Dessert 15 March 2019

Sweetness Made Simple

(Family Features) It's time to enjoy summer entertaining with easy, no-bake desserts that let you relax and enjoy time with friends and family while your creations are chilling in the fridge. To help you keep your cool, Eagle Brand(r) Sweetened Condensed Milk is sharing expert tips and recipes to satisfy your family, friends and guests alike without ever turning on the oven.

Foolproof Ice Cream: Homemade ice cream is easy to make with Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk. It lends a rich, thick consistency, so no eggs are required - and you don't need an ice-cream maker, either. Try this luscious Butter Pecan Ice Cream recipe, or use your favorite fruit, candy pieces, nuts or coffee to create your own delicious and refreshing ice cream flavors.

Make It Mini: Mini desserts are perfect for summer parties - small, bite-sized treats are easy to handle and let guests enjoy something sweet without feeling like they're overindulging. Try different variations of Creamy Mini Tarts using chocolate, peanut butter or your favorite fruit to satisfy everyone's taste. Also try making mini-size Raspberry Mocha Mousse Parfaits by layering the ingredients in small juice glasses.

Fresh and Fun: Make the most of the season's freshest flavors with this Fresh Fruit Cream Cheese Pie. Mix and match your favorites for a show-stopping dessert.

Sweet Inspiration: If life hands you lemons, make easy, no-bake party desserts. When combined with acidic fruit juice from a lemon or lime, Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk thickens - without heating - to form velvety pie fillings, puddings and other desserts. Get inspired and whip up these Creamy Mini Tarts.

To get more easy dessert recipes, see how-to videos, and to down­load a free recipe book, visit www.eaglebrand.com.

Fresh Fruit Cream Cheese Pie

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Chilling Time: 3+ hours
Yield: 8 servings

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk OR 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Low Fat Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 9-inch frozen deep-dish pie crust, baked
  • Fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries, bananas*)
  • Seedless red raspberry jam
  1. BEAT cream cheese in large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour into baked pie crust.
  2. REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until set. Arrange fruit on top of pie. If coating berries, stir jam until smooth. Brush berries with jam and serve.

*If using bananas, dip in lemon juice before placing on pie to keep them from turning brown. Do not coat with jam.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freezer Time: 6+ hours
Yield: 1 3/4 quarts

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted*
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  1. WHIP heavy cream to stiff peaks in large bowl. Combine sweetened condensed milk, pecans, butter and maple flavoring in large bowl. Mix well. Fold in whipped cream.
  2. POUR into 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or 2-quart container; cover. Freeze 6 hours or until firm. Store in freezer.

*To toast nuts: Place nuts in dry nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat, shaking pan until nuts are lightly browned. To avoid over-browning, remove from pan immediately.

Raspberry Mocha Mousse Parfaits

Prep Time: 40 Minutes
Chilling Time: 20 Minutes
Yield: 8 servings

  • 4 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Folgers® Instant Coffee Crystals
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream
  • 1 can refrigerated whipped cream
  • 2 cups Nature's Peak® Frozen Raspberries OR 2 cups fresh raspberries
  1. MELT chocolate in a microwave-safe dish on HIGH (100% power) in 20 second intervals until melted. Stir until smooth.
  2. POUR sweetened condensed milk into large bowl. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. Dissolve coffee in hot water. Add to chocolate mixture, beating until smooth. Chill 15 min­utes. Chill beaters and mixing bowl from electric mixer 10 minutes in preparation for next step.
  3. BEAT cream in chilled bowl with chilled beaters until stiff. Fold into chilled choco­late mixture. Reserve 8 raspberries for garnish. Layer parfait glasses as follows: 1/4 cup chocolate mousse, refrigerated whipped cream, 1/4 cup rasp­berries, 1/4 cup chocolate mousse. Refrigerate parfaits 20 minutes before serving. Just before serving, garnish each with refrig­erated whipped cream and a single raspberry.

Creamy Mini Tarts

Prep Time: 1 hour
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Yield: 60 mini tarts

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1.9-ounce boxes mini phyllo shells
  • 2/3 cup Smucker's® Blueberry Preserves
  1. BEAT cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened con­densed milk until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla until blended. Spoon about 2 teaspoons into each mini shell. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  2. MAKE a slight indentation in the filling using the back of small round measuring spoon. Fill with 1/2 teaspoon preserves. Refrig­erate until ready to serve.

