Brunch Ideas

Posted by Gigi Cohen on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 15:04 PM

Ah Spring!  Gardening and other outdoor activities begin, nature nudges trees and flowers to blossom and holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day provide new opportunities for gathering with loved ones. For many, brunch is the perfect meal to serve during the early spring.  And a favorite staple of brunch across the country is eggs.  Not only are eggs filled with protein and nutrients, they have naturally represented fertility and life across many cultures and for Christians the egg symbolizes the Resurrection.    


For foodies who are less focused on what the egg represents and more concerned with the simple joys of its ability to be a conduit for flavor, the egg is its own cause for celebration.


One of the classic flavor pairings for the egg is with Hollandaise Sauce.   Known to be one of the most difficult sauces to perfect, its rich butter and lemon flavors delicately season plain eggs, poached fish and vegetables. 


If you’d love to include Hollandaise on your brunch menu, but don’t want to mess up the complicated emulsion, consider Concord Foods Hollandaise Sauce Mix.


Concord Foods Hollandaise Sauce is easy to make, requiring only one cup of water!


Recently, The Army Mom tried her hand at Eggs Benedict using Concord Foods HollandaisePhoto Source - The Army Mom Sauce mix.  After a successful trial, she believes that even “Julia (Child) would say this Concord Foods Hollandaise sauce is perfection.”   You can read all of The Army Mom’s thoughts on our Hollandaise Sauce mix as well as her success at poaching eggs for the first time on her blog.


If you are planning a brunch with more than a few people and want to serve a buffet style meal, consider mixing the ingredients in a casserole.  On the Kitchen is My Playground, blogger Tracey created an inspired Fresh Asparagus Hollandaise Casserole using a variety of brunch-worthy ingredients like fresh asparagus, celery, onion, Monterey Jack cheese, Concord Foods Hollandaise Sauce . 

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Since it’s a casserole, you can prep the dish before your guests get to your home and after 20 minutes in the oven you’ll have a delightful “twist,” as Tracey says, on classic food pairings. 


Finally, if you’re planning to have children at your brunch, you may find Hollandaise a bit sophisticated for their palate.   For the younger set, try this easy recipe for a breakfast burrito which uses eggs, fresh tomatoes, red onions, cheese and Concord Foods Salsa Seasoning Mix that create a delicious brunch filling for your favorite flour tortilla.                                                    

Breakfast burritos are a fun way to introduce the younger set to the joys of brunch.

Happy Spring from your friends at Concord Foods!

Soup Recipes to Warm Your Winter

Posted by Samantha McCaul on Mon, Jan 06, 2014 @ 15:01 PM

According to Psychologist and comfort food expert, Dr. Susan Albers, cold weather tends to make people feel hungrier than they do when it’s warm.  Dr. Albers indicates that the body processes food faster when it is cold, often making you feel hungrier. As proof, she points to a study which found that swimmers’ calorie intake after exercising in cold water was 44 percent higher than when they swam in warm water.


We found two of Dr. Albers’ suggestions for cold weather eating in her book EatQ: Unlock the Weight Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence, ( most interesting. 


1)    Chicken Noodle Soup, according to at least one scientific study, is associated with feelings of comfort and chicken noodle soup has the added benefit of providing many nutritious benefits.


2)   While anyone that has eaten spicy foods knows it feels like your body is getting hotter, in reality spicy food does raise your body temperature. Dr. Alber suggests cooking a pot of spicy, turkey or bean chili and adding fiber to help keep you fuller.


Here’s some of our favorite soup recipes for a warm winter snack or meal.


Chicken Rice Soup (link:


We’re betting in certain cultures chicken rice soup is far more familiar and therefore even more “comforting” than chicken noodle soup.  In this recipe, which uses two cans of chicken broth as a base plus previously cooked rice and chicken, we’ve created an easy soup recipe that doubles as a quick and satisfying solution for your chicken leftovers.


Corn Chowder (link:


Cream chowder lovers have assured us they love this corn chowder recipe that uses Concord Foods Cream of Broccoli Soup Mix as its base.  Perhaps we’re biased but since Concord Foods is based in Massachusetts, we’re pretty particular about our chowders, and we think this is one of the best we’ve ever tasted.


Portuguese Kale Soup (link:


Dr. Albers would certainly approve of our Portuguese Kale Soup which blends Concord Foods’ Greens Seasoning, fiber-rich beans, chili-garlic flavored sausage and the incredibly nutritious kale for a perfectly balanced soup recipe that will make a delicious difference to any meal. 


