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    Rhubarb Gin and Tonic

    It’s time for me to pick a signature cocktail of my own to help define the upcoming season. Rhubarb is a special springtime treat. It’s sour bite makes it a natural in cocktails and it’s Easter Egg hue is too pretty to ignore. So when I sat down to develop an Easter inspired cocktail I more »

    Rhubarb Gin and Tonic

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    Just in time for Easter weekend: Key Ingredient’s top-10 ham recipes

    Ham is easily one of the more staple protein choices for families in both the United States and Canada as an Easter feast. Its salty, briny, smokey taste can make for a great centerpiece all on its own or also plays very well with other ingredients. Ham originally got its start as an easy choice more »

    Just in time for Easter weekend: Key Ingredient’s top-10 ham recipes

  • Maple Coconut Macaroons with Quinoa Flour

    Maple Coconut Macaroons with Quinoa Flour

    Macaroons are just the thing for spring! These are made with quinoa flour and sweetened with a bit of maple syrup.

    Maple Coconut Macaroons with Quinoa Flour

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    Key Ingredient Chef’s Program- Susan Whetzel

    1.    Tell us a bit about your culinary point of view Susan: I am an advocate for Simple = Delicious.  I don’t think it takes exotic ingredients or fussy techniques to create dishes that are true crowd pleasers.  Sometimes the simplest recipes can create the most  incredible experiences.

    Key Ingredient Chef’s Program- Susan Whetzel

Rhubarb Gin and Tonic

rhubarb_1It’s time for me to pick a signature cocktail of my own to help define the upcoming season. Rhubarb is a special springtime treat. It’s sour bite makes it a natural in cocktails and it’s Easter Egg hue is too pretty to ignore. So when I sat down to develop an Easter inspired cocktail I knew just where I wanted to go. Rhubarb Gin and Tonic.

Well I’ll drink to that! Because when the thermometer begins to rise, the cocktail I most typically pour into my glass is the good old G&T– Gin and Tonic! I like its crisp, herbal nature. Sure it’s got the kick of gin but I like them light enough to be able to enjoy more than one when the mood strikes. That’s a perfect springtime cocktail in my mind.

But this is an Easter cocktail and I have decided to tweak this classic with rhubarb. You heard me right, rhubarb. Read More

Just in time for Easter weekend: Key Ingredient’s top-10 ham recipes

Ham is easily one of the more staple protein choices for families in both the United States and Canada as an Easter feast. Its salty, briny, smokey taste can make for a great centerpiece all on its own or also plays very well with other ingredients.

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Ham originally got its start as an easy choice for Easter because in the early days, meat was harvested in the fall and there was no refrigeration available. Fresh pork which wasn’t consumed during the long, cold winter months would be used for curing in the spring. Of course this process of curing the pork took awhile and would likely be ready by the time Easter rolled around.

Here is a list of our top-10 recipes that have ham in them as decided by popularity from our wonderful community. Our hope is that these recipes will help you think “outside of the box” a little bit and venture out boldly various ways to use this versatile ingredient.

From our kitchen to yours, Happy Easter!

1. Hot party ham sandwhiches

2. Cheesy ham chowder

3. Hot ham and cheese spread

4. Farmer’s casserole

5. Savory ham and swiss breakfast pie

6. Baked Smokin’ Macaroni and cheese

7. Crock pot ham and cheese sandwhiches

8. Cordon bleu lasagna

9 . Baked Monte Cristo

10. Easy slow cooker ham

Maple Coconut Macaroons with Quinoa Flour

Maple Coconut Macaroons with Quinoa Flour

Macaroons are just the thing for spring! These are made with quinoa flour and sweetened with a bit of maple syrup. Read More

Key Ingredient Chef’s Program- Susan Whetzel

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1.    Tell us a bit about your culinary point of view

Susan: I am an advocate for Simple = Delicious.  I don’t think it takes exotic ingredients or fussy techniques to create dishes that are true crowd pleasers.  Sometimes the simplest recipes can create the most  incredible experiences.

Read More