Variations
Fresh Fruit: Top mini tarts with fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas, raspberries, cherries, kiwi, grapes or pine­apple. Garnish with mint leaves.

Hot Fudge: Place 2 tablespoons hot fudge topping into corner of resealable plastic bag. Cut small corner off bag. Squeeze to drizzle over top of mini tarts.

Preserves: Use different flavors of preserves or orange marmalade to create a colorful assortment. Garnish with mint leaves.

Source: Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

Videos 07 March 2019

How to Make Spanakopita Puffs

(Family Features) If you want to impress your guests, try serving this puff pastry recipe as an appetizer at your next gathering.This flaky pastry filled with a delicious combination of spinach, onions and feta cheese can keep them coming back for more.

For more appetizer ideas, visit culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Spanakopita Puffs

  • 1                    package puff pastry sheets
  • 1                    tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1                    small onion, diced
  • 10 ounces      frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 4 ounces        light cream cheese, softened
  • 2                    eggs, divided
  • 1/2                 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4                 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2                 cup crumbled garlic and herb feta cheese
  • 1                    tablespoon cold water
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Thaw folded pastries 15 minutes.  Once thawed, unfold sheets to thaw out flat.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter.  Add onions and saute 3 - 5 minutes, or until tender and translucent.
  4. Stir spinach into softened onions. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until water from spinach evaporates and spinach is mostly dry. Transfer spinach mixture to large bowl.
  5. In small bowl, blend cream cheese with one egg, salt and pepper until smooth. Fold cream cheese mixture into spinach mixture to combine. Stir in feta cheese and set aside.
  6. Line baking pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  7. On floured surface, roll one sheet of puff pastry out to 10 by 12 inch rectangle. Cut sheet in half lengthwise, then again widthwise to form four 5 by 6 inch rectangles. Place rectangles on prepared baking sheets.
  8. Place spoonful of filling onto center of each cut pastry. Whisk remaining egg with cold water to create egg wash. Lightly brush egg wash around perimeter edges of each pastry square.
  9. Pick up short side of pastry and fold over filling toward other short side. Press edges to seal before crimping with fork. Repeat with remaining pastries.
  10. Brush small amount egg wash over top of each pastry. Cut small slits on top of each pastry to allow filling to vent steam while cooking.
  11. Bake 25 - 30 minutes, or until pastries are evenly browned on top.
  12. Transfer pastries to wire rack. Cool 8 - 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe adapted from MilkMeansMore.org.

Source: Culinary.net

Holiday 01 November 2018

Holiday Guesting 101

(Family Features) If you manage to avoid hosting duties this holiday season, you may be dodging some of the hardest work, but remember that being a good guest goes beyond arriving on time and taking your shoes off at the door. This holiday season, ensure your host gets to enjoy the festivities by putting these ideas to practice – it may earn you an invitation for years to come.

Make a holiday playlist.  Offer to put together a holiday playlist for the host who will undoubtedly have his or her hands full prepping for the holiday celebration. Try to choose songs specific to the guests, host and overall theme. A good playlist can be a conversation starter for everyone at the party.

Don't arrive empty-handed. Even if your host shrugs off an offer for help, a gesture of appreciation is always appropriate. It may be a bottle of wine, a seasonal flower arrangement or, better yet, an appetizer or dessert to share, such as this mouthwatering Slow Cooker Banana Cake. This crowd-pleasing cake is made using a Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry Slow Cooker, which has a locking lid and travel clips to help you get to your holiday celebration without making a mess. The 6-quart, removable pot can be used as a serving dish, and is dishwasher safe to make clean-up a breeze.

Stay off your phone. It may seem obvious, but these days, looking at your phone is almost as habitual as breathing, and chances are you don’t mean to appear standoffish or rude by sneaking a quick peek. However, playing with your phone can detract from time you get to spend with family and friends, many of whom you probably don’t get to see often. Tuck away your phone for the party and live in the moment.

Pitch in to help clean. No host likes to be stuck in the kitchen while the rest of the party carries on. After the meal, offer your help to clear the table, put away perishable items and get the kitchen back in order so your host can join the merry-making. If you’ll be opening gifts, grab a garbage bag and collect debris to help keep the mess under control.

Find more holiday recipes and tips at Crock-Pot.com.

