Kikk Up the Flavor

Lindsay Gifford

with Kikkoman's Fast & Easy Recipes

Kikk Up the Flavor

I’m shouting it for the world to hear: “I LOVE Asian food.” Quick, easy, and loaded with vegetables,  Asian dishes are a no-brainer when it comes to a flavor-filled, delicious dinner. For this month’s “#worldwidewomen” themed issue, we turned to the best-selling and most widely recognized soy sauce brand: Kikkoman.

All seasoned cooks have secret ingredients they use to add that last, elusive layer of flavor to their dish that brings everything together. Asian chefs have been using traditionally brewed soy sauce in this capacity for hundreds of years. During the 17th century, legend has it the original recipe for Kikkoman Soy Sauce was developed and brewed by a resourceful widow in Noda, Japan. And, during the 1600s in the same town, the founding families established the first commercial brewery, which eventually became the Kikkoman we know today. An indispensible part of Japanese cuisine, soy sauce’s popularity began to grow beyond the country’s borders, when Kikkoman started exporting to the U.S. in the 1800s. Today, Kikkoman is known for its harmonious combination and subtle balance of the five basic flavors of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (savory).

Flour Power

Lindsay Gifford

The Gold Medal for Baking Success

Flour Power

Gold Medal Flour has been a staple in kitchens across America for more than 130 years. Milling flour is a skill requiring an expertise in blending art and science. Founder Cadwallader Washburn started the company in 1866 on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. From the beginning, Washburn built the flour company on a solid foundation of commitment to larger production and superior quality. Controlling his own mills afforded the company almost immediate success.

Confident in his products, Washburn eventually entered his flour in an international competition, where the flour was awarded the top three prizes, including the gold medal. This win inspired Washburn to change the company name to the brand you know today—Gold Medal Flour. Gold Medal has stayed true to its commitment to quality all through its years, and now focuses their baking line on eight precision milled, premium-quality flours, including bread, organic, Wondra, whole wheat, and white whole wheat flour types, in addition to the standard self-rising, plain and un-bleached.

For Some, It’s the Food that Makes the Super Bowl Super

Mary Hunt

 For Some, It’s the Food that Makes the Super Bowl Super

I have to be honest about sports. I’m there for the good times: the World Series, the Olympics and, of course, the Super Bowl. Even then, for me it’s all about the food. I’m right there, front and center, on Super Bowl Sunday, cheering on the underdog, breathlessly waiting for the next commercial while enjoying some decadent party food.

Today, I want to share with you my most favorite, best-ever party dips. No one would consider any of these healthy food choices, and for that I do not apologize. After all, we don’t do this every day. So let’s lighten up and get ready to party!

Simply Flavor-filled

Lindsay Gifford

Heart Healthy California Walnuts

Simply Flavor-filled

Healthy eating habits are first and foremost in nearly everyone’s mind right now. Whether you are at the perfect weight, or looking to lose some extra pounds, a healthier lifestyle is beneficial to everyone. With this in mind, Pink decided to team up with California Walnuts for some hearty, walnut-inspired and flavor-filled recipes with healthy benefits.

Packed with nutrients and a delicate nutty taste, walnuts offer unlimited versatility for everything from baked goods to toppings, spreads and sauces. A whole food, rich in Omega-3s, naturally gluten free, sodium free and cholesterol free, walnuts are a tasty powerhouse. In fact, they are a certified heart-healthy food by the American Heart Association, and emerging research demonstrates benefits for gut health and decreasing cancer risk.

Baking Up Holiday Cheer

Jacie Elizabeth Millen

with Darlene Enright

Baking Up Holiday Cheer

Christmas decorations are coming out of attics, ovens are working overtime, the smell of evergreen fills the living room, and favorite traditions unfold as December 25th approaches.
Every family has their favorite traditions, which help to make memories and bring joy for years to come.

Darlene Enright’s tradition is baking fabulous cookies. Bottom line: Baking is her thing; she loves it! It started as a hobby and ended up a passion. She has taught her daughter, Courtney, her special talent, and her husband Tom gets included in the fun as the official taste tester. “Tom knows to get out of the house when I have my baking weekend. When he comes back, he gets to eat all the ones that don’t look good,” Darlene laughed.

Spread Joy this Season

Lindsay Gifford

with Philadelphia Cream Cheese

 Spread Joy this Season

A holiday staple, this creamy, delicious goodness makes an appearance in nearly every course from amazing appetizers to delicious desserts. Philadelphia Cream Cheese brings flavor and exceptional texture to our favorite recipes and it’s creamy dreamy deliciousness has made it the No. 1 cream cheese brand in America. With so many Americans heralding it’s excellence, the Pink team decided it would be the perfect finale for 2018’s tasty line up (It’s our favorite, too!).

Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese traces its roots back to 1872, and it has been the standard of high-quality cream cheese ever since. Made with five simple ingredients, it is perfect for adding creaminess to recipes. You already love it for standards such as cheesecakes and dips, but be sure to give it a try for making creamy pasta sauce, delectable no-bake desserts, and rich soups. Our advice: Always keep some on hand because everything seems better with the creamy taste of Philly.

Healthy Holidays

Lindsay Gifford

Tips for Tackling the Season

Healthy Holidays

Holiday traditions are drenched in delectable desserts and delicious holiday staples—all of which tend to bring our healthy eating habits to a skidding halt. So, this year, we sought out the experts at local weight loss and wellness resort, Hilton Head Health (H3), to help us find a healthy-ish way to get through the holidays.

