Lemon zest can add some brightness and extra flavor to many different foods. Along with adding flavor, lemon zest (or peel) add a variety of vitamins, minerals and fiber to your diet. Here are a few dishes you can add lemon zest: Vanilla or cream-based desserts, salads containing salty cheeses, seafood, most cocktails, roasted vegetables or grilled and roasted chicken.

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Valentine’s Day food bouquet ideas

Thinking of giving an edible bouquet for the holiday? Joey Skladany of www.foodandwine.com offers the following ranking of popular food bouquets.

— Edible arrangements, like fruit on a stick, come in last on his list.

— Chicken nugget bouquets are described by Skladany as “adorable in theory, but disgusting in reality.”

— Cookie bouquets are listed as an “always acceptable gift option” but not always “exciting or innovative.”

— The writer likes the beef jerky “Broquet” “because the entire thing is edible.”

— Bacon bouquets come in a respectable third.

— Beer bouquet: “If you’re single, this is probably the most universally-adored and appropriate bouquet option,” according to the story. “Cheers to yourself for another year.”

— Candy bouquets come in first. “If food is the way to a person’s heart, then this gift warrants a marriage proposal.”


On-the-Go Potatoes

Created for Potatoes USA by Leslie Bonci, RD.

24 oz. petite yellow potatoes

2 t. olive oil

2 T. soy sauce

1 C. panko crumbs

1/4 C. tuxedo sesame seeds

2 t. Chinese 5-Spice seasoning mix

Put potatoes in a bowl and toss with the olive oil and soy sauce. Mix to coat well. In a separate bowl, combine panko bread crumbs, sesame seeds and 5-spice seasoning and mix well. In small batches, put the potatoes in the bread crumb mixture and roll around to coat well. Transfer to a cookie sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until cooked through.


Chipped beef cracker spread

Need an appetizer with a kick? This cracker spread, from the Association for Dressings & Sauces, is perfect for any festive gathering.

3 1/2 oz. dried chipped beef

2 T. butter

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

2 t. yellow mustard

1/4 C. deli-style horseradish sauce

1/2 C. green onions, finely chopped

Finely chop the dried chipped beef and saute in butter until it sizzles. Mix together the cream cheese, yellow mustard and horseradish sauce until smooth and creamy. Stir the chipped beef and green onions into the cheese mixture. Spoon the spread into a serving dish and chill before serving. Serve with assorted crackers.

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