder until mixture resembles ground meat. Stir bean mixture with walnut pieces.
  3. In medium skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add walnut chorizo and cook 5-7 minutes until lightly browned, using spatula to break into crumbles.
  4. To make pizza bites: In pan over medium heat, heat olive oil and add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes until onion is soft and golden brown.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Halve bagels and place on baking sheet. Place zucchini slices on second baking sheet.
  6. Top each bagel and zucchini slice with 1 tablespoon marinara; spread with back of spoon. Add 1 tablespoon walnut chorizo crumbles to each bagel and zucchini slice. Sprinkle with caramelized onion and goat cheese.
  7. Bake 10 minutes.
  8. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets. Top with basil.

Source: California Walnut Board

Meal Ideas 09 December 2021

Warm Up Winter with Comforting Classics

(Family Features) Whipping up family favorites all winter long is a perfect activity to keep loved ones warm in the kitchen while avoiding the bitter chill outdoors. Delicious, heartwarming snacks offer a simple and savory way to bring everyone in from the cold while enjoying comforting flavors together.

Lean on beloved ingredients like go-to RAGÚ sauces when it’s time to come together for quick bites. The possibilities are nearly endless with delicious recipes using classics like the RAGÚ Old World Style Traditional or RAGÚ Simply Traditional options.

Hearty flavors can take away the chill of winter in recipes like Snowman Pizza Bombs, Polenta Bites and Baked Tomato Goat Cheese Dip. Easy to make and fun to create together, these simple snacks are perfect for a cold afternoon spent together in the kitchen or watching a family-movie marathon.

Originally started by an Italian mother more than 80 years ago, RAGÚ sauce, known for its distinctive yellow cap, is the perfect have-on-hand pantry staple to help you create easy and delicious home cooking. As an invaluable resource and family favorite since 1937, RAGÚ sauces easily allow anyone, regardless of gender or culinary skillset, to “cook like a mother” and serve up delicious, homemade favorites. The brand’s rich heritage and array of sauce choices ensures that your next cold-weather day spent inside will be elevated with family-favorite snacks and easy and taste-tempting meals made with RAGÚ.

Find more recipes perfect for warming up this winter at Ragu.com.

Baked Tomato Goat Cheese Dip

Recipe courtesy of Marzia Aziz of "Little Spice Jar"
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups RAGÚ Simply Traditional Sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, divided
  • 1/ 4 cup fresh basil, chopped, divided
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 log (10-10 1/2 ounces) goat cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus additional for brushing, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • kosher salt, divided
  • pepper
  • 1 large baguette, sliced on bias
  • blistered tomatoes, for serving (optional)
  1. Position one rack in upper third of oven and one in lower third. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray small, round baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Add sauce to small bowl. Grate in two garlic cloves then add 1/8 cup basil and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine then pour sauce into baking dish.
  3. Smash goat cheese log into ball. Place ball between two sheets plastic wrap. Using hands, flatten cheese into thick, round disc about 1 inch smaller in diameter than baking dish. Remove goat cheese from plastic wrap and place in center of sauce. Drizzle cheese with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, kosher salt and pepper. Bake on lower rack, uncovered, 20-25 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is warmed through.
  4. Place baguette slices on baking sheet. Drizzle or brush with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake crostini on upper rack 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. When bread is done, remove from oven, cut last garlic clove in half and rub cut side on bread.
  5. Top dip with remaining basil and blistered tomatoes, if desired, and serve with crostini.

Note: To make blistered tomatoes: Heat skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Add 1 pint cherry tomatoes to dry skillet and let sit 1 minute. Lower heat to low, toss tomatoes with 2 teaspoons olive oil and cook 2-3 minutes, or until tomatoes are about to burst. Remove from heat; sprinkle with pinch of salt and pepper.

Polenta Bites

  • 1 tube (18 ounces) polenta
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion Sauce
  • 1 package (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella
  • 2 sprigs, rosemary, destemmed and chopped
  • 3 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 block (8 ounces) hard Parmesan cheese
  1. Cut polenta into slices. In skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat; fry polenta slices 10-12 minutes on each side until crispy and golden brown.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, warm sauce.
  3. Place polenta slices on tray and sprinkle with mozzarella. Place 1/2 teaspoon warm sauce on each slice then sprinkle with chopped rosemary and basil. Grate hard Parmesan onto each slice for topping.

