Monthly Archives: November 2014

Flatbread with Potatoes, Blue Cheese, Bacon and Scallions

Holiday Entertaining with Ease

We’re ecstatic to welcome back our culinary expert, celebrity Chef Aida Mollenkamp to share some of her holiday entertaining shortcuts, tips and delectable recipes! Let the drooling begin…

Easy Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

Alleviating Food Waste During the Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching along with the family gatherings and parties with friends. These get-togethers can create more than stuffed bellies. They also create over-stuffed trash cans. In the United States, we generate an extra 5 million tons of household waste each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, including three times as much food waste as at other times of the year[1]. Much of the 28 billion pounds of edible food thrown away each year is wasted during the holiday season[2]. As the party host, you get all the compliments, but you also get all the post-party clean up. Here are some easy steps you can take to make the festivities a little more environmentally friendly.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Martini

“Friendsgiving” Feast

Come November 26, many Americans will be sitting down to a Thanksgiving feast with family, but the weeks leading up to this holiday should not be forgotten. Before heading out of town, grab a group of friends and have yourself a “Friendsgiving,” or potluck style fall feast! “Friendsgiving” is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends to celebrate the holiday with lots of food, laughs and of course—drinks! From best friends, neighbors and work acquaintances, the more diverse group of people, the more exciting and unique the meal!

Caprese Meatballs

Just in Time for the Holidays: Elevate your Cooking & Culinary Outlook

The holidays will be here before we know it, which means the cooking and baking process can be overwhelming or exhilarating. We’re here to help eliminate the stress and elevate the joys that come with crafting delicious and comforting meals this time of year. From our recent survey, almost half (41%) of respondents admitted that they are an “okay” with cooking as 38 percent say their biggest barrier is the time involved, from preparation to clean-up[1]. Embrace your culinary weaknesses and fears and turn them into masterpieces this holiday season!

Shortcut Sausage Stuffing

Food Hacks for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s not too early to start thinking about what’s on the menu. Whether you’re hosting an “Ugly Sweater” dinner party, attending a friend’s cocktail bash or cooking the big holiday feast, we all know how stressful it can be between the planning, grocery shopping and especially the cooking and baking. According to our recent survey, 38 percent of people say their biggest barrier in cooking is the time it takes to prepare a meal as well as the cleanup, while 18 percent say grocery shopping[1].

Green Bean Gratin

Boost your Holiday Feast with Sensational Sides

The holidays can mean many things to different people – friends and family bonding, shopping for loved ones, helping those in need, chilly weather, festive decorations, seasonal movies or sitting by the fireplace. Whatever it means to you, all of these holiday activities can be enriched and accompanied by delicious food! What’s better than sharing conversation and catching up over a scrumptious full-course meal?

Simply Potatoes Ginger and Spice Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Fantastic Fall Flavors for Every Day Cooking

Autumn is in the air and that means flavors of the season are prevalent in supermarkets and kitchens across the country. From hearty vegetables, fragrant fruit and comforting herbs and spices that assist in holiday baking and cooking, the flavors of fall are nothing short of amazing! Whether its mushrooms, leeks or any variety of squash (butternut, acorn, and spaghetti) roasted to perfection or sweet apples, pears and cranberries that are transformed into crisps and cobblers, every color of the rainbow is accounted for this season.

The Creation of Chef-Inspired Frozen Meals

Recently, we took a trip with Howard from the Mr. Food Test Kitchen to visit Nestlé, the makers of brands like Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine. Head Chef Lucien Vendóme showed us around Nestlé’s state-of-the-art test kitchen and talked about the real ingredients and nutritional care that goes into each product. See how Chef Vendóme describes the creation and perfection of some of today’s top products!