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The Taste

New dishes to add to your recipe box

As we continue to stay home, you may be running out of recipes. I thought maybe something different for breakfast might help. Instead of eating the usual cereal, bagels and muffins, try making Tex-Mex frittata or an oatmeal breakfast smoothie. Oatmeal breakfast smoothie 2 small or one large ...

Dos and don’ts of cauliflower

There are many folks that like broccoli and not cauliflower even though they look similar. Cauliflower and broccoli are very different vegetables and not just in color. Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. Like most vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower is low in ...

Comfort food is on the rise

FAMILY FEATURES — As families spend more time at home, Americans are finding comfort in a surprising source: Bread. In fact, a 20-year trend of declining grain food consumption has been reversed. A national study by the Grain Food Foundation suggests that the turnaround is more than a ...

Learn to make potato bread

FAMILY FEATURES — From hearty stews to comforting sandwiches, enjoy the flavors of this Irish potato Bread that makes for a simple, tasty snack to feed your family. This can be used with a full meal or as a simple serving appetizer. Irish potato bread 2 medium/large russet potatoes 1 ...

Try an apple cheese sandwich

FAMILY FEATURES — As families spend more time at home, Americans are finding comfort in recipes made using bread. In addition to the comforting flavor, this trend provides valuable nutritional benefits. Try this tasty recipe for apple cheese dijon delight, which is not only packed with grains ...

For the love of food, providing to the community

In normal times, one in 10 people struggle with hunger in central Pennsylvania, but these aren’t normal times. Pennsylvania now has the second highest unemployment claim totals in the nation. From here the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank expects the demand for services to rise due to economic ...

Start your day strong with a balanced meal

FAMILY FEATURES — Starting the morning on the right foot can help set a path toward a successful day, and for many, that strong start begins with breakfast. In fact, a lot of research supports the idea of having a balanced meal in the morning. When you turn to breakfast to fuel your morning, ...

Make-ahead meals for easy mornings

FAMILY FEATURES — If you’re juggling a new set of responsibilities right now, you’re not alone. Those busy mornings may still pose challenges even if your commute no longer exists. Making breakfast in advance can give you a few extra minutes to move your body, center your mind or simply ...

Refreshing dishes for dining al fresco

FAMILY FEATURES — Some of life’s most cherished moments are shared with loved ones around the table. As temperatures climb, cheerful sunshine and sparkling blue skies are the perfect ingredients to make family time even more enjoyable with a meal served al fresco. One of the great joys of ...

Use pantry staples like tuna to make a hearty meal

FAMILY FEATURES — Stocking up on pantry essentials is a productive practice, especially as people across the country spend more time at home. However, having all those ingredients on hand doesn’t do as much good if you aren’t sure how to use them or feel as if you’re constantly whipping ...

Pantry staples to keep on hand

FAMILY FEATURES — Keeping a well-stocked pantry ensures you can pull together a quality meal on a moment’s notice or when unexpected circumstances keep you from making it to the store. In many homes, the pantry is filled with mismatched odds and ends that may not fit together, but you can ...

The Recipe Gals: Get creative in the kitchen with new recipes

While we are still at home and trying to be as creative as possible, we have some more recipes for you to try and they are simple and you can get the kids to be sous chefs. Try making shrimp-stuffed portobello mushrooms, old-fashioned potato beef casserole, crunchy cashew Thai quinoa salad and ...

Explore new flavor combinations with popcorn, a kid-friendly recipe

Teaching children how to peel, chop and prep foods not only improves their health but gives them an extra skill that will take them into adulthood. Keeping kids in the kitchen is a great way to teach kids healthy eating while having fun. One fun recipe that everyone loves: Popcorn. When ...

Culinary Creations

What is it about human nature that allows us to only truly appreciate something when we can no longer have it? A purely rhetorical question on my part, I am nowhere near intelligent or well-versed in psychology to begin to answer it. But despite not being able to define it, most of us can know ...

A commitment to the community

Now more than ever, the mission of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank matters. The impact of the coronavirus has led to record-breaking unemployment, economic disruption and food insecurity for more than 1,000,000 Pennsylvanians. As a life-sustaining organization, the food bank takes its ...

Beef up your menu with sushi

FAMILY FEATURES — Tantalizing taste buds with the latest in trendy foods can be a fun way to bring the whole family to the table for meals together. Combining familiar flavors with a new preparation method, for example, is one way to add flair to dinners at home. An innovative sushi-style ...

Serve a protein-packed chicken, onion and quinoa salad

FAMILY FEATURES — A salad can fill an empty stomach for nearly any purpose, from an al fresco snack to a family appetizer. When combined with protein like chicken, a salad can become a full, nutritious meal all on its own. If you’re looking for a way to take your salad from snack or side ...

Perfect pastas

FAMILY FEATURES — Constantly seeking out recipe-specific ingredients that may only be used once or twice can be a burden. Instead, keep your home stocked with necessities to simplify dinner prep with dishes made using common household staples. One perfect example: Pastas. These recipes for ...

Test your culinary skills; try making a new dish

Spring is here and continues to tease us with sunshine one day and the next day it is snowing. While we are sheltering in place, we have a few meals that will make the stay-at-home chefs even more creative and time efficient such as beef goulash, carrot ginger soup, a slow cooker sweet and sour ...

Practical Plates: Cooking carrots

Every time I have been to the grocery store over the last few weeks, I have seen shortages in a variety of foods, but found carrots every single time so I thought this would be a good vegetable to highlight. The Easter bunny likes carrots because they are available fresh, year-round and are ...