December 26, 2008

Recipe News: Cure a turkey hangover with these light and healthy recipes

Christmas dinner leftovers can be dressed up and turned into healthful new dishes. You can be inventive and end up with some delicious meals that are completely different from the one you served on the holiday, says Mary Kay Culpepper, editor in chief of Cooking Light magazine. She has used leftover turkey to make minestrone-style turkey soup, turkey soft tacos or fried rice with turkey. Jessie Price, food editor of Eating Well, suggests making a salad with leftover turkey and fresh ingredients such as fennel, pears and blue cheese with shallot vinaigrette dressing: "It'll give you a different taste from the night before."

Includes recipes for:


  • CRISPY TURKEY TOSTADAS

  • TURKEY CURRY

  • CHEESY CHICKEN OR TURKEY PASTA

Full article here.

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December 22, 2008

Recipe News: Grab some fresh New Year's Eve hors d'oeuvres

The guest list may change, but chances are your holiday party features the same old -- albeit delicious -- appetizers and desserts. (Hot crab dip, anyone?) Here are some fresh ideas that you can watch me make. There you'll also find additional recipes.

Includes recipes for:


  • BITE-SIZED POLENTA SQUARES

  • SWEET PEA CROSTINI

  • CINNAMON-HONEY TRUFFLES WITH COCOA DUST

  • PARMESAN WAFERS

  • SPICY CRAB IN WONTON CUPS

  • BEEF JERK ON PLANTAIN CHIPS

  • PECAN AND GOAT CHEESE MARBLES

  • GORGONZOLA CANAPES WITH WALNUTS

  • GRILLED EGGPLANT ROLLS

  • FIG AND ONION BRUSCHETTA

Full article here.

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December 21, 2008

Recipe News: Kids will love making easy holiday treats that double as gifts

One of the best gifts you can give your kids this holiday season starts with a recipe. That’s right, simply spending time cooking with children gives parents the priceless opportunity to create fun memories. “What if we made the holidays actually about family this year? You can by creating food with your kids that they will enjoy,” says Jessica Strand, author of “Kids in the Holiday Kitchen” ($16.95, Chronicle Books). Strand’s book features 30-minute-or-less recipes that are engineered to be simple for children and culinary-challenged adults alike.

Includes recipes for:


  • FROSTY AND FRIENDS: MARSHMALLOW SNOWMAN

  • SUGARPLUM LOLLIES: CHOCOLATE-DIPPED MARSHMALLOWS WITH ASSORTED TOPPINGS

  • CELEBRATION STICKS: COLORED CHOCOLATE-DIPPED PRETZELS

Full article here.

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December 20, 2008

Recipe News: Easy, kid-friendly recipes satisfy fussy eaters

As an infant, my daughter was a champion eater. She tried whatever concoction I placed in front of her. Butternut squash was sucked down in seconds. Mango chunks were eaten with glee. Even peas were tolerated.

But by age 1, my daughter began to turn up her nose at food. We fell into a sad rotation of mac-and-cheese, cheese quesadillas and cheese ravioli. Ketchup was our saving grace.

I am not alone in my food battle of wills, as evidenced by Annabel Karmel's new cookbook, aptly titled "The Fussy Eaters' Recipe Book."

Includes recipes for:


  • Berry burst

  • Jamaican banana muffins

Full article here.

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December 19, 2008

Recipe News: Baking for people with allergies

This is a favorite time of the year with seasonal foods and music and traditions that make special memories. The smell of fresh baking cookies and the excitement of decorating and tasting your special creations are some of my most treasured memories. But baking those holiday cookies can be challenging when family members have food allergies, says Rosemarie O'Carroll, co-owner of Rose's Wheat Free Bakery, 2901 Central St., Evanston, (847) 859-2723.

It is especially so, when multiple allergies are involved. Baking and cooking becomes in some ways even more special and I think more important to teach children who do have special needs how to make the things that they love, she said. It is worth the extra effort.

Her bakery uses a standard gluten free mix which has been around for a while. This flour mixture can be substituted for all purpose wheat flour in most recipes one for one.

Includes recipes for:


  • Gluten Free Flour Mixture

  • Rose's Gluten free Pepparkrakor

  • Rose's Gluten Free Rugelach

Full article here.

