Food and Fun

  • Confection Cabaret

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County has a fundraiser coming up, and it promises to be a fun-filled evening of music, an all-woman revue show, and lots and lots of sweet treats.

  • HOMESTYLE HEALTHY: Veggie Burgers

    May Vokaty
    S.C. Press Association
    These days, everyone is jumping on the Meatless Monday bandwagon. Delicious vegetarian recipes are popping up everywhere.  Grocery store delis offer meatless convenience foods like hummus and fresh pita for a quick vegetarian lunch.  Restaurants now offer a meatless entrée where once there was none.

  • Recipe Brown Rice Sliders

    1½ cups cooked brown rice, cool enough to handle
    1 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
    1 teaspoon non-fat dry milk powder
    ¼ cup grated zucchini
    ¼ cut grated onion
    ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1 teaspoon bean flour*
    1 tablespoon grated
    Parmesan cheese
    ¼ to 1 cup of dry bread crumbs
    Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    6 bakery dinner rolls

  • Cajun Mayo

    1 cup mayonnaise
    2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1 garlic clove, put through the garlic press
    ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper*
    Salt and pepper to taste

    u Mix the first four ingredients in a bowl; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. This can be refrigerated in an airtight container for four days.

  • Ketchup

    1 6-oz. can tomato paste
    ½ cup white vinegar
    ½ cup light corn syrup
    ¼ cup water
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon onion powder
    ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
    u Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth. When mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring often.

  • Homestyle Healthy: Puerto Rican Food

    May Vokaty
    Recently, my husband and I took a little vacation to Puerto Rico.  Getting away to a tropical island for a little R&R was a most welcome treat.
    Puerto Ricans are friendly, charming and very proud of their beautiful island, and rightly so. Majestic beaches, beautiful weather, the ancient rain forest, El Yunque are just a few of the reasons to fall in love with Puerto Rico.

  • Puerto Rican Shrimp and Crab Empanadas

    Sauce Ingredients
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    ½ cup finely chopped sweet onion
    ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
    1 teaspoon Sazon seasoning
    3 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 ½ to 2 cups stock, (chicken, vegetable or fish)
    ½ pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    5 oz. lump crabmeat
    4 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
    Sauce Directions
    u Heat a 10-inch skillet over high heat until hot. Add the oil and sauté the onions and pepper for 2 to 3 minutes or until softened.

  • Caribbean Confetti Salad

    4 to 6 red lettuce leaves, stems removed, but left as whole as possible
    ½ cup crumbled queso fresca (crumble the cheese, then measure)
    1 fresh tomato, chopped into ½” pieces
    4 ounces guava paste, chopped into 1/4” pieces
    4 ounces hearts of palm, chopped into ½” pieces
    1 orange, cut into segments

  • Mango Dressing

    ¼ cup mango puree
    1 clove garlic, put through the garlic press
    3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
    1½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    ½ cup canola oil
    salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    u Whisk the first four ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Slowly whisk in the oil, whisking until an emulsion forms. This dressing will be thick. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.

  • World View

    Laura Caskey
    For The Lancaster News
    On Friday, May 4, students of McDonald Elementary School were treated to a morning of music, food and learning.
    The school hosted its first Cultural Diversity Day. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher Veronica Raffin and the diversity committee – Shandra Hall, LaDonna Smith, Regina Hagwood, Lauren Taylor, Chelle Chambers, Donna Roberts, Dana Kirk and Tracy Thompson – hosted the event to promote the appreciation of diversity in Lancaster County.