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Fresh Cranberry Relish

- Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving favorite for many families, except for the added sugar you find in most canned varieties. This year consider making a healthy alternative with this easy fresh cranberry relish recipe.

Ingredients:

·         1 medium unpeeled orange—scrubbed, halved, seeded and cut into 2-inch chunks

·         1 medium Granny Smith apple—peeled, cored and cut into 2-inch chunks

·         1/4 medium unpeeled lemon—scrubbed, seeded and cut into 2-inch chunks

·         2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (1/2 pound)

·         1/2 cup sugar

·         1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (about 2 ounces)

Directions:

1.    In a food processor, combine the orange, apple and lemon

2.    Pulse until finely chopped

3.    Next, add the cranberries and pulse until berries are coarsely chopped.

4.    Transfer chopped ingredients to a bowl and stir in the sugar and walnuts.

Keep relish refrigerated up to 1 week.

Tips for Less Stressed Holiday Travel with Kids

- Monday, November 16, 2015


     With all the traffic jams, winter weather, delayed flights and crowded airports, the last thing you need this holiday season is to travel with cranky kids. With a little planning and following these savvy tips, you’ll keep the kids happy when you’re traveling over the river and through the woods.

Get your kids psyched for your holiday travel by getting them involved in the planning process. Let toddlers pick out the books they want for the plane or car ride. Let older children search the Internet for a movie theater near Grandma’s house.

For Families Flying

Share the details of your travel with your kids so they’ll feel more secure. If it’s your child’s first time flying, be sure to explain what will happen at the airport security check. Explain that a camera will take a picture of her doll but it will be waiting for her on the other side. You can also prepare her for her first flight by reading Anne Civardi’s book, “Going on a Plane.”

Bring snacks like Cheerios, bananas and string cheese. There’s nothing worse than a hungry toddler’s tantrum on a plane. Instead of buying them juice at the airport, opt for water instead since kids only drink as much as they need and you won’t have to deal with as many bathroom breaks.

For Families Driving

Have your car inspected for brakes, tires, oil and antifreeze before you leave town. Check the weather forecast and stock your car with any extra supplies you might need depending on the weather like blankets, flashlights, bottled water or a small shovel. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged as well.

Avoid traveling during morning or evening rush hour. Consider leaving at night, if you’re not too tired, since fewer cars are on the road, plus your kids will probably sleep on the way.

Remember to take breaks every two hours. Kids need 15 to 30 minutes to stretch their legs and keep from getting stir-crazy. It’s also a good idea for adults.

To keep kids entertained, let them pack their own bag of small toys, travel games and books. One trick of the trade is to bring a special surprise toy for when they get bored. Books on tape and portable DVD players also help to pass the time.

How ONE Pujols Kitchen Utensil Makes a Word of Difference

- Saturday, November 14, 2015


How can one utensil make a world of difference? When you gift a Pujols Kitchen utensil to your favorite chef, you’re giving families in poverty a better future. Profits from cookware sales are donated to families in poverty around the globe, providing them with cookware and non-perishable food.

How to Keep the Kids Entertained on Thanksgiving

- Saturday, November 14, 2015


When your family has finished eating their Thanksgiving dinner what will your kids do while most are watching football or taking a nap? Here are some ideas to keep the kids entertained:

·         Rather than sitting in front of the TV, board games are a fun alternative, especially when the whole family plays. Charades is fun for all ages and so are Candy Land, Sorry and Trouble.

·         Many kids enjoy working with their hands. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a basket of crayons and markers as well as lots of paper at the ready. Kids can draw their favorite Thanksgiving moment or you can seize the opportunity to have then write Santa a letter with their Christmas lists.

·         Another way to get into the holiday spirit is to set out a holiday puzzle on a card table the night before. Kids, parents and grandparents alike can sit, talk and put the puzzle together. Even if the puzzle doesn’t get finished in one sitting, family members can put a few pieces together each time they walk by the table.

