MEAL SOLUTIONS USING PREPARED ENTREES

You’re busy.  You’ve worked all day, gotten the kids to soccer practice and back, you’re finally home.  And now, what to cook for dinner.  Sound familiar?  We all want to give our families tasty and nutritious meals but sometimes that is hard during the weekdays.   There are ways to cheat.  Keep veggies stocked and prepped…

QUALITY AND FRESHNESS. GUARANTEED.

With our hectic schedules, it can be a challenge to prepare healthy and nutritious meals. We want to help by offering you a variety of fresh, affordable food choices.  Open Acres products are made from simple, quality ingredients and feature an array of wholesome foods that you can feel good about eating — without stretching…

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

Baking With Kids Can Be Rewarding, But it Must Be Safe Teaching a child to bake can be awesome for both the teacher and student. Kids love to mimic their parents, and a child who routinely sees their parent cooking and/or baking may ask to join in. If not, encourage them to. Learning their way…

PEEPS. LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM?

Either way, PEEPS have been the number one non-chocolate Easter candy in the US for more than a decade. Although yellow is America’s favorite color for PEEPS chicks and bunnies, they also come in pink, lavender, blue, orange and green.  The fluorescent marshmallow bunnies and chicks were hatched over 50 years ago. They got their…

HOW THE USDA GRADES BEEF

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meticulously grades beef at the request of a meat packer. Only beef that is USDA inspected may carry the USDA shield of authenticity. The grading system determines the quality rating of beef based upon a very complicated inspection system which measures the amount of marbling (fat specs) in…

FISH FRIDAYS

Lent began Wednesday, February 14, 2018, starting the 40-day period leading up to Easter that many Catholics observe. Eating fish on Fridays is a long-standing Lenten tradition, but a day without meat doesn’t have to be a fast – you can make it a feast with simple family dinners, easy lunches and dishes worthy of…

HOW TO CHOOSE A FLORAL CENTERPIECE

The holidays are here.  Wondering what to do for a centerpiece? These flowers are the focal point of your table, but choosing the right centerpiece isn’t difficult.  Here are tips for choosing the perfect centerpiece for your next dinner party. DON’T CHOOSE A CENTERPIECE THAT IS TOO TALL  When your guests are sitting and enjoying…

TAILGATE TIPS FOR GAME DAY

Tailgate parties. Gone are the days of simply bringing a sandwich and a six-pack to consume on the back of someone’s pickup truck before the game. People now throw elaborate parties which might not only be a pre-game celebration, but a party for fellow fans lasting throughout the game! We found some tips to help…

ROASTED BELL PEPPERS

Fall is a perfect time to roast Bell Peppers when they are abundant, beautiful, and seasonably well priced!  So many of Fall’s recipes call for Roasted Bell Peppers and there is no reason to pay the price of jarred Roasted Peppers when they are so easy to roast yourself!  (And taste better too!) Oven Roasted…

GET YOUR LUNCHBOX GROOVE ON!

It’s that time of the year again….Back to School!  It can be challenging to come up with healthy lunch ideas.  Having a plan for what to pack for lunch will make the school year a whole lot easier and eliminate “lunchbox boredom”. Choose a Lunch Storage System. Brown bag?  Bento Box?  Lunch Totes?  There are…