Chili in a Tortilla Bowl (link:


For those who love all things chili, we have a recipe that tastes like you’ve been cooking all day but only takes about a half hour.  The recipe calls for ground beef, black beans and Concord Foods Salsa Mix and its certain to raise the temperature around meal time. 


These are just a sampling of wonderful ideas for keeping warmly satisfied during the winter.  You can find additional soup recipes within our website  Use the recipes as is, or as inspiration for a soup creation that’s sure to become a winter favorite in your home.  


Tags: Soup Recipes, Winter Soup Recipes

Great Holiday Recipes with Concord Foods Lemon & Lime Juice

Posted by Samantha McCaul on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 13:11 PM

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Lemon & Lime JuiceDid you know that Concord Foods first products were the lemon and lime juices in 1968? That was 45 years ago! Over the years, our chefs have developed some great recipes using these versatile ingredients. Many of these recipes are perfect for holiday dining and events. Here are some recipe suggestions from Concord Foods’ kitchen.

Cherry Salsa     Serves: 4
1 lb of Bing Cherries, chopped
1 small onion
½ cup honey
⅓ cup Concord Foods Reconstituted Lime Juice
2 small jalapenos peppers, minced
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 garlic clove


  1. In a small bowl combine honey and Reconstituted Lime Juice.
  2. Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Pour honey and lime mixture over the cherry mixture.
  4. Refrigerate until serving.
  5. Serve with chips.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus     Serves: 8  

3 tablespoons Concord Foods Reconstituted Lemon Juice
1 can (15.5 oz) chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
½ cup roasted red peppers
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
Pita crisps
Cut up vegetables 


    1. In a food processor, combine lemon juice, chick peas, tahini, minced garlic and salt. Process until very smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl sides with a rubber spatula.
    2. Add roasted red peppers and process until the peppers are finely chopped.
    3. Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
    4. Serve with pita crisps and/or cut up vegetables.

    Chipotle-Lime Marinated Grilled Pork Chops     Serves: 4

    4 Boneless or Bone-In Pork Chops (3/4-1 1/4" thick)
    2/3 cup Concord Foods Reconstituted Lime Juice1/3 cup soy sauce
    2 teaspoons oregano
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
    1-3 Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, or dried chipotle pepper(s), rehydrated, minced finely 
    Note: Use 1-3 peppers, depending on spiciness desired. Always wear rubber gloves when handling hot peppers. To rehydrate, cover peppers with hot water for 10 minutes. 


      1. Place chops in a large self-sealing plastic bag. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over chops. Seal bag, refrigerate and let marinate for 12-24 hours.
      2. Remove chops from marinade, discard marinade, and grill chops over medium-hot coals until desired doneness (12-16 total minutes), turning to brown evenly. Remove from heat, cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.

        Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce     Serves: 8

        ½ cup shortening
        ¼ cup packed brown sugar
        1 egg
        ½ cup light molasses
        1½ cups all purpose flour
        ½ tsp salt
        ¾ tsp ground ginger
        ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
        ½ tsp baking powder
        ½ tsp baking soda
        ½ cup boiling water
        Lemon Sauce
        ½ cup Confectioner's sugar
        4 – 5 tsp Concord Foods’ Reconstituted Lemon Juice (to taste) 


          1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
          2. Grease and lightly flour one 9 x 1½-inch round baking pan.
          3. Cream shortening and brown sugar until light. Add egg and molasses; beat well.
          4. Stir together flour, spices and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with ½ cup boiling water, beating after each addition. Pour into pan.
          5. Bake in 350°F oven 30 to 35 minutes. Serve with lemon sauce.

            Lemon Sauce: Mix confectioner’s sugar with four to five teaspoons of Concord Foods Reconstituted Lemon Juice.

            These are just a selection of recipes. For more recipes, please visit us at If you would like to share an original recipe with us, please e-mail us at Happy holidays!

            Tags: Holiday Recipes, Holiday Entertaining, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice

            Berry Sweet Baking Promotion

            Posted by Samantha McCaul on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

            Concord Foods is excited to pair up with California Giant Berry Farms on a winter baking promotion, the Berry Sweet Baking Contest!

            Submit an original recipe that includes both fresh California Giant blueberries and Concord Foods’ delicious Blueberry Muffin Mix for a chance to win up to $250!  The Grand Prize Winner will also have their recipe developed by a professional chef, and shared online.

            Entries will be accepted from November 1st until December 15th.  For additional contest information, and perhaps a little recipe inspiration, check out or watch this great video.