·         Kids love to hear stories about their family members and their adventures. Set out pictures and family albums at Thanksgiving so you can show and tell.

Thanksgiving Timeline for Success - 2 Weeks Ahead

- Friday, November 13, 2015


Just two weeks to go until the big day. Here’s what to focus on this week.

Two Weeks Ahead:

·         Take inventory of tables and chairs to make sure you have enough for guests

·         Gather all serving dishes, glassware and flatware

·         Polish any silver pieces and store in tarnish-resistant silver cloth

·         Clean out the fridge to make room for your Thanksgiving food

·         Shop for nonperishable food on your list

·         Place 3x5 index cards in each serving dish or platter to help yourself remember which recipe goes where

A Holiday Hostess Gift that Gives Back

- Thursday, November 12, 2015

 

    If you’re challenged by what to get your favorite culinary god or goddess this holiday season, consider a gift that gives back—Pujols Kitchen cookware and utensils. Pujols Kitchen cookware delivers the perfect balance of gourmet performance and practicality, freeing your inner chef to achieve maximum culinary creativity.

Each piece in every set has been ergonomically engineered to be more comfortable than any cookware you’ve used before. Regardless of your skill level, your cooking won’t just taste better…it will feel better.

But improving your cooking experience is just the beginning. Profits from cookware sales are donated to families in poverty around the globe, providing them with cookware and non-perishable food. When you give families a better future, you know you've made a world of difference.

Let's Talk Turkey: Tips Every Cook Needs to Know for the Big Day

- Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Whether it’s your first time to host Thanksgiving dinner or you’re an old pro, you have questions that need answering. This collection of tips will help you choose the best bird and offer some unorthodox cooking methods.

How much turkey should I buy?

            Depends on how many people you’re hosting and how much turkey you want for leftovers. But, as a general rule, it’s a good idea to estimate 1 1/2 pounds per person, especially if you have hearty eaters or want ample leftover. If you don’t want leftovers, 3/4 pound of whole turkey per person is sufficient. If you plan to have a boneless turkey roast, plan on at least 1/3 pound per person. If you plan to have a bone-in turkey breast, plan on 3/4 pound per person.

What’s the best way to host Thanksgiving for a crowd?

            Consider roasting two smaller turkeys instead of one large one. Smaller turkeys will cook more quickly and evenly and fit better in your fridge or roasting pan. Additionally, cooking smaller turkeys affords you the opportunity to experiment with two different types of preparations.

To brine or not to brine?

            Brining is a great option for extra flavor and moist meat. Simply combine 5-1/2 ounces kosher salt, ¼ cup sugar and 2 quarts cool water into a pot over high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar and salt dissolve. Then remove from the heat, add 2 more quarts of water and chill in your refrigerator.

Remove turkey innards and reserve for gravy if preferred. Next rinse turkey well and double up two turkey-sized oven bags. Roll down the edges of the bag to allow the bag to stay open. Place bags in your roasting pan and then put the turkey in, breast side down inside the inner bag. Pour brine over the turkey. And then gather the inner bag around the bird so the brine covers most of the turkey. Secure the bag with a twist tie and do the same with the outer bag. Refrigerate turkey (in the roasting pan) for 12 to 18 hours.

To stuff or not to stuff?

            If you choose to stuff your turkey, you should know it will take longer to roast and there’s a greater risk the bird won’t cook evenly. This is why many cooks bake their stuffing in a separate baking dish. Baking your stuffing in a separate baking dish allows you to get that nice crispy top. If you decide to stuff your turkey, do this loosely to allow the stuffing room to expand.

What’s the best oven temperature?

            Some cooks heat their ovens to 425°F for 30 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 325°F. While a higher heat will reduce cooking time by 90 minutes, consider that changing your oven temperature is one more thing to remember on a busy day.

What’s the trick to getting moist turkey meat?

