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Vermont Maple Pecan Cookies

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By: The editors of Relish magazine

The word “cookie” is a corruption of the Dutch koekje, meaning “little cake.” But cookies are not a Dutch invention. Cookie-like confections date to 7th-century Persia, not coincidentally one of the first regions to cultivate sugar cane. As sugar spread, cookies followed. In the United States, successive waves of immigrants have contributed to our collective cookie jar—a heritage that’s unique even by name, since most English-speaking countries call them “biscuits.”

Speculation has it that many cookies were accidental byproducts of cake baking when bakers tested the temperature of their ovens with small bits of batter. Fanciful cookie shapes date to Medieval Germany, where gingerbread was a high art strictly regulated by guilds.

One of the most famous cookies, the Toll House Cookie, was invented in 1930 by Ruth Wakefield, proprietor of the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts. Hoping to devise a chocolate sugar cookie, she chopped bar chocolate into her batter, expecting it to melt. It didn’t. She subsequently licensed her recipe to Nestle.


Vermont Maple Pecan Cookies

These addictive cookies are certain to be the hit of any bake sale or cookie swap. Hearty oats and shredded coconut provide a chewy texture while toasted pecans add crunch. Tightly covered, these cookies will keep 1 week, although they seldom last that long.
3          cups old-fashioned oats
1          cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 2/3    cups all-purpose flour
1          teaspoon salt
1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
2          cups packed light brown sugar
1          cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2       cup maple syrup
2          tablespoons light corn syrup
2          teaspoons baking soda
1/4       cup boiling water
1          teaspoon maple flavoring
2          cups chopped toasted pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 300F degrees and position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Combine oats, coconut, flour, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar in a large bowl; whisk to blend.
    3. Combine butter, maple syrup and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until butter melts, stirring occasionally; remove from heat.
    4. Combine baking soda and boiling water, stirring to dissolve. Add to maple syrup mixture, stirring well. Add maple extract. Stir into dry ingredients. Add pecans; stir well.
    5. Place 1/4-cup size balls of dough on baking sheets, 3 inches apart. Flatten balls slightly.
    6. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and set, rotating positions halfway through the baking process. Cool on the baking sheets 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Recipe by Julie Hession

Photo by Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

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Protein to fuel everyday adventures in the kitchen and beyond

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(Family Features) Achieving your goals each day starts with your own health and well-being, both physically and mentally. To ensure you’ve got the energy needed to take on that to-do list and enjoy your favorite activities, turn to familiar ingredients and recipes that pack the protein your body craves.

To help reach nutrition goals and fuel your everyday adventures, Chicken of the Sea Tuna and Salmon Packets can follow you anywhere you go and make healthy eating a delicious endeavor. Everything you love about your favorite tuna and salmon products now fits into your busy lifestyle and unique dietary needs – keto, paleo or Mediterranean.

They’re flavorful, convenient and fit seamlessly into your daily routine, making them a perfect solution no matter your mood, cravings or occasion. Whether you’re bringing tuna along as an afternoon snack or incorporating salmon into a tasty meal, the responsibly sourced protein allows you to eat healthy and live happy without compromise.

For example, you can rethink lunchtime routines with a colorful twist on the viral social media salmon rice bowl. Bring together the lively flavors of Everything Bagel-seasoned pink salmon with your favorite toppings like carrots, radishes, Sriracha mayo and more for a simple yet flavorful afternoon protein-packed pick-me-up.

Long days away from home can lead to meal complacency when you walk through the door. However, keeping high-quality, responsibly sourced protein options on hand can help you avoid takeout cravings and a desire to leave the cooking to someone else. It doesn’t get much easier than these Lemon Garlic Tuna-Stuffed Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers for an appetizer or low-carb snack that takes just 20 minutes to prepare a handful of everyday ingredients.

When you find the right solutions for you, it’s time to stock the pantry. Try all the flavors Chicken of the Sea Wild Caught Tuna and Alaskan Pink Salmon Packets offers, from creamy or citrus to spicy and beyond.

Visit chickenofthesea.com to find more nutritious recipe inspiration.

Everything Bagel Salmon Brown Rice Bowl

Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 packet (2 1/2 ounces) Chicken of the Sea Wild Caught Alaskan Pink Salmon with Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • roasted nori seaweed sheets or pieces, crushed
  • 1 small avocado, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons shredded radishes
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons furikaki seasoning (Japanese rice seasoning)
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha mayo
  1. In bowl, top cooked brown rice with crushed seaweed sheets.
  2. Add sliced avocado and top with salmon.
  3. Add carrots, radishes and cilantro.
  4. Sprinkle with furikaki seasoning and drizzle with Sriracha mayo.

Lemon Garlic Tuna-Stuffed Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers

Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2-3

  • 1 packet (2 1/2 ounces) Chicken of the Sea Wild Caught Light Tuna Lightly Seasoned by McCormick, Lemon Garlic
  • 3 mini sweet peppers, halved, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lay parchment or foil over baking pan.
  2. Place halved mini sweet peppers on prepared baking pan and lightly brush both sides of peppers with oil.
  3. Divide lemon garlic tuna evenly between six mini pepper halves.
  4. Top with cheese and bake 8-10 minutes, or until peppers are tender and cheese is melted.
  5. Allow to cool and top with sliced green onions and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste.


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Chicken of the Sea

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Better-for-you meals from breakfast to dinner

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(Family Features) Whether you’re encouraging loved ones to start a new wellness kick or looking to add new ideas to an already-nutritious menu, families at any stage of a journey toward better health can use newfound favorites to bring fresh flavors to the table.

