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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 a smooth ball …

What’s in the Can May Surprise You

Cooking with canned foods combines convenience and nutrition (Family Features) Simple, convenient and versatile, canned foods provide an array of options for families looking to increase nutrition during mealtimes. However, some home chefs may not be aware of the benefits canned foods bring to the table. Consider these common consumer misnomers cleared up by the Canned Food Alliance: Myth: Canned foods don’t count toward dietary goals. Fact: Canned foods provide important nutrients that deliver on the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines, as all forms of fruits, vegetables, beans, meats, and seafood – whether fresh, frozen, canned or dried – are recommended to …

Winning Back Weeknight Cooking

  (Family Features) Moms pride themselves on serving their families with wholesome, homemade meals. But here’s the reality: 60 percent of moms think that coming up with dinner ideas is more difficult than getting their children to go to bed on time. Moreover, 61 percent of moms frequently order takeout or go out to eat because they don’t have the ingredients on-hand to make dinner. It’s time for a new strategy. When it comes to mealtime, a well-stocked pantry can be the difference between culinary success and a dinner failure. With a pantry full of canned foods, a delicious and …

Good For You Meals with Grape Taste

  (Family Features) When it comes to balancing heart-healthy meals with appealing flavors, it’s important to lean on nutritious ingredients that pack mouthwatering taste. For example, grapes are a delicious yet subtle way to incorporate a little something extra into your diet while adding a juicy burst of flavor. Grapes of all colors – red, green and black – can be enjoyed as a ready-to-eat, on-the-go food anytime and anywhere. Grapes are also a healthy choice, as they’re a natural source of antioxidants and other polyphenols, and contain no fat and virtually no sodium. Because of their versatility, heart-healthy grapes …

Smoke and Spice

  6 flavor pairings to amp up summer grilling (Family Features) The grill is often the star of summer gatherings, from weeknight meals to backyard barbecues and family reunions. Impress your guests and add an extra layer of smoky flavor to backyard favorites with the help of rich and aromatic woodchips. Add to your gas or charcoal grill and create big flavor. Adding wood chips to your favorite recipes can help highlight distinct flavors for your mains and sides in one simple step. For rich dishes like steak and beef, pair with an intense hickory flavored woodchip. For lighter meats …