June 2007

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In This Edition
Wise Choices – Making Them Last
School’s Out – Summer’s Here! Let’s All Picnic!
Recipe of the Month
Chef in the Spotlight
Health and Nutrition
Choosing Wisely – A Program for Healthful Eating

Step 1. Take Stock
Step 2. Keep a Journal
Step 3. Learn the Basics
Step 4. Learn to Read Labels
Step 5. Healthful Snacks
Step 6. Plan Ahead
Step 7. Be Realistic
Step 8. Plan for Setbacks
Step 9. Get Help
Step 10. Stick with the Familiar
Step 11. Involve the Family in Planning

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Wise Choices – Making Them Last

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Choices for Healthful Eating

  • Step 11. Involve the Family in Planning

Armed with new, health-focused cookbooks and recipes, ask each child and all the other family members to choose new recipes to try. That way, it’s fun for the whole family. They have been a part of the planning and you will have a collection of new recipes that everybody likes. Don’t keep the ones they don’t like. Just keep trying new ones. If your children are old enough, get them involved in making some of the recipes or in helping you make them.

When the outdoors beckons and you just can’t wait to get out there and run, mow the lawn or go to the lake, a Frothy Yogurt Shake is a great way to start the day. On the other hand, there’s nothing like Fluffy Polka Dot Pancakes to fill those empty tummies until lunchtime. Speaking of lunch, a Turkey Cutlet on Ciabatta with California Raisin and Red Onion Marmalade sandwich is great at home, in the backyard, or to pack and go. Try it; you’ll like it!

Consider nourishing beans, rice and whole grains and add California Raisin Rice ‘n Broccoli Salad or Toasted Couscous with Almonds and Raisins to your repertoire for a new twist on an old theme. Cooling California Raisin Raita would be ideal at the end of a hot summer day. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, more’s better and California Raisins make all of them even better than that. Baked Peaches with Golden Raisins or Mango Risotto Pudding bring the summer’s bounty and add interest to some everyday desserts.

When kids cook breakfast, Bumps on a Bagel are great fun, nutritious and easy enough for them to make themselves. For a grab-and-go kind of breakfast, Jiffy Oatmeal Crunch and Raisin Cereal Pops are a couple things they could prepare the day before for a head start on the playground. Lunchtime, they might want to prepare Tempting Tuna Pita Pockets and Favorite Carrot Salad. Hint: Both of the latter pack well for a delicious, nutritious lunch on the go.

Lest we forget, many happy hours are spent in the kitchen making cookies – and what kid in all of us can resist the smell of fresh baked cookies! Nut and Raisin Thumbprints, No Bake Happiness Cookies and Choco Raisin Nuggets are just a few of the tantalizing recipes that you will want to try from LoveYourRaisins.com.

School’s Out – Summer’s Here! Let’s All Picnic!

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

“If you go out in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise,” says a familiar tune inviting us all to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Would there be anything more surprising than a whole picnic area decorated with teddy bears made from our favorite Gingerbread Men or the Best Ginger Cookies recipe? If everyone brought his favorite teddy bear and pajamas, we could pitch a tent and have an overnight, too.

If it’s a backyard picnic, Grilled Pizza Salad with Tossed Greens and Golden Raisin Peach Vinaigrette would be just right for supper. Otherwise, a South of the Border Bowl would make good teddy bear food.

Christmas in July

Do Gingerbread Men put you in the mood for Christmas? Out-of-season parties like Christmas in July can be a great way to entertain the neighborhood — kids and all — in the summer. Just trot out the decorations, put up the tinsel tree by the pool, and have at it. (Just remember to keep all things electrical far enough away from the water to avoid any problems.)Start off the festivities with Breast of Turkey Stuffed with Chestnuts, Pistachios and California Raisins, from the oven or from the grill, accompanied with Sweet Potatoes with Raisins and Poblano Chile Rajas. Or cool it with an Asian Turkey Salad and top it all off with California Raisin, Cranberry and Apple Compote with cranberries from the freezer section.

Ice Cream Social

June is National Dairy Month and an ice cream social is definitely still in order. Rum-raisin ice cream is good but Rum-Raisin Chocolate Ice Cream served “Martini-Style” is even better. For good old fun, that Old Fashioned California Raisin Oatmeal Cookie and Buttermilk Ice Cream Sandwich just can’t be beat! Talk about fun — Fruit Flambé with Ice Cream is all of that and more.

