Archive for June, 2012

Father's Day Gifts for Dads Who Love to Cook

Father's Day Gifts for Dads Who Love to Cook

(Food News) Father’s Day only comes once a year and if your dad loves to cook, then picking out the perfect gift is as simple as pie. Dads love tools, and there are quite a few tools that can be used in the kitchen to make cooking faster, better and easier. Here are some great ideas for the cooking dad.

There is nothing more frustrating and dangerous than a dull chef’s knife. Dad always says you need the right tool for the job, so this Father’s Day get dad a new chef’s knife, and he will be slicing and dicing like a pro!

There is no better breakfast than a nice warm waffle, but in order to make waffles the easy way, dad is going to need a waffle iron. Waffle irons allow anyone to make fresh delicious waffles that rival most restaurants. Just add some waffle batter, close the lid and in a few minutes dad can have a nice toasty waffle. Pile them high with any toppings that you want.

Dad can easily make square waffles, round waffles and thick Belgian waffles. Multiple settings allow for the perfect waffle creation. Nice and toasty on the outside, and warm and fluffy on the inside. This is one Father’s Day gift that will keep on giving.

Nobody can resist the smell and taste of freshly baked bread, not even dads. There is no simpler way to make fresh bread, than with a bread maker. All dad has to do is drop in some dough, push a few buttons and sit down and watch the game. The bread maker does all of the work, and by half time dad can have fresh baked bread for the half time finger foods. Pile on some fresh turkey or ham to create the ultimate triple decker sandwich.

Bread makers don’t stop there. Dad can also make great tasting cakes, and some bread makers can bake fresh pasta and lasagna as well. Bread makers are another great tool to add to dads kitchen tool arsenal.

There is absolutely no reason to mix anything by hand anymore, when dad could use the power of a kitchen mixer. Bigger, badder and more power, that is what dads always want. Think of it as a power tool for the kitchen. They have different speeds, different attachments, different colors and they make mixing anything fast and fun.

What dad doesn’t like meat and potatoes. Crock pots and slow cookers are a great way to make that perfect stew. Just add in some fresh veggies, a whole roast, close the lid and in a few short hours, dad will have the best home made stew he has ever eaten.

Make mouth watering baked beans that are slow cooked to perfection. Create that masterpiece pot of chili that will take first prize at any chili cook off. Great tasting food takes time, and the best and easiest way to do it, is with a slow cooker.

There are so many different kitchen tools that any dad would love to have for Father’s Day. If dad is a coffee drinker make mornings easier with a drip coffee maker, or his very own Espresso machine. A new microwave would heat up any leftovers that dad made with his new slow cooker. Blenders make great juices, milkshakes and mixed drinks. A toaster oven is a great way to re-heat pizza.  If your dad loves to cook, then get him a tool for the kitchen this coming Father’s Day.



Delicious New Creme Filled Chocolates Hit Store Shelves

Hershey Announces a Sweet Surprise For Chocolate Lovers With Launch of Hershey's Simple Pleasures Chocolates

Hershey Announces a Sweet Surprise For Chocolate Lovers With Launch of Hershey's Simple Pleasures Chocolates

Hershey, PA  (Food News)  The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announced the launch of Hershey’s® Simple Pleasures® chocolates – delicious, smooth and creamy chocolates with 30 percent less fat compared to the average of the leading milk chocolates.

“We know people love chocolate and want to live a balanced lifestyle,” said brand spokeswoman, Anna Lingeris.  “With Hershey’s Simple Pleasures chocolates, our goal is to give chocolate lovers a reason to celebrate because they can finally have it all … delicious chocolate they can feel great about loving.”

Made using the highest-quality ingredients, Hershey’s Simple Pleasures chocolates have a smooth chocolate outside with a rich creme-filled center. They are available in three varieties, Milk Chocolate with Chocolate Creme, Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Creme, and Milk Chocolate with Vanilla Creme and are individually wrapped for easy portion control in 24-count 5.6 oz. bags. Hershey’s Simple Pleasures chocolates are now available in mass retailers and drug stores nationwide.