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December 16, 2008

Recipe News: Shake Up Your Holidays with Fun Recipe Ideas Using MolliCoolz Shakers(TM)

Looking for a way to satisfy your guests' sweet tooth this holiday season without having to turn on the oven? MolliCoolz Shakers offer an easy way to make a deliciously thick and creamy milkshake at home. No need for a blender, or even an ice cream scoop. MolliCoolz Shakers come in single serving containers filled with free flowing ice cream beads. All you have to do is add milk or your choice of beverage, replace the container's cover and "shake it like you mean it(TM)" for 30 seconds. MolliCoolz Shakers are ideal for serving at holiday parties, family gatherings or anytime you want to enjoy a fantastic, premium ice cream treat that is quick and easy to make. MolliCoolz uses patented technology to produce small beads of cryogenically frozen ice cream that are free flowing at normal ice cream temperatures. The MolliCoolz Shakers beads are specially formulated to soften and mix with milk or your favorite beverage. Like all MolliCoolz products, Shakers are made with fresh cream and natural flavoring, making it a premium ice cream novelty.

Includes recipes for:


  • Egg Nog Shaker

  • Pumpkin Pie Shaker

  • Cranberry Shaker

  • Peppermint Candy Cane Shaker

  • Gingerbread Shaker

  • Fruit Cake Shaker

  • Grandma's Fudge Shaker

Full article here.

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December 14, 2008

Recipe News: Sample Italian cookies with these three holiday recipes

The holidays are a busy time for Elisa Gismondi-Tufano. As pastry chef at her family's restaurant, Arturo's in Boca Raton, Fla., she is responsible for making the 16 to 20 varieties of Christmas cookies that grace the multi-tiered dessert cart.

By the end of a busy holiday week, she has rolled and shaped about 2,700 of them.

She comes by her cookie baking rightly. Her family has its roots in Sora, Italy. It's a town about 1 1/2 hours west of Rome that is known for its cookie bakers. In fact, the women in different parts of the town keep their recipes secret from those in other parts, she says. She has collected many of her recipes during the family's annual three-week summer visits to relatives.

Includes recipes for:


  • Cantucci natalizie con ciliegie candite

  • Le lune piene

  • Le tre spezzie

Full article here.

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December 12, 2008

Recipe News: Gift giving quick bread recipes

Christmas is coming sooner than we realize, with Thanksgiving being so late this year. At this time of year we are decorating our homes with a manger scene and other Christmas decorations, writing Christmas cards, shopping, sewing, making home-made gifts and baking for family and friends or for the elderly who no longer can bake as they used to. Today's recipes are about making quick breads as gifts. I will probably make four double batches using different recipes. Some quick bread recipes say that you can wrap in foil and keep them refrigerated after baking and completely cooled, for two to three weeks, or freeze them (wrapped tightly) for a couple of months. With the amount I make I label some of them "for us", to serve after the holidays when friends stop in for a cup of coffee or to use at a meal. It's a nice treat to serve rather than cookies or candy which they've probably had enough of anyways.

Includes recipes for:


  • DATE NUT BREAD

  • QUICK AND EASY LEMON POPPY SEED BREAD

  • ORANGE-CARROT LOAF

  • APRICOT PECAN BREAD

Full article here.

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December 10, 2008

Recipe News: Budget-friendly cookie recipes for $5 or less a batch

Looking for new Christmas cookies to make is easy. Without fail, there are creative ones that appear annually, developed by test kitchens for big food companies and using some of their ingredients. They arrive in the mail. They clog my e-mail. They sometimes leave me puzzled. Still, I don't know a home baker who isn't occasionally enticed to try something new, especially when giving food as a token of appreciation or love. And cookies make such wonderful gifts because, as least economically, it only takes a dozen or so to please a receiver. It's hard to be enthused about a new recipe, though, when it includes expensive or exotic ingredients that won't get used again, such as the cookies that had lemongrass, fennel or blue cheese in them!

Includes recipes for:


  • CANDY CANE COOKIES

  • CRISP CINNAMON STIX

  • CHEWY SAUCEPAN BLONDIES

  • CATHERINE'S HEAVENLY HOLIDAY COOKIES

  • CHOCOLATE BUTTER COOKIES

Full article here.

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December 9, 2008

Recipe News: Try a cookie swap, and use these delicious recipes

Need gift ideas or just want to satisfy that sweet tooth? Get together with family and friends to exchange some of these tasty treats.

Includes recipes for:


  • World's best cookies

  • Almond cookies

  • Walnut butterscotch cookies

  • Old-fashioned sour cream sugar cookies

  • Choco-marshmallow cookies

  • Peanut butter cookies

Full article here.

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