            Start cooking your turkey upside-down in your roasting rack. This will allow the turkey’s natural juices to collect in the breast which tends to dry out otherwise. After roasting for 1 hour, flip the turkey over, breast-side up, for 1 more hour.

How long should I cook my turkey?

            For an unstuffed turkey, use the following table for cooking times. Add 20-40 minutes if you are stuffing your turkey.

Turkey Cooking Times

 Pounds

 Hours

 8 to 12

 2-1/2 to 3-1/2

 12 to 16

 3-1/2 to 4

 16 to 20

 4 to 4-1/2

 20 to 26

 4-1/2 to 5-1/2

 

How will I know when my turkey is done?

            Use an instant-read probe thermometer (digital or analog) to make sure your turkey is fully cooked but not overcooked. Insert the probe into the thickest part of the thigh and wait a few seconds for the thermometer to settle on a temperature. Look for 170°F and be sure to check both thighs in case one side is undercooked. If you’ve stuffed your turkey, you’ll want the thermometer to read 165°F.

Is there anything special I need do with the turkey when it’s done cooking?

            Let your turkey rest for 20 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute. You’ll get moister slices when you do.

 

10 Ways to Celebrate Veteran's Day

- Wednesday, November 11, 2015



Today we honor those who have served and continue to serve our nation. Veteran’s Day is a great opportunity to teach your children about the sacrifice service members and their families make year-round. Here are some ways to celebrate Veteran’s Day at home, school and work.

1.    Show your support for veteran and active duty service members by wearing a red poppy or yellow ribbon.

2.    Have a care-package packing party. Active duty service members appreciate food, especially since most of them get tired of eating MREs. Consider sending non-perishable food. Beef Jerky is a favorite and so are sauces, spices, taco mix, and snacks like Pop Tarts, granola bars and crackers.

3.    Brighten the day of elderly or injured veterans by visiting a veterans’ hospital. You’ll get to hear some intriguing stories about their time in service too.

4.    Put your creativity to work and make cards for veterans. Keep them in your car or in your purse to give to any veteran you encounter throughout the year.

5.    If you’re a teacher, consider inviting a veteran to speak to your class about what it’s like to be in the military. Contact your local VA if you don’t know any veterans to invite.

6.    At the office, take time out of the day to recognize veterans in your workplace. An office-wide coffee break with poppy cookies or a yellow ribbon cake is a great way to express your gratitude.

7.    If possible, attend Veteran’s Day parades.

8.    Honor veterans year-round with a home-cooked meal and thank-you note for volunteering.

9.    Support veteran-owned businesses. Visit www.buyveteran.com to locate veteran owned businesses in your area.

10. Whenever you see a veteran in uniform or wearing a veteran ball cap, tell them thank you. This small act of kindness goes a long way.

Be the ONE to Make a Difference

- Saturday, November 07, 2015


Gift a loved ONE and change the world.

When you, or a loved ONE, use Pujols Kitchen cookware, you not only make your own traditions more delicious and memorable, you also make it possible for those less fortunate to create traditions of their own.

Pujols Kitchen cookware delivers the perfect balance of gourmet performance and practicality, freeing your inner chef to achieve maximum culinary creativity.

  

Chorizo and Cornbread Stuffing

- Saturday, November 07, 2015


This tasty Chorizo and Cornbread Stuffing is a fantastic way to combine Latin cooking with your family’s Thanksgiving traditions.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh Mexican chorizo
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups coarsely crumbled cornbread
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock (low-sodium store-bought is fine)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Grated cotija cheese, for garnish (optional)

Directions

·         Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

·         Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the chorizo until it starts to brown, breaking it up with a spoon and stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic to the chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have browned, about 10 minutes. Add crumbled cornbread and cilantro. Then gradually pour in enough of the stock so the stuffing is not too dry or too wet, stirring gently.

·         Butter a small casserole dish and spread the stuffing in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned on top. Serve right away. Garnish with the cilantro and cotija, if you like.


 

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