Slow Cooker Banana Cake

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours
Servings: 12

  • Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry Slow Cooker
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 3          cups flour
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons baking soda 
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-4       ripe bananas
  • 2          lemon wedges, juice only
  • 3/4       cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2    cups honey or 2 cups white sugar
  • 3          eggs
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2    cups almond milk
  • cream cheese frosting
  1. Grease slow cooker with nonstick spray.
  2. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In small bowl, mash bananas and lemon juice together; set aside.
  4. In large bowl, use mixer to cream butter and honey. Add eggs and mix well. Stir in vanilla then milk. Gradually add flour mixture. Once combined, stir in mashed bananas.
  5. Pour into slow cooker. Cover; cook on low 6 hours or high 4 hours, or until center of cake no longer looks gooey.
  6. Uncover and let cake cool. Once completely cooled, frost cake and, if desired, top with sliced bananas and walnuts.

Notes: If adding bananas, do so just before serving or they will brown. If using a non-oval slow cooker, cook 1 hour less on high heat or 2 hours less on low heat.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Source: Crock-Pot

Videos 31 January 2019

Tomato-Tortellini Soup

When the weather is frightfully cold and you need something quick to warm you up, try this recipe for Tomato-Tortellini soup. With only 4 ingredients, you'll be warm and cozy in no time.

For more comfort food ideas, go to www.culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!




 Tomato-Tortellini Soup

  • 2              14 ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1              9 ounce package of refrigerated tortellini
  • 1              8 ounce tub cream cheese spread with chive and onion
  • 1              can tomato soup
  • Fresh chives (optional)
  1. In a medium sauce pan bring broth to a boil.  Add tortellini then reduce heat to simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  2. In a bowl whisk 1/3 cup of hot broth into the cream cheese spread.  Whisk until smooth.  Pour contents into sauce pan.
  3. Stir in tomato soup and heat through.
  4. Serve with fresh chives, if desired.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.

Source: Culinary.net

Videos 30 January 2019

Cranberry Strata

Did you know that strata is Italian for layers?  So you'll be happy to know that this "strata" is packed with delicious layers, so be ready to sink your teeth into cream cheese, cranberries, cinnamon and french bread.Make this recipe the night before to allow it to chill over night and then pop it into the oven for a rich and delicious brunch.  Drizzle maple syrup to sweeten it up a bit more.

Find more recipes at www.culinary.net.

Watch video to learn how to make this delicious recipe!

What you'll need:

  • French Bread
  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • Dried cranberries
  • Eggs
  • Maple Syrup
  • Ground cinnamon



In a greased 2-quart baking dish, tear off pieces from 1/2 of the French bread and put into dish.


Cut the creamcheese into slices and place over the bread pieces.

Sprinkle the dried cranberries over the creamcheese and bread pieces.

Top cranberries with remaining broken french bread pieces.



In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, milk and maple syrup.

Pour egg and milk mixture over bread and lightly press down the bread to saturate in the liquid mixture.  Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes.  Full recipe instructions below.

Cranberry Strata

  • 8 cups           French Bread (Crusty)
  • 1 8 oz           package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup         dried cranberries
  • 6                   eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups       milk
  • 1/3 cup         maple syrup
  • ½ tsp            ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  1. In a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish, arrange half of the bread pieces, about 4 cups.
  2. Cut cream cheese into 8-10 slices and arrange over the bread chunks.  
  3. Sprinkle cranberries over bread chunks.
  4. Top with remaining bread pieces (4 cups).
  5. In a medium bowl beat together eggs, milk and maple syrup.
  6. Pour over bread in dish.
  7. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  8. Lightly press down with back of spoon or spatula to saturate bread with egg mixture.
  9. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
  10. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  11. Bake covered for 45 minutes.
  12. Uncover then bake for 20 minutes more.
  13. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  14. Serve warm and topped with maple syrup, if desired.

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 18 January 2019

Game Day Eats and Treats

Score major points with delicious dishes

(Family Features) If the crew is coming over to root for your favorite team, it may be time to spice up the menu. Whether you’re hosting the weekend get-together or watching the game after work, switch up your typical spread and serve something new to leave your guests cheering for more.

When it comes to choosing an ingredient that can lend a winning assist to nearly any dish and score you some major points, look no further than California Ripe Olives.

Variety is key when mapping out food for a crowd, regardless of the event. Plan on serving one main course and two sides, and consider no-fuss options like chips and dips. If there are kids in attendance, make sure there is something neutral for even the pickiest eaters to snack on. However, try your best to avoid anything that needs a knife and fork to eat – finger foods typically work best when the game is on and conversation is flowing.

