Easy Entertaining

Easy Entertaining Whether you’re hosting a small weekend get-together, a large gathering, or anything in between, entertaining friends and family always provides an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime. No host wants to miss the highlights because of an endless to-do list in the kitchen, but with the right recipes and refreshments, it’s easy to throw a successful, enjoyable dinner party for you and your guests. Courtesy www.EdnaValleyVineyard.com. Orzo with Lemon, Brie and Toasted Pine Nuts Serves: 8 1 lb. orzo pasta 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tbsp., divided 1 tbsp. lemon zest 3 tbsp. lemon …

Comfort Food for Cold Weather

Cooking: Comfort Food for Cold Weather When the temperature drops, there’s nothing quite like the pleasure of simple and delicious comfort food. These mouthwatering winter recipes will not only warm you up, but help create a family dining experience that everyone can enjoy. For more inspiration and ideas for family dinners, visit www.bordencheese.com. Baked Spaghetti Cook time: 35 minutes Servings: 6 Nonstick spray 1 pkg. (16 oz.) spaghetti 1 tbsp. butter 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped green pepper 1 lb. ground beef 1 can (28 oz.) tomatoes with liquid, cut up 1 can (4 oz.) mushrooms, drained 1 …

Cooking: Holiday Treats

Holiday Treats This year impress guests with elevated dishes and cocktails worthy of the occasion. Make the ordinary extraordinary by using a secret ingredient to enhance familiar flavors and favorites. Bitters are the quintessential ingredient in some of the world’s most famous and best-loved drinks, but their versatility stretches beyond the bar. Courtesy www.angostura.com. Roast Turkey with Gravy 1 whole uncooked turkey 2 tbsp. olive oil 3 tsp. Angostura Aromatic Bitters, divided Salt Freshly ground pepper 1/2 yellow onion, cut into 4-5 pieces 2 large cloves garlic, peeled 3 tbsp. flour 2 tsp. brandy 1 can (14.5 oz.) chicken broth …

Pecan Pie for the Holidays

Pecan Pie for the Holidays This pie continues to earn accolades long after my mother wrote the recipe down for me. It’s easy and delicious – enjoy! 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup dark corn syrup (blue label Karo) 1/4 tsp. sale 1 tbsp. flour 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tbsp. melted margarine 1 1/4 cup pecan halves Beat sugar, syrup, salt, flour, and eggs together until just mixed. Add vanilla, margarine, and pecans. Pour into unbaked pie shell (thawed, if originally frozen). Carefully turn pecan halves so they’re right side up for a more attractive look, using a fork. …

Cooking: Farm to Table Fare

Farm to Table Fare Nothing beats a meal filled with flavorful ingredients fresh off the farm shared around a table filled with your closest friends. From sides to main dishes to desserts, these recipes show you how to transform wholesome farm-raised foods into a crowd-pleasing menu.  Pan Roasted Maple Dijon Chicken  with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Servings: 4 1 tbsp. olive oil 4 chicken thighs 4 chicken drumsticks 3/4 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper 1 tbsp. unsalted butter 16 Brussels sprouts (about 8 oz.), bottom trimmed, outer leaves removed and halved 2 cups diced (1/2 inch) …

Mediterranean Cooking: All about ripe vegetables, fresh herbs, fragrant spices

Mediterranean Cooking: All about ripe vegetables, fresh herbs, fragrant spices Ripe vegetables, fresh herbs, and fragrant spices all lend vibrant, bold flavors to mouthwatering meals that are worth lingering over with friends. This is what Mediterranean cooking is all about. Add some Mediterranean inspiration to everyday meals with these recipes using Crisco® olive oils to help you turn an ordinary meal into a memorable one. Roasted Lemon-Garlic Chicken Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes Yield: 4 servings Crisco®Olive Oil No-Stick Cooking Spray 1 tbsp. Crisco® Pure Olive Oil or Crisco® Light Tasting Olive Oil 1/2 tsp. …

Simple Spices Add Flavor, Reduce Sodium

Simple Spices Add Flavor, Reduce Sodium Cutting excessive salt from your diet can be done by using simple spice swaps to create tasty, low-sodium meals. From seasoning eggs with basil instead of salt to adding spices and herbs to no-salt tomato sauce, the McCormick Kitchens offer easy tips and recipes. Among suggestions is to beat 1/8 tsp. herbs instead of salt into 2 eggs before scrambling, or add oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper to no-salt added tomato sauce for a tasty, low-sodium pasta dinner. For more information visit  www.mccormick.com. Fiesta Citrus Salmon Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 …

Lamb with Mint Salsa Verde

Cooking Lamb for Easter, Passover Spring celebrations wouldn’t be the same without one classic centerpiece: leg of lamb. Whether roasted or grilled, a leg of lamb is a tried and true addition to the Easter or Passover table. As elegant as it is, it’s also quite simple to prepare. Source: American Lamb Board Roasted Boneless Leg of American Lamb with Fingerling Potatoes, Leeks, and Mint Salsa Verde Servings: 6-8 Mint Salsa Verde 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled 2 cups loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves 3 anchovy fillets 1 tbsp. capers, drained …

Game Day Snacks

Game Day Snacks When game day arrives and friends and family are gathered around the big screen to cheer the team to victory, the only thing missing is some great grub to make the celebration complete. Simple recipes featuring high-quality ingredients make it possible to serve up the big flavor without a lot of fuss. Follow these tips to score a game day menu that will let your guests enjoy themselves to the fullest. Recipes courtesy www.jarlsberg.com. Barbecue Chicken Nachos Yield: 1 large serving 1 rotisserie chicken 1 cup barbecue sauce nacho chips 1 cup shredded Jarlsberg Cheese 1/4 cup …

There’s Always Room for Something Sweet

There’s Always Room for Something Sweet There’s always room for something sweet, according to Miriam Pascal, food blogger and author of a new cookbook, Something Sweet: Desserts, Baked Goods, and Treats for Every Occasion. As you plan your holiday dinners, add a bit of sweetness with one of these recipes. Neapolitan Trifles Yield: 12-14 (6 oz.) trifles Chocolate Crumbs 1 cup flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2/3 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup oil Strawberry Mousse 1 cup heavy whipping cream or nondairy whipping cream 1 cup strawberry pie filling, pureed 8 oz. cream cheese or soy cream cheese 1/2 cup sour …