December 2014

Five Innovative Ways to Use Greek Yogurt During the Holidays

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Yogurt recently became the Official Snack of New York State, and we are pretty sure Greek Yogurt is the unofficial favorite.

This Mediterranean alternative to the more mainstream cultured treat is a versatile substitution for higher fat content ingredients and can be easily incorporated into your holiday recipes.

Here are the five best ways to incorporate Greek Yogurt into your favorite family traditions. Your guests will love your dishes and won’t even know you made the switch!

Use Greek Yogurt for Side Dishes

Greek Yogurt easily replaces or reduces heavier ingredients that are often-used in side dish recipes, namely sour cream, butter, mayonnaise, oil, and cream cheese. One cup of sour cream, mayonnaise, or cream cheese can be swapped out for a cup of yogurt. You can make healthier twice-baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, healthy hollandaise sauce for your vegetables, and even mashed potatoes.

Enjoy Healthy Holiday Baking

Greek Yogurt doesn’t mean your baked goods will be any less delicious. Many recipes for festive holiday breads and cakes work with yogurt perfectly. Use our innovative non-stick loaf pan liner to make things even easier.

Are you assigned to holiday treats? You can make chocolate cookies or even truffles with Greek Yogurt.

Make Satisfying Appetizers

Now you can make appetizers that are just as low-fat as they are delicious. Some of our favorite easy cooking ideas include swapping sour cream for yogurt in dips of all varieties.

Warm Up with Soup

You guessed it – you can make soup with Greek Yogurt, too.

Swap heavy cream for yogurt. Use our Spoon Guard to make cooking soup even easier.

Make Breakfast and Brunch

Wake up the right way during the holidays. It’ll only feel like indulging when you infuse whole wheat pancakes with Greek Yogurt and top them with the freshest holiday fruit and nuts.

Smoothies are also effortless with the help of Greek Yogurt.

No matter what goal you have for your kitchen this holiday season, Greek Yogurt can help you achieve it. Let us know which recipes you try and which ones are your favorites!

Five Essential Tips for the Perfect Holiday Pie

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It’s officially pie season! As the head of the household baking department, you are in charge of the essential task of baking the perfect holiday pie. No pressure!

Pies are a source of stress in kitchens everywhere: Will my homemade pie look good? Will it taste good? Will the guests approve?

The first step is removing the anxiety of the word “perfect” out of our baking vocabulary. The real “perfect pie” is one that is made using quality ingredients, quality bakeware and a good recipe.

Every pie is a chance to improve, and a pie made with love is the best pie of all. But let’s get realistic: How can we make a holiday pie that is delicious, visually-pleasing, and above all, stress free?

  1. Your pie doesn’t have to be (literally) perfect

The idea of the perfect pie is one that guests enjoy, and it doesn’t have to look like it’s out of a magazine. A rustic pie is normal, and shows that it’s homemade. Don’t have time for lattice? Don’t worry about it. Top your pie with a good batch of whole vanilla bean ice cream or rich whipped cream.

  1. Add quality ingredients

It’s the inside that counts! Going with Pecan? Make sure you choose the largest and freshest nuts available. If you’re making pumpkin pie, or a fruit pie, choose your produce with care and again, always go with fresh ingredients where available.

  1. Focus on the crust

The filling is important, but attention to the crust is crucial. Think cold: pre-chill everything from the butter to the flour. Work quickly so butter remains firm. If additional water is needed, add slowly and carefully and again, handle the dough as little as possible.

  1. Bake smart

Preheat your oven so the pie begins baking immediately. Be sure to bake completely; long enough for your crust to turn golden brown. For fruit pies, use pans below the pie to catch drips, and always adhere to the recipe’s exact instructions. No two pie recipes are the same!

  1. Store your pie according to standards

Give your pie time to cool; at least 20 minutes so the ingredients can set properly. Use a cooling rack if at all possible. Except for exclusively refrigerated pies, store pies at room temperature.

 

With these tips, you are ready to make a delicious holiday pie! Tell us, what is your biggest concern in the holiday pie-making process?

Soft, Spreadable, Real Butter… Right out of the fridge!

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Cooks Innovations™ Launches the Butter Mill
Soft, Spreadable, Real Butter… Right out of the fridge!

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Unlike other butter storage devices, the Butter Mill offers a real solution to a real challenge faced daily by many families.

Lake Mary, FL  December 04, 2014

Cooks Innovations™, an IMCG, Inc. brand, announced today the launch of its patented Butter Mill; a revolutionary way to store, collect and spread butter on bread, veggies and even corn on the cob.

The Butter Mill joins the Cooks Innovations™ line of creative problem solvers for the home, such as the SimmerMat and Fridge Monkey.

Unlike other butter storage devices,” said Peter Vander Stichele, President, “the Butter Mill offers a real solution to a real challenge faced daily by many families.” He adds, “How many times have you broken a perfectly fine slice of bread trying to spread cold butter on it? With the Butter Mill, the problem is solved once and for all.

The Butter Mill makes enjoying the rich and dynamic flavor of butter easy again. First, insert your favorite brand of butter in the Butter Mill. Second, twist it to grate the cold butter into a soft spread. Once done, simply store the Butter Mill in your refrigerator to keep it fresh and ready to use the next time.

Finding unique Christmas gifts during this busy holiday season can be a challenge. The Butter Mill is the perfect kitchen tool for families and food lovers and is available at retailers nationwide and online at http://www.CooksInnovations.com.