            Tags: contest, recipe contest

            Halloween Caramel Apples

            Posted by Samantha McCaul on Wed, Oct 02, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

            Decorating caramel apples for Halloween can be great fun for the whole family! To get started, all you need is a little imagination and a Concord Foods caramel apple product! For the recipes listed below, we have used Concord Foods Microware Caramel Apple Kit. However, you can also use the Caramel Apple Kit or Caramel Apple Wrap.

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            Jack O Lantern

            Jack O Lantern

            • 6 medium sized apples
            • 1 Microwave Caramel Apple Kit (can substitute Caramel Apple Kit / Caramel Apple
            • 1 pouch of orange vanilla flavored wafers
            • Black writing gel or icing
            1. Dip apples into caramel as instructed on package. Let dry.
            2. Melt vanilla wafers in microwave or small saucepan over low heat.
            3. Dip each caramel apple in the melted vanilla. Decorate with black writing gel and let dry.

            Candy and Chocolate Drizzle

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            • 6 medium sized apples
            • 1 Microwave Caramel Apple Kit (can substitute Caramel Apple Kit / Caramel Apple Wrap)
            • 1 pouch of chocolate flavored wafers
            • Candy pieces (We used crushed Butterfinger candy bars and candy corn)
            1. Dip apples into caramel as instructed on package. Let dry.
            2. Melt chocolate wafers in microwave or small saucepan over low heat.
            3. Using a spoon, drizzle each caramel apple with the melted chocolate. Sprinkle crushed candy
              bars or firmly place candy corns into the caramel apples. Let dry.

            We would love to see some of your decorated caramel apples! Please post them to our Facebook page at






            Tags: Decorated Caramel Apples, Halloween Caramel Apples, Concord Foods Microwave Caramel Apple Kit

            Concord Foods Celebrates Apple Picking Season

            Posted by Samantha McCaul on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

            Apple picking is a popular family activity in the Fall. Apple orchards across the country invite families to pick the fruit right off their trees. Apples are one of the easiest fruits to pick.  A visit to the apple orchard is fun for the whole family! In addition to apple picking, many orchards will
            offer hay rides, corn mazes and delicious treats such as fresh apple cider and apple cider doughnuts.

            To find apple orchards near you, we suggest visiting your local news website. For example, provides an excellent guide for the New England area. These guides are available throughout the country. In addition, some apple picking guides provide orchard listings by states, such as

            Throughout the season, Concord Foods will feature some top orchards on Facebook. These orchards will be giving away a select number of free Caramel Apple Wrap samples to their ‘U Pick’ customers. Here’s a hint about our first weekly orchard. It is located in Biglerville, PA and is famous for their apple bin porch, which contains over 25 different varieties of apples. If you are interested in finding out more about this orchard and learning about the apple orchard giveaways throughout the season, please visit us at

            Apple Bin Porch


            The apple orchard giveaways offer a great opportunity for consumers to try the Caramel Apple Wrap. Using the Wrap, it takes only two easy steps to make fresh caramel apples. If you are interested in alternative uses for the Caramel Apple Wrap, we have many great recipe suggestions online, Some favorite recipes include caramel sticky buns and turtle brownies! Caramel Apple Wraps are also available in
            retailers across the U.S.A.

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            We hope that everyone has a wonderful time apple picking and making caramel apples!

            Tags: apple picking, locating apple orchards, Caramel Apple Wrap

            Pumpkin Spice – The Season’s Hottest New Flavor

            Posted by Samantha McCaul on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 @ 08:09 AM

            Concord FOods pumpkin Spice Caramel Dip

            The aroma of fresh baked pumpkin pie with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger scenting your home as guests impatiently wait for the pie to cool.  Sound familiar?  Even if your family prefers pies in the apple rather than pumpkin variety, just saying “pumpkin spice” conjures a visceral response to most Americans. 

            That must be why pumpkin spice is the hottest flavor this fall. Food and beverage companies are using their skills to excite consumers’ taste buds by introducing pumpkin spice flavors into chocolate candies, coffees, lattes and even alcoholic beverages. But save your palate for Concord Foods Pumpkin Spice Caramel Dip.   On your behalf, Concord Foods’ experts
            took the pumpkin spice and their culinary imagination to a different place.  Using our already popular caramel dip as a base, Concord Foods’ chefs introduced real pumpkin, vanilla extract
            and traditional spices into a dip that’s worthy of dazzling your favorite fall
            apple or drizzling over a dish of vanilla or coffee ice cream. 

            Concord Foods’ Pumpkin Spice Caramel Dip can even bring new flavor to a favorite recipe.  Below are some of our favorite dishes developed with our Pumpkin Spice Caramel Dip.  We encourage you to bring new spice to your table with these or your own recipes. 

