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Memorial Day & Summer Entertaining with Chef Jamie Gwen

Love summer salads? Then look no further. This Red, White & Blue Gorgonzola Salad is perfect for Memorial Day. I start with Fresh Express Sweet Butter lettuce, then add fresh fruit in festive colors like strawberries, blueberries and pears. Paired with a mix of gorgonzola and mozzarella cheeses and then topped with a light raspberry vinaigrette. Fresh Express offers more than 100 varieties of fresh, healthy and convenient ready-to-eat salads available in the refrigerated produce department at your favorite grocery store. Making it easy to entertain all summer long. Visit freshexpress.com for more recipe inspiration.

I like to have simple but delicious plant-based appetizers for my guests. One of my favorite ingredients to include is California grown prunes from Sunsweet in my Prune & Goat Cheese Bruschetta recipe. California grown prunes are a good source of vitamins and minerals that help maintain bone and heart health and keep you feeling full. In fact, research suggests that eating 5-6 prunes each day may help prevent bone loss and improve risk factors for heart disease and inflammation. Prunes can serve as a substitute for unhealthy fats or sugars in everyday recipes like my morning smoothie to increase health benefits, without losing flavor. Click here to learn more.

Getting a refreshing drink for my guests has never been easier. I love the new versatile K-Iced brewer from Keurig. It brews both delicious iced coffee and full-flavored hot coffee from one machine. With one push of the blue Brew Over Ice button, the K-Iced coffee maker automatically adjusts the brew temperature, for a balanced iced coffee that never tastes watered down. Also they have the first of its kind, ICED Refreshers - available in Strawberry Acai and Pineapple Passionfruit - which are simple to make and bursting with sweet fruit flavors so you can stay cool in the summer heat. Click here to learn more.

Summer cookouts aren’t complete without Bush’s Baked Beans. I added burnt ends, bacon and barbecue sauce to mine to kick off cookout season. Whether it's Original, Brown Sugar Hickory or any other flavor, Bush’s Baked Beans are the perfect pairing for any cookout and the sure side of a good time. You can also try Bush’s Zero Sugar Added Baked Beans, which features the iconic flavor you love, without the added sugar. Whether you’re serving them directly out of the can or adding your own spin on flavors – they are incredibly versatile and can enhance any cookout dish! Click here to learn more. Make sure you get this delicious recipe for this Bush's Original Baked Beans with Burnt Ends & Bacon dish!

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