The first new brand from Hershey since 2007, Hershey’s Simple Pleasures chocolates will have strong brand support with dedicated advertising launching in July as well as a strong digital media presence.

Fans can visit the Hershey’s Simple Pleasures chocolates website (www.hersheyssimplepleasures.com) to learn more.

About The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and approximately 12,000 employees. With revenues of nearly $6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 25 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey’s Bliss, Hershey’s Special Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers.  Hershey also offers premium and artisan chocolate products under such brands as Scharffen Berger and Dagoba through the Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary.  The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China and Mexico while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.

For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company’s global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company’s founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company’s success.

New Cheese Trend Provides Perfect Pairings for Summer Entertaining

New Cheese Trend Provides Perfect Pairings for Summer Entertaining

Boonton, NJ  (Food News)  As the height of the Summer party season approaches, Emmi Roth USA, one of the world’s premier dairy companies and maker of specialty and artisan cheeses, has some suggestions for incorporating the hot new trend in cheese into party fare. Cheese consumers like to explore new things, but they can be fickle when it comes to altering the recipe of a traditional favorite. Rubbed-rind cheeses are creating buzz in the culinary world for the visual appeal, aroma and flavor they bring to the table without altering the integrity of the underlying cheese. Coated with spices, herbs or wine, rubbed-rind cheeses are perfect for pairing with warm-weather foods and wines.

Unique cheeses like Emmi Roth USA’s herb-coated Swiss Alp Bellevue and Swiss Alp Panorama and the award-winning red wine lees rubbed Winzer are perfect options for bringing sophistication and flavor to pairings in a party spread. For example, these cheeses go beautifully with Summer fruits like strawberries and grapes, as well as toasted, salty nuts.

Rubbed-rind cheeses aren’t just for the cheese board either- the extra flavor they provide make them a perfect addition to burgers, quesadillas and sandwiches; and they’re perfect to grate over grilled or roasted Summer vegetables like squash, peppers and mushrooms.

Of course the classic pairing for cheese is wine, and rubbed-rind cheeses are no different. For these bold cheeses, wines like Gamay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Champagne and Syrah stand up to and enhance their full flavor.

Incorporating these trendy and high-end cheeses into the menu is a great way to impress guests at Summer barbeques, graduations, or Fourth of July parties. Emmi Roth USA specialty cheeses, including the Swiss Alp and Winzer cheeses can be found at local grocers or online at EmmiRothUSA.com

PRESS: For more information about Emmi of Switzerland, please contact Allison Greco at The S3 Agency: 973-257-5533 or agreco@theS3agency.com

About Emmi Roth USA, Inc.

Emmi Roth USA, a subsidiary of Emmi Group, is a leading provider of specialty and artisan cheeses and premium fresh dairy products. Our expansive portfolio includes award-winning cheeses from Switzerland, Europe, and the United States, each crafted with pride from the freshest local milk. Key cheese brands include Kaltbach cave-aged, Grand Cru and Buttermilk Blue. Our specialty dairy products include Swiss Premium Yogurt and Caffè Latte, Emmi’s chilled coffee drink crafted with fresh roasted coffee and the finest milk. Tradition and innovation balance perfectly to deliver distinctive offerings of the highest quality to the retail and food service trades.

Dieting and Nutrition Doesn’t Have to Be Confusing

Washington, DC  (Food News)  For many individuals the best diet for weight loss and overall heart health consists of a balanced intake of protein, carbohydrates, and fats — including monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fat. However, consumers are bombarded everyday by conflicting and contradictory information about nutrition and by far the biggest source of confusion is fats.

