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Caprese garlic bread, a can’t miss

Garlic bread and sauce can be a meal in my house. But what do you do to give an upgrade to this basic bread staple? Add melty mozzarella, fresh sliced tomatoes and green basil, of course. Serve as a side with pasta, or eat all on its own. Caprese Garlic Bread Serves 6-8  Ingredients 1 loaf Italian bread, halved 1 stick butter, softened 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella 2 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/4 cup balsamic reduction 6-8 fresh basil leaves, sliced Himalayan cooking and table salt Directions  Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a medium bowl, add butter, garlic and salt. Mash together until soft and blended. Spread mixture on both halves of bread. Place bread halves on a baking sheet, and bake about 15 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted and just barely brown. Evenly sprinkle the mozzarella over both halves of the loaf. Top with tomato slices, and bake…

FROM THE PANTRY: Move over Goldfish, delicious cheesy snacks for adults

We still love the classic cheesy fish-shaped, lava orange colored cracker, but as an adult you have the freedom to choose your own crunchy cheese snack. Exercise that right without creating a million reasons to then have to go and exercise. If you can’t eat gluten, you would have to pass on the Goldfish anyway. Maybe you need vegan, or a lower sodium option. In the vast, nameless world of online food shopping, you’ve hit a happening cheesy oasis full of adult options. May we suggest:  Baked White Cheddar Cheese Puffs Yep, they like to share the joy with this friends – especially when it’s made with the natural goodness of stone ground corn and Real cheese! So, hop on the couch, invite some friends over, and start crunching on the ultimate guilt-Free snack. Gluten-free Cheese Bites Crackers Schar gluten-Free Cheese Bit’s. Wheat-Free. Naturally cheese flavored crackers. Cheddar baked snacks. Gluten-free…

The one ingredient Ina Garten won’t buy at the store

Followers of all things Ina Garten already envy her expensive collection of Le Creuset cookware, her fabulous roster of friends, and her wildly popular cooking show on the Food Network. Despite all of her success, Ina famously reminds us not to get in over our heads if we can’t prep a certain ingredient and that “Store bought is fine.” That is, except for one ingredient in particular. In a recent interview with Time, the Barefoot Contessa opened up about the one ingredient she could never give the grocery store green light for: pre-grated Parmesan cheese. Sure, some of her recommendations might garner an eye roll — do we really “good” vanilla from Madagascar? — but this is one recommendation we should all get behind. Tubs of the pre-grated stuff has been previously found to contain wood pulp or other fillers. Even if you can’t hop a flight directly to Parma to pick out your own wheel…

The Scary Truth Behind Processed Cheeses

You’ve probably heard that processed cheeses like Kraft Singles, Velveeta and Cheese Whiz are made of unappetizing things. But what exactly is this scary stuff that goes these molten, melty cheeses of the glowing orange variety? USDA research chemist Michael Tunick was tapped by Tech Insider to sit down and discuss exactly what’s inside those oh-so-unnatural cheeses. He explains, since before WWI, companies have been stretching their cheese supply by grinding up older cheeses and adding them to newer cheeses. The two mix together with an emulsifier to help hold it all together, while also helping it melt really well for the consumer. It’s perfectly legal, as long as their description bears the label  “pasteurized processed cheese spread” or “pasteurized processed cheese product.” So be wary of these terms because they are essentially code for “not actually real cheese.” For some fun history mixed with scary facts, be sure to watch. For healthy alternatives, visit everybodycravespantry.com.…

Easy Enchilada Recipe

Easy Chicken Enchiladas Ingredients 3-4 cups cooked chicken, shredded (I use cooked rotisserie chicken as a time saver) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 teaspoons olive oil 3/4 – 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup parsley, chopped 1 large can enchilada sauce (Dos Amantes has great flavor) 3 cups shredded cheese (Mexican blend preferred) 8-12 flour tortillas Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 2. In a large pan over medium heat, heat 2 tsps of olive oil. Simmer the onions and cook until soft. Stir often. 3. Combine the chicken and the onions in the pan. Stir until combined. 4. Pour about 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce over the chicken and onion mixture — enough sauce to coat the chicken. 5. Add sour cream and parsley. Stir. 6. Spread enough sauce in a baking dish to cover the bottom. This prevents the tortillas from sticking. 7. Fill the tortillas, first with a spoon of sauce, and then some of the chicken mixture. 8. Roll the tortilla…

10 Most Delicious Dunking Fountains

It all started harmlessly enough. Mid-century American families loved their chocolate fondue, so they served it in single-family-sized fondue pots as dessert on special occasions. Flash forward through decades of excess and unbridled food experimentation, and you have behemoth-sized, towering tiers of condiments for every occasion. 1. Hot Sauce For those who carry a bottle of Frank’s, Tabasco or Cholula with them. True hot sauce lovers would find different ways to use this fountain daily. Best with: Sandwiches, vegetables, meat, mac & cheese, scrambled eggs, pretty much anything… 2. Ketchup The all-american food fountain. Ten billion ounces of ketchup are consumed annually. And while 97 percent of households keep a bottle handy at all times, a much lower number are equipped with this fancy ketchup fountain to demonstrate their true love for the sweet and savory red sauce. Best with: Burgers, hot dogs, french fries, fast food, eggs, breakfast, potatoes, pretty much anything……

Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day by Making Your Most Melty Sandwich Ever With These Expert Tips

It’s not always clear who decides these things, but April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day — and who would argue with that? Actually, gooey grilled cheese has become such a unanimously craveable comfort food that somewhere along the way, it earned its own month. That’s right. As if we needed a reason to eat more grilled cheese, the whole month of April was declared as annual “National Grilled Cheese Month.” Ranker, a leading digital media company for opinion-based, crowdsourced rankings, recently conducted a survey of more than 34,000 participants on “The Most Comforting Comfort Food.” Grilled cheese won the coveted top spot, beating out chocolate, pizza, ice cream, french fries, and even cheesy rival, mac and cheese. Just about anyone can butter bread and slap some cheese in between, but there is actually a fair amount of science and research (read: dozens of enviable taste-testing sessions) that the experts put in, so they can elevate your grilled…

Quick and easy appetizer for anytime

Sometimes you want something a little fancier than chips and salsa as a snack or appetizer for your friends. These are perfect because you can keep the pre-made pastry shells in your freezer for up to 3 months. They look like you put a ton of time into them, but you can get these plated in under a half hour. I made these for breakfast one morning as something out of the ordinary, and everyone loved the idea. I had three flavors combos: Egg, onion and mushroom Warm berries and cream cheese Brie with dried figs and apricot slices INGREDIENTS 1 package puff pastry cups (I use these from Pepperidge Farm) OR 2 packages puff pastry shells Toppings: I used cream cheese and berries; eggs, onion and mushrooms; and brie with dried figs and apricots DIRECTIONS Follow directions for baking pastry shells in oven. Prepare fillings to your liking. Cook eggs and mushrooms in separate…