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Surimi Seafood Adds Spring Flavor to Every Meal

(Family Features) Spring is finally here and it is a great time to celebrate warmer weather and sunnier days by hosting get-togethers with friends and family. And if you’re looking to impress with a dish ripe for spring, surimi is a flavorful ingredient to add to salads, sandwiches, pastas, dips and more.

Whether you’re hosting a weekend brunch, celebrating Easter or heading outside for a picnic, Louis Kemp Crab Delights are a delicious and economical way to add spring flavor and the nutritional benefits of seafood to any dish. The surimi seafood is a good source of protein, low in calories and cholesterol and a guilt-free way to wow your guests.

Made from premium wild Alaskan Pollock and real snow crab, surimi seafood is fully cooked and can be served hot or cold, on-the-go and straight from the package to add extra protein and delicious crab flavor to any meal or snack. An alternative to crab meat and other shellfish, Crab Delights can liven up your spring entertaining with recipes such as Surimi Quiche and Seafood and Cherry Tomato Pasta.

Find more delicious, spring-inspired seafood recipes at louiskemp.com.

Seafood and Cherry Tomato Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 11/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • large pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 12 ounces rotini or other pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Louis Kemp Crab Delights, flake or chunk style
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

  1. In large serving bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and red pepper flakes. Add pasta, surimi seafood, basil and feta to mixture. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Preparation Time:
25 minutes

Surimi Quiche

Ingredients

  • 2 deep dish pie crusts (9 inches)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Louis Kemp Crab Delights, flake or chunk style
  • 1/2 pound frozen spinach, defrosted and drained (4 ounces drained)
  • 1/8 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

  1. Place oven rack in bottom third of oven and heat to 425°F.
  2. Line pie crust with aluminum foil or parchment paper and fill with pastry weights. Bake until pastry is golden at edges, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and remove aluminum foil and pastry weights. Return pastry to oven and bake until bottom is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Move oven rack to middle and lower temperature to 350°F.
  4. Add surimi seafood, spinach, dill and cheese to prebaked pie shells. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half and pepper. Pour mixture over ingredients in pie shells. Bake until filling puffs and is no longer wobbly in center when quiche is gently shaken, 40-50 minutes. Cool in pie plate for at least 15 minutes. Divide each quiche into 6 wedges and serve.

Preparation Time:
30 minutes

Switch It Up In the Kitchen

(Family Features) Whether cleaning up after a busy weekend or hosting company, having a few quick kitchen shortcuts on hand is a great way to be prepared for whatever life brings. Many of the best shortcuts come from switching things up and using typical kitchen items in not-so-typical ways.

Aside from being the de facto mess cleaner, paper towels are among the most versatile kitchen tools you can have on hand. They can prolong the life of produce, be used to prep beverages and clean up spills. In fact, paper towels have so many uses, they may render some kitchen “staples” unnecessary.

Check out these tips from Viva Vantage paper towels that show you how to switch-up your kitchen routines and tap the full potential of the paper towel:

  • Ditch the bulky colander in favor of a paper towel. Place veggies and fruit on a sheet of paper towels under a running faucet to function as a strainer; the stretchy strength will keep the towel intact when wet.
  • Keep lettuce fresh longer by wrapping a paper towel around a head of lettuce to soak up excess moisture.
  • Hand wash and dry wine glasses and other stemware using the cloth-like texture of Viva Vantage paper towels for a sparkling finish.
  • Replace the need for a vegetable scrubber by utilizing the great scrubbing power of Viva Vantage paper towels to properly clean mushrooms, potatoes, etc.
  • Need to chill white wine quickly? Don’t dilute it with ice; wrap a damp paper towel around the bottle and put it in the freezer to chill rapidly.
  • Slip a damp paper towel under your cutting board to prevent it from shifting while slicing and dicing.
  • Need to get that grime off your stove? The great scrubbing power of Viva Vantage paper towels allows you to clean the toughest messes and restore your kitchen’s shine.

