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Meal Ideas 01 October 2022

Infuse Holiday Gatherings with Fresh Grape Flavor

(Family Features) The elegance of the holidays starts at the table with meals, desserts and drinks shared among loved ones. This year, let grapes add easy elegance to seasonal recipes as a signature ingredient perfect for special occasions.

As a highly versatile addition to appetizers, snacks, main courses, sides and desserts, grapes are an essential ingredient to keep on hand. Thanks to their delicate sweetness and juicy texture, Grapes from California can be the star at the center of the meal in unique and tasty Braised Pork Chops with Spiced Honey and Grapes served with Spiked Grape Cider for a cozy adult beverage.

Finish the celebration by sharing Grape Basque-Style Cheesecake, where delicious, fresh grape juice is used in the cheesecake batter to lend natural sweetness and enhance flavor. Decorate the top with fresh, juicy grapes for a final festive touch.

Find more sweet ideas to celebrate the holidays at GrapesfromCalifornia.com.

A Sweet Party Starter

Set the stage for a delicious get-together by serving an easy, attractive appetizer like this Grape Party Tray with fresh grapes, prosciutto, cheeses, pistachios and more holiday favorites. Grapes are easy to include as they offer variety – different colors, shapes, sizes and textures – which makes them an ideal healthy snack or ingredient in tasty recipes.

Braised Pork Chops with Spiced Honey and Grapes

Servings: 4

  • 4 thick pork chops (about 3 pounds)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups whole red or black Grapes from California
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 3-5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Heat heavy, lidded saute pan or casserole dish over medium-high heat. Dust pork chops with flour and brown slowly in melted butter. Do not let flour burn.
  3. Remove pan from heat and add grapes, honey, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, salt and pepper. Cover and place in oven. Braise slowly 50-60 minutes, or until pork is tender. Remove pork from pan and keep warm. Skim pan sauce of excess fat. Arrange pork chops on serving platter, spoon with sauce and sprinkle with chopped mint, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 569 calories; 54 g protein; 41 g carbohydrates; 21 g fat (33% calories from fat); 9 g saturated fat (14% calories from saturated fat); 33% calories from fat; 165 mg cholesterol; 407 mg sodium; 1.6 g fiber.

Grape Basque-Style Cheesecake

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus cooling and chilling
Bake time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 2 cups green Grapes from California, divided
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2/3 cup, granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 large pinches kosher salt
  • 21 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 425 F with rack in center. Use 12-by-16-inch sheet of parchment paper to line 9-inch springform pan in center. Press paper into bottom edge of pan and flatten creases around sides. Place pan on shallow baking sheet.
  2. In mini blender or food processor, blend 1 cup grapes, 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt on high until smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until fluffy, 1-2 minutes. With mixer on medium speed, gradually pour in heavy cream; scrape down and beat on high speed until mixture resembles soft whipped cream, about 1 minute. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down between additions. At medium speed, gradually add grape puree mixture; scrape and mix until well blended, 1 minute.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan, transfer to oven and bake 38-40 minutes until cake is puffed and top is caramel brown. Cracks will appear around edges and cake will be wobbly when touched gently with finger. Set cake pan on baking sheet on rack to cool. Cake will sink to half its height. Cool to room temperature, 1-2 hours, then refrigerate uncovered. Do not unmold cake from pan until well chilled, at least 5 hours or overnight.
  5. Slice remaining grapes in halves or rounds. In small bowl, combine grapes with orange liqueur, if desired, and set aside.
  6. When ready to serve, remove side of pan. Carefully pull creased parchment away from side of cheesecake then transfer to serving platter by peeling parchment away from bottom of cake and underneath pan while gently tugging cake toward platter and off parchment.
  7. Garnish top of cheesecake with grape-liqueur mixture, if desired, or fresh grapes. Cut cake into wedges with thin, sharp knife.
  8. Note: Cheesecake can be made up to 2 days ahead. Once cake is well chilled, cover pan with plastic wrap until ready to serve

Nutritional information per serving: 350 calories; 6 g protein; 25 g carbohydrates; 26 g fat (67% calories from fat); 15 g saturated fat (39% calories from saturated fat); 135 mg cholesterol; 200 mg sodium; 0 g fiber.

