Blueberry How-To

Blueberries couldn’t be a more effortless fruit. There’s no peeling, coring or cutting — just pick and enjoy! This native North American fruit has been prized for centuries.

Types of Blueberries

  • Highbush, or cultivated, blueberries are grown for primarily commercial use.
  • Lowbush, or wild, blueberries occur naturally and grow in carpetlike vines in northern areas

Picking Blueberries

When you’re picking blueberries, make sure they are plump and firm and are a frosted indigo color. Blueberries do not ripen after picking, so avoid picking berries that aren’t fully ripened.

Blueberries are in peak season from late May to mid-August. One pint of blueberries is equal to 2 cups. Cover berries and store in the refrigerator after purchasing or picking. They will keep up to 10 days. Wash just before using.

Freezing Blueberries

Freezing blueberries is easy. Do not wash blueberries before freezing. The waxy coating protects them when frozen.

Spread berries on a cookie sheet or in a baking pan, and freeze until berries are frozen. Transfer them to a freezer container or a plastic freezer bag. If you’re planning to use frozen blueberries in baked goods, the color may bleed into the batter. To prevent this, be sure the berries are frozen solid and stir them into the batter just before baking.

Blueberries and Nutrition

Don’t let their small size fool you! Blueberries are a superfood with high nutritional value.

  • Blueberries are sometimes referred to as “brain berries” or brain food, because they are a top source of antioxidant phytonutrients. Early research suggests that regular consumption of phytonutrients may support healthy brain function.
  • Blueberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are thought to prevent harmful cell damage and reduce “free-radicals” in the body. These may help slow the aging process.
  • Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C, as well as potassium, magnesium and fiber.
  • Blueberries are lower in calories than many fruits and have zero fat.
Nature's Health Food - Blueberries

Enjoy Nature's Health Food for June. Blueberries are healthy and are sure to please the whole family.

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DIY Wine Stoppers

What's better than wine and DIY? We have a great idea on how to step into summer fun!

Step 1: Gather supplies! What you’ll need:

  • A few bottles of your favorite Cupcake varietals plus the corks
  • Sea shells, starfish, or coral
  • Exact-o blade
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Twine

Step 2: Carefully cut the lower half of a cork to form a taper.

Step 3: Cut a small hole in the top of the cork, approximately 1/4 inch deep. This is where you will insert your shell.

Step 4: Place a small dab of hot glue in the hole and insert your shell, starfish, or coral. Hold until dry. To hide the glue, wrap the base with a small piece of twine. Secure with a tiny bit of hot glue.

Step 5: Use your new Sea Shell Wine Stopper next time you enjoy a bottle of Cupcake!

Summer Snackin'

School is almost out and I can see a pantry full of cookies, chips, and popcorn. This is the go-to for most school-aged kids, but what if we made healthy snacks just as available? This year, take the time to prepare some cute and healthy snacks and your kids will thank you.

String Cheese & Pretzel Sticks

Give your kids a protein boost and a low-fat snack. This combo will keep your kids satisfied while you can catch up on a good book!

Want to make this snack extra fun? Split the cheese stick half way up and push the pretzel stick in the other end of your cheese stick to make a witch broomstick. We all know the way to a kid’s tummy is through fun food!

Apples & Peanut Butter

You can’t get away from this classic duo when thinking of healthy snacks. However, you can put a spin on it for your kids. Make little sandwiches out of apple slices and peanut butter. Create an even more filling combo by adding oats and raisins on the peanut butter. This treat will help you remember…an apple a day really will keep the doctor away.

Grapes and Cheese Cubes

This fresh snack will be a family favorite. Stack the grape on top of the cheese cube and use toothpicks to make this a grab-and-go snack. If your kids are craving a sweet and salty bite, they’ll polish off a plate of these.

 Don’t just stop there. Continue making food fun for your kids with bento box ideas. Grab cookie cutters to create shapes or create a face in your yogurt. You could even use cheerios for eyes! Be playful and your kids will love the time and creativity spent in each delightful dish.

         

Borden Cheese is helping to keep your summer healthy!

            

 

Hats Off to You!

As yet another school year is ending, senior-itis has kicked in full force for high school and college seniors alike. The only thing your student can think of is walking across the stage and receiving a diploma; but you know there is a lot that needs to happen between now and then. Senior receptions, class parties, graduation celebrations and awards banquets are just a short list of events that you’ll need to prepare for. With the help of our advice, you’ll be relaxed on graduation day knowing your parties were planned with ease.

