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Archive for July 2, 2011

TIP OF THE DAY: Pancake Topping Recipe

Who needs maple syrup? Grab the jam jar. Photo by Daniel Gilbey | IST.


Want pancakes but are out of syrup?

Grab a jar of jam, jelly or preserves.

Scoop jam into a bowl and whisk with enough hot water to create the consistency you want.

If it’s an adults-only event, add a teaspoon or more of Grand Marnier or fruit liqueur. You can combine flavors; for example, orange liqueur with strawberry jam.

Or, you can use the jam for stuffed pancakes. Make large, thin pancakes or crepes that can be filled with jam and folded in half, as in the photo.

Recipes for pancakes, waffles and French Toast.

Whole grain pancakes are nutritious and good for you. See our reviews of the best whole grain pancake brands.



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JULY 4th FOOD: Red, White & Blue Colored Popcorn

Here’s a treat that you can make in any theme colors—just as long as the colors are available as flavored gelatins.

For a red, white and blue display, use JELL-O Berry Blue plus any of the red flavors (there are seven, from Raspberry to Watermelon). You can use standard, pale yellow corn as your white layer, or look for white corn kernels to pop. The colored layers are sweet; the plain popcorn can provide a salty counterpoint.

Layer the colored popcorn in a clear bowl, or fill individual bowls.

Yield: about 16 cups
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients Per Color

  • 12 cups popped popcorn

    Color popcorn for any occasion—from fall colors above to red, white and blue. Photo
    and recipe courtesy Eagle Brand.


  • 1 can (14 ounces) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 package (3 ounces) flavored gelatin
    1. Heat oven to 300ºF. Line a large shallow roasting pan with heavy foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter foil.
    2. Remove all unpopped popcorn. Pour popcorn into prepared pan. Keep warm in oven.
    3. Combine sweetened condensed milk and dry gelatin in medium saucepan. Heat and stir over low heat until mixture is slightly thickened and bubbly, 4 to 5 minutes.
    4. Pour mixture over popcorn. Stir gently to coat using a long-handled wooden spoon.
    5. Bake 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Carefully turn out onto another large piece of lightly buttered foil. Cool. Break into pieces or clusters.
    6. Repeat process to create the second layer of colored popcorn.
    7. Layer blue, white and red popcorn in a clear bowl.

    More flavored popcorn recipes.

    For gourmet popcorn gifts, we love 479° Popcorn, in flavors such as Black Truffle + White Cheddar, Chipotle Caramel + Almonds, Fleur de Sel Caramel, Ginger Sesame Caramel, Madras Curry Coconut + Cashews and more.


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