The mild and unique taste of California Ripe Olives lends itself well to many different flavor pairings, such as these recipes for Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Peach-Olive Jam, Easy Olive Bread and Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade. Whether your guests are fans of spicy, mild, sweet or savory, the only limit is your imagination when you pull a can of olives from the pantry.

Family farms across California grow 95 percent of the ripe olives consumed in the United States. Each can is a labor of love. Multi-generational family farms work with family-owned canneries in California to produce each can and ensure only the highest quality olives make it from the farm to your game-day table. For more creative ways to use olives, including family recipes from growers across California, visit CalOlive.org .

Simple Entertaining Tips to Take Your Table to the Next Level

  1. A colorful platter is an easy way to spice up a spread.
  2. Pair something salty with something sweet for a juxtaposition of flavors.
  3. If you’re serving food on neutral plates, add some colorful linens.
  4. Plan the menu around a central theme or ingredient.
  5. Guests love choices – making more options available can make for better spreads.
  6. Use versatile ingredients, like California Ripe Olives, to keep picky eaters happy.

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Peach-Olive Jam

  • 1          teaspoon olive oil
  • 3          pounds pork shoulder roast
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4          cloves garlic, quartered
  • 4          cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 8          ounces dried peaches
  • 1          tablespoon chili powder
  • 1          cup California Black Ripe Olives, wedged
  • 2          teaspoons country mustard
  • 1          ounce arugula
  • 8          onion rolls, split and toasted
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. In large, high-sided saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Season pork with salt and pepper, to taste, and cook in pan 3-4 minutes on each side until browned.
  4. Stir in garlic and continue cooking 3-5 minutes.
  5. Pour in chicken broth, peaches and chili powder; bring to boil.
  6. Cover loosely with foil and bake in oven 2 hours.
  7. With slotted spoon, carefully remove peaches and transfer to small mixing bowl. Mix olives and mustard with peaches; set aside.
  8. Continue to cook pork in oven 30-60 minutes until fork tender.
  9. Allow to cool slightly then shred by pulling apart with fork.
  10. Assemble sandwiches by spooning pork onto toasted rolls.
  11. Top with arugula and peach-olive mixture.

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Easy Olive Bread

Recipe courtesy of The Wicked Noodle

  • 8          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4       cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2       cup mayonnaise
  • 1          clove garlic, minced
  • 2          cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10        ounces California Green Ripe Olives, chopped
  • 2          green onions, chopped
  • 1          loaf French bread, sliced in half lengthwise
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In bowl, mix cream cheese, butter and mayonnaise until thoroughly combined. Add garlic; stir well to distribute. Add cheddar cheese, green olives and green onions; stir to combine.
  3. Spread mixture on cut sides of bread. Bake 20-30 minutes, until cheese is hot, bubbly and starting to brown.

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade

  • 1/2       cup shallots, chopped
  • 1/4       cup chopped smoked sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          can (6 ounces) California Green Ripe Olives, drained
  • 1          can (6 ounces) California Black Ripe Olives, drained
  • 1/4       cup lightly packed fresh basil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • crackers or toasted baguette slices
  1. In food processor, pulse shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar and garlic until finely chopped. Add olives, basil, salt and pepper; pulse again until chopped.
  2. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  3. Serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices.

Note: Recipe can be prepared one day in advance.

Photo courtesy of The Wicked Noodle (Easy Olive Bread)

Source:  California Olive Committee

Grilling-Tailgating 17 January 2019

Big Game Snacks for the Win

(Family Features) The big game is almost here: two teams, a room full of fans and a spread of fan-favorite foods to keep everybody going. Whether everyone's at your place or you're heading somewhere else to watch the game, you want to make sure the place is stocked with flavorful snacks that will wow the crowd.

This year, step up your game with clutch recipes loaded with bold flavor and plenty of heat.

One of the most popular party favorites is buffalo chicken dip. It is a must-have because it's creamy, cheesy and loaded with great-tasting buffalo flavor. Serve it up with fresh-cut celery or bell peppers, baby carrots, crackers and pita bread, and you'll add some kick to your sporty celebration. Plus, this recipe provides a way to include those traditional football flavors without the mess of hot wings.

A kick can make or break a game, and the right sauce can make or break your recipe. Not only is Frank's RedHot a game-day staple, it was the key ingredient in the first-ever buffalo wings back in 1964. It's an essential ingredient for any big game food lineup, so make sure you've got plenty on-hand.