Monica Reinagel is an author, licensed nutritionist, and professionally trained chef, who wants to set the record straight about fats. “One of the biggest myths is that low-fat diets are better for weight loss and heart health,” says Reinagel. “All too often, people on low-fat diets end up eating more sugar and refined carbohydrates — which can be even worse for both your waistline and your heart!” Some of the most common misconceptions about fats are:

1. LOW-FAT FOODS ARE BEST FOR WEIGHT LOSS: Not necessarily true. Fats are calorie-dense, and as such should be eaten in moderation; however more attention should be focused on the amount of calories consumed and burned. There is a lot of research showing that low-fat diets are not as effective for long-term weight loss or cardiovascular health as diets that are higher in fat but moderate in sugar and/or carbohydrates.

2. A LOW-FAT DIET IS BETTER FOR YOUR HEART: The latest research suggests that limiting refined carbohydrates is far more important for heart health than limiting total or saturated fat. Often when individuals go on a low-fat diet, they replace the fat with refined carbohydrates. But diets high in refined sugars tend to promote systemic inflammation, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

3. SATURATED FATS ARE JUST AS BAD AS TRANS FATS: Absolutely not, but some organizations insist on linking them together, such as the American Heart Association through their “Bad Fat Brothers” campaign. In fact, while experts agree that trans fats should be eliminated as much as possible, they also agree that about 1/3 of your total fat intake can be from saturated fats.

4. MEAT AND BUTTER AND EGGS CONTAIN MOSTLY SATURATED FAT: Animal fats are usually a mix of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. For example, less than 50% of the fat in beef tenderloin is saturated and less than 65% of the fat in butter is saturated.

5. AMERICANS EAT TOO MUCH FAT: Actually, the average American consumes very close to the recommended amounts of both total and saturated fat. The recommended value of saturated fat is 10% and the average is 11%.

The only fats you need to completely avoid, says Reinagel, are trans fats. Fortunately, many food manufacturers are replacing shortening and other hydrogenated oils with a healthier blend of unsaturated and saturated vegetable oils, such as palm oil. For more information about fats, visit www.americanpalmoil.com.

American Palm Oil Council

The American Palm Oil Council, the U.S. association representing the Malaysian palm oil industry, works to educate the American public about the benefits of palm oil, which is used around the world in food applications, biofuel, soaps, candles, and other products.

Conquer Cravings With a Snack Plan of Attack

Conquer Cravings With a Snack Plan of Attack

(Food News)  It’s a myth that snacking in between meals is a no-no. In reality, it’s a healthy habit to keep hunger at bay without sacrificing taste or nutrition, according to Cynthia Sass, registered dietitian and author of the New York Times bestselling book “S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches.”

Choosing wholesome snacks is the smartest way to get through the day, Sass says. Healthy snacking helps manage cravings while satisfying hunger and providing the body with important nutrients.

“Planning your snacks is just as important as planning your meals,” Sass says. “You’re far less likely to overeat or miss out on important nutrients when you satisfy cravings with a snack you’ve considered in advance.”

Sass recommends plant-based snacks to help slow digestion and absorption, which keeps you fuller longer and better controls blood sugar and insulin levels. “I like to pair a handful of almonds with apples, cheese or yogurt to help keep my metabolism and energy levels up and stabilized,” she says.

To snack smart, follow these tips from Sass:

Stick to a schedule: Going long stretches without food deprives your body of the fuel it needs and slows your metabolism. Have simple snacks on hand so you don’t get too hungry and become ravenous later. “Almonds with cheese, creamy almond butter and apple slices and yogurt topped with fruit and sprinkled with cinnamon are a few of my go-to snacks,” says Sass.

Create portable favorites in case of emergency: We all have days when life doesn’t go according to plan. Having portable snack options at the ready helps prevent crashing or giving in to poor food choices. Pack a zip-top plastic bag or container with a handful of wholesome snacks — such as dried fruit — to keep in your purse or gym bag so you’ll always have a snack on hand to curb any craving.

Indulge on occasion: The good news? You can indulge a little when it comes to dark chocolate. “I eat dark chocolate every day for many reasons,” Sass says. “Dark chocolate contains antioxidants — such as those found in red wine and tea — which can boost brain activity, lower blood pressure, improve circulation and reduce stress levels.”

