Authentic Italian Cuisine

Savory dishes featuring pesto (Family Features) One of the best times of each day is gathering with family members to enjoy home-cooked meals. Using fresh and versatile ingredients, adults can be at ease that everyone is eating right with a nutritious dinner and kids are eating something delicious and relaxing each evening. Pesto can be used as an ingredient in many recipes and brings a punch of flavor to each dish on the table. For example, it can be served mixed in potatoes, as a spread on sandwiches, dolloped on soups or dips and as a sauce on pasta. With …

Pop Up Sweet Treats

(Family Features) When the weather is warm and it’s time for a sweet treat, look for seasonal goodies that complement summertime fun. For example, reach for an option like whole-grain, fluffy and crisp popcorn which can be an easy, DIY snack. Combine sweet and salty flavors to create something delicious to devour like Coconut Popcorn Crunch Pie or delightful Down Home Apple Pie Popcorn. To better serve a crowd, try these Perfect Picnic Popcorn Squares, Popcorn S’mores or Key Lime Popcorn Clusters at your next family pool party or summertime barbecue with friends. For more creative, DIY popcorn recipe ideas, …

Brighten and Awaken Summer Flavors

  (Family Features) Summer provides an abundance of delicious, fresh-picked flavors, giving home chefs plenty of opportunities to use them in both classic recipes and newfound favorites. From sides to salads to smoothies and everything in between, summer is all about creating dishes that taste tempting, bright and balanced. Using seasonal ingredients, like peaches and other sun-ripened fruits, can help play up the bounty of summer for all types of eating occasions. However, with a wide variety of available choices, it can be a dizzying task to select recipes you’ll want to make again and again. This summer, Nature’s Intent …

4th of July Party Watermelon Soda Floats

Ahhhh….soda floats.  Remember being a kid and getting so excited for a root beer float or a coke float during the hot days of summer?  One scoop, then two scoops of vanilla ice cream plopping into the glass. Oh and the root beer, the delectable liquid sugar being poured over the scoops of vanilla ice cream creating a frothy white foam at the top of the glass.  You just couldn’t wait to drop in a straw and slurp it all up. Well, nowadays we like to change things up a bit.  We like to take a classic and give it …

Smart Ways to Fuel Kids This Summer

Pediatrician-approved solutions with essential nutrients for active kids (Family Features) Parents may be wondering how to ensure their children are staying hydrated, maintaining healthy diets and getting the nutrients they need during the summer months. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the reality is one out of two kids ages 9 and up are missing out on key nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and potassium – putting them at risk for serious health issues. Pediatrician and best-selling author Dr. Tanya Altmann suggests moms can help fill that gap by making …

5 ways to up your summer get-together game

(BPT) – Neighborhood cookouts are quintessentially summer, and totally fun. Because of that, it’s no surprise that you may want to host them as often as possible, even every weekend if you could. But that introduces a new challenge — how do you keep your events fresh and interesting for your guests? Multiple events allow you the opportunity to switch things up and make your individual get-togethers more special. So with that in mind, here’s a list of five ways you can up your game and take your cookouts to the next level this year. * Smoke your meat … …

Egg-filled Avocado with Prosciutto

  Print Egg-filled Avocado with Prosciutto Course Salad Cuisine American Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 15 minutes Servings 4 Calories 422 kcal Ingredients 6 oz. Watercress or Baby Spinach 2 tbsp. Basamic Vinegar 8 large Eggs 4 Ripe Hass Avocados halved lengthwise and pitted Olive Oil Spray 8 slices Prosciutto about 4 oz Instructions Place the watercress or baby spinach in large bowl. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss well. Divide among four small plates.In large skillet, heat 2 inches water over medium heat until bubbles cover bottom and sides of pan. Crack eggs into …

Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home

Farm-fresh eggs. Locally grown tomatoes. Herbs sourced onsite. If you’ve eaten out recently, you’ve probably noticed the menus feature locally sourced ingredients. The farm-to-table movement continues to flourish at restaurants throughout the country. In fact, rather than the exception, it’s become the expectation. According to the National Restaurant Association, farm-to-table is quickly becoming the new norm. Diners are so attracted to the freshest fare possible, it’s inspiring some restaurants to start their own gardens, on a rooftop, terrace or simple outdoor plot. Hyper-local culinary concepts like these represent the top trend on the annual “2018 Culinary Forecast” report. You can take …

Roast Vegetable Lasagna

  Print Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research. Servings 12 Ingredients 2 eggplants about 3 pounds, quartered lengthwise 6 medium zucchini about 3 pounds canola oil cooking spray 1 lb. whole-wheat lasagna noodles 15 oz. low-fat ricotta or low-fat cottage cheese 2 eggs 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp. tsp. garlic powder 3 cups low-fat mozzarella cheese 4 cups low-sodium tomato sauce divided Instructions Heat oven to 450° F. Grease 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan; set aside. Slice eggplant and zucchini in 1/2-inch slices. Layer on two baking sheets and coat both sides of …

Slow Cooker Marmalade Pork Tenderloin

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  Bring the Family Together With Easy Memorable Recipes  Easter is a time for honored family traditions. From Easter hats, egg hunts and meals shared with those you love, each celebration creates its own special memories. Here are ways to bring some familiar flavors to the Easter table in a whole new way, including savory Slow Cooker Marmalade Pork Tenderloin, a family favorite from Tamie J. of Prosper, Texas, last year’s Grand Prize Winner in the Spreading Smucker’s® Traditions Recipe Contest; as well as sweet Citrus Apple Tart, a favorite dish from the Smucker family cookbook. These easy, delicious recipes …