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A new take on traditional foods for Day of the Dead
Food will no doubt be a focal point for families celebrating the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead this November 1 and 2. What has become one of the most popular holidays in Mexico — and is becoming more common in the U.S.— is the custom of honoring and remembering deceased loved ones. Gathering with friends and family over delicious traditional dishes is sure to be a highlight of celebrations.
Preparing pumpkins for fall cooking
Most of us have a good eye for a pumpkin that might make a good-looking jack-o-lantern. But when it comes to pumpkins for cooking, the same rules simply don’t apply.
“When you’re choosing a pie pumpkin,” advises Amanda Horn, Family and Consumer Science Educator at Oklahoma County OSU Extension Service and registered dietitian, “you need a sweeter pumpkin usually the smaller they are the sweeter and the less watery.”
Also, it is important to look for pie pumpkins with a 1- to 2-inch stem. If the stem is cut down too low, the pumpkin will decay quickly and already may have started to decay when you buy it. Pumpkins that are going to be used for cooking also need to be free of blemishes and soft spots, but shape is unimportant.
Make baby’s first birthday a smash with playful pint-sized cakes
More than 374,000 babies are born in September and 367,000 in October every year, according to the Center for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics 2010. That’s a lot of cake. According to a recent Betty Crocker survey of moms conducted by KRC Research, the cake is one of the most important elements of a first birthday. In fact, 58 percent of moms shared that watching their one-year-olds explore, taste, smash, smear and dive in to their first birthday cake is the most memorable moment of the party, far exceeding opening gifts and singing “Happy Birthday” to their little one.
OSU Cooperative Extension offers ‘Soup Up Your Fall’ class
As we enter into the fall season and the weather begins to cool off many of us turn to those hearty comfort foods we grew up loving to keep us warm and full. One staple meal during the cool season is soup.
“Soups are fairly easy to make and if properly prepared they can be healthy and save you money” said Amanda Horn, a registered dietitian and family and consumer sciences educator for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension. “In this class we discuss how homemade soups can be healthier than canned, how to prepare them in advance to save you time, and discover some fun and fresh ingredients you can use to add a little pizzazz to your bowl.”
“Soup Up Your Fall” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Northeast Regional Health & Wellness Campus located at 2600 N.E. 63rd St. Oklahoma City. This will be an interactive cooking class with many demonstrations of soup dishes. The participants will have the opportunity to sample all the foods prepared during the workshop and take home a “Soup Up Your Fall” cookbook with some great soup recipes.
Cost of the workshop is $10 and pre-registration is required before Oct.14. For more information, contact the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service located at 930 N. Portland at 713-1125 or access the Extension website at http://oces.okstate.edu/oklahoma.
McCormick releases most-searched fall dinner recipes
Few things bring people together like a flavorful, homemade meal, and meals cooked at home are often more healthy and cost-effective. To help home cooks find wholesome dinner ideas amid busy fall schedules, McCormick used Google data to find the top 10 most-searched family dinner recipe terms and matched them with simple and flavorful recipes developed by its kitchens. Together with McCormick’s all-natural herbs and spices and easy-to-use recipe mixes, making anything from tacos to pork hops is easy any night of the week.
The top 10 dinner recipe searches and matching recipes selected from McCormick.com are:
1. Chicken – Serve herb chicken skillet with spinach and tomatoes over pasta.
2. Chili - Try chicken chili with black beans & corn.
3. Meat Loaf – Italian meat loaf is extra savory.
4. Lasagna – Lasagna formaggio is a family favorite.
5. Pork Chops – Tender home style pork chops require just a few ingredients.
6. Salmon – Try baked crusted salmon if you’re in the mood for fish.
7. Meatballs – Herbed turkey meatballs & spaghetti are packed with flavor.
8. Ground Beef – Taco casserole is a southwestern recipe everyone will love.
9. Tilapia – Try these easy-to-make baja fish tacos.
10. Shrimp – You’ll love this lemony garlic butter shrimp scampi.
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Made in Oklahoma Coalition offers recipes to beat the heat
The sweetest way to beat the Oklahoma heat is to try these ice cream and ice cream topping recipes using products from the Made in Oklahoma Coalition.
These recipes include ingredients from four MIO Coalition members: Hiland Dairy Co., Griffin Foods Co., Field’s Pies and Shawnee Milling Co.
Families can make nutritious meals in minutes
After a chaotic day of shuttling kids around from school to appointments to sports practices, finding time to prepare a delicious meal that the whole family will enjoy can be challenging. Getting everyone around the dinner table for a meal provides the perfect opportunity to encourage children to explore new foods and build healthy eating habits for life, but with busy schedules it's often easier said than done.
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