Separate the physical and emotional: We sometimes tend to mistake emotions for hunger, and our moods often determine our food choices. Keeping a food diary to record all snacks and meals, along with feelings and the signs of hunger or fullness, helps identify eating patterns.

To help make your snack choices even easier, try The Almond Snack Generator at www.almondboard.com/snackgenerator, a handy new tool that lets you choose snack pairings based on your cravings, so you can snack anytime, anywhere.

Roasted Almonds with Coriander, Chili and Olive Oil
Yield: 8 servings

1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups blanched almonds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
1 to 3 small dried red chili peppers
2 generous pinches of sea salt

Add olive oil and almonds to hot sauté pan.

Sauté and toast almonds until golden brown, shaking pan regularly to color them evenly and accentuate their nutty flavor.

Crumble in coriander and chili to taste, then add sea salt.

Toss over and serve hot on large plate. These are perfect as a pre-dinner snack.

All-natural food brand partners with plant-based diet experts to launch month-long campaign

Earth Balance Brings Plant-Based Eating to the Masses

Earth Balance Brings Plant-Based Eating to the Masses

Boulder, CO  (Food News)  Earth Balance, a line of plant-based, all-natural and organic foods launches a “Month of Plant-Based Eating” campaign to educate consumers about the health and environmental benefits of the plant-based diet. The brand has partnered with over 25 plant-based diet experts, including Julieanna Hever, The Plant-Based Dietitian M.S., R.D., C.P.T., Kim Barnouin, co-author of the Skinny Bitch book series, and many more to share tips for “leaning into” a plant-based diet though the online community MadeJustRight.com.

“A plant-based diet can often seem intimidating, and our goal is to let people know how easy and delicious it really is,” says Duane Primozich, Senior Vice President General Manager, Earth Balance. “To do so, we have created MadeJustRight.com, an online community dedicated to plant-based living, and we are thrilled to bring together such an exceptional group of experts to share their knowledge in our Month of Plant-Based Eating campaign.”

The four-week campaign, which launches on June 4th, will bring together a panel of plant-based diet experts including dietitians, vegan chefs, authors and more to share daily tips for adopting a plant-based lifestyle. Each day throughout the campaign one expert will provide an easy-to-follow piece of advice in a post on the Earth Balance online community MadeJustRight.com. The advice shared will be based on each expert’s knowledge and experiences relating to cooking and eating plant-based foods, health benefits associated with the plant-based diet and fun ways to enjoy living a plant-based lifestyle. The campaign will last the duration of the month of June.

According to Julieanna Hever, The Plant-Based Dietitian, M.S., R.D., C.P.T. , author of the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine and co-author of the brand new book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, “Plants are the most nutrient dense foods available. By following a plant-based diet, a person generally consumes fewer calories, less fat, and reduces their risk of lifestyle-related diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. If everyone followed a plant-based diet, the world would be a much healthier place. We should all do it!”

All Earth Balance food products are vegan and made from plant-based, all-natural or organic ingredients. Earth Balance products are free of animal products of any kind, gluten, hydrogenated oils and GMOs, providing a tasty alternative for conscious eaters and those with food sensitivities. Earth Balance strongly supports plant-based diet education initiatives, as well as the Non-GMO Project and sustainable agriculture practices.

More information about Earth Balance plant-based diet initiatives and the brand’s Month of Plant-Based Eating campaign is available at MadeJustRight.com.