We're Poppin' Fresh

Lindsay Gifford

with the Pillsbury Doughboy

We're Poppin' Fresh

The iconic “Hoo Hoo!” giggle of the Pillsbury Doughboy has been stirring up kitchens across America since 1965. Poppin’ Fresh—yes, the doughboy has a name—was created to help advertise Pillsbury and grew to be the adored brand mascot with lasting star power. He’s been in more than 600 ads for 50 Pillsbury products. From buttery biscuits to flaky piecrusts, this mega-brand has been bringing families to the table for unforgettable fare for nearly 150 years.

Good Grains

Lindsay Gifford

A Whole New Way to Look at Nutrition

Good Grains

September is National Whole Grains Month and Pink’s annual health issue, thus we have teamed up with the Oldways Whole Grains Council for the scoop on the health benefits of whole grains, as well as to share new, delicious recipes to teach you how to incorporate nutritious whole grains into your healthy lifestyle. Let’s face it...there is a lot of information out there on eating healthy and much of it is contradictory. So, with the help of the Oldways Whole Grains Council, let’s break it down:

What is a Whole Grain?
All grains start life in their natural state as a whole grain, which is the entire seed of a plant. This seed (or kernel) is made of three edible parts—bran, germ and endosperm. As long as these three parts are still present in the original proportions it is considered a whole grain. Some whole grains include: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, corn (including whole cornmeal and popcorn), millet, oats, quinoa, brown rice, rye, sorghum, teff, triticale, wheat (including: spelt, emmer, farro, einkorn, Kamut®, bulgur, cracked wheat, wheatberries) and wild rice.

Cooking 101

Lindsay Gifford

Become a Culinary Rock Star

Cooking 101


George Hirsch, Jr. grew up in Long Cove on Hilton Head Island in a family who loves cooking. “My mom likes to say I was born with a wooden spoon in my mouth. She would feed me over her shoulder—tasting this and that,” chuckled George, co-author of College Man’s Cookbook. “As a food writer, my mom always put me to work in the kitchen (even when I just wanted to play video games), and now as I look back, I appreciate all I learned.”

When he headed to college at the University of Georgia, he soon realized many of his friends’ cooking skills were raw and under cooked—voila, the idea struck. George called up his mom, Carrie Hirsch, and said, “You should write a cookbook for college guys.”

From the Kitchen of Le Cookery

Lindsay Gifford

Thrill of the Grill

From the Kitchen of Le Cookery

Grilling season is in full swing, so I decided it was about time to fire up my knowledge.
Let’s face it...it can be intimidating. To learn more, I reached out to the experts—Laurel and Chuck Greif, owners of Le Cookery of Hilton Head. Who better to teach me all the ins and outs? Let’s get grilling!

Dole Out Delicious

It's All Pink

A Salute to Summer!

Dole Out Delicious

Dole Food Company™ is no longer just pineapples and bananas. Through their rich history, they have grown to be much more these days—just ask Pixar’s super hero family “The Incredibles” about Dole as you enjoy their second installment movie this summer. You and your kids can connect with Incredibles 2 at grocery stores across North America for Dole inspired breakfasts, entrées, snacks and drink recipes along with healthy eating tips and a photo sharing forum. Check out Dole’s special website: www.dole.com/Disney.   

And Dole is partnering in communities and schools with the non-profit organization Action for Healthy Kids—“every kid healthy and ready to learn.” Because, our kids become healthy heroes when we help to make fruits and veggies fun and positive experiences.

Cool & Creamy

It's All Pink

Cool Whip's Tasty Treats

Cool & Creamy

It’s true. Cool Whip™ topping makes most things better. For many holiday desserts Cool Whip is a household staple.

But did you know this time of year, when temperatures are climbing a little bit more each day,
Cool Whip has great recipes created to help us all keep our “Cool”? They really do! There’s nothing cooler, creamier and more refreshing on a summer afternoon than a dessert made with Cool Whip or Cool Whip Light. Or a quick finger whisk into their blue and white  plastic tub for a sweet velvet taste—now that’s summertime deliciousness!

Beef. It's What's for Dinner!

It's All Pink

Beef. It's What's for Dinner!

Did your parents ever say "Make sure you eat your fruits and vegetables so you will grow big and strong?" Of course, because they contain vital nutrients for our body to function. Another important food group carries many nutrients that are essential—protein. And lean beef is the best way to get it! Beef has 10 essential nutrients that will help do more than just get through the day—they can help you be the best you can be.

From the Kitchen of Sea Eagle Market and Good Eats

Lindsay Gifford

A Behind-the-Scenes Look

From the Kitchen of Sea Eagle Market and Good Eats

It’s a rare opportunity when you can corner Captain Craig Reaves for a long talk about his family’s business...and even rarer when you get to eat sweet, succulent, fresh SC, wild-caught shrimp at nine in the morning. I do it all for you Pink readers, all for you!

Keepin’ it in the Family
Meet Craig and Jana Reaves, the “captains” behind Sea Eagle Market. The Reaves family knows seafood. It all began in Holden Beach, NC, with Craig’s parents, Laten and Alice. They started what would become a life long passion for the seafood industry in 1970, when the shrimping business was thriving. Born into it, Craig and his siblings inherited the devotion. “It was a humble beginning, we always worked as a family whether it was on the boat, hulling shrimp, or working at the restaurant,” said Craig.