Snowman Pizza Bombs

  • 1 tube (11.8 ounces) pizza dough
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Old World Style Traditional Sauce
  • 1 package (6 ounces) pepperoni slices
  • 1 package (6 ounces) Canadian bacon slices
  • 1 package (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 package (8 ounces) mozzarella cheese slices

Decorative vegetables (optional):

  • multicolored sweet peppers
  • olives
  • spinach
  • mushrooms
  • cherry tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut pizza dough into 12 squares. On each square, place 1/2 teaspoon sauce and evenly top with pepperoni, Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese.
  3. Pinch corners of dough together to round into balls then place in muffin tins.
  4. In small bowl, mix melted butter, garlic powder and Italian seasoning; brush generously over dough balls.
  5. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Remove from muffin tin and carefully shape dough balls into circles; place on baking sheet. Cover with mozzarella slices and bake until melted.
  7. Create snowman faces by decorating each with peppers, olives, spinach, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, if desired. Use remaining sauce for dipping.

Source: RAGÚ

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

Meal Ideas 22 June 2021

Sweet, Simple Solutions for Family Meals

(Family Features) Busy mornings, afternoons and evenings are the norm for many families with days full of work, school, extracurricular activities, social commitments and more. Finding time to pause and share a meal is often a priority that may remain difficult to achieve.

With easy family-friendly recipes that call for Envy apples – named America’s No. 1 apple for taste, crispness, aroma and appearance, according to an independent sensory test by Forward Agency – you can bring your loved ones together for shared meals.

Crisp Apple Tacos put a fresh and sweet spin on a dinnertime classic by making tacos with pork medallions, homemade slaw and apple wedges. With plenty of easy prep work to be done, they’re a convenient way to call everyone to the kitchen; even little ones can help by mixing the dressing, apple sticks and cabbage for the tasty slaw.

For a quick and easy dinner option on busy summer nights, fire up the grill and cook Grilled Apple Portobello Burgers. Distinctly sweet apple rounds are paired with savory, umami-rich portobello mushrooms for a flavor-packed, meatless take on traditional burgers.

Easily recognized by their large, sharable size, Envy apples boast bright red skin that sometimes features a golden blush. They are ideal for snacking, with their satisfying crunch and balanced sweetness, and can also be served as part of any meal of the day. For example, Apple Avocado Toast provides a simple way to fuel up on weekday mornings or can be enjoyed as part of a weekend brunch with the family.

Find these delicious apples at a grocer near you by visiting EnvyApple.com.

Apple Avocado Toast

  • 2          eggs
  • water
  • 4          slices sourdough bread
  • 1          ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1          Envy apple
  • 1          teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4       cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2          teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1          tablespoon minced chives
  • edible flowers, for garnish
  1. In pot, cover eggs with 1 inch cold water. Boil 6-7 minutes then place in cool water bath.
  2. Peel eggs, halve lengthwise and set aside.
  3. Toast sourdough bread then mash avocado across bread with fork.
  4. Cut apple into thin slices and place on top of avocado along with egg halves. Top with lime juice, Parmesan cheese, chia seeds and chives.
  5. Garnish with edible flowers.

Grilled Apple Portobello Burgers

  • 2          Envy apples
  • 4          portobello mushrooms
  • 1/2       cup olive oil, divided
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4          garlic cloves, minced
  • 2          teaspoons oregano
  • 2          teaspoons salt
  • 1          cup herbed goat cheese
  • 4          brioche buns
  • 4          large butter lettuce leaves
  • 4          tablespoons mayonnaise
  1. Heat grill to high heat.
  2. Slice apple horizontally into thick round wedges and remove seeds using fork.
  3. Remove portobello stems.
  4. In small bowl, combine 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and salt. Using basting brush, coat mushrooms on both sides with olive oil mixture.
  5. Grill mushrooms stem sides down 2 minutes then flip. Add goat cheese and grill 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Coat apple rounds with remaining olive oil and grill 1-2 minutes per side to lightly char.
  7. Serve mushrooms with apple rounds on brioche buns with lettuce and mayonnaise.

