Warm Up With Sweet And Savory Comfort Food

(Family Features) If chocolate for dinner sounds too good to be true, it’s because chocolate is usually associated with decadent desserts. However, it can also take comfort food to a whole new level when paired with savory ingredients like red meat. A bit of bittersweet cocoa powder helps balance out the richness of red meats like duck. Although it’s leaner and lower in saturated fat than other red meats, duck has a bold flavor and texture similar to steak. In this Mocha-Rubbed Duck Breast recipe, cocoa powder, ground coffee and savory spices are rubbed onto the meat before it’s seared …

Twice As Nice Holiday Treats

(Family Features) Make the most of the season by enjoying the holiday’s quintessential flavors like gingerbread, peppermint, and cinnamon – with double the festive treats to please every taste. Transform one vibrant holiday flavor into two festive treats that family and friends are sure to love. Nothing signals the holiday season like the sweet and spicy snap of gingerbread. Enjoy this must-have flavor in freshly baked Gingerbread Men Cookies or a Triple Chocolate Gingerbread cake. Peppermint offers a refreshing, sweet taste that’s perfect for gifted treats like Peppermint Crunch Popcorn and Peppermint Bars. Also, cinnamon stars twice as nice in …

Festive Holiday Fun

  For a fun and simple holiday craft that can be made at home, give these Festive Popcorn Trees a try. Popcorn is the perfect choice to pop up and eat while trimming your popcorn tree and decking out your creations. At 30 calories a cup, whole-grain, freshly popped popcorn offers a nutritious alternative to traditional holiday party nibbles. Visit popcorn.org for more fun, festive holiday recipes. SOURCE: Popcorn Board

White Hot Chocolate

  When it’s cold outside, start up the fireplace, get your favorite slippers on, wrap up in a warm blanket and snuggle on the couch with this delicious White Hot Chocolate. Find more recipes at Culinary.net. White Hot Chocolate 3 cups Half & Half 2/3 cup white chocolate baking pieces 1 3 inch cinnamon stick 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp almond extract Ground Cinnamon (optional) Whipped Cream (optional) In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 of the half & half, white chocolate baking pieces, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg. Stir over low to medium heat until white chocolate …

Talking Turkey Thanksgiving Facts & Figures

117 Million-Number of households across the nation-all potential gathering places for people to celebrate the holiday. 28-Number of places in the US named Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock, the landing site of the first Pilgrims. 3.8 Billion Dollars-Forecast receipts to farmers from turkey sales. 1.3-Retail cost per pound from a frozen turkey in December. Which state leads the US in the production of turkeys? Minnesota Which state produces the most cranberries? Wisconsin Which state produces the most sweet potatoes? North Carolina Which state produces the most green beans? Wisconsin Why did the cranberries turn red? They saw the Turkey Dressing. Happy …

Simple Sides for Holiday Entertaining

  (Family Features) Preparing side dishes can be time-consuming. Save those precious minutes to enjoy the holidays by using refrigerated, never-frozen options like mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked apples and even macaroni and cheese that can be heated in the microwave and ready to serve in minutes. Like many hosts, you are likely searching for perfection in your holiday get-togethers. With an ever-expanding guest list, each year may seem more and more difficult to pull off the perfect gathering. Make things easier and still delicious by serving ready-to-eat options like refrigerated macaroni and cheese made with real milk and …

Sweet Potato Crisp

This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Michael Richardson of Franklin, TN (Jolene.) It is served annually at the Thanksgiving Night in the Hunger Fight annual fundraising supper at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church which has raised thousands of dollars to feed and educate children in Haiti. It’s been served to many groups and families, over the years that it’s become a holiday favorite.  Sweet Potato Crisp  Potatoes 3 cups sweet potatoes (peeled, cooked and mashed) 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs  1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Mash cooked sweet potatoes, add all other ingredients and put into a …

Get Creative in the Kitchen for the Holidays

 Holiday gatherings provide perfect opportunities to get creative in the kitchen. Balancing taste and complexity doesn’t need to be stressful. Simplify recipe planning with one versatile ingredient that provides a bold boost and creates real crowd pleasers: cooking wines. Using a wine specially made for cooking provides consistent, momentous flavor, as it withstands high cooking temperatures and has a long shelf life. One option to try this season is Holland House Cooking Wines, with a long and delicious history of adding rich, robust flavor to a wide variety of culinary applications.  Print Asiago and Bacon Orzo Medley Course Side Dish …

6 Meals to Celebrate Hispantic Heritage Month

    Try these authentic and traditional recipes to celebrate Hispanic heritage with flavor (Family Features) From secret recipes handed down for years to the everyday café con leche, milk has always been a part of traditional Latin American food. Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts through mid-October, is a perfect opportunity for families to embrace and celebrate the culture, impact, and contributions of generations of Hispanic Americans. Food is deeply rooted in Hispanic culture, and real dairy milk is a key ingredient in many popular dishes. Milk brings flavor to traditional foods and provides a simple way to get families essential …

Chocolate Silk Pie

Calling all chocolate lovers!!!  Not only is the pie rich with chocolate, but it is also easy to make when you need a quick dessert.  Try this recipe and more dessert recipes at culinary.net. Chocolate Silk Pie 1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup butter, cubed 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped Topping: 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons powdered sugar Chocolate shavings, optional Preheat oven to 450°. Line pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove …