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Strawberries & Cream Cake

Main Ingredients 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons fat-free milk 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream 1 large strawberry, chopped into small pieces     Additional Ingredients for Topping & Decoration, optional (serves 2) ½ cup heavy whipping cream 2 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 strawberry,... Read More

Traffic Light Smoothies

You can get even the pickiest of eaters to enjoy healthy fruits and vegetables! Already a popular trend among adults, juices, smoothies, and natural popsicles can help ensure that kids consume the recommended 5-a-day portions of fruit/veggies for essential vitamins and minerals. This recipe provides vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, and magnesium and will get the green... Read More

Deck the Halls with Ugly Sweaters

Tips on hosting an ugly holiday sweater party The holiday season is all about making fun memories. Why not wear something no one will soon forget at your own ugly sweater party? Hosting one is simple — have everyone show up in the tackiest holiday apparel they can find, whether from their closet, a thrift store, or something they “blinged” on their own. With the party attire... Read More

Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving

Getting your family to eat heart-healthy, especially during the holiday season, takes effort! But the American Heart Association can help. Kick off the season by taking part in National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 5th. Then, use AHA recipes to serve up delicious and diet-friendly Thanksgiving dishes. Turkey with Blueberry Pan Sauce  |  Serves 4 ¼ cup all-purpose... Read More

Devishly Delicious Hallween Treats

Trick or treat? We vote for treat! Enjoy the festive fun and flavors of the fall season. Boo Scotti These crunchy biscotti treats are great for dipping in hot cocoa or coffee. Ingredients | Makes 3 dozen Biscotti 1 1/4 cups sugar 1/2 cup Land O Lakes butter, softened 3 Land O Lakes all-natural eggs 1 tbsp. vanilla 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/2 tsps. baking powder 1/2 tsp. ground... Read More

Blushing Beet Brownies

A bit lighter, a bit richer, and secretly a bit purple, these brownies have hidden beetroot to keep them moist and provide a clever veggie twist. Ingredients  (makes 15) 1 large beet 1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces 3 eggs 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3/4 cup all-purpose... Read More

Watermelon Snow Cones

This fruity twist on a classic snow cone is really cool! These sweet treats are fun to make and to eat. Ingredients | Servings: Vary, as desired Seedless watermelon Vanilla yogurt Sweetened coconut Sprinkle or jimmies Ice cream cones or paper snow cone cups Instructions Using an ice cream scooper, mold watermelon in balls; place them in the freezer on a waxed paper-lined cookie... Read More

Sweet Tips for 4th of July

It’s easy to throw a 4th of July party that looks like you worked on it for weeks, even if you just started the planning process.Celebrate the holiday in style by serving classic entrees everyone loves and focusing your attention on delicious, easy-to-make desserts. With the right recipes, your sweets will be as captivating as the colorful spectacle of fireworks above. Hot Cinnamon... Read More

Heavenly Honey Puffs

As a first generation Greek-Canadian married to an American, cooking helps me travel back to my roots with the help of my taste buds. I jokingly describe myself as a cross between celebrity chef Giada de Laurentis and actress Nia Vardalos ─ with a love for traditional Greek cuisine paired with the influences of my eccentric family traditions. Saint Spiridon is the patron saint... Read More

Campfire Banana S’mores

S’mores are a traditional campfire treat. Before sending the kiddos off to summer camp, explore fun alternatives to the classic graham cracker sandwich. Your campfire chefs will impress their fellow campers with this bonfire banana bonanza! Ingredients (single serving) 1 whole Chiquita banana, unpeeled 6 whole mini marshmallows 12 whole chocolate chips Instructions Prep Time: 10... Read More

Green Macaroni and Cheese

Whether you are looking for a green recipe to prepare on St. Patrick’s Day or just a clever way to sneak fresh vegetables into a meal, this classic dish ─ with a fun twist ─ is a crowd pleaser! Ingredients (yields 12 servings) 1 lb. macaroni noodles 2 tbsp. butter 1 yellow onion, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, minced 6 cups packed fresh spinach ½ cup boiling water ½ cup butter ½... Read More

Chocolate Fondue: Two Ways to Melt Your Heart

Chocolate Fondue: Two Ways to Melt Your Heart Melt the hearts of your loved ones with melted chocolate! Sweeten the deal by dipping fresh strawberries, bananas, pound cake, or your favorite treats in a heavenly fondue. Try the caramel-raspberry or peanut butter variations of this chocolaty good recipe.   INGREDIENTS Choco-Caramel-Raspberry ½ cup Land O’Lakes® butter ½... Read More

Gender Reveal Fudge Cookies

Team blue or team pink? Parents-to-be can host a “gender reveal” party to share whether they’re expecting a boy or a girl. Sink your teeth into the element of surprise with these gender reveal fudge cookies! INGREDIENTS: 40-50 Wilton candy melt pieces (blue or pink); plus more for decorating (such as white melts), if desired 8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese 1 bag (12 oz.)... Read More

Merry Meatloaf Cupcakes

Pull this holiday recipe out of your sleeve (um, we mean Christmas stocking)! You’ll serve up Christmas cheer with these fancy (but easy) single-serve meatloaves. These merry meatloaves are a fun alternative to a traditional Italian-style meatball. Whether your Christmas menu needs a fun hors d’oeuvre or another traditional dish for your family’s table, these ‘cupcakes’... Read More

Heart-Healthy Football Fare

Keep football feasts packed with fun and flavor! Tailgating and watch parties don’t mean you should fumble on your nutrition choices. Meats: No tailgate is complete without a pile of grilled meat! But choose lean or extra-lean beef burgers (patties the size of a deck of cards) or try turkey burgers or salmon burgers (packed with omega-3 fatty acids). Replace traditional fried... Read More

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

The whole family can enjoy seasonal flavors ─ including the dog! There’s nothing scary about this easy-to-make Halloween recipe, but your dog will be howling in delight. Ingredients 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour ½ cup canned pumpkin (do not use pumpkin pie filling which contains excess spices and sugar) ½ cup peanut butter (preferably organic) 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking... Read More

Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Apples

With school back in session, your evenings are likely booked solid with sport practices, music lessons, homework, and so on. Hectic family schedules can leave limited time for cooking elaborate recipes. Grilled cheese sandwiches are a great “go to” meal. You can add practically anything to this classic sandwich to create a simple, yet delicious family dinner. Pairing bacon,... Read More

Strawberry Peach Sorbet

Stir up a cool summer treat to beat the summer heat! Strawberry peach sorbet is a sweet and refreshing snack and easy to prepare without an ice cream machine. Enjoy both the kid-friendly and adult-only versions of this recipe! Ingredients Makes: 4 to 6 servings (about 1 qt) 1 pint strawberries, preferably organic 2 medium peaches, preferably organic 2 to 4 tbsp pure honey (amount... Read More

Frozen Summer Treat is Frosty Blast from the Past

    Cool down this summer with a rainbow of color and flavor. Just like skipping through the sprinkler when the sun is shining bright, homemade shaved ice offers sweet relief on a hot afternoon. Plus, making this frozen favorite is a fun family activity.     “Celebrate the flavors of summer with Easy Fruity Shaved Ice,” said Mary Beth Harrington... Read More

American Classic – Potato salad is the perfect dish for a picnic or potluck

No picnic or potluck is complete without potato salad. Whether it’s served warm, cold, creamy, cheesy or with a splash of vinegar, the dish is a true American cookout classic. Potato salads are easy to make and even easier to pack full of flavor. Craft your own potato salad by cutting a delicious, Idaho® potato into cubes with the skins still on. Boil in water for about 8 to... Read More

Outshine the Fireworks this July 4th with Sparkling Sweets

Fireworks don’t have to be the only party element that makes guests ooh and ah during July 4th festivities. With colorful sweets that sparkle and a themed tablescape exploding with red, white and blue, your party is sure to be the best on the block. “Adding patriotic flair to your Independence Day celebration is easy with the right recipes and decorating accents,” said Nancy... Read More