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TIP OF THE DAY: Low-Calorie Fruit Kabobs

If you’re ready to switch gears after chocolate-filled Valentine’s Day festivities, fruit kabobs with yogurt dip are a sweet transition—low-calorie and healthy, too. For a snack or light dessert, simply skewer pineapple chunks, melon balls, berries, grapes, orange segments—whatever catches your eye in the produce section—in interesting patterns (or, serve them as fruit salad). You can make an easy yogurt dip from one cup of vanilla yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. The diet dip version substitutes plain, fat-free yogurt and 2 packets of sweetener—hold the honey. Our favorite plain, fat-free yogurt, FAGE Total, is so delicious, we’re happy with the fat-free version. Read our review of FAGE Total Yogurt. Find more low-calorie foods in the Diet Nibbles Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Yogurt
Make fruit kabobs with berries, grapes, pineapple, etc.; or just enjoy this delicious and healthy snack as a fruit salad with yogurt topping.
 

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RECIPE: Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert

If you still don’t have a special Valentine’s Day dessert, you can pick up these ingredients and have something special in 5 minutes.

Kozy Shack’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries all-natural pudding and pie filing is the first in a new line of Limited Edition products from the pudding company. This flavor, available through April 1st, drops large pieces of strawberries into a very satisfying chocolate pudding.

The recipe for the Chocolate-Strawberry Cream Pie is on the package, but we’ve included it below. The pudding is delicious right out of the container and as an ingredient in other desserts.

  • If you can’t get hold of this limited-edition flavor, buy the regular chocolate pudding and stir in some diced strawberries, fresh or frozen.
  • If you prefer real whipped cream to frozen whipped topping and have an extra 10 minutes to stabilized whipped cream that doesn’t collapse (deflate), see the recipe below.
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    RECIPE: EASY CHOCOLATE-STRAWBERRY PUDDING PIE

    Ingredients

  • 1 eight-inch pre-made pie shell (regular or chocolate crust)
  • 22-ounce container Kozy Shack Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Pudding
  • Whipped topping
  • Fresh strawberries and shaved chocolate to garnish
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    Preparation

    1. POUR the pudding the into pie shell and spread evenly.

    2. COVER the entire surface of the pie with whipped topping. Place in the freezer for an hour.

    4. REMOVE, slice and serve.

     

    Kozy Shack Pie

    Kozy  Shack Chocolate Pudding Recipe

    Make this pie in 5 minutes with Kozy Shack’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries pudding and pie filling. Photos courtesy Kozy Shack.

     
    RECIPE: STABILIZED WHIPPED CREAM WITH GELATIN

    Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 4 teaspoons cold water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE the gelatin and cold water in a small pan; let stand until the mixture is thick. Then place the pan over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from the heat. Let it cool, but do not allow it to set.

    2. WHIP the cream with the sugar until slightly thick. While slowly beating, add the gelatin to whipping cream. Whip at high speed until stiff.
     
    Visit KozyShack.com for more recipes, and check out the recipe collection in the Desserts & Ice Cream Section of THE NIBBLE webzine.

      

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    TODAY IN FOOD: It’s National Plum Pudding Day

    Plum Pudding Hard Sauce

    Christmas Pudding Toffee Sauce

    Top: Plum Pudding with hard sauce; photo by Gary Lerner | London Lennie’s. Bottom: Plum pudding with toffee sauce at MackenzieLtd.com.

     

    “Who on earth would strive to create a National Plum Pudding Day in America, especially on February 12th,” we wondered. This is the boiled pudding dessert made of dried fruit that is traditionally served in the U.K. on Christmas Day (it’s also known as Christmas pudding and figgy pudding).

    You can’t even get an American to eat a piece of fruit cake, let alone a dark, dried fruit and suet concoction, mixed with flour and spices (and related to mince pie, another dish not-so-beloved by Americans).

    It’s largely that plum pudding is not sweet enough for the American palate, and we aren’t accustomed to desserts made with suet (beef or mutton fat).

    And why would National Plum Pudding day be in the middle of February, rather than around the holidays?

    In the U.K. it’s available year-round.

    We really enjoy a good plum pudding (as well as a good fruitcake and a good mince pie).

  • Plum pudding can be eaten with hard sauce, custard sauce, crème anglaise, lemon cream, etc.
  • With a side of rum raisin ice cream, custard sauce and enough flaming brandy poured upon it, more Americans might warm up to it.
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    Here’s a recipe to make your own plum pudding.

    Here’s more about plum pudding sauces and history.
     
    BUT WHAT ABOUT ABRAHAM LINCOLN?

    The bigger issue, vis-à-vis the scramble to name every day of the year a food holiday, would seem that we’ve forgotten that February 12th is the birthday of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

     
    President Lincoln was born in 1809 in a one-room log cabin on his parents’ farm in Hardin County (now part of LaRue County), Kentucky. Might not a more appropriate holiday for February 12th be Bûche de Noel Day, honoring Honest Abe with that charming buttercream cake decorated to look like a log? Just a thought.

    Those of you from Kentucky or Illinois, where the family relocated and Abe began his political career, might think of petitioning to get something more Lincoln-appropriate in the February 12th food holiday slot. Find out how all of these holidays (known as “special observance days”) are enacted…and perhaps you’ll be inspired to petition for your own.

    National Foie Gras With Château d’Yquem Day, anyone?

     
      

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    TODAY IN FOOD: It’s National Chocolate Fondue Day

    The best way to celebrate National Chocolate Fondue Day is not with a traditional chocolate fondue. Nope. It’s by thinking outside the box and making this Spicy Truffle Melt. Check out the concept plus a party plan. If you want the traditional chocolate fondue recipe, of course we’ll oblige.
    – Don’t dip rubbery supermarket marshmallows into a fine fondue. Gourmet marshmallows are the way to go.
      Hot Chocolate and Spices
    You can add the same spices to chocolate fondue and hot chocolate. Try allspice, cardamom, chili, cinnamon-nutmeg, coconut-curry, ginger, and paprika. Photo courtesy of Recchiuti Chocolate.
     

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    RECIPES: Last Chance Easy Holiday Recipes

    Chocolate Peppermint Pie
    Who can resist Chocolate Peppermint Pie?
      Still searching for that special recipe for Christmas or New Year’s Eve?
    – Turn your cheese tray into a Cheese Christmas Tree.
    – Serve this crowd-pleasing Chocolate Peppermint Pie.
    – Entertain the adults with this Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Float—impressive and made in seconds.
    – Make elegant Cranberry Poached Pears, served with the delicious new Häagen-Dazs Caramelized Pear and Toasted Pecan Ice Cream.
    – Try different egg nogs: Classic Rum Egg Nog, Chocolate Egg Nog, Coconut Egg Nog and Diet Egg Nog.
    – For seasonal cocktails, we recommend a Cranberry Mojito and a Pomegranate Martini.



    Find more recipes in THE NIBBLE online magazine. Go to Main Reviews, pick the food category of your interest, and check for recipes.

     

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