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Oregon Family Magazine

Cook up Some Family Togetherness

01/18/2011 ● By Anonymous
Family too focused on texting, surfing and gaming? Are they interacting more with a keyboard then with each other? Cooking is not only a great creative outlet, but the simple acts of mixing and measuring even have the potential to help families reconnect, creating opportunities for amazing conversations and memories that last a lifetime.

The Family Dish…A Recipe for Fun is a new program, created by Unilever Foods, to inspire families to connect through the joys of cooking together. combines budget-friendly and palate-pleasing recipes from The Family Dish Cook Book made with popular pantry staples; hands-on stories and videos from trusted mom bloggers; and the professional knowledge and personal experience of Unilever Consumer Kitchens’ experts, offering insights such as:

  • Pique Their Interest. Start by thinking about your family’s food preferences. If they love Italian or Mexican food, ask if they want to surf the Web together for an interesting recipe they would enjoy cooking. You can even download episodes of their favorite cooking shows to watch together.
  • Learn as you go. For Moms who are still fine-tuning their own culinary expertise, use this as an opportunity for you and your family to learn together. Seeing that Mom is still open to learning new things may open the door to conversations that may not have ordinarily occurred
  • Don’t mind the mess. Instead, go with the flow, have fun, turn on some music and share in the clean up. Show your family that dirty pots and pans and a sink full of dishes are no match for your clean-up crew!
Here are some recipes from The Family Dish cook book your family can use to get creative -- and connected -- in the kitchen today.

Fettuccine Primavera 6 servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz.) Ragu Old World Style Pasta Sauce 3 tablespoons olive oil 6 cups assorted cut-up fresh vegetables (broccoli florets, red and/or green bell pepper, onion, zucchini and/or yellow squash) 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves 1 box (12 ounces) fettuccine, cooked and drained

In 2-quart saucepan, heat pasta sauce until heated through; set aside and keep warm.

In 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and cook vegetables and basil, stirring occasionally, 6 minutes or until vegetables are tender. To serve, spoon sauce over hot fettuccine, then spoon vegetable mixture over pasta. Sprinkle, if desired, with grated Parmesan cheese.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

10 servings Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 4 hours

1 3- pound boneless pork shoulder 1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Mushroom or Onion Soup Mix 1 cup ketchup 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce 10 Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns

Arrange pork in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients except rolls and pour over pork; turn to coat.

Cook covered on LOW 8 to 10 hours or HIGH 4 to 6 hours until pork is tender.

Remove pork; reserve juices. Shred pork with fork, then stir into reserved juices. Serve on rolls.

Marbled Peanut Butter Brownies

16 servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes

1 box (18 to 23 oz.) brownie mix 1/2 cup Skippy Creamy, Super Chunk or Roasted Honey Nut Peanut Butter Prepare brownie mix according to package directions, pouring batter into 9-inch baking pan.

Microwave peanut butter in microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 30 seconds or until melted. Stir, then drizzle peanut butter over batter and swirl with butter knife to marble.

Bake according to package directions. Cool completely on wire rack. To serve, cut in squares.