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Apple, brie soup with walnut crumble

It’s officially soup season. I’ve been going through a pot about every two or three days. Most times I make my own recipes inspired by whatever I have in the fridge. But to ignore other cooks out there, is to miss out on the fun of sharing ideas — and some really fantastic food, too. The name had so many craveable ingredients — brie, cheddar, walnuts, maple, apple cider — I had to try it for myself. Here is an apple, brie soup recipe I borrowed and altered a bit for my liking. It’s vegetarian and has a healthy punch from the flax and walnuts. Hope you enjoy as much as I did. *This soup would pair well with a roast beef or portobello sandwich. Apple, brie soup with walnut crumble Serves about 6 Soup Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tsp fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried) 2 cups…

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Pinwheels

Here’s a fun way to use your roasted red pepper hummus. It’s a great after school snack for kids, or a great appetizer for game day. Serve it with your favorite ranch dressing or a healthier Greek yogurt version. The great part, you can include whatever veggies you have on hand, and it’s sure to still taste delicious. After all, hummus is good for making everything taste amazing. ​Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Pinwheels Yields 36 rolls/ Serves 4 Ingredients 4 large tortilla wraps (I used spinach flavor) 8 tbsp roasted red pepper hummus 8 thin slices of your favorite cheese (I used colby jack) 8 oz. of turkey, thinly sliced 1 cup roasted red pepper slices 1/2 cup canned mushrooms Directions Lay out the tortillas and spread 2 tbsp hummus over each wrap. Divide the turkey into 4 and top each tortilla with meat and two slices of cheese. Divide vegetables…

Chipotle announces highly anticipated arrival of queso

Cheese lovers rejoice! Starting today, you can finally add queso to your Chipotle burrito bowl. Earlier this month, America’s favorite fast, casual Mexican chain announced that starting September 12 queso would be available on its U.S. menu nationwide. “Although queso was the number one requested menu item, we never added it to our menu before now because we wouldn’t use the industrial additives used in most quesos,” said CEO Steve Ells in a press release. The new Chipotle queso is what they’re calling a “complex and slightly spicy flavored” cheese sauce. It’s made from aged cheddar cheese, tomatillos, tomatoes and several varieties of peppers. And, staying true to their core mission, no preservatives were used — except for lemon and lime juice, which are used for flavor, but can also serve as a natural preservative. Customers can order queso on their entrée (for about $1.25), or on the side as a dip for tortilla chips…

Artichoke dip stuffed bread appetizer perfect for fall football games

The part I enjoy most about fall football season is the food — no shocker there. Most specifically, the appetizers — we can get burgers anytime. With the NFL regular season kicking off, I thought I’d share this unusual take on the classic artichoke dip and pitas. It’s fun and easy to eat, and more importantly, incredibly delicious. When you bring this to the tailgate or table, it’s sure to win big. I first saw this recipe at a tailgate. A crafty friend of mine made and stuffed the loaves ahead of time, wrapped them in foil, and popped them on the grill alongside the burgers and dogs. Try is both ways and see which you prefer. They’ll never be leftovers — guaranteed. Artichoke DIP stuffed bread Serves 4-5 Ingredients 1 fresh french loaf 8 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 6 oz. package of cream cheese 1/2 cup mozzarella 1/2 cup soup cream…

Spinach, ricotta stuffed peppers, a satisfying vegetarian alternative

Spinach, ricotta stuffed peppers are just the kind of recipe I like — cheesy, flavorful and easy to make. Best of all, they’re vegetarian, so it’s another satisfying meat-free dish to add to your recipe box (aka Pinterest page) if you’re cutting back. For the filling, cook up some garlic and onions, then add spinach and season. Mix ricotta and parmesan, then add to the spinach and mix more. Stuff this into 5-6 pepper halves and bake. I also like to toss tomatoes into the pan to get them right to the point that the skin slides off and the juicy middle pops in your mouth. Serve with rice or pasta if you’re making going for a dinner, but just a pepper, and some tomatoes — and maybe a small slice of bread — can make a fantastic light lunch. *Note, mushrooms are also a great addition. Chop up some of your favorite fungi and add to…

