Vietnamese spring rolls on a plate with sauce, and hot peppers on the table.

5 Food Trends in 2019

5 Food TrendsTo Cook This Year Delicious fusion, old-school techniques, and more plants round out the list of predictions for 2019. Trend 1:Pacific Rim Fusion What is it: When people refer to the Pacific Rim, they’re talking about any country with a border that touches the Pacific Ocean. Pacific Rim fusion cooking, then, refers to…

Fridge stocked with vegetables being opened.

12 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate

What’s not to love about a refrigerator and freezer? It’s the place to stash your leftover pizza, the jam your mom made, the ice cream no one is supposed to know you have. It’s a miracle of modern home life. But a few foods might disagree with you, and we’ve got the wasted groceries to…

Two blood orange margaritas sitting on a table.

Blood Orange Margaritas

For the few weeks a year when blood oranges are in season, these tart and tangy blood orange margaritas are the perfect celebration of this beautiful and unique fruit. Cheers! 2 servings Ingredients: 3 ounces tequila 2 ounces orange liqueur 3 ounces simple syrup 2 ounces fresh lime juice (about 1 – 2 limes) 3…

Fruit infused water on table with assorted fresh fruit.

Fruit Infused Water

4 – 6 servings Ingredients: Strawberries, sliced Basil leaves Oranges, sliced Blueberries Rasperries Lemons, sliced Mint leaves Method: Fill a glass or plastic pitcher with ice. Prepare your ingredients, depending on the combinations below. Add your fruit and herb ingredients to the temperature. You can determine the quantity you feel is appropriate. Fill the pitcher…

Iced tea with orange slices.

Front Porch Tea

8 – 10 servings Ingredients: 11 cups water, divided into 1, 2 and 8 cup portions 1-cup sugar 2 large family-size tea bags 1 (12 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 1-tablespoon vanilla 1-tablespoon almond extract Fresh orange slices Method: In a 1-quart saucepan, combine 1-cup water and sugar. Cook and stir until sugar dissolves…

Group of champagne flutes filled with pomegranate cocktails.

Festive Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

1 serving Ingredients: 4 ounces champagne 1 ounce triple sec Pomegranate juice Pomegranate seeds (arials) Method: Place a few pomegranate seeds in the bottom of a champagne flute. Pour the triple sec and then champagne into the glass. Top with a splash of pomegranate juice.   Provided By:   Megan R.

Strawberry Lemonade with fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Lemonade

7 cups Ingredients: 6 cups water 1 cup strawberries, halved 1 tube lemonade flavor diet powdered drink mix Method: Blend 2 cups of the water, strawberries and drink mix on high speed until smooth. Pour into large pitcher with the rest of the water. Serve over ice.

Green smoothie sitting on table with baby spinach.

Creamy Green Smoothie

2 servings Ingredients: 1 frozen banana, sliced 1/2 avocado 1 serving protein powder 8 oz coconut water 8 oz coconut milk 1 handful baby spinach Method: Add all ingredients in blender and blend. Add extra ice if needed.   Provided By:  Megan R.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee sitting on a table in the summer.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

This combination of coffee and sweetened condensed milk is delightfully refreshing on a hot day. 1 serving Ingredients: 6 ounces strong cold brew coffee 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk Splash of half-and-half or milk Ice Method: Fill a tall glass with ice. Add coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and half-and-half. Stir until combined and serve.  …

Carrot cake sitting on a plate with a walnut on top and a fork to the side.

Carrot Cake

8 servings 13-33 minutes Ingredients: 1 ¼ cups sugar ¾ cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon ¾ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 2 cups shredded carrots ½ cup finely chopped pecans Method: In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla; beat…