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thanks to convection technology that evenly
distributes heat on every rack.
When finished baking, let your cookies rest
on the baking sheet even before transferring
them to a cooling rack. While warm cookies
are tempting, let them properly cool to pre-
vent breakage and loss of shape - perfection
cannot be rushed!
3. The Art of Cookie Dec¨®r
While there¡¯s no right or wrong way to deco-
rate your cookies, start small and gradually
build onto your designs. Remember you can
always add more, but you can¡¯t take away!
Piping designs with icing is a fun and easy
way to create a mix of textures and designs.
Fun fact: sprinkles hide everything; so if you
ever mess up, just add more sprinkles!
4. Capturing Your Cookie Candids
You¡¯ve worked so hard on your one-of-a-kind
holiday cookies, and now it¡¯s time to capture
your masterpiece.
No professional camera needed; just whip out
your smartphone and find the best spot in
the house for natural light. Never use flash!
5. The Perfect Post
Everyone knows it¡¯s all about the angles. Top-
down is Tasty¡¯s signature style, but shooting
at a 45¡ã angle is my personal favorite for
showing the full scope of what I¡¯ve made.
Feel free to be playful, but always make
sure the background is clear of obstructions.
Showing your hands is a great way to show
how you engage with your food, and don¡¯t be
afraid to stage a few props to create a fitting
atmosphere for your dish!
To make your own Tasty cookies at home
visit: lgtastycookieclub.com and receive your
first LG Tasty Cookie Club kit.
A tasty guide to the perfect holiday cookies
(BPT) When Inga Lam of BuzzFeed¡¯s Tasty, the
world¡¯s largest social food network, gets going in
the kitchen, she makes sure to consider all as-
pects of her baking process when creating the
perfect treat.
As a Tasty Creator, Inga is known for showing bud-
ding chefs how to sharpen their skills and live out
their top-chef dreams by creating viral recipes that
are easy to recreate at home.
Below you¡¯ll find her tips to make holiday cookies
that will stun this holiday season.
1. Check Your Temperature
To ensure top-quality results when baking, precise
temperature is paramount.
During prep, eggs and butter must be room tem-
perature (unless the recipe calls for your butter to
be melted) as this will guarantee proper spread
and texture.
2. Tender Love and Cookie Care
Once the oven is preheated to the desired temper-
ature, let it continue to sit a while longer to ensure
that your treats are being cooked in the perfect
baking environment.
As the Official Oven of the Tasty Kitchen, LG Pro-
Bake Convection ovens make this task fool proof,
3. Choose natural sugar
Skip the refined white sugar and substitute
the same amount of Sugar In The Raw, made
exclusively from natural sugarcane grown in the
tropics. The hearty, golden crystals are made
from the first pressing of sugarcane and never
bleached, so they keep the rich flavor and color
of natural molasses.
Available in bulk, the 2lb box or 24oz, 4lb or 6lb
bags of granulated Sugar In The Raw will keep
you prepared for your holiday baking blitz.
The product is Non-GMO Project Verified, Certi-
fied Vegan, naturally gluten free and Kosher
certified.
Try this recipe for Chocolate Bundt Cake with
Peppermint Glaze. Prep time: 20 minutes, Cook
Time: 65 minutes, Servings: 16
Ingredients
Cake:
Softened butter for greasing pan
2 cups Sugar In The Raw, plus more for sprin-
kling in cake pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup strong brewed coffee
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Glaze:
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup white chocolate chips or 6 ounces white
chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Crushed peppermint candies (optional)
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Liberally butter a 10¡±
Bundt pan. Place some sugar inside pan and
rotate to coat evenly. Shake out excess.
2. In large bowl, whisk to combine sugar, flour,
cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking
soda.
3. Add coffee, sour cream, oil, eggs and vanilla.
Whisk to combine.
4. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake
until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean
or with moist crumbs attached, 50-60 minutes.
5. Let cake cool in pan 15 minutes, then invert
onto rack, removing pan. Let cake cool com-
pletely.
6. In small saucepan bring cream to a boil. Take
off heat, add white chocolate, cover and let sit 5
minutes.
7. Stir until smooth, then stir in peppermint
extract. Let cool 15 minutes.
8. Pour glaze over cake, letting it drip down
sides. If desired, sprinkle cake with peppermint
candies.
Make your holiday baking tasty and wholesome
this year by using the best natural ingredients
available. You and your family will love your
baked goods as much as you enjoyed making
them.
Food & Dining
2019 December/January
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
Make Your Own Tasty Cookies
The trick is to use a gravy mix be-
cause it provides a fool-proof, deli-
ciously smooth gravy without worry.
Here¡¯s how to do it:
Perfect turkey gravy, Makes 15
servings
Ingredients:
2 packages McCormick Turkey Gravy
Mix
1/4 cup flour
3 cups water
1 cup turkey pan drippings or turkey
broth
1 cup chopped cooked turkey giblets
(optional)
Instructions:
Step 1: Mix Gravy Mix and flour in
large saucepan. Gradually stir in water
and turkey drippings or turkey broth
with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in
chopped turkey giblets, if desired.
Step 2: Stirring frequently, cook on medium-high
heat until gravy comes to boil. Reduce heat to
low; simmer 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring
occasionally. (Gravy will continue to thicken upon
standing.)
Craving a flavor twist? Try this to elevate your
flavor profile. Prepare gravy as directed, reducing
water to 2 1/4 cups. Then stir in 3 tablespoons
white wine and 3/4 teaspoons McCormick Rubbed
Sage.
More than just turkey
While this savory gravy is excellent for classic
holiday turkey, using a recipe mix is a quick way
to dress other dishes as well. Use McCormick
Pork Gravy to add flavor to pork and side dishes,
without adding fat; and serve McCormick Brown
Gravy over beef, hot meat sandwiches, or mashed
potatoes.
Want to customize the flavor of your gravy? Try
this simple hack: Add pan drippings from any
roast to make the gravy taste more like home-
made varieties. You can¡¯t go wrong when your
gravy tastes like Mom¡¯s but with much less effort!
Additional tips and tricks
After you make your gravy, you can save it for fu-
ture use. Beyond family meals, leftovers are good
for lunches as well. Simply pack into individual
servings and top with gravy for a warm and won-
derful lunch that will satisfy on even the busiest
workdays.
Visit www.mccormick.com for tips and tricks for
easy holiday cooking, including free recipes and
videos.
Making Gravy Baby!
Easy gravy hacks
for irresistible holiday cooking
(BPT) Planning and food prep for the holidays
are underway so you¡¯re probably creating gro-
cery store lists and considering which favorite
family recipes to cook this year.
No matter what you¡¯re serving, there¡¯s one
thing that can elevate foods from good to great:
a delicious gravy.
Making gravy doesn¡¯t have to be complicated
and time-consuming. You can get the best
turkey gravy in 5 minutes using two simple
steps.