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Archive for March 16, 2012

PRODUCT: Aunt Nellie’s Baby Beets

We love Aunt Nellie’s beets: whole beets, sliced beets, pickled beets, Harvard beets. The company is the largest provider of jarred beets.

And now, the brand has introduced Baby Whole Pickled Beets, sized just right for one bite. They’re available nationwide and a great boon to anyone who likes to make hors d’oeuvre and small bites.

  • Serve as a side dish straight from the jar.
  • Make easy appetizers. Skewer a baby beet with a mozzarella ball and a basil leaf, with a cube of cheese and a cornichon or olive, with a scallop or shrimp, or with tortellini (recipe below).
  • Toss into salads.
  • Garnish a martini.
  • Add to roasted vegetables, soups and other dishes.
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    This recipe makes about 36 appetizers, 2 appetizers per serving.

     

    Baby beets make quick and easy appetizers. Photos courtesy Aunt Nelllie’s.

     

    BABY BEET & TORTELLINI APPETIZERS

    Ingredients

  • 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Baby Beets
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated tortellini, any variety
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto*
  • 2 tablespoons prepared vinaigrette
  • 2 medium bell peppers (any color or a combination), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Fresh herbs (such as parsley, basil, chives or thyme)
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    *Thinly sliced strips of smoked ham or turkey may be substituted for prosciutto.

     

    Buy lots—you’ll love them!

     

    Preparation

    1. DRAIN beets well; discard liquid.

    2. COOK tortellini according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water and drain again.

    3. CUT prosciutto into 1×3-inch strips. Wrap one strip prosciutto around tortellini; skewer with appetizer pick.

    4. ASSEMBLE: Brush lightly with vinaigrette. Add one piece of bell pepper and one baby beet to skewer. Repeat until all beets are used. Arrange on serving platter. Sprinkle with herbs.

      

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    COOKING VIDEO: Make Your Own Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

     

    Peanut butter cups: We love them!

    How can you make the everyday peanut butter cup even better? Create them yourself, using better ingredients than are used in mass-marketed PB cups.

    The trick is to buy the most delicious chocolate morsels (or gourmet chocolate) and the tastiest peanut butter. You can use your favorite “shade” of chocolate—dark, milk or white—as long as it’s great stuff.

    The good news: The “recipe” is easy.

    And it’s timely: You can make peanut butter cups for Easter, topped with jelly beans or other candy Easter ornaments.

    Have fun with this one!

       

       

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Make Green Beer, Champagne Or Ginger Ale For St. Patrick’s Day

    Even if you have nothing planned and no time, you can still do something special for St. Patrick’s Day:

    Drink Green

    Make green beer, sparkling wine, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda (7-Up, Sprite) or club soda.

  • Beer: Add 5-6 green drops of green food color to a 12-ounce stein; pour in the beer.
  • Sparkling Wine: Add 2 drops of food color to each flute before pouring in the Champagne.
  • Soft Drinks: Use 6 drops of food color per eight-ounce glass prior to adding the soda.
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    ANOTHER TIP: Pour any effervescent beverage down the side of the glass, rather than into the center. It preserves more bubbles.

     

    It’s easy being green on St. Patrick’s Day. Photo by MBPhoto | IST.

     

    Eat Green

    Color dips, condiments and other creamy foods green. Use 10-12 drops green food color per 1/2 cup of:

  • Blue Cheese Dressing: for chicken wings or salad
  • Mayonnaise: for a sandwich spread or dip for fries
  • Onion Dip Or Ranch Dressing: for chips, veggies, potato wedges
  • Sour Cream: For your baked potato or any favorite use
  • Plain Or Vanilla Yogurt: for any reason
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    On St. Patrick’s Day, it’s easy being green.

      

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