Hot Spiked Grape Cider

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

  • 5 cups red Grapes from California, plus additional for garnish, divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise (optional)
  • 1 large navel orange
  • 6 ounces amber rum
  1. In large saucepan, combine 5 cups grapes with water, honey, cinnamon and star anise, if desired. Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until grapes are tender, 50-60 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes.
  2. Lay medium mesh strainer over bowl and pour grape mixture through. Gently press on solids to remove juice from fruit for about 2 cups grape cider.
  3. With peeler, peel off large strip orange zest and add to warm juice. Let cool, cover and refrigerate.
  4. When ready to serve, gently warm cider over medium heat. Pour 1/2 cup cider into each cup. Add 1 1/2 ounces rum and garnish with twist of orange and small skewer of grapes.

Nutritional information per serving: 170 calories; 0 g protein; 18 g carbohydrates; 0 g fat (0% calories from fat); 0 g saturated fat (0% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 5 mg sodium; 0 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

 
Videos 21 September 2022

Sumac-Crusted Filet Mignon with Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

(Family Features) Creating traditions is a festive focal point for many families throughout the holiday season, and a timeless way to bring your nearest and dearest back year after year is with an exquisite meal.

With a combination of savory, salty and sweet bites, Sumac-Crusted Filet Mignon with Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots and Garlic Mashed Potatoes provides a little something for everyone. At the center of this seasonal feast is tender, flavorful cuts of filet mignon, hand-cut by master butchers at Omaha Steaks to make your family’s holiday truly special.

To find more holiday recipe inspiration, visit OmahaSteaks.com/Blog.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Sumac-Crusted Filet Mignon with Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: about 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

  • 2          pounds russet potatoes, medium diced, skin on
  • cold water
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1 pinch, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/2       pound unsalted butter
  • 4          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          cup heavy cream
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground white pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided

Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots:

  • 2/3       cup honey
  • 1/4       cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2       teaspoon sumac
  • 1/4       teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2          pinches kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1          pinch ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • water
  • 1          pound baby rainbow carrots
  • 1/3       cup olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon unsalted butter

Sumac-Crusted Filet Mignon:

  • 4          Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Filet Mignons (7 ounces each)
  • 2          tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1          tablespoon sumac
  • 2          teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1          teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/3       cup grapeseed oil
  • 3          tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  1. To make garlic mashed potatoes: Add potatoes to stockpot. Cover with cold water by about 1 inch and add 1 pinch salt. Turn on high heat and bring to boil 12-15 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and place potatoes in large mixing bowl.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and simmer 5 minutes. Add heavy cream, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon white pepper; bring to boil. When mixture boils, reduce to simmer 3 minutes then remove from heat.
  3. Mash hot potatoes until most lumps are gone. Using hand mixer on low speed, slowly add butter and cream mixture until desired smoothness and taste.
  4. Season with salt and white pepper, to taste.
  5. To make honey-lemon glazed carrots: In small bowl, whisk honey, lemon juice, sumac, lemon zest, 1 pinch salt and 1 pinch pepper.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  7. Fill stockpot 2/3 full with water. Bring to boil and add 1 pinch salt. Blanch carrots in boiling water 5 minutes. Drain and shock with cold water. When cool enough to handle, halve carrots lengthwise.
  8. In large saute pan over medium-high heat, add oil and butter.
  9. Add carrots to pan, flat sides down, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sear until browned, about 2 minutes.
  10. Flip carrots and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add half of glaze to pan and glaze generously. Bake 3 minutes. Add remaining glaze to carrots and bake 2 minutes. Remove glazed carrots from oven.
  11. To make sumac-crusted filet mignon: Thaw filet mignons in refrigerator overnight, pat dry with paper towels then bring to room temperature 30 minutes.
  12. In small bowl, whisk kosher salt, sumac, black pepper and dried thyme. Season steaks on all sides.
  13. In cast-iron pan over high heat, add grapeseed oil.
  14. Place filets in pan and cook 4 minutes until browned and seared. Add 1 tablespoon butter to pan. 
  15. Flip filets and butter baste about 20 seconds. Cook filets 3 minutes for medium-rare.
  16. Remove filets from pan and top each with 1/2 tablespoon butter. Rest steaks 7-8 minutes.
  17. Place garlic mashed potatoes on plate and top with sumac-crusted filet mignon. Place honey-lemon glazed carrots next to filet mignon and mashed potatoes.

