Bonus recipe

Cranberry Raisin Custard Pie

Cooking to win

Taste of Home offers cooks the chance to win prizes and have their recipes published on a regular basis.

Wholesome Weeknights in 30 minutes invites cooks to submit their go-to recipe that’s quick, healthy and family-friendly. Prep time should be 30 minutes or less with 12 ingredients or fewer. Deadline to enter is Sept. 27. Visit tasteofhome.com/contests for complete rules and to submit.

There’s also Taste of Home’s Thanksgiving Time Savers recipe contest — dishes you could make ahead and 12 or fewer ingredients. The recipe must also “scream” Thanksgiving (their words). Grand prize is $500 and the deadline is Dec. 19.

Bonus recipe:

Cranberry Raisin

Custard Pie

from Lucky Leaf dessert product maker        

 2 cups LUCKY LEAF® Natural Apple Sauce

1 cup brown sugar

3 Tablespoons butter

1⁄2 cup raisins

1⁄2 cup dried cranberries

4 eggs

1 9-inch, deep dish pie shell, unbaked

1⁄2 cup flour

1⁄4 cup sugar

1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger

1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 Tablespoons butter (for topping)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place the apple sauce and brown sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat; add 3 Tablespoons of butter and stir until melted. Stir in the raisins and cranberries and allow to cool.

In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs and add to the apple sauce mixture. Pour into the pie shell. Bake on a low rack for 20 minutes

Blend the flour, sugar and spices and cut in the 2 Tablespoons of butter until crumbly.

Sprinkle evenly over the top of the pie and continue baking until the top and crust are golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Food advice to

prevent tooth decay

Some foods act like invading forces, feeding the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease, even as the saliva in your mouth fights back as best it can.

Dr. Seth Newman, an orthodontist and co-author with Dr. Steve Giannoutsos of “Giving It To You Straight: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Orthodontics But Were Afraid To Ask,” offers tips to be sure your diet isn’t harmful to your oral health:

Watch out for bread: Food high in carbohydrates contribute to the plaque acid that attacks tooth enamel.

People wearing braces should avoid foods that are too hard, sticky or chewy,  such as gum, nuts, corn chips, hard taco shells, hard candy and popcorn.

When grocery shopping, always check the nutrition labels, taking note of the sugar content. Low-sugar snacks can help combat tooth decay. If poor nutrition continues, oral health will decline, potentially resulting in gum disease and tooth loss. Fruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber are a good choice.

Finally, drink fluoridated water as much as possible.

WIre reports

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