These dishes from Milk Means More provide an all-day assortment of deliciousness from breakfast to lunch and dinner so you can bring everyone together for tasty, nutritious meals no matter the occasion. Dairy foods, like the low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese found in these recipes, are fundamental to good nutrition.

Constructing a better-for-you menu calls for a balanced diet with a variety of foods to get essential nutrients. This balance is important for maintaining healthy gut and immune function while optimizing overall wellness.

Start by ramping up your family’s breakfast with these slightly sweet Mini Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Cinnamon-Maple Topping for a protein-packed way to start the day with a healthy addition of fresh berries.

Fusion cooking is on the menu at lunchtime with the spicy-sweet combo of Cajun-seasoned chicken mingling with mango and pungent blue cheese in these Chicken, Mango and Blue Cheese Pitas. Finally, finish the day with Feta Roasted Salmon and Tomatoes – an easy-to-make family meal ready in 30 minutes.

Find additional better-for-you recipe inspiration at MilkMeansMore.org.

Mini Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Cinnamon-Maple Topping

Recipe courtesy of Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN, culinary dietitian, on behalf of Milk Means More
Total time: 25 minutes
Servings:6

Topping:

  • 1 3/4 cups plain Greek yogurt (fat free, 2% or 5%)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pancakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (fat free, 2% or 5%)
  • 1/2 cup milk (skim, 2% or whole)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • oil
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries or chopped fresh strawberries
  1. To make topping: Stir yogurt, syrup and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. To make pancakes: In mixing bowl, stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, whisk egg, yogurt, milk, butter and vanilla. Add yogurt mixture to flour mixture. Stir just until combined (batter should be slightly lumpy).
  3. Scrape batter into large plastic food storage bag. Oil nonstick griddle or large nonstick skillet. Heat over medium heat. Cut off about 1/2 inch from corner of plastic bag. Squeeze batter, about 1 tablespoon at a time, onto hot griddle. Cook 1-2 minutes per side, or until pancakes are golden brown, turning to second sides when bubbles form on surface of pancakes and edges are slightly dry.
  4. Serve warm pancakes topped with cinnamon-maple yogurt and sprinkled with berries.

Feta Roasted Salmon and Tomatoes

Recipe courtesy of Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN, culinary dietitian, on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon or halibut fillets, cut into 4 serving-size pieces
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line 18-by-13-by-1-inch (half sheet) baking pan with foil. Lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, toss tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Place fish pieces, skin side down, on one side of prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining pepper. Lightly press feta cheese on top of fish. Pour tomato mixture on other side of prepared pan. Bake, uncovered, 12-15 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with fork.
  4. Place salmon on serving plates. Spoon tomato mixture over top.

Chicken, Mango and Blue Cheese Pitas

Recipe by Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN, culinary dietitian, on behalf of Milk Means More
Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Sauce:

  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice or lime juice

Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 1 large fresh mango, seeded, peeled and chopped
  • 3 large whole-wheat pita rounds (or 6 small), halved
  • 1 1/2 cups spring greens
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (3 ounces)
  1. To make sauce: In small bowl, stir yogurt, honey and juice. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. To make filling: In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook and stir chicken with seasoning in hot oil 4-6 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from heat. Stir in mango.
  3. Fill pita pockets with greens, chicken mixture and blue cheese. Spoon yogurt sauce on top.


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United Dairy Industry of Michigan

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Create a beautifully baked beef dinner

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(Culinary.net) Many families crave savory and delicious weeknight meals. After a long day of work and school, it’s time to gather around the table to share a mouthwatering meal and memories together.

For something truly wholesome, try this Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Salad. It’s a full meal the whole family can enjoy, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it makes it to feed all the smiling faces.

This meal has layers of flavor and sneaks in a few vegetables like spinach and cauliflower, but even picky eaters can’t resist trying it.

Start with a beef tenderloin and drizzle it generously with olive oil. Add 2 tablespoons of pepper. Flip and repeat on the other side. Bake for 12 minutes at 475 F.

Next, add one head of cauliflower to a mixing bowl with five shallots cut into quarters. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil; mix well with salt and pepper, to taste. Add this to the baking sheet with the beef tenderloin and bake 18-25 minutes.

While that’s cooking, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a mixing bowl with lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and baby spinach.

To plate, add baby spinach salad first then the cauliflower and shallot mixture and, finally, that juicy, perfectly cooked beef tenderloin. Garnish with cranberries for a splash of color.

This meal is satisfying and only requires some mixing bowls and a large sheet pan to make cleanup a breeze so you can focus on what really matters most: time with your loved ones.

Find more recipes and savory main dishes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

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Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Salad

Servings: 4-6

  • 1          beef tenderloin (4 pounds), wrapped with butcher’s twine
  • 9          tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4          teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1          head cauliflower
  • 5          shallots, quartered
  • 2          teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2          teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1          package (5 1/2 ounces) baby spinach
  • dried cranberries, for garnish
  1. Heat oven to 475 F. Place beef on baking sheet. Rub 4 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons pepper into beef. Bake 12 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, toss cauliflower, shallots, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper to combine. Scatter vegetables around beef and bake 18-25 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached. Allow meat to rest 15 minutes covered in aluminum foil.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk 3 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and remaining salt and pepper until combined. Add spinach; stir until combined.
  4. Serve by layering spinach topped with cauliflower and shallots then sliced tenderloin. Garnish with dried cranberries.


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Culinary.net

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