Opt for a healthy choice for all party guests by picking up a vegetable tray from your local store. Earn extra hostess points by plating the vegetables on your own platter for presentation. Forego the stress of buying, washing and chopping veggies by serving our pre-chopped and readily available vegetables. This party-planning secret will allow time for celebrating and visiting with friends and family.

Cater to your graduate’s appetite by serving our signature, fried chicken. Straight from Granny Brookshire’s family recipe to your family gathering, our legs won’t disappoint. Fresh, never frozen and good to the last crumb, this pleasing entrée is great for any size occasion…big or small.

What party isn’t complete without a sweet treat? Finish off the evening with an assortment of our David’s cookies that are a bite above the rest. These chunky, chewy favorites are for everyone to enjoy. Although they may be too good to pass off as your own, you can certainly boast about the ease and satisfaction of serving such an enjoyable dessert.

On the day of graduation, surprise the graduate in your life with a fresh floral bouquet from expert florists. We offer a delightful experience from start to finish when ordering your arrangement. After presenting the flowers at graduation, take the display home and set them as a centerpiece on your table as you prepare for another celebration.

Nature's Health Food - Strawberries

Enjoy Nature's Health Food for May. Strawberries are healthy and great for smoothies and other snacks.

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Celebrate Mom

“Mom, is my uniform clean?” “Mom, I’m hungry.” “Mom, can you take me to the mall?” Sound familiar? You may not ever think about it but once a year, but your mother does a lot. And it’s not that your mom needs or wants praise all year, but on Mother’s Day, she is welcoming a break and some appreciation. 

However, not all mothers want gifts. Moms want a clean house, breakfast in bed, quality time, and a lot of love and laughter. So don’t worry about the perfect gift this year, let us help create the perfect day instead.

The husband and the kids can pitch in on this easy breakfast for Mom!

Celebrate MomPuffed-Pancake Brunch Casserole

 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter 
  • 2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix 
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 lb cubed cooked ham (about 3 cups)           
  • 1 package precooked bacon, chopped 
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard 
  • Dash ground nutmeg

 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place butter in dish; place in oven until melted, about 10 minutes.
  2. In medium bowl, mix Bisquick mix, 1 cup of the milk and 2 of the eggs with whisk until tiny lumps remain. Pour over butter in baking dish. Layer with Swiss cheese, ham, bacon and Cheddar cheese. In large bowl, mix remaining 1 cup milk, remaining 6 eggs, the salt, mustard and nutmeg. Pour over casserole.
  3. Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Don’t just stop there! Grab a bouquet of flowers (our florists have great designs) and a card, pick up some paper plates, cups, and cutlery so Mom doesn’t have to worry with dishes, and wake her up with breakfast in bed. This easy and filling meal is sure to leave everyone satisfied and ready for the day. When Mom wakes up feeling full and refreshed, plan some crafts with the entire family. Believe it or not, Moms love those handmade signs. Commemorate this day by bringing out the paint and create “hand bouquets” and have everyone sign their name by their handprint.

Celebrate Mom

After an afternoon of painting and other activities, bring your mom a fresh bowl of strawberries. If you really want to treat her, slice up an Angel Food Cake and have whipped cream to serve with the strawberries!

Celebrate Mom

Finish off the day with dinner and a movie. Let the kids help in the kitchen cooking dinner while Dad finds a good family movie. Let us suggest the perfect main course that will top off the perfect family day.

Celebrate MomMother's Day Grilled Chicken

 

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup sweet-spicy French dressing
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Directions

  1. In 1-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix all ingredients; seal bag. Turn bag to mix.
  2. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to marinate.
  3. Heat gas or charcoal grill. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Cook 10 to  12 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F).

Mom will LOVE this grilled chicken! Pair with the kids favorite sides and you can’t go wrong. We hope this full-proof guide to Mother’s Day makes the Mom in your life feel extra special this year!

 

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Tips for Cinco de Mayo

Spring is no longer waiting in the wings as summer inches closer and closer each day. The 5th of May marks the beginning of warm weather and potluck entertaining for many. New neighbors, old friends, or whoever is on the list will find plenty of reasons to mingle and enjoy memorable Latin food and fun geared to grown-ups.

 

Decorate

  • Shop for paper and plastic goods for eating and serving this meal, especially if eating outside or serving a crowd-size group. Be inspired by serving dishes you have to give your party its color theme.
  • Use cultural flowers (available in some locations) and brightly colored ribbons for a centerpiece.
  • String lights or colorful Mexican cutout banners inside or out.
  • Arrange groupings of cactus or succulents in pots around the party area. Plan for a fiesta look when planting pots of flowers on your deck or terrace this year!

