Do you ever wonder what really goes into that famous red box of lasagna? Recently, we took a trip with Howard from the Mr. Food Test Kitchen to visit Nestlé headquarters, the makers of brands like Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine. Wow! The state-of-the-art Nestlé Test Kitchen was amazing!
Since we are officially in the fall season and have been sharing our ideas of what a “quality meal” means to us, we’re pleased to introduce our Cool Food Panelist, Chef Billy Parisi, to reveal his own ideal “quality meal” and how he defines “quality time.” Read his story and be inspired to take time, cook a meal with your family and enjoy the food together sitting around the table!
It’s official, autumn is here to stay and summer is just a memory. Although we’ll miss frozen drinks by the pool, barbecues with neighbors and the warm weather, there’s much to look forward to with the fall season. Between the gorgeous foliage from the changing leaves, hot chocolate, bonfires, boots, football, apple cider, pumpkins…and our favorite: fall recipes, let’s hear it for fall!
Kids are back in school which means weeknight routines are in full force. Children are extremely busy Monday-Fridays and getting the entire family together for dinner may seem impossible, but it’s actually pretty simple! Did you know that more than half (54%) of respondents in a recent survey stated that most of their dinners take place at the dining table*? It’s not the family dinner that’s most important; it’s the quality time together!
If you didn’t already know, Americans love a good burger, so much in fact that 95 percent admit to eating burgers monthly! This translates to 50 billion burgers consumed each year in America which means three burgers a week for every single person! No matter how many burgers one may eat weekly, monthly or yearly, today is the day to get your hands on some meat, but don’t forget the cheese because it’s National Cheeseburger Day!
How many times do you remember as a child being told to “eat your veggies” by your parents? And how many of you are parents now and have repeated the same phrase to your own kids at least a dozen times? While four-out-of-five parents (83 percent) agree that no dinner is complete without a vegetable, 36 percent of parents admittingly forget about, or even purposely cut out, vegetables when crunched for time to prepare dinner. This leaves out veggies in meals an average of twice a week—yikes!
American consumers are branching out from their average food fare and embracing cultural influences from around the globe. These influences differ in cuisine styles whether the meal is a steaming hot bowl of miso soup, peppery pork tacos, a tender lamb gyro or sweet and spicy pad Thai; the ingredients and flavors tell an exciting story about the people of the world.
Today we honor National TV Dinner Day! Let’s pay homage to this throwback that changed the way Americans eat. A revolutionary new food trend for 1954, the original “TV Dinner” was introduced nationally and trademarked by C.A. Swanson & Sons. It contained roast turkey, cornbread dressing and gravy, peas and sweet potatoes—all for 98 cents.
We’ve seen them on restaurant menus ever since we can remember and as mainstay weekend brunch options, but WAFFLES are having a culinary moment! These crispy and fluffy pieces of goodness with tender, chewy middles are easy and reliable while also capable of being wildly inventive. In honor of National Waffle Week let’s celebrate one of our favorite dishes beyond the breakfast table! From morning to night, the flavors and textures of waffles transform themselves and are just as great when simply drizzled with maple syrup as they are topped with fried chicken for a Southern classic.
….to celebrate National Chicken Month! That’s right, there’s an entire month to honor the tasty, original white meat! Did you know that Americans consume more chicken than anyone else in the world – 83.6 pounds per capita. The U.S. also has the largest broiler chicken industry of the world. But what’s a broiler? That’s the name given to chickens that are raised to be eaten. While pork has been the favored meat for some time, chicken is expected to become the world’s most consumed meat over the next 5 years. In fact, the world’s appetite for poultry is inclining faster than any other meat. But why is chicken so popular?