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Archive for July 1, 2014

PRODUCT: Red Jacket Orchards Strawberry Apple Juice

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Although it’s mixed with apple juice, it tastes
like strawberry juice! Photo courtesy Red
Jacket Orchards.

 

Last week we were in love with Bolthouse Watermelon Mint Lemonade. Call us fickle, but this week we’re in love with something new.

Red Jacket Orchards Strawberry Apple Juice tastes like lush strawberry juice, the fresh fruit puréed and blended with the company’s apple juice. Located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, the company has been growing apples and pressing juice since 1958.

The juices are cold pressed and unfiltered, capturing the freshest flavors and nutrients (heating juice to pasteurize it for shelf stability eliminates some nutrients and flavor).

It’s pretty close to eating strawberries, rich in vitamin C (eight berries contain 140% of the U.S. recommended daily allowance) and polyphenols, powerful antioxidants. Health science research indicates that the polyphenols in strawberries play a major role in helping to regulate blood sugar response—good news for people with type 2 diabetes.

 
Enjoy a glass of chilled soup. Mix it with club soda or clear spirits (gin, tequila, vodka). Use it as a base for fruit soup, adding a mound of mixed diced fruits to the center of the bowl. Churn it into sorbet or freeze into granita.

In addition to plain and strawberry-apple juices, Red Jacket Orchards also Blackcurrant Apple, Grape Apple, Raspberry Apple along with Apricot Stomp (pure apricot nectar, no apple juice), Tart Cherry Stomp, Apple Cider and Spiced Apple Cider.

Discover more at RedJacketOrchards.com.
 
  

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JULY 4TH FOOD FUN: American Flag Cookies

We love food “craft projects.” Here, turn graham crackers into flag cookies with this fun family recipe from Pillsbury. In fact, as part of your Fourth of July celebration, let your kids make this easy snack craft.

Prep time is just five minutes.

RECIPE: AMERICAN FLAG COOKIES

Ingredients

  • 1 double graham cracker (5 x 2-1/2 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon fluffy white frosting
  • 1/2 roll strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups or other red fruit leather
  • 4 Fruit Gushers blue fruit flavored snacks or fresh blueberries
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    Preparation

    1. SPREAD one side of graham cracker with frosting.

     

    A food craft project for kids. Photo courtesy Pillsbury.

     
    2. UNROLL Fruit Roll-Ups; remove paper. With kitchen scissors, cut 4 strips from fruit flavored snack, 5 x 1/4 inch each.
     
    3. ARRANGE strips on frosted cracker to form 4 evenly spaced horizontal strips. Arrange Fruit Gushers or blueberries in the left top corner for stars on the flag.

      

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    FOOD FUN: Glitter Ice Cream Cones

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    Ice cream cones coated with fucshia edible
    glitter
    . Photo courtesy Chloe Jankowitz |
    Scoopsies.

     

    Celebrate July (National Ice Cream Month), birthdays and other special occasions by making glitter cones. For July 4th, you can make them in red, white and blue.

    These dazzlers were created by Chloe Jankowitz, owner of Scoopsies ice cream shop in Somerville, Massachusetts.

    They’re really simple and fun to make,” says Chloe.

    GLITTER ICE CREAM CONES

    Ingredients For 24 Cones

  • 24 ice cream cones—wafer, waffle or sugar (the difference)
  • Edible glitter/sanding sugar/sprinkles
  • 2 cups chocolate chips—bittersweet, semisweet, white or other chip flavor
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • Parchment paper
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    Preparation

    1. LINE a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

    2. MELT 2 cups of chocolate chips and 1/4 cup whole milk in a saucepan over medium/low heat, stirring frequently. Make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn! Once the chocolate is thick and smooth, turn heat to lowest heat setting. Stir occasionally.

    3. DIP the cones in the chocolate an inch or two deep, using a spoon to make sure chocolate is neatly covering the cone. Scrape the inside of the cone with the spoon, getting rid of any excess chocolate. Place the cone on the tray and let cool for a few minutes. Once the cone has cooled down and chocolate is starting to harden…

    4. POUR sprinkles on the cone while rotating it. Make sure the chocolate is completely covered in sprinkles. Repeat to finish all cones.

    5. PLACE the tray of cones in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Remove from fridge and store at room temperature, either in an airtight container or covered with foil.
     
    If you enjoy decorating cones, consider extending your repertoire with coconut, mini M&Ms, Oreo crumbs, toffee chips and other confections.
     
    Buy edible glitter for July 4th in:

  • Red
  • White
  • Blue
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