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 …

Lemon Cream 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 smooth ball forms. …

Bloody Mary

  Ditch the celery stick and compliment your spicy Bloody Mary with cheese filled perogies and BACON! For more beverage recipes, go to Culinary.net. Bloody Mary 1 tsp. Tabasco sauce 64 oz. tomato juice 2 cups vodka 2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp. lime juice 6 cheese filled perogies (baked according to package) 6 slices bacon (cooked until crispy) Combine all ingredients into a large pitcher and stir well. Pour over ice. Garnish with cheese filled perogies and bacon using a wooden skewer. SOURCE: Culinary.net

Cinnamon-Apple Crostata

  Need a dessert that is not only delicious but easy to make?  Try this recipe for Cinnamon-Apple Crostata.  You’ll have a hard time waiting to sink your teeth into the flaky crust with a burst of cinnamon and apples. Find more delicious dessert recipes at Culinary.net. Watch the video to see how to make this delicious dessert! Cinnamon-Apple Crostata Pie Pastry (we used Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts) Filling 1/2 cup sugar 4 tsp. cornstarch 2 tsp. cinnamon 4 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples (4-5 medium sized) 1 tsp. sugar (for sprinkling) 2 tbs. chopped pecans Heat oven to …

Take Hosting to the Next Level

(Family Features) It can be easy to impress your guests without overdoing it in the kitchen by putting to use recipes that require little time to prep. After all, those precious moments with loved ones are meant for reflection and conversation, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for lesser dishes. Appetizers like Beet Carpaccio Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts provide aesthetic appeal and taste to tide appetites. As one of the key ingredients, Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze adds tanginess and artistic flair for flavorful small bites. Go above and beyond with the main course that’s prepped in 10 …

Cooking Healthy with Olive Oil

  One of the best-kept chef secrets to hosting memorable at-home parties is keeping the food simple and adding small details to make it special. After all, a host who isn’t hard at work in the kitchen can spend more time with guests. One way to make every minute in the kitchen count and provide crowd-pleasing food is by using wholesome, quality core ingredients like olive oil, fresh bread, cheese, and artisan chocolate to create flavorful dishes that are easy to prepare. When it comes to cooking, focus on the essentials and the highlights of each dish. Building recipes around …