About Earth Balance

Based near Boulder, Colo., Earth Balance produces a line of delicious buttery spreads, shortenings, nut butters, soymilk, soy nog, coconut spread and alternative mayo. All Earth Balance® products are plant-based, vegan, made without artificial ingredients and hydrogenated oils, and are free of gluten, lactose and eggs, offering a delicious alternative for individuals with food sensitivities and those seeking healthier options for their favorite foods. Earth Balance® products are a great complement to cooking and baking and some can be enjoyed on their own. Earth Balance strongly supports the Non-GMO Project and sustainable agriculture practices, and all Earth Balance® products are made without genetically modified ingredients. Earth Balance promotes a plant-based diet and earth-friendly lifestyle through its Made Just Right™ online social community. Earth Balance is a division of GFA Brands, Inc., an operating affiliate of Smart Balance, Inc. (NasdaqGM: SMBL). For more information, visit http://www.EarthBalanceNatural.com and http://www.MadeJustRight.com.

Borden® Foodservice’s Reduced-Sugar Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Milks: 25% Less Sugar than Our Regular Low Fat Chocolate Milk, Yet High in Flavor and Fun

Borden's New Reduced-Sugar, Fat-Free Flavored Milk Formulated for Schools

Borden's New Reduced-Sugar, Fat-Free Flavored Milk Formulated for Schools

Dallas, TX  (Food News)  Students love chocolate milk, but most flavored milks have a lot of added sugar. That’s why the dairy experts at Borden Foodservice have developed a new Reduced-Sugar line of nutritious, fat-free flavored milks that are lower in sugar, but still pack the flavorful punch that kids love to reach for when it’s lunchtime.

Borden’s new Reduced-Sugar flavored milks are the right choice for school foodservice directors looking for meal solutions that offer the perfect balance of nutrition and flavor for their students. The milks taste great and exceed the schools’ nutritional specifications.

Borden’s Reduced-Sugar line of flavored milk is available in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. They’re nutritiously wholesome and delicious, with nine essential nutrients crucial for kids’ healthy growth and development: calcium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, potassium, phosphorous, niacin and riboflavin. The fun, flavorful trio also contains no artificial growth hormones, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.

“We understand that school meal decision makers are under a lot of pressure to keep costs down while still meeting government guidelines for nutrition, plus make choices that keep kids happy. Our new Reduced-Sugar flavored milks were developed with that in mind. They’re a cost effective, nutritionally beneficial choice that kids will naturally turn to at lunchtime,” explained Borden Dairy Company’s Senior Vice President – Foodservice Robert Smith.

The most common chocolate milk offering for this school year had 130 calories and 21 grams of sugar per serving. Borden’s Reduced-Sugar chocolate milk is 110 calories, with 18 grams of sugars. Borden’s chocolate milk also has five fewer grams of carbohydrates and 20 fewer milligrams of sodium per 8 ounce serving.

Although it has less sugar, the chocolate milk has an improved, more flavorful chocolate taste. When the dairy experts at Borden went back to the drawing board to create the new milk, they added more cocoa and other natural flavors to give the creamy beverage a richer chocolate flavor.

“Our new Reduced-Sugar dairy products are innovations in the world of milk and the responsible choice for school milk programs. Instead of filling up on empty-calorie sodas or power drinks, kids can enjoy the awesome flavor and optimal nutritional benefits of Borden’s Reduced-Sugar milks,” said Smith.

If milk is not consumed with lunch, it’s much more difficult for kids to meet their daily needs for calcium, vitamin D and potassium, according to MilkPEP.org, the organization of milk processors behind the famous milk mustache campaigns. Borden’s nutritious advantages combined with kids’ love for chocolate milk means they are more likely to choose a bone-building dairy option at lunchtime.

Borden is a longtime milk leader that has been taking pride in offering dairy lovers great tasting, high quality milk since 1897. The company works exclusively with dairy farmers to supply milk from cows that have not been treated with artificial growth hormones, and products are locally processed with the highest quality service and processing standards. The brand’s premium milks have a distinctively rich, creamy taste.

To learn more about Borden and the new Reduced-Sugar milk series, please contact Amy Power at 214.693.2146 or amy(at)powerpublicrelations(dot)com or visit http://bordendelivers.com.