Source: Omaha Steaks

Appetizers & Sides 20 May 2022

Sweet Ideas for Celebrating Parents All Year Round

(Family Features) Regardless of the occasion, any excuse to celebrate moms and dads is a worthy one. From birthdays and holidays to regular weekends at home, one of the best gifts you can give them is time spent together.

The entire family – including little ones – can get involved when the celebration calls for easy yet delicious recipes. Start a day of celebrating on a high note with these Apple Cinnamon Waffles for a sweet breakfast in bed. As the day goes on, keep everyone energized with Apple, Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches or Apple Berry Salsa served with chips, apples or graham crackers. Finally, as the day winds to a close, finish off the festivities with Apple Blondie Cupcakes for one last reminder of how much Mom and Dad mean to you.

These recipes and more family-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack ideas are enhanced by the satisfying texture and taste of Envy Apples for a consistently balanced, refreshing sweetness coupled with crisp, elegant crunch. Easy to spot by their large, sharable size and crimson red skin that sometimes features a golden blush, they offer a fresh flavor perfect for snacking.

Try serving them as a tasty snack next time your loved ones gather for time together to watch an exciting family-friendly show like “Strawberry Shortcake.” Enjoy seasonal stories about her and her pals discovering hidden treasures while on vacation, encountering mysterious monsters and tangling with out-of-control spring flowers as she’s ready to “bake the world to a better place” all year round.

Visit EnvyApple.com to find more recipes the entire family can enjoy together.

Apple Berry Salsa

Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • 2 Envy Apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • tortilla chips, pita chips, apple chips or graham crackers, for serving
  1. In medium bowl, combine apples, strawberries, blueberries and salt.
  2. In small bowl, whisk honey and lime juice. Pour honey and lime juice over fruit mixture. Stir together to combine.
  3. Serve immediately with tortilla chips, pita chips, apple chips or graham crackers, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Apple Blondie Cupcakes

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 Envy Apples, peeled, cored and 1/4-inch diced
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. In large bowl, whisk butter and brown sugar 2 minutes, or until well combined. Add vanilla and egg; whisk until incorporated.
  4. Add flour mixture to large bowl of wet ingredients. Stir until just combined; be careful to not overmix.
  5. Fold in diced apples.
  6. Spoon batter evenly into cupcake liners.
  7. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Let cool and serve.

Apple, Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches

Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 (1 sandwich per serving)

  • 1 Envy Apple
  • 6 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  1. Core apple and thinly slice.
  2. Spread 3 tablespoons peanut butter on two slices of bread, reserving two slices of bread for sandwich tops.
  3. Layer apple slices on top of peanut butter.
  4. Drizzle 1 tablespoon honey over apple slices on each sandwich half.
  5. Top each sandwich half with reserved slice of bread.

Apple Cinnamon Waffles

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

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted
  • 1 Envy Apple, peeled and cored
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature
  • maple syrup, to taste
  1. In large bowl, whisk flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and brown sugar.
  2. In smaller bowl, whisk eggs, milk and melted butter.
  3. Make well in dry ingredients then mix in wet ingredient mixture until just combined.
  4. Using cheese grater, grate apple. Fold grated apple into batter.
  5. Prepare waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Ladle 1/4 of batter mixture into waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's instructions. Repeat with remaining batter.
  7. Top each waffle with 1 tablespoon room temperature butter and maple syrup, to taste.

Source: Envy Apples

 

Videos 16 May 2022

Pina Colada Sweetpotato Ice Pops

(Family Features) Whether you spend your summer afternoons sitting by the pool, splashing in the shallow end or just soaking up the sun’s rays, part of the fun is beating the heat with a cool, refreshing snack. Heading to the freezer for a fruity ice pop can transport you from your own backyard to a tropical island, and the experience can be even more rewarding when the tasty treat is homemade.

Cool down after fun in the sun with these kid-friendly Pina Colada Sweetpotato Ice Pops, a tropical-inspired dessert made with coconut cream, sweetpotatoes, fresh pineapple, lime juice and honey.

Sure to please kids and adults alike, they’re a better-for-you option when a cold snack calls your name. As a “diabetes superfood,” according to the American Diabetes Association, sweetpotatoes provide a main ingredient that’s rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber along with a “sweet” flavor without the added sugar.

