Food and Beverage
Entertain Guests with a Fresh Al Fresco Favorite
(Family Features) If you and your loved ones yearn for new, stimulating experiences to feel connected to the outdoors, look no further than enjoying mealtime al fresco. Inspired by the Mediterranean tradition of “eating in the open air,” al fresco dining offers passionate home cooks a fresh way to enjoy their favorite recipes outside with friends and family.
Consider these two tried-and-true al fresco tips from television personality and culinary icon Rachael Ray the next time you enjoy dinner on the deck or lunch on the patio.
Gather the right tools: On those buggy days and nights during the warm season when you’re dining al fresco, grab a food mesh tent. Not only will it protect your food, but it also looks good and goes with a variety of table settings.
Plan the decor: When hosting friends and family, up your floral game by reaching into the garden and adding some fresh herbs – it’s aesthetically pleasing and smells delicious.
Ideal al fresco meals typically take advantage of in-season produce, offer easy preparation so you can focus on entertaining and are simple enough to eat outdoors. Skip complicated cooking steps and turn to a delicious option like Yellowfin Tuna and Artichoke Pasta, which can be served as an appetizer, side dish or on its own as a light main course.
This dish practically calls for ingredients like Genova Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil, which features cuts of wild-caught tuna, hand-filleted in just the right amount of olive oil. Savory, rich and flavorful with a perfect texture, the tuna elevates the dish with a uniquely rich and savory flavor stemming from Mediterranean inspiration.
To find more al fresco dining inspiration and recipe ideas, visit GenovaSeafood.com.
Yellowfin Tuna and Artichoke Pasta
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray on behalf of Genova Tuna
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes with fresh artichokes (25 minutes with canned)
- Cold water
- 12 small, fresh artichokes or 2 cans artichoke hearts in water
- 2 lemons
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- salt, to taste
- pepper or red pepper, to taste
- 2 cans (5 ounces each) Genova Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 tablespoons butter, cut into tabs
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- salt, to taste
- 1/2 cup white wine, chicken stock or vegetable stock
- 1 pound spaghetti or linguine
- 1 lemon, juice only
- 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
- 1 small handful fresh mint, chopped, divided
- 1/4 cup toasted pistachios or pine nuts, chopped
- To make artichokes: Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Fill bowl with cold water and juice of one lemon.
- If using fresh artichokes, trim tops of artichokes and tougher outer leaves. Using vegetable peeler or small paring knife, trim stems. Once prepped, cut fresh artichokes in half. If using canned artichokes, drain well and quarter lengthwise.
- Place artichokes in lemon water.
- Let soak 2-3 minutes, drain and pat dry with kitchen towel.
- In casserole or baking dish, arrange artichokes and add juice of remaining lemon, quarter lemon and add lemon wedges to dish.
- Add olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste.
- Roast 25-30 minutes, or until tender.
- To make pasta: Bring large pot of water to boil.
- While water is coming to boil, place large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil and butter. Add garlic; red pepper, if desired; and salt, to taste, and swirl 1 minute. Add white wine or stock and let reduce by half.
- When water comes to boil, salt water, add pasta and cook 1 minute less than directions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water before draining.
- Add artichokes to large skillet with tuna with its oil and gently break up with back of wooden spoon or paddle.
- Add lemon juice and reserved pasta water to skillet along with drained pasta, cheese and half the parsley, mint and pistachios. Toss to combine, top with remaining parsley, mint and pistachios and serve.
Food and Beverage
Top 5 Must-Try Ice Cream Brands to Cool You Down This Summer
Summer is just around the corner, and there is no better way to beat the heat than with a delicious scoop of ice cream! With so many brands to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide on the perfect flavor and brand for your summer treat. In this post, we’ll be discussing the five best ice cream brands that are sure to cool you down and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Ben & Jerry’s
Ben & Jerry’s is a classic brand that has been around since 1978. They are known for their unique and creative flavors such as Cherry Garcia and Half Baked. Not only are their flavors delicious, they are also known for using high-quality and fair-trade ingredients.