Finding non-traditional ways to use common household tools is a handy trick to make kitchen maintenance easy. So switch things up and see what a difference one item, like a paper towel, can make! Visit Vantage7DaySwitch.com for a coupon to purchase and try Viva Vantage paper towels, share your switch up experience and enter for a chance to instantly win a $100 gift card.

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What Parents Should Know about Spring Allergies

Approximately 40 percent of children suffer from seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies are different than year-round allergies because symptoms only occur during certain periods.

The symptoms for seasonal allergies show up at the same time every year and disappear in about four to ten weeks.

How can you tell the difference between a cold, the flu, and seasonal allergies? What steps can you take to help prevent them and make your child feel better?

Spring Allergies: 
• Spring allergies usually begin in March and may last through the summer

• Spring allergies are caused because of environmental changes. Pollen counts are higher during the spring

• Because of the nicer weather, children are more likely to be exposed to outdoor allergens, such as tree pollens, grasses and weeds

• Seasonal allergies usually develop by the time a child is ten years old. The symptoms peak when they are in their early twenties, and usually disappear by young adulthood

• Seasonal allergies do not usually develop in infants. Children need to be exposed to several pollen seasons in order to develop a reaction

• Seasonal allergies are sometimes hereditary. Children are more likely to develop them if their mother or father has had seasonal allergies

Symptoms of Spring Allergies:

• Lingering congestion that does not clear up

• Itchiness of the nose and throat

• Swollen, watery, itchy eyes and redness

• Sneezing and nasal drainage that is clear and watery

• Children can sometimes develop an ear infection, or inflammation in the ear

• Children can sometimes develop a rash that can appear anywhere on the body

• If a child has a fever or is complaining of body aches, those are usually signs of a cold or flu, not spring allergies

Preventive Tips:
While there is no real cure for spring allergies, it’s possible to help prevent them and relieve symptoms. Uncontrolled allergies can make your child’s symptoms worst.
• Keep your home’s windows and doors closed, use the air conditioner whenever possible

• Keep your car’s windows closed and use the air conditioner

• Have your child shower at night in order to wash the pollen off before bedtime

• Make sure your child washes their hands properly after playing outside

• Children should avoid the outdoors when pollen levels are at their highest, between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

• Parents should schedule outdoor activities after 10 a.m.
Parents should always consult their child’s pediatrician. They can properly diagnose a child’s ailment and determine if medication or further testing is needed.

Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida (PCCSF) is a group of leading pediatric intensivists and hospitalists who are board-certified and fellowship-trained in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. They currently operate the pediatric critical care unit (PICU) facility at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. For more information, please visit www.pccsf.com or call (954) 454-5131.

Renowned Natural Oral Health Dentist Offers Advice for National Children’s Dental Health Month, Makes Donation to Operation Smile

Think you are keeping your kids’ teeth healthy? Think again!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, making it a great time to look at how families around the country are caring for their children’s teeth. Most parents believe they are doing the right thing by opting for popular brands of toothpaste and colorful products that will catch their child’s attention. Yet what these people are not usually aware of are all the hidden dangers in the mass-marketed products because of the ingredients they are made of.

“Many of the products that parents are buying for their children to use are made with ingredients that they really shouldn’t have,” explains Dr. Bruno Sharp, a fourth-generation dentist who created a line of products called Dr. Sharp Dentistry, and is celebrating their 10th year as a Natural Oral Care provider. “Ideally, you want to use a natural product, so you avoid the ingredients that can be harmful to your child’s health.”

5 Savings Tips to Tax Refund Rewards

(Family Features) If $2,000 suddenly hit your bank account, you’d feel like you hit the jackpot, right? That will be a reality for many Americans this tax season as, according to a tax time survey by Straight Talk Wireless, Americans on average expect to receive exactly that back on their tax refund this year. Use this time to reap refund rewards!

Ninety-percent of respondents said tax season is a good time to think about how to save money in other areas – with 84 percent thinking a tax refund is a good way to jumpstart healthy financial habits. Follow these five tips to help make your refund go further