Watch: Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

This Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail is sure to stand out at your New Year’s eve party. Watch.

What you’ll need:

champagne
1 tbsp pomegranate juice
1 tsp Cassis (black currant-flavored liqueur)

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Delicious Spirits: Midori Melon Ball Drop

The holidays are a wonderful time to treat yourself and your party guests to festive drinks. If you are a Midori connoisseur, here is a delightful holiday drink that will have your party guests taking mulitple trips to the bar.

MIDORI Melon Ball Drop

2 oz. MIDORI Melon Liqueur
1 oz. SKYY Citrus Infusions
.5 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
Juice 1/2 Lemon
Sugar Rim
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a melon ball and a sugar rim.

Credit: MIDORI Melon Liqueur

For more cocktail recipes, log onto www.midoriusa.com or www.zenliqueur.com

SOURCE Suntory: www.midoriusa.com

Heather Johnston: Chef from SoGood.tv

I love serendipitously running into talented, smart people on the Internet! Today I was pleasantly surprised to discover Heather Johnston of SoGood.tv on the homepage of YouTube! Heather is a chef, wine professional, mother, wife, indie filmmaker, and one heck of a food vlogger. I ended up watching every single one of her vlogs today; they are that good! Here’s one of my favorites. Enjoy! — Jennifer James, Editor

Lender’s Bagel Contest

Calling all moms whose children love bagels! America’s favorite, authentic bagel — is calling out to all bagel connoisseurs! From now through December 15th, Lender’s Bagels invites anyone ages 18 and up to enter the “Now That’s A Bagel” contest by submitting his or her BEST bagel recipe using Lender’s Bagels. Whether you toast them, fry them, stack them, or use the most unlikely ingredients, this contest encourages Lender’s Bagels lovers to be creative and have fun!

It’s easy to enter. Anyone 18 years and older can submit his or her personal recipe for how to make a Lender’s Bagel the best it can be. To enter, go to www.lendersbagels.com, click on the “Now That’s a Bagel!” banner, and follow directions. Entries can also be mailed to, “Now That’s A Bagel!” Contest, c/o BHG PR , 546 Valley Rd. , Upper Montclair , NJ 07043 , postmarked no later than 12/15/08. All online entries must be received no later than December 15, 2008. No purchase is required. See rules at www.lendersbagels.com and click on “Now That’s A Bagel!” for details.

Help Us! Chocolate Chip CheeseCake: We’re Not Going to Get Through the Holidays

Nod your head vigorously if you’re dreading the weight you’re sure to gain this holiday season?

Oh… just us?

In all honesty, who can wholeheartedly resist all of the delectable holiday desserts dripping in chocolate and made with bars and bars of butter? There’s no need to fight it, right? You’ll never win. So, here’s the plan: Let’s just accept defeat, eat, and worry about the collateral damage on January 1!

Here’s a recipe from Eagle Brand you’ll surely want to devour!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Servings: Makes one (9-inch) cheesecake
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 70 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups finely crushed creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies

2 to 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND (R) Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup (6 ounces) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine cookie crumbs and butter; press firmly on bottom of 9-inch spring form pan or 13×9-inch baking pan.

2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in EAGLE BRAND (R) until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.

3. In small bowl, toss 1/2 cup chocolate chips with flour to coat; stir into cream cheese mixture. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips evenly over top. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until set. Cool. Chill. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

TIP: For best distribution of chocolate chips throughout cheesecake, do not over soften or over beat cream cheese.

On the Net: www.eaglebrand.com

Perfect Potatoes

Did you know that potatoes contain essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants and are fat-, sodium- and cholesterol free? Well, they are. And potatoes still remain one of the most inexpensive foods around. At 25 cents for a medium potato, families can afford to include potatoes to their diets in a variety of ways.

For a host of healthy potato recipes, visit www.momsdinnerhelper.com. In the meantime, start eating better on a budget today. Try the United States Potato Board’s Pennywise Potato-Turkey Wraps. This self-contained dinner sandwich is full of vegetables and can be made for approximately $1.84 per serving. It was designed to include an ingredient from each of the sections of the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid and can be whipped up using ingredients that most people have on hand.

