(Family Features) Cool down this summer with a rainbow of color and flavor. Just like skipping through the sprinkler when the sun is shining bright, homemade shaved ice offers sweet relief on a hot afternoon. Plus, making this frozen favorite is a fun family activity.
"Celebrate the flavors of summer with Easy Fruity Shaved Ice," said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. "The secret is in the flavorful syrups, which come together in just a few minutes with less than five ingredients, including fruit extracts and food colors."
Add raspberry, orange or strawberry extract to a simple syrup and mix in a few drops of vibrant food color to create this classic frozen treat. But don't stop there. Bring the family
(Family Features) Spicy, sweet or zesty, it's never been easier to enjoy the crisp, tangy taste of homemade pickles. And with recipes like these you can preserve perfect pickles for any palate.
Here are a few tips from the pickling pros at Mrs. Wages to help you give your cukes a kick of great homemade flavor:
- Choose pickling cucumbers, not slicing cucumbers. Pickling cucumbers are short and blocky - about 4 inches long. They should be firm and green in color with no blemishes.
- For pickles, you must cut off 1/16 inch from the blossom end to help prevent soft mushy pickles. The blossom end contains an enzyme
Cool Treats for a Sizzling Summer
(Family Features) As the weather begins to heat up, the best way to cool down is with a sweet treat! This summer, invite your whole family into the kitchen and get cooking with great new recipes guaranteed to liven up your summer spread.
Jif® is here to help you welcome the warmer weather with two easy dessert recipes fresh from the Jif Recipe test kitchen. Whether hosting a summer barbeque, neighborhood block party or spending special meal time together as a family, here are a few ways the creamy flavors of Jif Chocolate and Mocha Cappuccino Flavored Hazelnut S
(Family Features) Fireworks don't have to be the only party element that makes guests ooh and ah during July 4th festivities. With colorful sweets that sparkle and a themed tablescape exploding with red, white and blue, your party is sure to be the best on the block.
"Adding patriotic flair to your Independence Day celebration is easy with the right recipes and decorating accents," said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. "Put your personal John Hancock on the party by turning traditional summertime foods into amazing sweet treats."
Try these dessert ideas from the Wilton test kitchen for a celebration
(Family Features) There's nothing better than a juicy, flavorful rack of pork ribs hot off the grill. Whether saucy or spicy, wet or dry, ribs are a versatile pork cut that can take on many of your favorite flavors. But if standing over a grill isn't an option or appealing this time of year, there's good news.
The perfect rack of pork ribs isn't exclusive to hot grates over an open flame. You can also whip them up in your oven or utilize a trusty slow cooker. The path to perfect ribs is simplified with some easy slow-cooking techniques. If you opt for the oven:
- Heat can circulate on all sides when the ribs are lifted above the baking sheet on a rack.
- When cooking, cover ribs with alumi
(Family Features) This summer, encourage your kids to think beyond the couch, and add a little excitement to their summer routine. From fun water games to making sweet, ice-cold lemonade - these fun-filled tips are sure to be a hit with your family.
Here are five super summer activities sure to be a grand slam for your family. Encourage your kids to think beyond the couch, and add a little excitement to their summer routine.
- Make it a triple play in your backyard by setting up the sprinkler, playing limbo with the water hose and laying out a tarp for a do-it-yourself water slide area.
(Family Features) If you’re looking for a standout dessert for the next family gathering, birthday party or holiday celebration, look no further. Easy to make and fun to eat, Treat Pops offer a new twist on sweet treats and add a pop of color to any occasion.
"There are no rules when it comes to Treat Pops," said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton."Kids and adults alike can express their creativity by creating layers of sweetness with cake, icing, sprinkles, edible decorations, fresh fruit and more in a reusable, clear container that lets you see the fun inside."
Let the ideas pop into your
(Family Features) Classic sweet treats like pound cake are delicious on their own - and with a few simple ingredients, they can be dressed up to make any day more special.
These recipes highlight the classic, homemade taste of Sara Lee Pound Cake. The newest addition, Lemon Pound Cake, is made with real lemon juice, so the bright citrus flavor shines through.
- Lemon Pound Cake Trifle - Strawberries, blueberries and whipped topping combine
(Family Features) Meals just taste better when you make them with fresh ingredients. So when you're hosting a brunch, look for recipes that make the most of fresh, seasonal flavors, and ingredients that come from close to home.
- In-season fruits and vegetables tend to be better quality, have better flavor, and be less expensive. Whether you grow them yourself or get them at a farmers market or grocery store, take advantage of vitamin-rich produce at its peak. Use them in recipes or serve as part of a fruit and cheese plate.
- Turn fresh produce into a beautiful centerpiece. Fill a bowl with colorful whole fruits and fresh flowers; or add citrus slices and small fruits to a
(Family Features) Whether you're getting together with family or hosting a large gathering, celebrate this spring season with great desserts that won't have you crumbling under pressure when it is time to set the dessert table. From chocolate cake to frosted cookies, the answer to flawlessly frosted desserts is right in your freezer.
COOL WHIP Frosting makes it easy to impress with sweets such as Mini Orange Dream Cookie Sandwiches and Double-Mocha Layer Cake. With the perfect amount of sweetness, the frosting's whipped texture is so easy to spread on your cakes and cupcakes, for a simple, show-stopping dessert every time.
For more recipes using spreadable CO