February 27, 2012

DIY | 5 Gorgeous Garnishes

Papaya-Mango Smoothie

Breakfast Orange Juice

Watermelon Soup with Crabmeat & Avocado

Butternut Squash Soup with Tomato Puree

Strawberry Margarita

Make Your Hot Soups & Chilled Drinks Really Sing!

Presenting or "plating" food is an entire art form unto itself. When entertaining, you can elevate any chilled beverage or soup course to restaurant status with the quick addition of a garnish or two.

When serving cocktails or starter soup to your dinner guests, consider adding a "Wow Factor" with these ...

• Sliced citrus (lemons, limes, oranges)
• Sprigs of fresh herbs
(cilantro, rosemary, sage)
• Whole or grated spices
(star anise, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg)
• Fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
• Whipped cream, sour cream, or grated cheese
• Balsamic vinegar or red wine
• Sliced green onions or chives
• Sesame seeds or chopped nuts

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