Americans are salty with their snacking habits

America has become a country of snackers. Between working long hours and eating on the run, it’s no wonder Americans spend more on snack foods than they do on actual meals. According to new Nielsen data, snacking is popular in every corner of the country, but gender, generation, income and geography can shape some of your preferences. Salty snacks still reign supreme, with chips, popcorn and meat snacks generating more than $27 billion for retailers. Candy comes in a close second with $20 billion in sales, followed by cheese snacks generating more than $17 billion in sales. Cookies sales top $7 billion. Crackers ($6.65 billion), ice cream ($6.63 billion) and nuts ($6.17 billion) also rank among America’s favorites. In a recent Harris Poll EquiTrend study, released by Nielsen, U.S. consumers identified the snacks they use to commonly curb cravings out of 275 common snacking brands. While candy and chocolate ranked high regardless of region, some snacks did better in…

Caprese garlic bread, a can’t miss

Garlic bread and sauce can be a meal in my house. But what do you do to give an upgrade to this basic bread staple? Add melty mozzarella, fresh sliced tomatoes and green basil, of course. Serve as a side with pasta, or eat all on its own. Caprese Garlic Bread Serves 6-8  Ingredients 1 loaf Italian bread, halved 1 stick butter, softened 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella 2 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/4 cup balsamic reduction 6-8 fresh basil leaves, sliced Himalayan cooking and table salt Directions  Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a medium bowl, add butter, garlic and salt. Mash together until soft and blended. Spread mixture on both halves of bread. Place bread halves on a baking sheet, and bake about 15 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted and just barely brown. Evenly sprinkle the mozzarella over both halves of the loaf. Top with tomato slices, and bake…

FROM THE PANTRY: Move over Goldfish, delicious cheesy snacks for adults

We still love the classic cheesy fish-shaped, lava orange colored cracker, but as an adult you have the freedom to choose your own crunchy cheese snack. Exercise that right without creating a million reasons to then have to go and exercise. If you can’t eat gluten, you would have to pass on the Goldfish anyway. Maybe you need vegan, or a lower sodium option. In the vast, nameless world of online food shopping, you’ve hit a happening cheesy oasis full of adult options. May we suggest:  Baked White Cheddar Cheese Puffs Yep, they like to share the joy with this friends – especially when it’s made with the natural goodness of stone ground corn and Real cheese! So, hop on the couch, invite some friends over, and start crunching on the ultimate guilt-Free snack. Gluten-free Cheese Bites Crackers Schar gluten-Free Cheese Bit’s. Wheat-Free. Naturally cheese flavored crackers. Cheddar baked snacks. Gluten-free…

The one ingredient Ina Garten won’t buy at the store

Followers of all things Ina Garten already envy her expensive collection of Le Creuset cookware, her fabulous roster of friends, and her wildly popular cooking show on the Food Network. Despite all of her success, Ina famously reminds us not to get in over our heads if we can’t prep a certain ingredient and that “Store bought is fine.” That is, except for one ingredient in particular. In a recent interview with Time, the Barefoot Contessa opened up about the one ingredient she could never give the grocery store green light for: pre-grated Parmesan cheese. Sure, some of her recommendations might garner an eye roll — do we really “good” vanilla from Madagascar? — but this is one recommendation we should all get behind. Tubs of the pre-grated stuff has been previously found to contain wood pulp or other fillers. Even if you can’t hop a flight directly to Parma to pick out your own wheel…

The Scary Truth Behind Processed Cheeses

You’ve probably heard that processed cheeses like Kraft Singles, Velveeta and Cheese Whiz are made of unappetizing things. But what exactly is this scary stuff that goes these molten, melty cheeses of the glowing orange variety? USDA research chemist Michael Tunick was tapped by Tech Insider to sit down and discuss exactly what’s inside those oh-so-unnatural cheeses. He explains, since before WWI, companies have been stretching their cheese supply by grinding up older cheeses and adding them to newer cheeses. The two mix together with an emulsifier to help hold it all together, while also helping it melt really well for the consumer. It’s perfectly legal, as long as their description bears the label  “pasteurized processed cheese spread” or “pasteurized processed cheese product.” So be wary of these terms because they are essentially code for “not actually real cheese.” For some fun history mixed with scary facts, be sure to watch. For healthy alternatives, visit everybodycravespantry.com.…