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August 20, 2014

Recipe | Peach Shortcake with Gingercream


The Best Fruit of Summer

OK, I admit it. This one's for me. When peaches are in season, I love to eat a juicy, ripe one each and every day. My husband likes ice cream with his fresh fruit, but I prefer whipped cream. Either way, "peaches and cream" are a winner in our house!

We're planning a mid-afternoon patio meal on Labor Day, and peach shortcake seems like the perfect dessert to cap off the outdoor dining season. This yummy Epicurious recipe landed in my inbox today, so I decided to share it with you.

By the way, a lovely variation is pictured in the top photo above. Arrange fresh peaches and gingercream between layers of your favorite white cake, slice, and serve. Bon Appetit! 


Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
13 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup chilled salted butter, diced
1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger, divided
1/2 cup ginger ale
3 tablespoons plus 1 1/4 cups chilled heavy whipping cream, divided
4 large peaches, halved, thinly sliced


Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk flour, 6 tablespoons sugar, and baking powder in large bowl. Add butter; rub in with fingertips until very coarse meal forms (oatmeal-size flakes). Mix in 1/4 cup chopped ginger. Add ginger ale and 2 tablespoons cream. Toss until moist clumps form. Gather dough into 7-inch log. Cut crosswise into 6 equal rounds... Please click here for the remainder of this delicious recipe.



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Photos: chanelcoco872, VeganFeastCatering, Isabelle@Crumb, Isabelle@Crumb (Flickr)

August 15, 2014

DIY VIDEO | How to Use Chopsticks


It's Easier than You Think! 

In this three-minute video you'll learn how to hold a pair of chopsticks comfortably for eating. Once you learn the basics, you'll find chopsticks are useful in the kitchen too. You can pick up a single pea with tremendous precision, or go after larger chopped vegetables.

Proper table manners dictate no sucking, no stabbing, and no waving your chopsticks to say "Hello!" Click here for video ...



Photos: sling@flickr, geishaboy500, hiromy, Lohb (Flickr)


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August 12, 2014

Mango Orange Smoothies {Starbucks Recipe}


How to Make this Energizing Drink at Home

Did you know that mango is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines? Mango trees can grow to be 130 feet tall, bearing fruit for more than 300 years.

Let's pretend you've traveled the globe tasting Starbucks frozen blended smoothies. You probably discovered that Starbucks' mango drinks in the UK, Australia, China, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand all incorporate tea.

Their popular Mango Passion Fruit Frappuccino is a unique blend of  Tazo Passion tea (with hibiscus), mango and passion fruit juices, and crushed ice.

Apparently, in the United States, Starbucks customers prefer their frozen mango drinks without the tea. For instance, on their U.S. menu you'll find eleven healthy mango smoothies including honey mango, mango coconut, and mango fizz shake-up.

Perfect for breakfast, here is Starbucks' basic recipe for refreshing mango orange smoothies. If you serve them in stemmed glasses topped with whipped cream, you can enjoy this recipe as a healthy frozen dessert.


Ingredients 

16 oz. ice
4 oz. Mango Beverage Base (4 pumps)
4 fl oz. orange juice
3 oz. low-fat plain yogurt

Add ice to blender pitcher. Add beverage base, juice and yogurt. Blend until smooth, approx 25 seconds. Pour smoothie into a 16 oz glass and enjoy.


"Summer comes and summer goes—but long after the fireworks have burnt out, you can still enjoy the bright taste of an Orange Mango smoothie. Take one whole banana, blend it with natural orange mango juice, add a generous serving of milk and whey protein and fiber powder, then blend it with ice. Bang! Now you’re feeling re-energized and ready to declare your own personal Independence Day."—Starbucks

Photos: hirotomo, riNux, gsz, ihsankhairir, raying (Flickr)

Mango Fizz Shake-Ups

Mango Passion Fruit Frappuccino


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July 31, 2014

DIY | Decorating with Fruit Bowls ~ 13 Fresh Ideas

1.Go Exotic. Visit an Asian market, and select an unfamiliar fruit to display alongside more common edibles such as green grapes, purple plums and unripe bananas.


2. Go Really Exotic. Mix a collection of foreign fruits and vegetables from your local Asian market.


3. Art Object. Choose a bright, hand-painted bowl and fill it with a collection of navel oranges.


4. Picnic or Party. For healthy snacking at a casual event, display your cut watermelon, fresh strawberries and red grapes in a simple blue bowl.


5. Still Life with Fruit. Fill a clear glass bowl with your home-grown heirloom tomatoes, apples, and fresh lemons.


6. Shaker Simple. Fill a bowl with shiney satsuma oranges to accent a plain wood table.


7. Bold and Bright. Yellow lemons contrast nicely with this black wire basket.


8. Mostly Monochromatic. Combine large and small red fruits like apples and strawberries with contrasting ripe yellow bananas.


9. Keep it Simple. Limit the number of apples you display in a rustic hand-thrown pottery bowl. Four is optimal (and remember to remove the stickers)!


10. Old World Masters. Mimic an European painting by gathering linen fabric behind a platter of pears, plums, peaches and yellow apples.


11. Low-Cal Trifle. Display layers of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries in a footed trifle bowl.


12. Asian Beauty. Select a beautiful blue-and-white ceramic plate to display three rosy golden apples.


13. Bowlful of Cherries. If you want to accent a long counter, kitchen island, or work surface, line up several brightly colored bowls and fill them with unpitted cherries.


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