(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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
- Place oven rack in bottom third of oven and heat to 425°F.
- 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.
- Move oven rack to middle and lower temperature to 350°F.
- 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.
(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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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.”
(Family Features) Although there are hundreds of options for organizing your home, the pieces you make yourself are the ones that truly reflect your personality. Adding your own flair to standard organizing materials adds instant character and functionality to any room.
Making the most of your space – including your walls – is the key to successful organizing. Channel your inner creativity with help from the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and add chic style to your storage with distressed wooden boxes hung to create artful, cubby shelves or this hanging bulletin board, which uses cleverly stylish clothespins and clips to protect your treasured photos and messages from thumbtack punctures
(Family Features) Whether you’re working on a budget or simply looking to infuse a little handmade love, DIY projects can bring a special heartfelt touch to a baby’s nursery.
Themes for a nursery range far and wide: everything from bold patterns and shapes to animals and objects representing favorite pastimes. You can go completely DIY and make items such as the crib skirt, bedding and curtains by hand, or you can expand on pieces you purchase with creative accessories such as this wall art or mobile, both created by the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Each can be fully customized to match the color scheme and theme you have selected to welcome your little one.
Children Thrive When Imagination Is Allowed To Flourish, Experts Say
A child maneuvering toy cars down an imaginary highway in his backyard appears to be doing little other than having a good time.
But there could be more to the activity than meets the adult eye. Research shows that imagination and unstructured playtime are important to a child’s intellectual development.
Often, it’s a favorite toy that helps spark creativity – and occasionally much more. It was his son’s interaction with stuffed animals, for example, that inspired author A.A. Milne to create Winnie-the-Pooh.
(Family Features) If you happen to find yourself in a tight spot, borrowing money can help set you back on the right path. However, doing so without a full understanding of the facts can hinder your finances in the future.
“When faced with a financial emergency, most people don’t think through how borrowing money might affect them down the line,” said Susie Irvine, president and CEO, American Financial Services Association Education Foundation. “With so many options available, it’s relatively easy to get a loan, but the impact on your credit and what it actually costs you over time can vary a great deal.”
Finance Cuts To Our Emotional Roots, Money Professional Says
When we think about money, let’s be honest – we’re not talking about just money, but also a host of related consequences and deeply felt emotions, says retirement specialist
“Money cuts to the emotional roots of every human issue,” says Stoerzinger, a
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, head of Lee Stoerzinger, Inc.,
(www.leestoerzinger.com) and author of “On The Back Burner.”
“In my years of advising, I’ve come to understand that when we talk about money, we’re layering in fear, spirit and soul. When we strip away the facts and figures, money is all very emotional. We can’t really make progress until we understand those emotions. I have found that most people don’t necessarily want to be rich—they just don’t want to be poor. Isn’t that what we all want – security?”