About Borden

Borden Dairy Company, headquartered in Dallas, employs approximately 4,500 people throughout the United States who support the processing, distribution and sale of milk in local markets. The Company produces best-in-class milk products for foodservice and retail customers. Borden Dairy Company carries on the legacy of Gail Borden, Jr., who brought stability and structure to dairy farming methods, milk distribution and business practices. Today, Borden strives for the highest quality and nutrition standards just as its founder Mr. Borden did. For more information, visit http://www.bordendairy.com.

The Perfect Summer Menu With Mango – Just in Time for Entertaining Al Fresco

Celebrity Chef Aarti Sequeira Gives Summertime Classics a Tropical Twist

Celebrity Chef Aarti Sequeira Gives Summertime Classics a Tropical Twist

Los Angeles, CA  (Food News)  From friendly neighborhood get-togethers to celebrating poolside, celebrity chef, Aarti Sequeira, loves using mango to add some fresh, exciting flavor to kick off the sunny season. The tropical taste is versatile enough for sweet and savory dishes, like Aarti’s new recipes for a refreshing salad, a tangy barbeque sauce, a cooling summer drink and a sophisticated dessert.

The simple addition of mango creates standout dishes while also adding beneficial nutrients. One cup of mango provides 100 percent of daily vitamin C, 35 percent of daily vitamin A and is a good source of fiber, all for only 100 calories.

Mangos are available year round, though grocery stores stock the most varieties during summer months. With an abundance of mangos available, now is the perfect time to try Aarti’s mango-licious recipes and to share them with friends and family.

Aarti’s newest summer dishes include:

Keep in mind, when selecting a mango, color is not always the best indicator of ripeness. Instead, consumers should squeeze the mango gently to judge ripeness. A ripe mango will give slightly, similar to a peach or avocado. To ripen a mango, keep it at room temperature. Once ripe, mangos should be moved to the refrigerator, where they will keep for up to five days. Mangos may be peeled, cubed and placed in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months.

About Aarti Sequeira
Aarti Sequeira uses her passion for food, training in broadcast journalism and warm personality to host a lively Food Network cooking show, Aarti Party. She surprises viewers with unexpected flavors and techniques to expand their palates and culinary repertoire by imparting her knowledge of global cuisine and putting an approachable spin on all-American classics. Growing up in Dubai with a traditional Indian Catholic family, Aarti’s lifelong appreciation for food began at a young age and was inspired by her mother and her exposure to such diverse cultures. In August 2010, Aarti got her start by winning Season 6 of Food Network Star. Now in Season 2, Aarti Party promises great food and endless fun for home cooks everywhere.

About National Mango Board
The National Mango Board is a national promotion and research organization, which is supported by assessments from both domestic and imported mangos. The board was designed to drive awareness and consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. Mango availability per capita has increased 35 percent since 2005 to an estimated 2.53 pounds per year in 2011. Mango import volume for 2011 was 810 million pounds. Learn more at www.mango.org.

Bold Recipes for Entertaining

Bold Recipes for Entertaining

Mission, KS  (Food News)  If you’d like to experience some exciting world flavors without leaving home or eating out, these recipes should be on your menu. Chipotle Chicken Mango Salad and 3 Pepper Colby Jack Cheese Dip will take your taste buds on a flavor adventure in your very own home.

Whether you’re entertaining guests or making a weekday meal for your family, these recipes use the intense, sweet, savory and spicy flavors from the new, globally inspired Boar’s Head Bold product line to bring the perfect amount of flair to any dish.

Boar’s Head Bold features Jerk Turkey Breast inspired by Jamaica, Chipotle Chicken Breast influenced from Mexico’s Baja peninsula, 3 Pepper Colby Jack Cheese inspired from Brazil, and Chipotle Gouda infusing the flavors of Veracruz, Mexico.

Get more recipes with bold flavor at www.boarshead.com.

