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Meringue Towers with Almond Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries

In Recipes on April 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Yield: 6

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

6 store-bought meringue nests (Whole Foods sells great ones)

1 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold

1 teaspoon powdered sugar

1 cup almonds, blanches, sliced

2 cups sliced strawberries

1 1/2 cups blueberries

1 1/2 blackberries

2 tablespoons honey

preparation

Pour the heavy cream into a mixing bowl and whip using a whisk or hand blender.  Whip until the cream starts to stiffen.  Add the powdered sugar.  Once the cream forms stiff peaks slowly fold in the almonds using a spatula.

Put the almond whipped cream inside and on top of the meringue nests.  Scatter the fresh fruit around and on top of each.  Drizzle the honey over the top and serve cold.

Tip of the Day: Fruit-Filled Juice Cubes

In Tips on April 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Ditch plain water in your ice-cube trays and try filling with juice like orange, cranberry, pomegranate, etc.  Drop a few small pieces of fruit in with the juice and freeze. Serve one or two fruit-filled juice cubes in a glass with cold vodka, champagne, prosecco or whatever liquor you like. As the ice melts it will flavor the drink and add a wonderful touch of color. The result is a beautiful and fun presentation that makes a festive and easy drink for parties.  Happy partying!

Tip of the Day: Sweet Centerpieces

In Tips on March 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Cookies, candy, chocolate, and fruit all make wonderful, whimsical, and delicious centerpieces.  Using edible decor is a super easy way to create a beautiful table that will take your guests by surprise.  And using dessert as a centerpiece saves time and money!  It doesn’t get better than that! Here are a few DIY suggestions, but experiment, the possibilities are endless.

Cookies and Meringues

Stack homemade or store-bought meringues, cookies, amaretti, candy, or chocolate on tiered or regular plates in the center of your table.  Too add some extra visual interest, scatter tea candles and flowers around the plates of sweets. At the end of dinner pass the plates around for your guests to enjoy.

Lollipop Flower Pots

Lollipops are fun, colorful and make great “flower” centerpieces.  Gather a metal buckets or flower pots and shove a piece of flower foam in the bottom of each. Stick the lollipops into the foam so each lollipop is a different height.  Fill in the space between the foam and the top of the pot with loose candy like jelly beans or gum drops.  *Photo Courtesy of Rachel Ray

Jars of Candy

Use the color palette of your table decor as a guide and fill apothecary jars with candy that matches.  Take it one step further and give your guests cellophane bags to fill with the wonderful confectionary treats they can take home.

Bowl of Fruit

Nothing is easier or more elegant than this.  Use a large wooden, glass or ceramic bowl and fill a single kind of fruit.  For instance, if you are having a fall brunch, use apples or pears.  For a summer garden party, try lemons or limes. * Photo Courtesy of Real Simple Magazine

Queen of Hearts Sangria

In Recipes on February 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

Yield: 12 servings

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

1 cup brandy

1 cup Cointreau

1 -2 cups sparkling water

1-2 cups orange juice

2 bottles dry red wine

3 cups red grapes

2 apples, diced

2 oranges, sliced

3 limes, sliced

preparation

Mix brandy, Cointreau, sparkling water, orange juice and wine together in a large pitcher. Add in fruit and stir well.  Serve.

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