            Pumpkin Spice Glazed Squash and Sweet Potato Bites 
            Banana Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Caramel Frosting
            Sweet Steamed Kale

            Squash Bites 

            Pumpkin Spice Glazed Squash and Sweet Potato Bites

            Banana Whoopie Pies

            Banana Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Caramel Frosting

            Tags: New Product, Concord Foods Pumpkin Spice Caramel Dip, Fall Recipes

            Back to School Tips

            Posted by Samantha McCaul on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 @ 09:08 AM

            Every year, starting sometime in August, the parents of school age children start looking at the calendar, marking off the days until school starts.  While parents of young children may think this parental anxiousness ends sometime in middle school,  the first of anything for children of any age, including going to college, their first job, their first date, their first break-up, provokes anxiety.  Luckily, for most families, firsts are simply stepping stones to seconds and thirds and then the routine kicks in. 

            If you or someone in your family is truly overwhelmed about the back to school season, there are many qualified web resources that provide back to school tips. 

            The American Psychological Association provides an excellent piece on Dealing with the Back-to-School Blues?

            The National Association of School Psychologists offers a wide range of suggestions from not over shopping to not over-reacting.

   offers some simple but important suggestions if your child is refusing to go to school.

            At Concord Foods, back to school also signals important seasonal items such as our Cranberry Bread Mix, our Caramel Wraps, and our assortment of apple enhancing products like our Apple Crisp Mix and Candy Apple Kits.  We asked our staff members who have children, for some of the tips they use that incorporate our products into the back-to-school season in their homes.

            Back to School Tip # 1  - Cook simple recipes with your child(ren). 

            When they get home from school in the early days, one of our staff members likes making Chocolate Banana BreadBanana Bread saving the chocolate chips for his youngest child to mix in.  He’s found that simple recipes don’t distract him from his real goal, hearing about his kids’ days without giving them the third degree.  Then he saves some banana bread for their next day’s lunch! 

            Back to School Tip # 2 - Keep Concord Foods Caramel Apple Wraps and fresh apples in your kitchen.

            One member of our staff wants to make sure her daughter always feel free to invite friends over and when they get there, she wants to have something for them to do that’s truly hands on.  She keeps Concord Foods Caramel Apple Wraps and fresh apples handy so her daughter’s guests can enjoy wrapping their own apple and enjoying a relatively healthy snack that he or she helped to make.  You can see why this is a kid-friendly idea in our short video on using caramel apple wraps. 

            Back to School Tip # 3 – Adults can benefit from their own routines.

            One of our favorite tips was from a staff member who had spent a few years being miserable during the back-to-school season only to realize he could create a better atmosphere in the household by scheduling in some down time.  Since he loves guacamole and chips, he started keeping avocados (whatever is in season), his favorite brand of chips and Concord Foods Guacamole Mix in the house and would make himself a batch for him to relax with during a favorite TV show or football game.  His daughter made herself part of the ritual by making the Guacamole for him.  Now, a few years later, he doesn’t dread the fall and she’s turned into quite a Patriots fan.   

            If you have a back-to-school ritual you’d like to share with our thousands of Facebook fans, we’d love to hear it.






            Tags: Concord Foods Guacamole Mix, Concord Foods Caramel Apple Wraps, Chiquita Banana Bread Mix, Back to School Tips

            Happy National Strawberry Month!

            Posted by Samantha McCaul on Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 16:05 PM

            That’s right. Just in case you needed another reason to eat strawberries, May is the fruit’s official month. Here at Concord Foods we love strawberries, especially as the summer gets hot. Nothing tops of a picnic or a trip to the beach like some fresh berries and cream, but you already know that, of course. What you might not know, however, is how nutritious they are. So, this being said, we proudly present a (quick) guide to the health benefits of strawberries.

            The health benefits of strawberries reflected in the fruit’s heart-shape and color.  Strawberries are exceptionally high in vitamin C, thus making it a great source of antioxidants. What exactly are antioxidants? The long and short of it is that antioxidants break down dangerous molecules (such as free radicals) inside the body, helping prevent things such as cancer, heart disease and improving immune system and brain functionality. Pretty good for something that tastes so delicious.

            Vitamin C helps the body produce collagen, a natural wrinkle fighting agent that makes the skin suppler. Strawberries also contain a fair amount of Ellagic acid which prevents the destruction of collagen. All in all, strawberries ain’t too bad for your skin. Finally, vitamin C has also been proven to help improve eyesight and prevent cataracts.  The health benefits of strawberries suggest if you keep eating strawberries you’ll be smarter, better looking, and see better.