The ease of this summer snack means kids can help in the kitchen, and while you wait for the sweet concoction to freeze, you can share this fun fact with them: The one-word spelling of “sweetpotato” was adopted by the National Sweetpotato Collaborators in 1989 in an effort to avoid confusion with the potato and yam among shippers, distributors, warehouse workers and consumers. To add to the fun facts, a sweetpotato is not even botanically related to a white potato; they are two entirely different species from one another.

Visit ncsweetpotatoes.com to find more delicious summer recipe ideas.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Pina Colada Sweetpotato Ice Pops

Prep time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 3-4 hours
Yield: 8 small ice pops

  • 1/2       cup coconut cream
  • 3/4       cup mashed and cooked sweetpotato
  • 3/4       cup diced pineapple
  • 2          tablespoons honey
  • 1          tablespoon lime juice
  • coconut flakes (optional)
  1. In food processor or high-speed blender, mix coconut cream, sweetpotato, pineapple, honey and lime juice. Transfer batter to freezer molds.
  2. Place in freezer 3-4 hours. Top with coconut flakes, if desired.

Source: North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission

Meal Ideas 09 May 2022

A Grilled Take on a Traditional Italian Meal

(Family Features) Warm weather means grilling season is back, but evenings spent around the grill are no longer just for hot dogs and burgers. This summer, impress family and friends with creative new recipes that put a spin on your traditional go-to meals.

To start, try bringing other cultural influences to the table. Get inspired by this Sweet Italian Sausage Polenta, starring flavor-packed Carando Sweet Italian Sausage and vinegar-laced peppers over soft, creamy polenta. Simple and satisfying, this recipe may just earn a permanent spot on your summer menu.

Whether you’re grilling for neighbors or gathering the family for a weeknight meal, the sausage is convenient, easy to prepare and can help turn any occasion into a memorable one. Made from 100% pork and loaded with traditional Italian herbs and spices, it pairs perfectly with this creamy polenta, as well as pizzas, sandwiches, kebabs and more.

Find more ways to put your own spin on summer grilling at Carando.com.

Sweet Italian Sausage Polenta

Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 package Carando Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups dry polenta
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium yellow onion, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  1. Heat grill to medium-low. Grill sausages 15-20 minutes, using tongs to turn frequently; reserve.
  2. In heavy-bottomed pot, whisk stock and polenta; bring to boil. Cook, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes, or until thick and creamy.
  3. Remove polenta from heat and whisk in butter and cheese. Reserve until ready to serve.
  4. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, peppers, onions and garlic; and saute until vegetables soften and just begin to color.
  5. Deglaze pan with white wine and reduce by half. Add vinegar, honey and oregano; cook until reduced by half.
  6. Add sausages to pan to warm.
  7. When sausages are warm, place polenta on large platter then top with sausages, peppers and onions.

Source: Carando

Meal Ideas 21 April 2022

Put Sustainability on the Family Menu

(Family Features) Cooking delicious family meals is surely the focus of many home chefs, from quick dishes on busy weeknights to homestyle favorites on the weekend. Equally important, however, is dishing up foods and ingredients you can feel good about serving to your loved ones.

The next time seafood is on the menu, consider the source of your main course. Available fresh, frozen, smoked and canned year-round and nationwide, seafood from Alaska is sustainably harvested, and you can trust it comes from a responsibly managed fishery. Utilizing a science-based approach, the state sustains the long-term vitality of species and their natural habitats, as well as the fishing communities that rely on them.

Fishermen and scientists work together to ensure they only harvest what science tells them the ecosystem can support, so that fish stocks, communities and the marine environment can thrive for generations to come.

Wild, sustainable and harvested in the USA, Alaska seafood is full of flavor and high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and oils essential to good health, including omega-3s and vitamin D. You can feel good serving your loved ones these Blackened Alaska Cod Tacos as a classic way to spice up your dinner table, or give a sweet heat kick to Spicy Alaska Sablefish in Lettuce Cups with Korean chili paste, miso and honey.

Visit alaskaseafood.org to find more information and family-friendly recipes.

