4 simple tips to satisfy your comfort food cravings

(BPT) – After a long day, digging into a hearty pasta dish or a piping hot bowl of soup can fill you with warmth and coziness — especially on those chilly days. The good news is that comfort foods don’t have to be unhealthy or take a lot of time to make. We can still enjoy the rich, flavorful options that feed your cravings with easy-to-make dishes that incorporate wholesome, nutritious ingredients (some taken directly from your grocery store’s chilled foods section). Here are some helpful tips to enjoy comforting meals without guilt: * Combine frozen and prepared foods with …

Valentine’s Recipes You’ll Love to Share

(Family Features) If the way to your loved one’s heart is through the stomach, there’s no better way to start off this Valentine’s Day than with a homemade breakfast prepared with love. Whether you’re whipping up breakfast for a spouse with a sophisticated palate or trying to tempt the taste buds of your littlest loves, explore these ideas to get inspired. Red is the color of love, so build your menu around fresh strawberries or raspberries, which pair perfectly with French toast or crepes, and can even dress up a simple cereal. For a more sensible menu, opt for a …

How to Make a Princess Cake

Let’s have a Princess Party!!! Don’t be intimidated, it’s a lot easier to make than you think. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and you’ll be rolling out this Princess Cake for all to admire and enjoy at your party. Watch video to see how to make this party cake!! What you’ll need: 4- Cake box mixes (flavor of your choice) or make the cakes from scratch. 4-5 containers of premade buttercream icing – color of choice or you can buy white and tint your own – or you can use your favorite homemade buttercream icing recipe, your choice. 1 – …

Tomato-Tortellini Soup

When the weather is frightfully cold and you need something quick to warm you up, try this recipe for Tomato-Tortellini soup. With only 4 ingredients, you’ll be warm and cozy in no time. For more comfort food ideas, go to www.culinary.net. Watch the video to see how to make this delicious recipe!   Tomato-Tortellini Soup 2              14 ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth 1              9 ounce package of refrigerated tortellini 1              8 ounce tub cream cheese spread with chive and onion 1              can tomato soup Fresh chives (optional) In a medium saucepan bring broth to a boil.  Add tortellini then reduce …

Try the Trendiest Flavors Tonight

New seasonings make it easy (Family Features) Exotic flavors common in the Middle Eastern region of the world like harissa, za’atar, and shawarma are having a moment, appearing on restaurant menus and in popular make-at-home recipes. Now is the perfect time to give these flavors a try. Thanks to new global seasonings from McCormick Gourmet, the spice combinations are already blended for the ultimate taste and simplicity. Made from high-quality herbs and spices, the seasonings are USDA-Organic certified and Non-GMO Project verified so you can feel good about the ingredients used in your cooking. The expertly blended spices help create …

Cooking Up Comfort

  Hearty dishes for cold, dreary days (Family Features) On crisp winter days when the wind blows cold, warming up from the inside-out with hearty comfort foods can feel like a worthy solution. From chili to cornbread to dumplings, flavorful and filling foods prepared without an overload of ingredients certainly can provide a feel-good boost on chilly evenings. Chili, a classic wintertime favorite, can be taken to the next level with a few tasty additions. Make a spicy version by mixing in bacon, sweet potatoes and a chopped jalapeno pepper for a quick warm-up. A simple and somewhat sweet spin …

Healthy Mealtime Inspiration in Your Pantry

  (Family Features) One of the secrets to ordering less takeout and serving more nutritious homemade meals may be as simple as keeping a well-stocked pantry of canned foods. By cooking with canned foods, you can cut down prep time, meaning less time in the kitchen and more time with family. Canned fruits, vegetables, proteins, and soups can help you get through the week with creative meals you can feel good about serving your family like Panzanella Salad and Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chili. In addition, according to a study published in “Nutrients,” kids and adults who use six or …

Wing It for Game Day

  (Family Features) When bringing your friends and family together to watch the game, you’ll likely want to avoid any fumbles in the kitchen. Fret not and opt for a big batch of easy-to-make wings while incorporating these stress-free tips into your game plan to help ensure a resounding success: Delegate responsibilities. The best gatherings are a team sport. Tackle this recipe for Crispy Baked Wings and let your friends help with snacks, dips, and drinks. Prep what you can the day before. Reduce the time needed to make these wings on game day by prepping some steps in advance. …

Caramel Cheesecake

Perfect for the holidays!  This delicious cheesecake topped with creamy caramel, crunchy pecans, and a wafer crust will be the rave of the party.  For more dessert recipes, go to culinary.net. Caramel Cheesecake CRUST: 46 crushed wafers 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter, melted 16-18 whole vanilla wafers for the side of the form FILLING: 3 8oz. packages cream cheese softened 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 large eggs, lightly whisked TOPPING: 26 caramels 2 tablespoons milk 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional) Preheat oven to 325°. CRUST: Mix crushed wafers and sugar then stir …

Lemon Puffs

You don’t have to be a pastry chef to make these delicious little beauties.  With a hint of lemon, these light and fluffy puffs will be a hit at your next gathering. Lemon Cream Puffs 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2   Eggs LEMON FILLING: 1 egg, beaten 1/3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons butter, cubed 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 teaspoons sugar Powdered Sugar Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour all at once, stirring until a smooth ball …