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strawberry shortcake slice on a plate with a cake stand in the back

Layered Strawberry Shortcake

strawberry shortcake slice on a plate with a cake stand in the back

It’s National Strawberry Shortcake Day! Celebrate with this deluxe layered recipe that is nothing short of amazing. Sweetened strawberries and a warm rich dough come together for the perfect summer bite.

Filling Ingredients:

2 pints strawberries (rinsed, hulled, sliced)

1/3 cup sugar

Shortcake Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

Optional: 3 tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter (cold)

5 tablespoons shortening (or use all butter)

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter (melted)

Garnish: whipped cream (sweetened with a little confectioners’ sugar if desired)

Instructions:

Prep strawberries in a large bowl by sprinkling them with 1/3 cup sugar. Cover and let stand for 1 hour before serving.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Use a medium sized mixing bowl and combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.

Add in shortening and the 6 tbsp of butter until the mixture reaches a fine crumb consistency. Then add milk and stir with a fork until the flour mixture is moistened.

Knead the dough on a floured surface until just soft enough. 3 to 5 times should do the trick.

Divide the dough into two portions. Place each in a 8 or 9 inch round cake pan and roll them out to fit. Brush the dough with melted butter.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until browned. Then brush each layer with more butter while it sits there warm.

Place one layer and top with sweetened bowl of strawberries and juice from sitting. Place the second layer and add more remaining strawberries. Top with whipped cream, and slice into your piece of heaven!

veggie and meat kabobs on a grill smoking

Build Your Own Kabob

veggie and meat kabobs on a grill smoking

Summer grilling calls for a variety of recipes, with kabobs coming in on top! Whether it’s a fajita style skewer or a veggie medley, these tips and tricks will make sure your kabobs are the talk of the BBQ.

Kabob Grilling 101

  • Preheat the grill until you reach a consistent temperature before placing any skewers on it. We recommend around 375 degrees.
  • Be sure to cut your meat and vegetables into similar sizes so they can cook evenly.
  • Assess the space on the grill, and cut your meat and vegetables larger than the space between the griddles so they have a larger surface area of heat.
  • Submerge your wooden skewers in water before cooking to avoid burning the wood.
  • In order to create the desired grill marks, be sure to let your kabob settle and cook long enough before rotating them.
  • Add some olive or vegetable oil onto your kabobs before placing them on the grill.
  • It is helpful to set a timer with each turn to ensure each side of the kabob gets even heat.
  • Grilling your kabob at a consistent medium heat than cranking the heat up too high. This will help you avoid a tough and burned kabob.

Average Cooking Times

  • Most meats cook for around 12-15 minutes.
  • Fish should take around 10 minutes.
  • Veggies should take around 8-10 minutes.

Build Your Own Kabob

Try some of our favorite kabob pairings!

  • Steak, Potato & Bell Peppers
    • Stack together seasoned steak, cubed potatoes, and bell peppers to make this delicious kabob.
  • Lemon & Garlic Shrimp
    • Add some citrus flavor to your shrimp skewer and top with garlic, basil and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Veggie Medley
    • Line up mushrooms, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, zucchini and more for the ultimate veggie medley. Top with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic to complete the palette.
  • Grilled Chicken
    • Cube chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces and pair with yellow bell pepper, zucchini, and red onion. Top with olive oil, soy sauce, honey and minced garlic medley. Top with salt and pepper.
  • Meat Only
    • Take your favorite meat and throw it on a skewer. Top with salt and pepper to taste and olive oil for browning. Pair with veggie kabobs as a side.
custom spices

Custom Meat Spices

custom spices

Make the most of your grilled summer meats with these custom meat spices. From the classic hamburger to your freshly caught fish, these spices will perfectly compliment anything grill-ready.

Beef spice mix

Beef Spice Mix

1/4 cup salt
2 TBS pepper
3 TBS garlic powder
1 TBS paprika
3 TSP onion powder
1 TSP rosemary


chicken spice mix

Poultry Spice Mix

4 TBS basil
3 TBS rosemary
1 TBS garlic powder
2 TSP parsley
1 TSP cumin
1 TSP thyme
1 TSP cayenne pepper
1 TSP paprika
1 TSP mustard powder

Fish spice mix

Fish Spice Mix

1/4 cup basil
2 TBS parsley
2 TBS rosemary
2 TBS sage
2 TBS thyme
1 TSP oregano
1 TSP celery salt


Nerds Painting

watercolor painting with nerds candy in cups with colors

Release your inner artist with this super unique watercolor technique! A delicious snack and your watercolor palette, the beloved candy Nerds is the base to your craft.

All you need is few basic supplies and you have yourself a fun afternoon full of sweets, pretty pictures and sunshine.

Supplies:

  • Nerds (preferably the small individual color boxes)
  • Cups
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper

Pour each color of Nerds into a separate cup. Pour water in each cup until Nerds are covered. The more water the more diluted the watercolor will be. Mix water and Nerds so the color candy coating is released into water. Grab a piece of paper and paintbrush and start creating your Nerd masterpiece. Have fun!

Apple Dips

Dip it real good with these candy inspired apple dips.