Haagen-Dazs is another popular brand that has been around for over 50 years. Their ice cream is made with only the finest ingredients and is known for its rich and creamy texture. With classic flavors like Vanilla and Chocolate, as well as unique ones such as Green Tea and Honey Salted Caramel Almond, there is something for everyone.
Jeni’s is a newer brand that has quickly gained popularity for their unique and innovative flavors. They use natural, whole ingredients and their ice cream contains no synthetic flavorings or dyes. Their signature flavor is Salty Caramel, but they also have flavors like Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Raspberry Rose.
Talenti is a gelato brand that originated in Italy and has since become popular worldwide. Their gelato is made in small batches with fresh, natural ingredients. They have classic flavors like Vanilla Bean and Chocolate, but also have unique options such as Sea Salt Caramel and Pumpkin Pie.
Graeter’s is a family-owned brand that has been around for over 150 years. They are known for their “French Pot” process, which allows them to make small batches of ice cream that have a rich and creamy texture. Their signature flavor is Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, but they also have flavors such as Buckeye Blitz and Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip.
No matter what brand you choose, you can’t go wrong with a delicious scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic flavor or feeling adventurous and want to try something new, these five brands.
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Food and Beverage
Organic for All! Clean Juice Introduces Value Menu to Celebrate Summer
$6 Summer Value Menu Features Fresh New Flavors Across Several Menu Categories for a Limited Time
CHARLOTTE, N.C. /PRNewswire/ — Clean Juice®, the first and only USDA-certified organic juice and food bar franchise, announced today its latest menu innovation with its $6 Summer Value Menu to commemorate the season. With the guest as its focal point, the brand’s latest seasonal innovation ensures that each new menu item looks and tastes great while delivering a healthy, nutrient-packed, and accessible organic meal option for all. The seasonal limited time offering features seven products, four of which are new, for under $6.
“At Clean Juice, we believe that healthy, nourishing food should be accessible to everyone, and it should taste good, too,” said Landon Eckles, CEO of Clean Juice. “Our $6 Organic Summer menu line-up offers new guests a way to try our organic smoothies, juices, and food items at a price that won’t break the bank. For 100 Days of Summer, our guests can enjoy a limited-edition menu featuring summer-forward items, each for $6!”
Clean Juice aims to reach more guests with all organic food offerings at a lower price point without lowering the nutritional integrity that built the award-winning brand across 33 states and 130+ stores operating nationwide.
The $6 Summer campaign includes an all-organic lineup of new products, including:
- The Hot Pink Summer One (Fresh Juice) features organic lemon and pineapple juice blended with coconut water and dragon fruit and served over ice
- The Blueberry Lemonade One (Refresher) features organic lemon and apple juice blended with coconut water, honey and blueberries
- The Sunburst One (Smoothie) features organic apple juice blended with coconut water, strawberries, banana and honey
- The Cheese Melt – a toasted wrap with cheddar cheese, feta cheese, and hummus
Returning to Clean Juice for the $6 Summer Value Menu includes:
- The Iced Latte One (launched during Menu Madness in March ’23) – is a cold-brew coffee blended with almond milk, dates, maple syrup and vanilla. Served over ice & topped with cinnamon
- The Mocha One (launched during Menu Madness in March ’23) – a cold brew blended with almond milk, dates, maple syrup, vanilla and cacao. Served over ice & topped with cacao nibs
Popular Toast added to Value Menu including:
- The Almond Butter Toast (available at participating stores) – is a protein-packed toast made with organic almond butter, banana, honey and hemp seeds served on sprouted grain bread
Recently named #33 by Fast Casual in its Top 100 Movers and Shakers brands, Clean Juice continues to put guests first when creating new menu items that meet a high standard of health offerings, flavor profile, and visual integrity that represents the brand’s core values.
Clean Juice recently completed its first-ever “Menu Madness” promotion, with eight items competing for the guest favorite in a “secret menu,” available on the app and online. The competition focused on fresh-made juice concoctions as the base for smoothies, designed to present further health benefits and great flavors. The winner was the Mango Sunrise One, a two-tone refresher that features a mango-pineapple base with a strawberry topper.
