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It’s Tasty Tuesday time again at District 220 schools, and the ingredient of the month for February is grapefruit. Tasty Tuesday is a new healthy eating initiative in our elementary schools where students are served a sample of a fruit or vegetable on the first Tuesday of each month. Then, the same food item will be offered intermittently on the school lunch menu for remainder of the month.
Since the district also recommends we try to serve our kids the food of the month in our own homes, we have a family-friendly recipe for you try, starring the ingredient of the month. I couldn’t be more excited to share a few tips about serving grapefruit, which is my favorite fruit and affectionately known as “The Forbidden Fruit” by those, like me, who love it.
Others may just remember the grapefruit diet fad and perhaps only think of grapefruit as a cleanser for the fruit’s low glycemic index, which helps the body’s metabolism burn fat when digesting. It’s also a great provider of Vitamin C, fiber and lycopene and can help lower cholesterol. These are all good reasons to incorporate grapefruit into your diet. But how about because it tastes great? And I find it truly reliable in texture and flavor in all seasons.
I agree with District 220’s Tasty Tuesday program that we should all try to get our families to eat more grapefruit. Grapefruit has a reputation for being bitter, which happens if you get a bite with too much of the abundant pith, the part that surrounds and separates the segments. Here is a way to cut the fruit that eliminates the majority of the pith, and allows you to easily eat or carve out just the juicy pulp……
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With cold, wet weather and the season’s first measurable snowfall expected today, here’s a fun indoor activity you can do alone or with your kids. Forget about the fire, why not just heat up by the oven as you try your hand at some of my favorite holiday cookie recipes? These are great for a cookie exchange, as gifts for neighbors or just for enjoying at home with your family. And they’re the highlight today for Day 8 of our 12 Days of Recipes series here at 365Barrington.com.
For us, we have a little different criteria for the best cookie exchange recipes. The cookies have to look festive. They have to be easy enough to crank out six dozen in about 2 hours. The recipe has to be basic enough to triple with ease. And, of course, we want to skip all fussy ingredients.
Candy-Dipped Chocolate Cutout Cookies
We think any basic cookie, such as oatmeal, sugar or chocolate cutout cookie dipped in melted white chocolate and then crushed candy cane pieces is a holiday best. White chocolate and candy cane pieces are a perfect mouthful of holiday flavor, and with any good cookie base, they are a true crowd pleaser. Below is a recipe that does this with chocolate cutout cookies. You can do something similar with crushed pistachios, m&m pieces or sprinkles in place of the candy canes……
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