Chipotle Chicken Mango Salad
Servings: 2 as entrée salad, 4 as side salad
4 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded
6 ounces Boar’s Head Chipotle Chicken, sliced 1/4-inch thick and diced
6 ounces Boar’s Head Monterey Jack Cheese with Jalapeño, sliced 1/4-inch thick and diced
1 cup mango, diced
1/2 cup mango chutney with jalapeños
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh
1/2 cup almonds, sliced

Toss lettuce, chicken, cheese and mango in bowl; set aside.

In separate bowl, whisk together mango chutney, mayonnaise, sour cream and lemon juice to make salad dressing.

Toss chicken salad with dressing. Garnish with sliced almonds and serve.

3 Pepper Colby Jack Cheese Dip
Servings: Makes 3 cups
1 cup Boar’s Head 3 Pepper Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
1 cup Boar’s Head Chipotle Gouda, shredded
1 cup mayonnaise
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 scallions, finely chopped
8 slices Boar’s Head Bacon, prepared crispy to package directions and chopped into small pieces

Mix cheeses, mayonnaise, cream cheese and scallions together in bowl.

Place in an oven safe baking dish and cook for 15 to 20 minutes at 350° F, until warmed through and cheese is melted. Stir before serving and garnish with bacon.

Fire It Up With New Grilling Favorites

Fire It Up With New Grilling Favorites

Mission, KS  (Food News)  Craving new grilling recipes? For a flavorful spin on warm-weather meals, think beyond standard steaks, burgers and veggies. Trying a versatile protein, like pulled pork, will revitalize standby menus and add creativity to dinner.

Sandwiches may be the traditional way to serve up this favorite but, once prepared, pulled pork can be enjoyed throughout the week in grilled quesadillas, pastas and even savory pies. World champion pitmaster Chris Lilly’s Grilled Pork Pie puts a fun spin on a backyard classic, when paired with a creamy slaw.

To prepare pulled pork on the grill, follow these tips from the National Pork Board:

  • Cut: The best roast for preparing pulled pork is the flavorful shoulder, which is broken down into two parts, Boston Butt and Picnic Roast. Though both yield delicious pulled pork, uniformly shaped Boston Butt is more commonly used.
  • Temperature: For tender pork, your best tools are patience and indirect heat. The ideal preparation calls for grilling at 285°F for 45 minutes per pound until tender.
  • Technique: When finished cooking, remove from heat and let sit, covered in foil, for 15 to 30 minutes. Shred meat with two forks, discarding remaining fat.

For more on pulled pork, tips and recipes, visit www.PorkBeInspired.com. Also, follow the National Pork Board on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PorkBeInspired and on Twitter @AllAboutPork.

Grilled Pork Pie
Makes: 8 single-serving pies
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 15 minutes

Dough
2 sticks butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold water
Soaking Sauce
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup cola
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
3/4 pound chopped barbecued pork

Cut butter into 1/2 inch cubes; refrigerate. In small mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Add in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Slowly add water, mixing continuously, until a dough ball is formed. Seal dough ball in cling wrap; place in refrigerator overnight.

Sprinkle countertop generously with flour. On floured area, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/8-inch. Cut dough into five-inch diameter circles. Immediately peel, lift and flip dough circles, making sure they don’t stick. Yield should be eight pie shells.

In small sauce pan, combine soaking sauce ingredients. Bring sauce to a light boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and set aside.

Preheat grill using Kingsford charcoal, until internal temperature reaches 400°F.

Combine chopped pork and 1/2 cup of soaking sauce in medium bowl. Spread three tablespoons of sauced pork onto one-half of each dough circle, making sure outer edge of the shell is uncovered. Lightly moisten edges of dough with water. Fold dough in half creating a half-moon with filling. Gently press pie edges together and crimp with a fork.

Prep the charcoal grill grate with a grill brush and a light coat of oil. Transfer pies to the grill and cook at 400°F over direct heat for two to three minutes on each side, or until dough turns a crispy golden brown. Remove from grill and serve with remaining soaking sauce and coleslaw.

Recipe created by world champion pitmaster Chris Lilly on behalf of Kingsford® charcoal. For more, visit www.Grilling.com.