About Clean Juice®
Landon and Kat Eckles started Clean Juice® in 2016 as the first USDA-certified organic juice and food bar franchise focused on sharing the importance of an organic, plant-based diet. Rooted in the “healthy body and a strong spirit” (3 John 1:2) scripture, Clean Juice® offers only organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, açaí bowls, toasts, salads, and other healthy foods in a warm and welcoming retail experience. Professional athlete and philanthropist Tim Tebow became a Franchise Partner after opening his first store in Jacksonville, FL, and is also the first Clean Juice national ambassador. There are more than 130 stores open and operating, with another 70+ in development. For more information about Clean Juice®, its leadership team, core values, and franchising opportunities, please visit www.cleanjuice.com or www.cleanjuicefranchising.com.
SOURCE Clean Juice
Food and Beverage
Summer Menu Alert: Wendy’s Summer Strawberry Salad is Back!
By popular demand, the fan-favorite salad has returned to menus to deliver the berry fresh tastes of summer
DUBLIN, Ohio /PRNewswire/ –
Enjoy the warmer weather and treat your taste buds to an explosion of summer-packed flavors with the return of the beloved Summer Strawberry Salad! Like all of Wendy’s® craft salads, the Summer Strawberry Salad is made fresh daily. Delivering the taste of summer with quality ingredients like sun-ripened, hand-picked strawberries, juicy grilled chicken, crisp Applewood smoked bacon, a savory Tuscan cheese blend, drizzled with a sweet and tangy Champagne Vinaigrette–all atop a bed of Wendy’s fresh spring mix lettuce blend for a perfectly sweet and savory flavor explosion!
When that summer salad craving hits, Wendy’s delivers the berry best ingredients of the season.
WHERE & WHEN:
Wendy’s Summer Strawberry Salad is available NOW at participating Wendy’s restaurants nationwide for a limited time.
As the only hamburger QSR to offer craft salads, Wendy’s is intentional about capturing and delivering the freshest flavors of the season. The Summer Strawberry Salad is a fan-favorite for the summertime – packed full of high-quality, flavorful ingredients and craveable flavors. Not to mention, it pairs excellently with Wendy’s Strawberry Frosty® – because we couldn’t help but give customers not one, but two strawberry-packed menu items to enjoy all season long.
HOW TO GET YOUR STRAWBERRY FIX ALL SUMMER LONG:
Snag the salad of the season at your nearest Wendy’s restaurant, online, or via the Wendy’s mobile app. Not to mention, if you order through the Wendy’s app, you can earn Wendy’s Rewards™ points to score free food!* (Pro tip: Wendy’s new Strawberry Frosty is only 200 rewards points on the app.) Talk about a sweet strawberry summer!
Wendy’s was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas in Columbus, Ohio. Dave built his business on the premise, “Quality Is Our Recipe®“, which remains the guidepost of the Wendy’s system. Wendy’s is best known for its made-to-order square hamburgers, using fresh, never frozen beef**, freshly-prepared salads, and other signature items like chili, baked potatoes and the Frosty dessert. The Wendy’s Company (Nasdaq: WEN) is committed to doing the right thing and making a positive difference in the lives of others. This is most visible through the Company’s support of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® and its signature Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program, which seeks to find a loving, forever home for every child in the North American foster care system. Today, Wendy’s and its franchisees employ hundreds of thousands of people across approximately 7,000 restaurants worldwide with a vision of becoming the world’s most thriving and beloved restaurant brand. For details on franchising, connect with us at www.wendys.com/franchising.Visit www.wendys.com and www.squaredealblog.com for more information and connect with us on Twitter and Instagram using @wendys, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wendys.
*Wendy’s Rewards available at participating U.S. Wendy’s. My Wendy’s™ account registration and use required to earn points and redeem rewards. Points have no monetary value. See www.wendys.com/Rewards for details.
**Fresh beef available in the contiguous U.S., Alaska and Canada.
SOURCE The Wendy’s Company
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