 

Music and Dance

  • Bring on some great Mexican music. Check to find music that may be new to you or that's perfect for dancing.
  • Find someone who knows some Latino dance steps and practice with them so you can help friends enjoy these dances at your party, too!

 

Tasting

  • Everyone has an opinion. Tasting a favorite salsa can give guests a way to mix and mingle when they may just be getting acquainted. If you know each other well, you will know how competitive your friends like to be!
  • Tasting salsas can take several directions. Guests can all be asked to "doctor" a particular brand like one of our Old El Paso® Thick 'n Chunky salsas or Muir Glen® organic salsas and bring it to share.
  • Or, just have guests bring their favorite store-bought or homemade salsa. Evaluate each for color—from green to deep rich red, and flavor—from mild to fiery, from smoky to fresh. Tortilla chips are perfect for tasting salsa. Have water to sip between tastes. Select a favorite or favorites!

 

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How to Rim a Margarita Glass

Sure salt is classic for rimming that margarita glass, but why not have some fun? We’ve got something for everyone from sweet tooth’s to spice-lovers! Here are 5 fantastic and fun ways to rim your margarita glass. First things first, no matter what you’re planning on using, you need to know how to rim that glass! It’s super simple. Start with a plate or shallow bowl of water, lime juice or lemon juice, then dip in the rim of your glass. Alternatively, you could cut a lime or lemon wedge and moisten the rim with it; it’s totally up to you.

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Next, you want to evenly dip the rim into whatever you’re rimming the glass with...

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…in this case we used multicolored sprinkles! Look at how pretty they look!

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How about something orangey? We made a super simple orange sugar by mixing orange zest with granulated sugar.

Margarita4

Still on the sweet side, we used color sugar crystals. This one is great for themed parties. Make your Cinco de Mayo party extra festive with multi-colored rims!

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Let’s move to a more savory idea, shall we? How about a chili salt rim for the adventurous? It may sound fancy, but it is super easy to make. Mix together course salt and Mexican chili powder. It will be smoky and packed with flavor.

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Then, for our spice lovers, we made a jalapeno-lime salt! It’s spicy, fresh and is perfect with that margarita. Mince a jalapeno (no seeds) super fine then mix with lime zest and coarse salt. Dip in the glass and you’ll be on your way to a fantastic celebration!

Speaking of a parties and celebrations, how about this idea – Set up a station with two or three of the ideas above, lots of glasses and a pitcher of margaritas. Then, your friends can choose their own and get involved. They’ll love it and you get to spend more time enjoying the party.

Want to make the party even easier? Opt for pre-made margaritas and pick up a pack of the Bud Light Lime-a-Ritas! Enjoy!

Spice up these All-Time Favorites

Do you want to try something new but are afraid you won’t like it? Do you have a favorite drink that is your “go-to” for parties? Do you want to taste your favorite drink while adding a new spin to it? Take a look at these great recipes to spice up your evening!


Honey Ginger Lemon-Ade-Rita

 

honey ginger lemon-ade-ritaIngredients

  • 4 oz Lemon-Ade-Rita
  • 2 oz ginger beer  
  • .25 oz lemon juice  
  • .75 oz honey   
  • 4-5 mint leaves   
  • Rim: sugar and salt  
  • Garnish: lemon wheel and mint leaves

 

Method

  1.   Muddle mint leaves & lemon juice in glass.
  2.   Add ginger beer, honey, and Lemon-Ade-Rita into glass and stir.
  3.   Pour over ice.
  4.   Garnish and serve.

springtime sipperSpringtime Sipper

 

Ingredients     

  • 5 oz Barefoot Moscato  
  • 2 oz raspberry lemonade frozen concentrate - thawed  
  • Sliced strawberries

 

Method

  1. Layer strawberry slices and ice in a glass.
  2. Add raspberry concentrate and Barefoot Moscato.
  3. Stir to blend.
  4. Garnish with lemon slices and strawberry.

Wicked Good Wheat Tea

 

wicked good wheat teaIngredients     

  • 1 Belgian White Shock Top               
  • 1 tea bag (Chamomile or Green Tea recommended)

 

Method

  1. Steep a cup of your favorite Chamomile or Green Tea.
  2. Chill tea for 10-15 minutes until cool.
  3. Pour part of a cold Shock Top into a glass.
  4. Pour tea into beer.
  5. Add orange wedge to beer.

The Reddhead

 

the reddheadIngredients

  • 1 bottle of Redd’s Apple Ale
  • .25 oz Ginger Ale         
  • Lime

 

Method

  1. Pour the Redd’s Apple Ale into glass.
  2. Add ginger ale and stir.
  3. Squeeze lime.
  4. Garnish with lime and serve.
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