Celebrating the Red, White, & Blue!

americashatHappy Birthday America!

We celebrate you today with all recipes red, white, & blue!

watermelonstarsWatermelon stars!  Pretty simple – just cut watermelon into 1/2″ thick slices and use a star cookie cutter to make cutouts. Serve in a bowl or around your main dish.  You can also infuse them in a pitcher of water for a yummy & refreshing drink.

Independence Day Sangria! 

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Ingredients:

  • Handful blueberries
  • 6 sliced strawberries
  • 2 pineapple slices (cutout like stars)
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup berry flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup

Directions:  Combine all ingredients, stir, and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours prior to serving.

whitechocolatestrawberriesWhite Chocolate Covered Strawberries!  Melt white chocolate and dip strawberry until 3/4 of berry is covered.  Then dip tip of strawberry in blue sugar crystals.  Don’t have blue sugar?  Just add food coloring!

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Even MORE Strawberries!

So what do you do with all those strawberries you picked yesterday?  You make a decadent cream to go on top for National Strawberries & Cream Day!  Here’s a great recipe from Now….You’re Cooking! to help you use up the Grand Marnier as well! 😉

strawberriescreamPhoto:  FoodNetwork.com

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup whipping creeam
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or Amaretto liqueur
  • 1.5-2 pints fresh strawberries, washed and hulled

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, whip the cream and sugar with a mixer until thick but not stiff.  Add the sour cream and beat until mixture is thoroughly combined.  Continue to beat while gradually pouring in the liqueur.

Divide strawberries between 6 dessert dishes.  Reserve 6 strawberries for garnish.  Pour cream over berries.  Top with a reserved strawberry.  Serve immediately.

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Perfect for Summertime

This fruit cocktail is pretty in pink (sugar) & perfect for summertime.  Made in 20 minutes or less – it’s a great recipe for National Fruit Cocktail Day!

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Total Time: 20 minutes – Serves 4
Ingredients: 
3/4 cup diced fresh strawberries
3/4 cup diced fresh pineapple
2 oranges, peel removed,cut in segments and diced
2 tablespoons white rum
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
sugar or pink tinted sugar (optional)
red food coloring (optional)
lime slice (optional)
Directions:
  1. Mix the strawberries, pineapple, oranges, rum, the 2 tablespoons sugar and lime peel in a large bowl.
  2. Let stand, tossing occasionally until sugar dissolves. About ten minutes.
  3. Spread about 2 tablespoons of sugar on a plate.
  4. Add one or two drops of red food coloring and blend until tinted.
  5. OR, just spread the pink tinted sugar on a plate.
  6. Dip rim of martini glass in water, then the sugar, to coat the rim.
  7. Spoon in fruit and juice.
  8. Slit a lime slice to garnish the side of the glass.

Resources:  Food.com

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It’s National Crêpe Suzette Day!

CrepeSuzetteCrêpe Suzette is a french dessert consisting of a crepe, a sauce of caramelized sugar & butter, orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or Orange Curacao liqueur on top, served flambe.  Sound amazing?  Well dig in, because it’s also International NO DIET Day!

Bon Appetit!

For recipe click HERE.

Crêpe Suzette au Citron with visible flame as served by Torchon Crêperie, Auckland

Picture courtesy of Wikipedia, via Antilived

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