Pop Up Holiday Traditions New and Old

(Family Features) From decorating the tree to carving the turkey, there are many time-honored holiday traditions observed by families around the country. However, the holiday season is about more than just celebrating old traditions. A perfect opportunity for creating new memories and, in turn, traditions, popcorn can serve as an ideal ingredient to bring family time to life. Whether wrapping the tree with garland made from the light and airy treat, filling clear ornaments with freshly popped kernels or simply popping up a bowl as a nutritious alternative to other holiday noshes, popcorn makes it easy to get hands-on while …

Potato Corn Chowder

4 medium potatoes, cut into small pieces 3 cups of chicken broth 1 onion, chopped small package of frozen corn 3/4 cup of milk or cream 2 tablespoons of corn starch 2 tablespoons butter salt and pepper to taste 2 pieces cooked bacon (for garnish) 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese (for garnish) In large pot cook bacon until brown. Add onion and cook stirring until onion is almost browned. Add salt, and pepper and cook for 1 minut. Stir in chicken broth. Add potatoes and corn. Stir and simmer on medium heat. Cover and cook for about 15-20 …

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

2 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons flour 3  cups chicken broth 1 can pet milk, add 2 oz. of water to it salt and pepper to taste chopped chives or parsley 1/2 of a cooked chicken, shredded Melt butter in top of double boiler over direct heat, then stir in flour. Add chicken broth and milk slowly. Cook over boiling water while stirring constantly until smooth and thickened. Add chicken. Garnish with chives or parsley. Recipe courtesy of Meg Grave

Easy Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans

Recipe courtesy of “Wellness for the Win” on behalf of ALDI Prep time: 25 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Servings: 10 Nonstick cooking spray 1 medium onion, chopped Chicken: 1 pound chicken breasts 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon cumin salt, to taste pepper, to taste Enchiladas: 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed 10 ounces diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese, divided 16 ounces restaurant-style salsa, divided 10 whole-wheat tortillas Optional Toppings: diced avocado plain Greek yogurt cilantro Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray 9-by-13-inch pan …

Scary Good

Family Features Introducing kids to unfamiliar flavors doesn’t have to be a frightful experience. Getting creative and taking cues from some beloved characters may be all it takes for families to explore produce in a new way and discover how delicious, satisfying and enjoyable fresh fruits and vegetables can be. A passion for produce may begin with America’s favorites, like bananas, apples, citrus, celery, carrots and broccoli, but that’s just the beginning. Whether it’s their angry names and tough exteriors, or simply a fear of the unknown about taste and pre paration, dozens more diverse and exotic fruits and vegetables …

A Simply Sensational Summer Meal

(Family Features) Whipping up a fresh cooked meal is one of the true joys of summer, especially when grilled grub is paired with tantalizing sides and tempting desserts. Spice things up with Mexican Beef Sliders with Jalapeno Salsa and Avocado Cream coupled with a side like Roasted Potatoes then cap off a filling meal with these sweet and decadent Strawberry Cream Cheese Tartlets. If you’re looking for ways to mix meat and veggies all at once, these ideas for kebabs are a surefire way to please a variety of palates. Find more summer meal ideas at Culinary.net. Cook Up Kebabs …

Deliver Maple Flavor in the Morning

(Culinary.net) It’s hard to beat a fresh, oven-baked breakfast to start the day, especially one loaded with sausage and eggs complemented by the sweetness of diced apples and maple syrup. This Maple Breakfast Braid delivers a tempting flavor combination perfect for a weekend morning with loved ones. Find more breakfast recipes at Culinary.net. Watch video to see how to make this recipe! Maple Breakfast Braid 1          package (16 ounces) breakfast sausage 1/4       cup maple syrup 2          eggs, beaten 1/2       cup green onions, sliced 2          Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced 1 1/2    cups dry herb stuffing mix 1          package (17 …

Easter Treats

(family features) Easy Easter Cookies Skill level: No Experience Necessary Crafting time: 1-2 Hours Supplies and Tools: Wilton Easy Decorate Easter Egg Cookie Pan (includes cookie recipe) 16-inch-by-10-inch cooling grid Royal Icing (recipe below) Icing colors: Rose, Lemon Yellow, Leaf Green, Royal Blue & Orange 12-inch disposable decorating bags Easter 6-Mix Sprinkles: Pink, Yellow & Lavender sugars Cake decorating tip 3 Spring nonpareils Bunnies with jelly beans icing decorations Sparkle gels: Yellow, Light Blue, Light Green, Pink and White Food-safe scissors Measuring spoons Measuring cups Mixing bowl Spoon Grease-free spoon or spatula Stand mixer: preferred Follow directions on pan. Prepare …

Colorful Cupcakes

Let Your Dessert Table Bloom Tips for creating fabulous floral cupcakes Let springtime blossoms bloom on your dessert plate. Cupcakes make a great and easy foundation for trying new things. With a small surface to work with, you can top your treat with one fabulous larger-scale flower or multiple smaller-scale flowers to showcase your skills, practice decorating techniques or even experiment with color and arrangement. “Spring celebrations provide a great opportunity to try a new decorating technique,” says Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “Decorated cupcakes and other mini treats let you experiment with multiple new ideas …

Easy Ethnic Enchiladas

(Culinary.net) If your family is looking for a simple way to serve up a south-of-the-border classic, this Enchilada Casserole can be your ticket to a warm, filling meal. Find more meal ideas at Culinary.net. Watch video to see how to make this recipe! Enchilada Casserole Nonstick cooking spray 1          medium yellow onion, chopped 12        ounces ground beef 1 1/2    teaspoons chili powder 3/4       teaspoon ground cumin 15        ounces pinto beans, drained 20        ounces diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained 1 1/2    cups sour cream 3          tablespoons flour 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder 12        corn tortillas, 6 inches 20        ounces enchilada sauce …