Watermelon Martinis

Recipe by Better Homes & Gardens

Yield: 6 large Martinis

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 c. watermelon cubes (rind and seeds removed)
  • 3/4 c. lemon vodka
  • 6 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. Cointreau or triple sec
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Place watermelon in blender. Cover; blend until smooth. Pour puree into a pitcher and keep very cold, even a little frozen to make it icy.
  2. For 2 martinis, add one cup of watermelon puree, 1/4 cup of lemon vodka, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, one tablespoon each of Cointreau and sugar to the blender with 3 to 6 ice cubes. Cover; blend until slushy.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Nutrition Facts: Per serving: 150 kcal, 0 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsaturated fat), 0 mg chol., 2 mg sodium, 20 g carb., 1 g fiber,14 g sugar,1 g pro.

Founding Fathers (and First Lady Dolley Madison) Favorite Dessert

Chef Walter Staib of A Taste of History shares this vanilla ice cream recipe.  According to Chef Staib the founding fathers were critical in bringing the dessert to America, even First Lady Dolley Madison was a fan.  One respected history of ice cream states that, as the wife of U.S. President James Madison she served ice cream at her husband’s Inaugural Ball in 1813.

Vanilla Ice Cream

ice cream with peaches and raspberry sauce

This vanilla ice cream is pictured with sauce and almonds, which you may add or change to include your own toppings.

Yield: 1 1/2 quarts

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed

Directions:

  1. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice water and setting a slightly smaller bowl atop.
  2. In a medium sized sauce pot, bring the cream, half of the sugar, and the vanilla beans and pod to a simmer
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl whisk together egg yolks and remaining sugar until light
  4. Slowly add hot cream to egg mixture, ¼ cup at a time, whisking all the while.
  5. Return the pot to the stove and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  6. Transfer the custard to the ice bath and cool it, stirring occasionally, until it is cool to the touch. Remove from ice bath, cover, and refrigerate until cold.
  7. Spin in ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

 

DOLLY MADISON’S PEPPERMINT STICK ICE CREAM

Yield: 2 quarts
Ingredients:

Dolly Madison ice cream

20th century advertising co-opted Madison’s reputation for serving ice cream in the United States White House
Photo by Private Collection

  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 c. whole milk
  • 3/4 c. light corn syrup
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 c. cream
  • 4 drops natural peppermint extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • 3/4 c. peppermint candy, crushed

 

Directions:

  1. Mix the sugar and cornstarch in the top of a double boiler.
  2. Stir in the milk, syrup and eggs.
  3. Cook over boiling water, stirring all the time for 10 minutes or until the mixture has thickened. Chill.
  4. Stir in cream, extract and coloring.
  5. Freeze in a 2 quart ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. When partially frozen, add crushed peppermint and continue frequently.

 

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Recipe by Food Network Kitchen

Yield: 6 to 8 Servings

Ingredients:

Special equipment: 2 wire racks; 2 rimmed baking sheets

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Photo by Food Network Kitchen

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs (see Cook’s Note)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 pound zucchini (2 to 3 small-to-medium zucchini), cut into 3-inch-by-1/4-inch sticks

 

Directions:

  1. Adjust 2 oven racks to the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Put the wire racks in the baking sheets and coat each generously with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the flour and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large re-sealable plastic bag.
  3. Combine the eggs and 3/4 teaspoon salt in another large plastic bag; combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a third large plastic bag.
  4. Add about a half of the zucchini sticks to the bag with the flour and use a combination of your hands and shaking the bag to coat the zucchini. Remove the zucchini and shake off any excess flour. Transfer to the egg wash and repeat until coated. (It’s less messy if you use only one hand for the dry ingredients and the other for the wet.) Let any excess egg drip off before transferring to the breadcrumb mixture; repeat until fully coated (you’ll still see some green and white of the zucchini peeking through the breading). Transfer to the prepared baking sheets and coat the breaded zucchini generously with cooking spray (there’s no need to turn them). Repeat with the remaining zucchini.
  5. Bake, rotating the baking sheets from top to bottom about halfway through, until golden brown and tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with a little salt and serve warm with your favorite dipping sauces.

Cook’s Note: Some panko breadcrumbs are coarser then others. Rub the breadcrumbs between your fingers to make them finer, which will help them coat the zucchini pieces better.

 

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Patriotic Taco Salad recipe

Patriotic Taco Salad

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredient:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 6 cups tortilla or corn chips
  • 4 to 5 cups shredded lettuce
  • 9 to 10 pitted large olives, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

 

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, tomato paste and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  2. Place chips in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Spread beef mixture evenly over the top. Cover with lettuce. For each star, arrange five olive slices together in the upper left corner. To form stripes, add cheese and tomatoes in alternating rows. Serve immediately.

Editor’s Note: If you wish to prepare this salad in advance, omit the layer of chips and serve them with the salad.

 

Nutritional Facts
1 cup: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein
Originally published as Patriotic Taco Salad in Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p211

 

Red, White & Blue Frozen Lemonade

This patriotic drink is as pretty as it is tasty. Layering cherries, blueberries and lemon juice, we created a striped lemonade that sings with Fourth of July pride. —Shawn Carleton, San Diego, California 

Yield: 4 Servings

Red, White & Blue Frozen Lemonade

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Maraschino cherries

 

Directions:

Place lemon juice, sugar and ice in a blender; cover and process until slushy. Divide blueberries among four chilled glasses; muddle slightly. Add lemon slush; top with cherries.

 

 

Nutritional Facts
3/4 cup (calculated without cherries): 229 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 1g fiber), trace protein
Originally published as Red, White and Blue Frozen Lemonade in Taste of Home June/July 2015

 

Star-Spangled Red, White & Blue Slab Pie

Recipe provided by Pillsbury™

Pillsbury™ Star-Spangled Red, White and Blue pie

Photo by Pillsbury

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box (from 2 boxes)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait® Original lemon burst yogurt
  • Juice and grated peel of 1 lemon (3 tablespoons juice and 1 teaspoon peel)
  • 6 cups assorted berries (sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
  • 1 cup strawberry glaze (from 13.5-oz container)

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Remove 2 of the pie crusts from pouches. Unroll and stack on lightly floured surface. Roll to 17×12-inch rectangle. Fit crust into ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, pressing into corners. Fold crust even with edges of pan. Prick crust several times with fork.
  2. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, remove another pie crust from pouch. On lightly floured surface, unroll crust. Roll to 12-inch circle. Cut stars using 1-, 1 1/2- and 2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on large ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with water; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the sugar.
  4. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, the cream cheese, yogurt, lemon juice and lemon peel with electric mixer on high speed until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly into crust-lined pan. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until chilled.
  6. In large bowl, mix berries and glaze until well blended. Spoon berry mixture evenly on top of cream cheese-topped pie crust. Place pie crust stars on top of berry mixture.

Expert Tips

  • Strawberry glaze can be found in the produce section of your grocery store.
  • Take care in folding the berries and glaze. If using raspberries or blackberries, gently fold them in at the very end to avoid berries breaking apart.