Peanut Butter Cup Apple Dip

Peanut Butter Apple Dip with Peanut Butter Candies and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

¼ cup brown sugar, packed

½ cup peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup peanut butter cups, chopped

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, mix butter and cream cheese until smooth and well combined

Add in brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract

Fold in chopped peanut butter cups

Serve dip right away or keep in refrigerator. Allow dip to soften at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving if refrigerated.

Caramel Apple Candy Dip

Apple Dip with Chocolate and Peanut Candy and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons caramel syrup, divided

6 fun size caramel, nougat, and peanut candies, chopped

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, mix cream cheese, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons caramel syrup until well combined

Fold in half of the chopped Snickers.

Top with remaining Snicker pieces and drizzle on the remaining 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup.

Serve dip right away or refrigerate.

Caramel Apple Toffee Dip

Caramel Apple Dip with Toffee Crumbles and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

½ tablespoon vanilla extract

3 toffee candy bars, crushed

3 tablespoons caramel sauce

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, add in powdered sugar and beat until well combined.

Mix in milk and vanilla.

Fold in crushed toffee candy bars and then drizzle caramel sauce on top.

Serve right away or refrigerate.

Grilled Corn

Food Club® Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn

We know it’s corny, but this grilled corn recipe is the perfect blend of smokey, salty and buttery. Instead of blanching corn at your next BBQ, throw it on the grill.

Ingredients:

1 stick butter

2 tbs. chopped parsley or cilantro

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

6 ears of corn, shucked

Instructions:

Melt butter and add herbs, salt and pepper.

Add the corn to a medium-high heat grill and evenly char (about 5-8 minutes).

chicken and vegetable kabobs

Buckley Farms Fajita Kabobs

chicken and vegetable kabobs

No opinions are skewed here, these Buckley Farms chicken and vegetable kabobs are the easiest and best way to throw together the perfect grilled meal. Become a kabob master with this super simple recipe!

Ingredients:

Buckley Farms Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breasts

Red Peppers

Green Peppers

Red Onion

Tomato

Salt and Pepper

Mix of your favorite fajita seasonings (garlic powder, cumin, paprika, and red pepper flakes)

Olive Oil

Wooden skewer sticks

Instructions:

Take your Buckley Farms chicken breasts and prep them into sliced/cubed pieces, sized to your liking. Prep your vegetables by slicing into skewer friendly sizes as well.

Stack your chicken and vegetables onto your wooden skewers and coat in olive oil, salt, and pepper and your spice medley. Set aside.

Heat grill to medium to high heat. Be sure it is heated before cooking kabobs.

Once heated, cook the kabobs on each side for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until chicken is cooked and golden brown, and veggies have cooked all the way through.

Serve with your favorite kabob partners, and enjoy this delicious and healthy meal!

baked zucchini fries

Food Club® Zucchini Fries

baked zucchini fries

Got a major fry craving? Substitute these baked zucchini fry for a healthier alternative. The crunchy flavor and bread crumb coating make for a perfect guilt-free snack!

Ingredients:

2 cups Food Club® Panko Bread Crumbs

2-3 Large Zucchini

1 cup Food Club® Parmesan Cheese

1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning

1 tsp Garlic Salt

3 Large Food Club® Eggs

1/2 Cup Melted Food Club® Butter

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or coat liberally with butter/cooking spray.

Slice the ends off the zucchini, then cut them in half. Take each half and slice them into 1/2 inch thick wedges.

Combine panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic salt into a large plastic seal-able bag. Melt butter in a bowl, and combine with three large eggs. Dip zucchini pieces into the mixture and place three to four pieces into seasoning bag mixture.

Shake them in the bag until they are well coated. Then transfer them to the baking sheet and set aside. Repeat the steps until all your pieces are prepped for baking.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until they are golden brown and crisp. Keep an eye to keep them from getting too mushy. Rotate pieces midway to ensure both sides evenly brown.

Add additional seasoning after they are finished cooking for more flavor. And pair with your favorite dipping sauce.

Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

snap pea and beef stir fry over white rice

Culinary Tours Snap Pea Stir Fry

stir fry with snap pea and meat over rice in a white bowl

Make this delicious stir fry in a snap! Grab some flavor with Culinary Tours sauces and make this meal for any night of the week.

Ingredients:

Culinary Tours Kung Pao Sauce

Beef Sirloin Bits (or your preference of meat)

Snap Peas

White or Brown Rice

Carrots

Yellow Onion

Green Onion (scallions)

Instructions:

Heat a large skillet over medium to high heat with oil. Add beef in and start to cook.

Meanwhile, heat up a pot of water to cook rice (or start rice cooker).

Chop vegetables into bite size and mix in with beef. Top with desired amount of Culinary Tours Kung Pao sauce and cook thoroughly, about 5-10 minutes.

Let mixture cool and continue to marinate while you prep your rice in a bowl as a base for your stir fry.

Add in your stir fry meal and top with scallions for added flavor and color.

Serve and enjoy your quick and easy, delicious meal!

top shot of top care allergy medicine on a camping scene with a flannel shirt, hot chocolate, and snacks

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