Spicy Alaska Sablefish in Lettuce Cups

Recipe courtesy of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 (2 lettuce cups each)

  • 1/4 cup yellow or white miso
  • 1 tablespoon Korean chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pound Alaska sablefish (black cod), cut into 2-ounce portions
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 small avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • 1-1 1/4 cups cooked sushi rice or quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped English cucumber
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced halved radish
  • 1/2 cup pickled ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bottled Asian-style salad dressing with wasabi and ginger
  • 8 medium-large butter lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  1. Blend miso, chili paste and honey; spread onto Alaska sablefish portions. Place portions on nonstick cooking spray-coated, foil-lined baking sheet. Roast 5-7 minutes, or until fish is opaque throughout and deep golden brown; cool slightly.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine avocado, rice or quinoa, cucumber, radishes and ginger; pour in dressing. Toss to coat.
  3. To serve, place about 1/3 cup vegetable-rice mixture in each lettuce leaf. Top with one sablefish portion. Sprinkle each lettuce cup with 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves.

Blackened Alaska Cod Tacos

Recipe courtesy of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Sari Diskin
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2-3

  • 2 cups slaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, plus additional for serving
  • 1 lime, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 pound Alaska cod
  • olive oil
  • blackening seasoning, to taste, plus additional, divided
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 4 small flour tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In bowl, mix slaw with mayonnaise, hot sauce, juice from 1/2 lime and salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
  3. Line baking dish with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place Alaska cod on top and coat lightly with olive oil. Generously season with blackening seasoning and sea salt, to taste.
  4. Bake 5 minutes, set oven to broil and broil 3-5 minutes. When fish is done (when it flakes easily with fork and is opaque throughout), remove from oven and break into small chunks with fork.
  5. In flour tortillas, add avocado and slaw. Top with chunks of cod and drizzle with additional hot sauce, squeeze of lime juice from remaining 1/2 lime and additional blackening seasoning.

Photo courtesy of Sari Diskin (Blackened Alaska Cod Tacos)

Source: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Videos 25 February 2022

Simple Macaroons

(Culinary.net) When celebrating with family, there is nearly nothing better than passing a light and sweet dessert around the table. These Simple Macaroons are crisp, dipped in decedent chocolate and a completely scrumptious option for celebrating Passover.

Simple to make and easy to eat, this sweet dessert is a crowd favorite. With a fresh kick of lemon zest and crunch of shredded coconut, they are a bite-sized, delicious way to end your meal.

They take little to no time to make, only baking 10-12 minutes for a tray full of tasty dessert bites ready to devour.

With sweet honey and vanilla, the flavors come together to create something sweet but not overpowering. It’s a small, crumbly bite that’s perfect for sharing during Passover.

Find more sweet treat recipes for any holiday at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Simple Macaroons

Recipe adapted from marthastewart.com
Yield: 15 macaroons

  • 1          large egg
  • 2 1/4    tablespoons honey
  • 1/4       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • grated lemon zest
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4    cups shredded coconut
  • 5          ounces dark chocolate, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In bowl, whisk egg. Add honey, vanilla, lemon zest and salt; whisk. Stir in coconut until completely coated with egg mixture.
  3. Using 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, make 15 balls, transferring each to parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake macaroons 10-12 minutes, rotating halfway through, until coconut starts to brown on edges.
  5. Transfer sheet to wire rack and let cool.
  6. Before serving, drizzle with melted chocolate or dip bottom sides of macaroons in melted chocolate to cover bases. Refrigerate 15 minutes to set.

Source: Culinary.net

Appetizers & Sides 19 January 2022

5 Reasons to Eat More Tart Cherries

(Family Features) If you want to add superfoods to your diet in the new year, Montmorency tart cherries may be perfect for you.

Montmorency is the variety of tart cherries grown in America, primarily on small family farms. Compared to sweet cherries that are typically eaten fresh during the summer season, tart cherries are available year-round as dried, frozen, canned, juice and juice concentrate.  

Decades of scientific research has shown Montmorency tart cherries are deserving of their superfood reputation. Here are five reasons to enjoy them more often:

  • Sleep: Tart cherries are one of the few food sources of melatonin and have been the focus of multiple sleep studies.
  • Exercise recovery: Tart cherry juice has become a popular exercise recovery drink for athletes.
  • Arthritis and gout: Studies have explored the impact of Montmorency tart cherry juice consumption on gout attacks and arthritis symptoms.
  • Heart health: Montmorency tart cherry research has examined blood pressure and blood lipids.
  • Versatility: Although they remain perfect for pie, tart cherries can easily transition from sweet to savory, adding complex flavors to oatmeal, smoothies, salads, granola bars, trail mix and grain bowls.