Once you've got the dip prepared for kickoff, it's time to turn to something a little more unexpected. Round out your game-day lineup with an amazing flavor combination they won't see coming - something sweet, tangy and savory that brings just the right amount of heat: Sweet Chili Meatballs.

Bite-sized meatballs made with ginger, fresh cilantro, green onions and sweet chili sauce are baked before getting doused in even more sweet chili sauce, making them an irresistibly tasty addition to any game day spread. If the game heads into overtime, no need to worry because these meatballs will stay warm in the slow cooker all game long.

If you're looking for more big game tips and recipes to dazzle the crowd, check out franksredhot.com/recipes.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 package cream cheese (8 ounces), softened
  • 1/2 cup Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce or Buffalo Wings Sauce
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese or other shredded cheese
  • green onions, chopped (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In shallow, 1-quart baking dish, combine all ingredients.
  3. Bake 20 minutes, or until mixture is heated through. Stir.
  4. Garnish with chopped green onions, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers and/or vegetables.

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Sweet Chili Meatballs

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1/3 cup Japanese panko crumbs or bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces Frank's RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, divided
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix ground meat, panko crumbs, cilantro, green onion, ginger, egg, salt and 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce. Form into one-inch meatballs.
  3. Place meatballs on lightly greased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 20 minutes, turning once halfway through. Put meatballs in slow cooker on warm.
  5. With slow cooker on low to keep meatballs warm, pour remaining sweet chili sauce over meatballs. Gently stir to coat.

Source: Frank’s RedHot

Videos 30 November 2018

Spiced Pumpkin Bars

Cold winter weather calls for comfort food like these delicious and moist pumpkin bars.  Start your favorite movie and warm up your chilly day with a cozy blanket, a mug of hot chocolate and a plate of some of these incredible Spiced Pumpkin Bars.  Find more dessert recipes at culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

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Spiced Pumpkin Bars

  • 2  cups flour
  • 2  tsp baking powder
  • 2  tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1  tsp baking soda
  • 1/4  tsp salt
  • 4  eggs
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 2/3  cups sugar
  • 1  cup cooking oil
  • 3/4  cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4  cup butter, softened
  • 1  tsp vanilla
  • 2  cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • Pecan halves (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat together eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and oil on medium speed. Add the flour mixture; beat until well combined. If desired, stir in chopped pecans.
  3. Spread batter into an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  4. Bake in a 350° F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until  the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sifted powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
  6. Frost pumpkin bars. If desired, top with pecan halves. Cut into squares. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.

Source:  Culinary.net

Dessert 17 October 2018

Caramel Cheesecake

Perfect for the holidays!  This deliciously rich cheesecake topped with creamy caramel, crunchy pecans and a wafer crust will be the rave of the party. 

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Caramel Cheesecake

CRUST:

  • 46 crushed wafers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 16-18 whole vanilla wafers for side of 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)
  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. CRUST: Mix crushed wafers and sugar then stir in melted butter. Press wafer mix onto bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  3. Arrange whole vanilla wafers around sides of pan.
  4. FILLING: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Next beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add lightly whisked eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake until center is nearly set, 55-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled.
  6. TOPPING: In a microwave, melt caramels with milk; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cheesecake; sprinkle with pecans.

NOTE: To freeze cheesecake: Wrap individual portions of cheesecake in plastic wrap and place in a resealable plastic freezer bag. Seal bag and freeze. To use, thaw in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Watch the video below to see how to make this delicious dessert!

Kids 06 June 2018

Raise a Toast

Eye-popping recipes worth sharing

(Family Features) It seems that taking pictures of mouthwatering food to share online is all the rage for social media users. Food is art, and toast and its trimmings can be the perfect canvas. Creating a social media-worthy slice requires a bit of creativity, some patience, quality and, of course, aesthetically pleasing ingredients.

The versatility and distinct flavor profile of California Ripe Olives make them an ideal ingredient to fuel your imagination and add an extra bit of finesse to your edible creation.

California farmers are responsible for producing more than 95 percent of the ripe olives consumed in the United States. From planting, pruning, harvesting and processing, they make sure the highest quality olives come from their farm to your table – one can at a time. Adding olives to any dish helps bring California sunshine into each bite.

