How-to’s

Summer Cookout Staples: Corn on the Cob & Baked Beans

School is out and summer is here - kids everywhere are rejoicing! When warm weather hits, I take full advantage of dining outdoors, because here in Wisconsin, summer does not last long enough. Now that the grill is out and the parties are lined up, it's time to start planning menus. Not much goes better with a summer BBQ than the classics: corn on the cob and baked beans.

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3 Ways to Use the Whole Watermelon

It’s watermelon season! Today’s guest blog post comes from our friends at the Watermelon Board, who represents 1,500 watermelon growers, shippers and importers nationwide. Their goal is to promote the nutritional, culinary and convenience benefits of watermelon. Nothing screams summer quite like a slice of refreshing watermelon! Watermelon is made up of 92% water, so it’s a natural and delicious choice to stay hydrated on hot summer days. And we all know about enjoying a slice of watermelon, but did you know you could also juice it for a refreshing drink AND use the rind in recipes? We teamed up with the Watermelon Board to bring you 3 delicious ways to use your whole watermelon. 

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Instant Pot Carrot and Sweet Potato Mash

Do you have an Instant Pot and are unsure where to begin? I felt the same way for a while, in fact it sat in the box on my dining room table for longer than I’d like to admit. Once you start tinkering with this appliance, I promise you’ll get the hang of it. The first time I used it was to make spaghetti squash, and since then I’ve used it quite a few times to cook up mashed potatoes, soup or chili, shredded chicken and the most perfect hard boiled eggs. What I’ve been loving about the Instant Pot is that I can use it in almost the same way as a slow cooker, but in less half the time. For those with busy after-school schedules (like us!), it really helps get dinner on the table without worrying too much about leaving a slow cooker on all day.

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Mexican Corn Cups or “Esquites” for Hispanic Heritage Month

The Mexican Corn Cups or “Esquites” is a Mexican treat I grew up with and a recipe that I want to share since Hispanic Heritage month celebrations start today, September 15. Preparing Mexican corn cups could be a nice treat to offer if you are planning a Latino heritage party at home or if celebrating Mexico’s independence, as both are celebrated in the same day. 

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Tips for Grilling Fruits & Veggies

The weather is heating up and Father's Day is right around the corner. Get the whole family involved in a Father's Day grilling feast this weekend! When it comes to getting kids involved with cooking, grilling offers a great opportunity to experience fruits and vegetables in refreshing new ways.

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Oven Roasted Potatoes - 5 Different Ways

Oven roasted vegetables are definitely an easy way to get a healthy flavorful side dish on your dinner table that your whole family will love. With little effort, and just a few ingredients, you can transform your family’s favorite vegetables to complement whatever your main dish is on any given night.

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Build Your Own Veggie Soup

Looking for a simple recipe to add to your collection? What about an easy way to get the kids involved in making dinner? This Build Your Own Veggie Soup might just be your new go-to recipe. As a busy parent, my slow cooker is my best friend. I love that I can add a few ingredients in the morning and know dinner will be ready when I get home. Get the kids involved by printing this fun graphic and letting them check off their favorite items!

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Make Your Own Vegetable Stock

Stocks form the basis of many recipes, like soups and sauces. Making a homemade version isn't a daunting task. Here's a step-by-step guide to transforming those odds and ends from your veggies into a delicious, homemade stock!

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Build Your Own Trail Mix

Trail Mix is an easy and versatile snack - just combine your favorite nuts, seeds, grains, fun items and seasoning for a protein-packed snack that can be enjoyed at home or on-the-go. Print out a copy of this Build Your Own Trail Mix guide and mix up your own batch!

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