Pennywise Potato-Turkey Wraps

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
3/4 pound (12 ounces) potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon canola oil
3/4 pound (12 ounces) ground lean turkey
1 large carrot, shredded
1/3 cup sliced green onions with tops
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning or basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 large (9 to 10-inch) whole wheat or high fiber tortillas
Light sour cream (optional)

Place potatoes in microwave-safe bowl; sprinkle with water. Cover, venting one corner. Microwave on HIGH 5 to 8 minutes just until potatoes are tender. (Time will depend on wattage of your oven.) Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add and break up turkey; cook 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Mix in carrot; cook 2 minutes. Add potatoes and onions; cook and toss 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; mix in tomato sauce, cheese, and herbs. Cook, stirring occasionally, four to five minutes until mixture is hot and most of sauce is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper. On work surface, lay out tortillas. Place 3/4 cup hot turkey mixture on each; fold and roll up as for burritos. Cut in halves and place on serving plates. Accompany with sour cream, if desired

Makes four main-dish servings

Nutrition information per serving: 385 calories; 78 calories from fat; 9 g fat; 37 mg cholesterol; 723 mg sodium; 44 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 33 g protein; 640 mg potassium; 1822 mg vitamin A (IU); 12 mg vitamin C.

SOURCE United States Potato Board

Are You Destined for Grilling Greatness?

Outdoor grilling has become a popular hobby for backyard chefs. Now Crisco wants to discover and reward the greatest griller around.

The Crisco(R) Sprays Grilling Hall of Fame contest is inviting grillmasters to share their favorite recipe for a chance to be one of the first inductees into the new Hall of Fame and win a backyard makeover. Recipes can be submitted between October 17, 2008 and December 15, 2008, at www.GrillingHallofFame.com.

How Can You Enter?

  • Share an original grilling recipe that incorporates a Crisco Cooking Spray (Original, Butter or Olive Oil)
  • Provide an image of the recipe
  • Include a brief essay, 250 words or less, explaining why they created the recipe and why they should be inducted into the Crisco Grilling Hall of Fame


Quick Tips from the Crisco(R) Grill

  • Always spray cool grill rack with Crisco (R) No_Stick Cooking Spray before heating grill so that food will not stick. Remember to never spray a hot grill.
  • Crisco No-Stick Cooking Spray makes clean up a breeze! Simply spray the cold grill (never spray a hot grill) for non-stick grilling all summer long!
  • Use long handled tongs – not a meat fork – to turn meats on the grill. Forks can pierce the meat, releasing the juices (and flavor!) from your food.
  • Check meats for doneness with an instant-read meat thermometer.
  • Always let grilled meats rest 10-15 minutes before slicing or serving for the juiciest results.

On the Net: www.GrillingHallofFame.com

Halloween Cupcakes

We found the most delightful blog, All Things Cupcake, which is a blog about — you guessed it — cupcakes!

Remember years ago in school when we used to devour sugary sweet cupcakes at our holiday celebrations? We hear parents don’t like cupckaes in school much anymore these days to which we say, ” Lighten up. It’s just a freakin’ cupcake. No kid we know has ever tipped the scales after eating one or two cupcakes.”

Now, where were we? Yes, cupcakes.

Halloween cupcakes are a delight to decorate because there is so much you can do with them, from topping them with candy like candy corn and Tootsie Rolls to decorating them with special, spooky toppers. All Things Cupcake linked to cupcake stencils on MarthaStewartCrafts.com which we think is an awesome find. Go there if you’re making Halloween cupcakes at your house.

We found a video of how to make Halloween cupcakes from Food Network here and more Halloween ideas you can throw a stick at on FamilyFun.com.

Wanted: Your Sweet Recipes


Who loves brownies? We do! A little too much actually, but that’s besides the point. America has hailed the brownie as the country’s favorite dessert according to an online Pillsbury survey. Pillsbury asked voters to choose between cake and brownies and brownies won out.

So, to celebrate the delicious goodness of the brownie, Pillsbury is launching a contest to hear how you make your life sweeter with your favorite desserts. The sweetest entry will receive a kitchen makeover worth $5,000, and Pillsbury will also make a donation to Feeding America (TM) to help end hunger in this country.

Want to share your sweet recipes? Visit www.pillsburybaking.com/campaign