            The berries are high in manganese content, a naturally occurring element that also works as an antioxidant. This along with potassium and vitamin K help the fruit build stronger bones, making those runs on the beach not as tough as they used to be.

            Lastly, strawberries are a “medium” source of potassium. Potassium helps improve bone strength, but that’s not all. Potassium also regulates blood pressure, prevents strokes, helps fight muscle disorders and cramps, regulates the metabolism, and has even shown to reduce stress levels. We think it’s hard to be stressed while eating strawberries in the first place, but that’s just us.

            There are plenty of other great reasons to eat strawberries. We barely scratched the surface,Concord Foods Strawberry Smoothie Mix so if you’re interested in reading more, check out our sources at the bottom. If you’re convinced, and ready to head out to your nearest grocer to pick up some strawberries, don’t forget to look for our Concord Foods Strawberry Smoothie Mix.  We work with grocers to display Concord Foods Smoothie Mixes near the fresh produce.  That’s because all of our smoothies are made with fresh fruit, so you’re sure to get the maximum health benefits of any of the fruit you use.  Concord Foods thanks you for trying our products. But when it comes to our Strawberry Smoothie mix, it’s more important that your entire body will thank you, especially your taste buds.




            Tags: National Strawberry Month, Concord Foods Strawberry Smoothie Mix

            Cinco de Mayo Recipes

            Posted by Samantha McCaul on Wed, May 01, 2013 @ 08:05 AM

            Are you among the many that believe El Cinco de Mayo (the Fifth of May) is Mexico’s Independence Day?  If so, you’ll be surprised to learn that Mexico’s Independence Day is in September.  Professor David E. Hayes-Bautista educates readers in his authoritative book, El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition, that El Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s unlikely win over the French at the Battle of Puebla (a Mexican city) in 1862.  Historically, the day has been recognized and celebrated in the United States far more than it has been in Mexico.  

            In 2013, the fifth of May falls out on a Sunday.  That’s perfect for an afternoon with friends and your favorite Mexican and Spanish American-inspired recipes.  For some, cooking with Spanish American flavors may be outside of their wheelhouse.  If that includes you, there’s no need to worry.  Concord Foods has a variety of seasoning mixes that will shorten your party preparation time and leave you plenty of time to celebrate.  

            Salsa – Concord Foods Salsa Mix (available in Mild and Hot) lets you create your own fresh salsa with diced tomatoes, onions and a single pouch of mix.   Add seasonal fruits like mangos or papayas for your own unique Cinco de Mayo recipe. Salsa Recipe

            Guacamole – Make sure you pick up fresh avocados and Concord Foods Guacamole Mix early in May so you have plenty of Guacamole for dipping, dressing or adding flavor to any of your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes.  Our Concord Foods Guacamole Seasoning is so easy to use; we asked one of our youngest fans to demonstrate (watch video).   

            Sangria – If you don’t already have a favorite Sangria recipe, try this one which enhances any Burgandy Wine with a variety of citrus flavors.

            Margaritas  – In case your guests prefer margaritas to sangria, keep a decent bottle of tequila and a bottle of triple sec in your bar or pantry and a stash of Concord Foods Lime Juice in your refrigerator.  Having Concord Foods lime juice on hand makes it easy to be a margarita master on Cinco de Mayo.   

            Chicken Tortilla Soup – If you want to warm your guests on Cinco de Mayo, try this recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup.  The Southwestern style soup blends the flavors of chicken, corn, tomatoes and onions in a slightly spicy broth and will delight guests of all ages.   

            Fiesta Shrimp and Rice Casserole – You’d be amazed how a single package of Concord Foods Guacamole Mix could turn three-quarters of a pound of frozen shrimp into a “delicioso” Cinco de Mayo fiesta all on its own.   If you prefer, this recipe has directions to use chicken as an alternative for the shrimp.  

            Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding  – This easy recipe is great for Cinco de Mayo. The recipe puts to use Concord Foods’ Caramel Apple Wraps, putting a sweet spin on one of Americans’ favorite pudding.  

            Frozen Margarita Pops – If your party is for an over-21 crowd, these frozen margarita pops will make any Cinco de Mayo party chill. 

            Tener una gran fiesta (have a great party)!  And if you take pictures – share them with us and other Concord Foods fans on Facebook  or Pinterest. These are just some of our delicious and easy to follow recipes.  For a full list of our Cinco de Mayo recipes click here.  

            Tags: Holiday Entertaining, Recipes, Cinco de Mayo

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