Look for dried U.S.-grown tart cherries at the store and online for enjoyment at the start of your day and at night in recipes like Tart Cherry Overnight Oats and Tart Cherry Bedtime Bites.

Find more recipes and scientific research at ChooseCherries.com.

A Dark, Colorful Clue

The deep red color is your clue to the science-based benefits of Montmorency tart cherries. The vibrant hue is due to the concentration of anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol in the flavonoids family that has been widely studied.

Tart Cherry Bedtime Bites

Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Industry Administrative Board
Yield: 12 bites

  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt
  1. In food processor, process dates until broken into pea-sized bits. Add dried tart cherries, coconut flakes, cashews, almond extract and sea salt; process until combined. Form into 12 balls and chill 2 hours.

Tart Cherry Overnight Oats

Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Industry Administrative Board
Servings: 2

  • 1 cup dried tart cherries, plus additional for topping (optional)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, plus additional for topping (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tart cherry concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • honey, for topping (optional)
  1. In large jar or container, mix cherries, oats, milk, almonds, cherry concentrate, chia seeds and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Spoon into bowls and enjoy cold or warmed up. Drizzle with honey or sprinkle with extra dried tart cherries and almonds, if desired.

Source: Cherry Industry Administrative Board

Main Dishes 17 January 2022

A New Way to Seafood

(Family Features) Whether you’re celebrating a weekend meal with loved ones or simply looking for a way to bring your family to the table at the same time, seafood night can make dinnertime a special treat. Next time you plan to make fish the focus of your menu, it’s possible you’ll be enjoying the benefits of aquaculture, also known as seafood farming.

Fast becoming a leading source of seafood worldwide, aquaculture is similar to typical agriculture but with fish, shellfish and seaweeds. Farmed seafood can be raised and harvested in either fresh or seawater, where natural conditions are recreated.

Today, half of all seafood Americans eat annually is farm raised and the appetite is only growing. There are many reasons for this, but one is due to overfishing and destructive practices. About 33% of wild fish stocks have reached their biological limit and aquaculture helps meet the increasing demand for seafood.

However, not all seafood you find in the grocery aisles is the same. Despite industry advances, aquaculture still faces challenges with fraud, mislabeling and questionable conditions. That’s why it’s important to look for responsible seafood products that are labeled by a trusted certification process.

For example, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council is a non-profit certification program that has created and enforced the world’s strictest and highest standards for seafood farming since 2010. Today, it is transforming the seafood industry with a new level of certification for farmed seafood. This “new way to seafood” includes:

  • Seafood that can be traced all the way from the farm to the store, ensuring the seafood you buy is what it claims to be
  • The strictest combination of requirements to protect the environment, workers and communities on the farms where seafood is raised
  • Improving farmed seafood quality and safety, so you can enjoy the flavor of recipes like One-Pan Japanese Salmon with Sweet Potato, Salmon and Shrimp Coconut Curry and Royal Salmon with Romesco Sauce and Aioli

To find more information about the certification process, visit NewWaytoSeafood.com.

Royal Salmon with Romesco Sauce and Aioli

Recipe courtesy of MOWI on behalf of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Servings: 2

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 Atlantic Salmon MOWI Royal portions
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 red pepper, cut into long strips
  • 2 cups small potatoes, cooked and cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup garden peas
  • 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

Romesco Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 slice white bread, crust removed
  • 1 large roasted red pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • salt
  • black pepper

Aioli Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • lemon wedges, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Place large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 table­spoon olive oil. Season salmon portions with salt and pepper, to taste, and place skin sides down in pan. Cook 2-3 min­utes until skin is crispy. Place on sheet pan, skin sides up, and bake 6-7 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest.
  3. In same skillet, add remaining olive oil then add peppers and potatoes. Cook 6-7 minutes until peppers soften and potatoes start to caramelize.
  4. Add paprika, cayenne and peas; stir and cook 2 minutes. Add tarragon.
  5. To make romesco sauce: In clean pan, heat olive oil and gently fry garlic, nuts and bread until toasted.
  6. In blender, process red pepper, tomato puree and vinegar until smooth. Add toasted nuts and bread; process to desired consistency.
  7. To make aioli: In bowl, whisk mayonnaise, garlic, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper.
  8. Place several spoonfuls of aioli on plate. Top with potatoes, peppers and salmon, skin side up. Top with romesco sauce.