Crisp Apple Tacos

  • 1/2       pound pork tenderloin
  • 3          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1          teaspoon pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 2          Envy apples, divided
  • 3          sprigs rosemary
  • 1/2       cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2       cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1          cup shredded green cabbage
  • 4          tablespoons honey
  • 1          cup mayonnaise
  • 1          tablespoon mustard
  • 1          tablespoon white vinegar
  • 12        soft taco shells
  • 2          tablespoons sour cream
  • 1          lime, cut into wedges
  1. Cut pork crosswise into 1-inch medallions.
  2. Coat pork medallions with olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper then add to saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Slice half of one apple into thick wedges and add to saucepan. Slice remaining half into thin wedges and set aside.
  4. Add rosemary to saucepan and heat 2-3 minutes. Flip pork and heat 2-3 minutes until pork is slightly golden and cooked through.
  5. Let pork rest 3 minutes then slice into strips.
  6. Thinly slice half of remaining apple into thin sticks around same size of shredded cabbage. Reserve remaining half.
  7. In serving bowl, toss apple sticks, carrots, red cabbage and green cabbage.
  8. In bowl, mix honey, mayonnaise, mustard and vinegar into dressing. Add additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. Mix dressing and cabbage; refrigerate at least 1 hour prior to serving.
  10. Cut remaining apple half into thin wedges.
  11. Top taco shells with pork, slaw, sour cream and squeeze of lime juice. Top with apple wedges.

Source: Envy Apples

Breakfast & Brunch 17 September 2020

Create Quality School Day Meals with Simple Shortcuts

(Family Features) The seemingly constant rush of hectic school days and nights often leaves busy families feeling like there’s no time for a homemade meal around the table. However, taking shortcuts that don’t skip out on quality can mean more time together enjoying flavorful dishes without spending hours in the kitchen.

For starters, an easy yet filling breakfast like these Sausage, Egg and Cheese Muffins can help you begin your day the right way while calling for a simple list of ingredients and just a few steps.

Perfect for grabbing on the way out the door to power you through the day or enjoying at home as you manage double duty as parent and best teacher on the block. They’re made with ground turkey sausage, eggs, melty cheddar cheese and Success Tri-Color Quinoa, which is simplified even more by the “boil-in-bag” cooking process. Just add water to a saucepan, drop the convenient BPA-free bag into the water, boil 10 minutes and remove with a fork for a no-measure, no-mess shortcut.

When the dinner bell dings at the end of a long day of learning, feed your family an effortless recipe that allows the oven to do most of the work. The array of flavors and textures in these Vegetable and Rice Power Bowls can bring warmth to your loved ones while requiring little effort.

Sweet and buttery flavors of maple-roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash and beets pair with the convenience, taste, texture and quality of Success Jasmine Rice, lentils, pumpkin seeds, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette for an abundance of flavors that help recharge and refuel with loads of nutrients combined in one comforting dish.

Find more ways to add ease to school day meals at successrice.com.

Sausage, Egg and Cheese Muffins

Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16

  • 1          bag Success Tri-Color Quinoa
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          package (9.6 ounces) cooked turkey sausage crumbles
  • 2          cups prepared baking mix
  • 1          cup cheddar cheese
  • 1          cup milk
  • 4          whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • maple syrup (optional)
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Preheat oven to 400 F. Coat 16 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine quinoa, sausage, baking mix and cheese. Stir in milk and eggs; blend well.
  3. Pour 3/4 cup mixture into each muffin cup.
  4. Bake 18-20 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with maple syrup, if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

Substitution: In place of baking mix, substitute 2 cups all-purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1 pinch of salt.

Vegetable and Rice Power Bowls

Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 2          cups chopped butternut squash
  • 2          cups chopped sweet potatoes
  • 3          tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1          tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1          tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 2          cups peeled, chopped beets
  • 2          bags Success Jasmine Rice
  • 4          cups mixed greens
  • 1          can (15 ounces) brown lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2       cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/3       cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2       cup prepared balsamic dressing
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. In large bowl, toss together butternut squash, sweet potatoes, 2 tablespoons oil, thyme, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  2. In same bowl, toss beets with remaining oil until well coated; add to baking sheet with butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and tender.
  3. Prepare rice according to package directions; divide among six bowls. Top each with greens, roasted vegetables, lentils, goat cheese and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with balsamic dressing.

Source: Success Rice

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