Everyday Picnic

As the summer deepens and it gets to be July, are you longing for one of those evenings for just the family to get together for a picnic supper in the backyard? Well, there’s no time like July, to observe Picnic Month, Hot Dog Month and Baked Bean Month, and get the family together all at once. In the food category, Roast Beef Tenderloin with Red Onion Jam and Gorgonzola Cheese will get you out of the kitchen fast or the beef will cook on the grill, too. Italian Potato Salad turns an old favorite to new and exciting, while Vagabond Baked Beans ring in memories of yore. The kids will love Crown Roast of Hot Dogs even if it comes from the oven, not the grill, or Burgers with Raisin Salsa, if they do.

Day Camp In the Park

Is there a week or two at day camp in the park for your kids this summer? If there is, hearty healthy snacks are the issue for the day! Here are some they could make or help you make for the whole crowd. Cook the syrup and the kids can shape all kinds of balls from Raisin Peanut Butter Balls. Low fat and full of energy and other goodness, those and the Sunshine Snack Mix that they can put together themselves will take care of the most strenuous day. For even more energy from the beginning of the day, Breakfast Raisin-Banana Tortilla Roll-up and Raisin Banana Energy Bars are good grab and go meals that kids can make the day before.

Fourth of July

For a grand and glorious Fourth of July Picnic, get the fireworks going early with some hot and spicy entrées inspired by those Americans who have enriched our heritage with tastes from the south. Beef Ribs with Smoky Raisin Mole are guaranteed to light your fire, as are Gilled Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops with Raisin Rum Sauce and Garlic Sweet Potatoes. If your crowd demands something a tiny bit tamer, try Sweet and Spicy Jerk Chicken or Grilled Salmon with Raisin Pipiân Sauce. Substitute sliced celery for the fennel and cool off the meal with California Raisin Couscous with Vegetables.

Recipe of the Month

Maple-Pesto Salmon Salad with California Golden Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts

Hot off the grill is this month’s feature and nothing is better than this recipe from one of our 2005 Consumer Recipe Contest winners, Maple-Pesto Salmon Salad with California Golden Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts. Shannon Kohn’s asparagus salad with hearts of palm and California Raisins topped with grilled salmon steaks shines at any gathering — backyard barbecue, neighborhood grilling or casual supper. It’s simply the very best!

Chef in the Spotlight

Chef in the Spotlight — Chef James Perillo

On the cutting edge for healthy restaurant food, Chef James Perillo has provided a number of outstanding recipes for the Raisin Industry Chefs Collection. One of his best, California Raisin and Toasted Granola Style Trifle, Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Berries with Hazelnut Cream, should have a place at your Fourth of July Celebration for it is truly red, white and blue, all through. Any trouble finding all of the fresh fruits listed, join Chef Perillo and buy local fruits in season to fill the bowl — almost any of them will make it good. And, as he would say, “Don’t forget generous portions of those good-for-you California Raisins loaded with potassium, antioxidants and other nutrients galore.”

James Perillo’s Featured Recipes

California Raisin and Toasted Granola Style Trifle, Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Berries with Hazelnut Cream
Lighten up to this healthy dessert with raisins, granola and fresh fruit.

California Raisin Couscous with Vegetables
Lots of good grains and vegetables in this side dish.

Breast of Chicken Stuffed with Prosciutto and Sage served with California Raisins and Parmesan Potato Purée
Show off these elegant chicken breasts with a raisin sauce and potato purée.

Braised Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion, Raisin and Pine Nut Ragu
Buttery browned onions and California raisins flavor tender pork chops in this ragu.

Beef Carpaccio and Club-style BLT with Honey and Pepper Glazed California Raisins and Red Wine Balsamic Syrup
Paper thin slices of beef, aioli and brioche join California raisins club-style.

Hearts of Kentucky Lettuce with Gorgonzola, Hearts of Palm, Pear Matchsticks, and Golden Raisins with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Simple balsamic vinaigrette emphasizes the goodness of fresh ingredients topped with walnuts and golden raisins.

Grilled Pizza Salad with Tossed Greens and Golden Raisin Peach Vinaigrette
Fresh fruit, California raisins and goat cheese top grilled pizza for a casual feast.

Pan-seared Foie Gras with Caramelized Apple-Golden Raisin Tart and Black Truffle Sauce
Drizzle black truffle sauce over the apple-raisin tart and top with a slice of foie gras.

Mint Crusted Rack of Lamb and Seared Foie Gras with California Golden Raisin and Toasted Cardamom Sauce
Minted honey and crumb crusted rack of lamb served with raisin and wine-glazed foie gras.

Turkey Cutlet on Ciabatta with California Raisin and Red Onion Marmalade
Turkey scaloppina, raisins and red onions on ciabatta — what could be better?

Seared Cod and Ragu of Wilted Greens, Butternut Squash and California Raisins with Crispy Pancetta
Tasty, colorful combination of vegetables, raisins and fish.