5 tips for a Tasty Tailgate

(Family Features) Casual and diehard sports fans alike can all agree one of the best parts of game day is the tailgate. Whether you’re heading to the game to take part in the action or tuning in on the big screen, you can light up the scoreboard this season with these tips for a fun, easy and downright tasty tailgate (or home-gate). Start early. There’s likely no easier way to send a tailgate spiraling out of control than to get a late start, which puts the party in a rush ahead of game time. Prepare early, and if you’re heading …

Steps to Grill Vegetables

(Culinary.net) Burgers, brats, steak, chicken, pork chops and all the flavors of fresh meat get all the love on the grill, but a well-rounded meal calls for sides and veggies. Before you plan your next backyard barbecue, incorporate tasty vegetables – peppers, asparagus, onions, tomatoes, zucchini and more – for an all-out blitz of fresh-grilled flavor. Consider these simple steps to properly grill your crispy veggies: Light the grill. Step one, of course, is to prep a hot grill. For the best cooking experience, you’ll want medium-high heat or even high heat for quick, direct grilling. By lighting the grill …

Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup recipe

(Family Features) Few things go together quite like cold weather and comfort foods. However, those hearty dishes that are typically craved on blustery days are usually not classified as “healthy.” With the right approach, though, you can put a better-for-you twist on some of your favorite dishes that can keep you cozy and satiated during the winter season. For example, you can put a grown-up twist on grilled cheese and tomato soup with this recipe for Creamy Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup with Cheddar Cracker Melts. Pairing flavorful seasonal dishes like soups and stews with a wholesome snack cracker like …

A Home-Cooked Cobbler

(Family Features) During the season for outdoor parties, reunions, picnics and delicious desserts, try bringing a new dish to the table with a recipe like this Apple-Cranberry Cobbler. Find more recipes at Culinary.net. Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe! Apple-Cranberry Cobbler Recipe courtesy of Wilton             Nonstick cooking spray 5          apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 1 1/2    cups fresh or frozen cranberries 2          teaspoons lemon juice 1          teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2       cup granulated sugar 2          tablespoons cornstarch 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon 1          container (10.2 ounces) refrigerated home-style biscuits, quartered 2          tablespoons butter, …

Quick Family Meals Filled with Flavor

(Family Features) When cooking for the family, don’t sacrifice flavor in order to create a quick meal. Mouthwatering recipes can be at your fingertips with simple, tasty twists on family favorites for the dinner table. Consider Chicken Soft Tacos with Pickled Beet Salsa featuring Aunt Nellie’s Baby Whole Pickled Beets or a READ 3 Bean and Steak Salad to make dishes without delay the whole household can enjoy. For more fast, family-friendly dinner ideas, visit auntnellies.com and READsalads.com. Chicken Soft Tacos with Pickled Beet Salsa Prep time: 25 minutes Servings: 4 Pickled Beet Salsa: 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt …

Simple Steps for More Family Time

Create kid-friendly meals using canned foods (Family Features) Back-to-school season means busy schedules filled with extracurricular activities, homework and carpools. It can be challenging to find quality time to spend with loved ones, let alone get a wholesome, homemade meal on the table. A simple way to create more moments with your family and still serve up nutritious and delicious dinners is to make sure you have canned foods on-hand. According to a study published in “Nutrients,” a pantry stocked with canned produce helps adults and kids eat more nutrient-rich foods, leading to healthier overall diets. Canned foods also help …

A Sweet Superfruit for Summer Meals

(Family Features) From backyard barbecues and family picnics to a bright addition to seasonal recipes, sweet cherries not only provide a boost of flavor but also pack a punch when it comes to nutrition, helping keep you and your family healthy during busy summer months. Cherries can help reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure as well as relieve stress and gout, and can improve sleep quality. The perfect time to take advantage of the goodness of Northwest-grown sweet cherries is through August. Eat fresh cherries straight out of hand as a snack, bake them into a pie or pair with …

Simple Summer Dessert

(Family Features) Enjoy your summer with fresh fruit like strawberries in this Easy Strawberry Shortcake recipe. Find more dessert recipes at Culinary.net. Watch video to see how to make recipe! Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury 1          can (5-8) Pillsbury flaky buttermilk biscuits 2          tablespoons butter, melted 1/4       cup sugar Strawberry mixture: 3          cups fresh strawberries, sliced 1/3       cup sugar Whipped cream: 1/2       cup whipping cream 2          tablespoons sugar 1/4       teaspoon vanilla Heat oven to 375° F. Separate biscuits. Dip tops and sides of biscuits in melted butter. Dip biscuits, covering tops and sides, in sugar. Place sugar-side up …

A Fast, Filling Breakfast

(Family Features) A filling yet nutritious breakfast is a productive way to start any day, especially one loaded with flavor. Spanish Potato and Onion Omelets are simple to make and pack plenty of protein with diced ham and eggs paired with the complementary tastes of onion and potatoes. Find more recipes at Culinary.net. Watch video to see how to make this recipe! Spanish Potato and Onion Omelet Recipe courtesy of the National Onion Association 1          cup olive oil, divided 4          Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices (about 4 cups) salt, to taste pepper, to taste 2          …

Summer Wine Savvy

3 ways to upgrade your summer sipping routine (Family Features) Rosé slushies. Spiked seltzers. Boozy ice pops. Has young adults’ quest for the next party gimmick led to soulless substitutes for real, quality wines? It’s not hard to find wines with well-balanced natural flavors, according to Leslie Sbrocco, author of “The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide.” She recommends looking for wine from different international regions, like Wines of Sicily, which guarantee value and quality, and are made from more than 400 wineries across the island. Sbrocco also recommends these wines and entertaining tips to make your spread the center of …