Put your creativity to the test with these delicious designs. For more delightful and artistic recipes with California Ripe Olives, visit calolive.org.
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Toast Like a Butterfly

  • 2          slices wheat bread
  • large butterfly cookie cutter
  • 1/2       avocado, mashed
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          cheese stick
  • 2          slices orange bell pepper
  • 2          thin slices red bell pepper
  • 6          black California Ripe Olives
  • 3          green California Ripe Olives
  • 1          sugar snap pea
  1. Lightly toast wheat bread and use cookie cutter to cut one wing from each slice.
  2. Mash avocado and mix with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread on both wings.
  3. Slice cheese stick to fit between wings and act as body of butterfly.
  4. Slice orange bell pepper into antenna and red bell pepper into thin slices to line body of butterfly.
  5. Slice black olives in half, lengthwise, and place on upper and lower portions of each wing. Slice green olives into rounds and place on middle of each wing.
  6. Decorate plate with quartered olives and place sugar snap pea in center.

Pro Tips for Creating Shareable Slices:

These pro tips can take you from toast trainee to skillful slice creator.

  1. Have a vision. Don’t be afraid to sketch it out.
  2. The base of your toast is everything. Pick a sturdy variety.
  3. Consider your ingredients and play with flavors, textures and colors. For example, try to incorporate both green and black California Ripe Olives for greater versatility.
  4. Shapes, colors and textures can add excitement.
  5. Toast is a small canvas, so consider the tools you’re working with and get creative.

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A Toast to Summer

  • 2          slices white bread, toasted
  • 4          tablespoons cream cheese
  • 3          crackers, crushed
  • 1/4       cup sliced almonds
  • handful leafy greens of choice (green onions, parsley, cilantro or chives)
  • 2          black California Ripe Olives
  • 1          green California Ripe Olive
  1. Slice each piece of toast into a square and place one above other on plate.
  2. Spread layer of cream cheese on bottom third of lower piece of toast and cover spread with crushed crackers.
  3. Spread layer of cream cheese from lower-right corner to upper-left corner and, starting at bottom, layer sliced almonds on top of each other to create trunk spreading across both pieces of bread.
  4. Arrange greens into palm fronds at top of trunk. Use cream cheese as glue if they begin to slip.
  5. Arrange black olives and green olive as coconuts between top of trunk and base of leaves, covering bottom of leaves.

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Singing in the Grain

  • 1/4       avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1          slice sourdough bread, toasted
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • handful of green California Ripe Olives, sliced into rounds
  • 1          orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1          red bell pepper, sliced
  • handful of black California Ripe Olives, sliced into raindrop shapes
  • 1          large sugar snap pea
  1. Arrange sliced avocado on toasted sourdough bread and top with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Slice green olive rounds in half and arrange in line beneath toast.
  3. Place one slice orange bell pepper below bread as handle and one small piece orange bell pepper above bread.
  4. Place one straight slice of red bell pepper on bottom edge of toast.
  5. Arrange black olive slices and sugar snap peas around toast as raindrops.

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Walking in a Toasty Wonderland

  • 2          slices white bread, toasted
  • 2          tablespoons cream cheese, divided
  • 5          slices red bell pepper
  • 1          orange bell pepper, sliced small
  • 2          black California Ripe Olives, 1 jumbo and 1 medium
  • 5          small sugar snap peas, divided
  • 1          pretzel stick, cut in half
  • 3          green California Ripe Olive rounds
  • small snowflake cookie cutter
  • large snowflake cookie cutter
  • 4          slices gouda or white cheddar cheese
  • 8          cilantro or parsley leaves
  1. Slice one piece of toast into circle with 4-inch diameter.
  2. Slice second piece of toast into half-circle with 4-inch diameter, which will act as base of snow globe.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese onto bottom fifth of circular toast.
  4. Cover base of snow globe with slices of bell pepper, cut to correct width.
  5. Stack medium black olive on top of jumbo black olive and affix to toast with cream cheese.
  6. Add decorations to olive snowman by affixing two small sugar snap peas to body of snowman, pretzel stick arms to sides, small piece orange bell pepper for nose and two small dots cream cheese for eyes.
  7. Decorate base with green olive rounds and three sugar snap peas in center.
  8. Use cookie cutters to cut four small snowflakes and four large snowflakes out of slices of cheese. Arrange snowflakes around outside of plate and place cilantro leaves between each snowflake.
  9. Place remaining cream cheese in small plastic bag and cut small hole in corner. Pipe small dots on circular toast around snowman.

Source: California Ripe Olive Committee

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