Salmon and Shrimp Coconut Curry

Recipe courtesy of MOWI on behalf of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Servings: 2

  • 2 pieces of MOWI Pure portions salmon
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1cup pumpkin or butternut squash, diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes
  • 4 shrimp
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 2-3 cilantro leaves, for garnish
  1. Cut salmon into 1/2-inch cubes. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  2. In large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion and pumpkin or squash; saute 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Mix in lemongrass and curry paste. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant.
  3. Add coconut milk, fish sauce and tomatoes; mix thoroughly. Add shrimp and salmon; cook until done.
  4. Serve with rice and lime quarters. Sprinkle with cilantro.

One-Pan Japanese Salmon with Sweet Potato

Servings: 2

Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup tamarind sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into rounds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • sea salt
  • 8 spears broccolini
  • 2 salmon fillets (4 ounces each)
  • brown rice, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line tray with baking paper.
  2. To make marinade: In bowl, whisk sesame oil, tamarind sauce, Dijon mustard, sesame seeds and honey until combined.
  3. Place sweet potato on baking tray and drizzle with 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sea salt. Roast 25 minutes.
  4. Remove tray from oven and add broccolini. Drizzle with remaining coconut oil and sea salt. Place salmon fillets in middle of tray and drizzle with marinade. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness. Serve with brown rice.

Source: Aquaculture Stewardship Council

Videos 03 January 2022

No-Bake SweetPotato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites

(Family Features) Whether you’re a runner, a workout warrior or simply looking for a quick pick-me-up before heading to the office, grab-and-go foods can supply the energy you need for an active day.

Skipping salty snacks and opting for nutritious options can put you ahead of the game. Due to their high carbohydrate content, sweetpotatoes provide a sustaining option both before and after exercise sessions. Plus, with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and aid in the muscle repair process, they help both your endurance and recovery.

According to the American Diabetes Association, sweetpotatoes are a “diabetes superfood”
because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, all of which are good for overall health and may help prevent disease. Additionally, they offer a “sweet” flavor without the added sugar.

Another fun fact: the one-word spelling of “sweetpotato” was adopted by the National Sweetpotato Collaborators in 1989 in an effort to avoid confusion with the potato and yam among shippers, distributors, warehouse workers and consumers.

As a versatile veggie that’s easy to add to a multitude of recipes for flavor enhancement and nutritional content, they are a key ingredient in these No-Bake Sweetpotato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites from the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission. It takes just 45 minutes to turn cooked sweetpotatoes into tasty treats for much-needed fuel for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Find more nutritious recipe ideas at ncsweetpotatoes.com.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

No-Bake Sweetpotato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites

Recipe courtesy of Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN, on behalf of the North Carolina
SweetPotato Commission
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: 14 bites (1 bite per serving)

  • 1          cup cooked sweetpotato
  • 3/4       cup rolled oats
  • 1/2       cup peanut butter (or desired nut butter)
  • 3          tablespoons honey
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2       teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2       cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  1. In large bowl, combine sweetpotato, oats, peanut butter, honey, ginger and cinnamon; stir until well combined.
  2. Refrigerate bowl about 20 minutes to firm.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Remove dough and portion into snack-sized bites. Gently roll bites in shredded coconut and refrigerate 15-20 minutes or freeze 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from refrigerator or freezer and serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 115 calories; 7 g fat (11% daily value); 3 g saturated fat (19% daily value); 1 g polysaturated fat; 2 g monosaturated fat; 49 mg sodium (2% daily value); 129 mg potassium (4% daily value); 11 g carbohydrates (4% daily value); 2 g fiber (8% daily value); 5 g sugar (6% daily value); 3 g protein (6% daily value); 1,348 IU vitamin A (27% daily value); 1 mg vitamin C (1% daily value); 11 mg calcium (1% daily value); 1 mg iron (6% daily value); 9 g net carbohydrates.

Source: North Carolina SweetPotato Commission

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