We are pretty sure February has some of the best fruits and vegetables in season! We have tips for picking out the best produce from the store and then some fun ways to use them.
Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious…just to name a few, we love apples of all kinds. When picking your apples from the store notice the fragrance, ready to eat apples often have a yummy aroma. Sliced apples and peanut butter are a perfect go-to snack. If you want a fun apple-flavored sauce, try this Slower Cooker Apple Butter.
Cauliflower has been getting a lot of attention lately because it is so easy to use as a substitute. Think cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower tator (but not tator…) tots, cauliflower rice, and so on. Cauliflower in a salad with some bacon, cheese, and creamy dressing is a wonderful option. However you choose to use your cauliflower, you want to make sure you are buying the freshest option. Look for a cauliflower with even colored florets and bright, fresh-looking leaves that feels heavy.
Everyone has their favorite between red and green grapes, but whether you’re a red grape team or a green grape team it is hard to turn down nice big, firm, and plump grapes. When you are buying your grapes make sure the fruit has a nice color (either yellow-green or mostly red). Sometimes you will notice a white, waxy coating on grapes; this is called bloom. Bloom is safe to eat, it forms to help grapes with moisture loss, however, it is always a good idea to rinse any produce before eating. Grape salad is always a favorite – mix together some sour cream, cream cheese with some brown sugar and grapes, and any other add-ins.
While pears are loved for their amazing flavor and juicy texture, sometimes knowing how to choose them at the store can be a deterrent to buying them. When purchasing a pear to enjoy immediately you want to buy one that is a little soft near the stem. If you plan to wait a few days, buy a pear that is firm. You can speed up the ripening process of pears by placing them in a brown bag with an apple or banana, or you can simply wait a few days and let it ripe on the counter. While fresh pears are delicious on their own, you can substitute pears in an apple cobbler or add some to a butternut soup for a fun variation.
Tangerines are the perfect little package of goodness! You want to choose firm to semi-soft ones that are heavy and have a beautiful orange color. Store them in the fridge in order to keep them fresher for longer. A warm tangerine cake with a yummy glaze will become a family favorite. Tangerines are also fun to add to a chicken stir fry to give it a fresh, citrus flavor.
Here’s to the cheese bread recipe of your dreams. Pull apart this heavenly recipe and you’ll see things moving in slow motion. Easy to make, easy to love, and easy to share!
1 large loaf of bread (unsliced)
1/2 cup butter
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 tbsp fresh oregano
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 tbsp fresh parsley
2 cups mozzarella (shredded)
1/4 cup parmesan (grated)
Optional chili flakes for spice
To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Get a baking sheet and prep it with lined baking paper (parchment, aluminum foil, etc.)
Place your loaf of bread onto the pan or cutting board. Start by cutting a diagonal pattern with a serrated knife into the bread. Be sure to make your cuts all the way to the bottom, but without cutting through the base.
In a bowl, mix together butter, thyme, parsley, and oregano.
Using your fingers (or utensil), hold open the sliced sections of your bread and pour butter mixture liberally. The more butter, the better. Add chilli flakes here as well if desired.
Next comes the cheese. Start by stuffing placing the mozzarella into the bread cracks.
Cover your loaf with foil, and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. The foil will prevent your cheese from burning.
Once melted, remove the foil and sprinkle your parmesan cheese over the loaf.
Place loaf back in the oven for another 5 minutes, or until melted and golden brown.
Once cooked, add more fresh parsley for garnish and flavoring.
Bake your way into the heart of your loved ones with spreadable buttercream joy. Pick up some sugar cookie dough and whip up this buttercream frosting for the perfect Valentine’s activity for you and the whole family!
1 package sugar cookie dough
1 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbs. milk
While the sugar cookie dough is still chilled, roll it out on a floured surface to 1/4 of an inch thickness and cut with into your favorite festive shapes. Bake according to the package instructions.
While the cookies are baking, cream softened butter with a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Slowly ad the powdered sugar.
Once the powdered sugar has been fully incorporated, add the vanilla and milk and whip until fluffy. Section the completed frosting into additional bowls and color as wanted.
Once the cookies are cool, load up piping bags or plastic bags and start decorating! Happy Valentines Day!
Dip your way into chocolate and marshmallow heaven with these Food Club chocolate dipped marshmallows. With just a few simple ingredients, you will be able to create these adorable and delicious festive treats.
Food Club marshmallows
Food Club chocolate chips (white, semi-sweet and milk)
Food Club food dye
In 3 separate bowls, melt the white, semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips.
Once the chips have melted, split the white chocolate into 3 separate containers and dye with pink and red food coloring.
Dip each marshmallow in the desired chip and top with preferred sprinkles.
Once all marshmallows have been dipped and dried, put 3 on each skewer. Enjoy!
It’s nacho fault if you end up eating the entire pile of these sheet pan nachos in one sitting. Dip your cheese coated chips into the delicious Culinary Tours campfire roasted salsa and create the ultimate snack time crunch.
Culinary Tours Campfire Roasted Salsa
Bag of tortilla chips
Bag of shredded cheese
Can of beans
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Prep a nonstick sheet pan or coat with oil to avoid sticking.
Spread your bag of tortilla chips in a single layer onto the sheet pan. Top with cheese and beans. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top.
Place sheet in the oven until the cheese has melted, or around 5-7 minutes. Cook to your desired crispness.
Once melted, take the sheet pan out and top with sliced limes, fresh salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. Garnish with cilantro.
We love the classic chocolate covered strawberry for Valentine’s Day (or really at any time), but this year, we wanted to change it up. Show the ones you love just how much you love them by taking some extra time to decorate your chocolate strawberries. Here are a few of our favorite items to use while decorating strawberries.
Food Club® White Chocolate Chips: Layer sweet on sweet with white chocolate and strawberries.
Food Club® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Compliment the sweetness of a perfectly ripe strawberry with smooth semi-sweet chocolate.
Food Club® Milk Chocolate Chips: Make the classic chocolate-dipped strawberry with milk chocolate chips.
Sprinkles: add a little crunch with festive Valentine’s Day sprinkles
Food Coloring: Use a little food coloring to color white chocolate. This makes the perfect drizzle.
Graham crackers: Crush a few graham crackers to make a s’more-like strawberry.