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Archive for July 12, 2016

FOOD FUN: Fish Bowl Or Shark Tank Punch

Fish Bowl Punch

Gummy Sharks

[1] Sip the punch, eat the fish (photo and recipe courtesy CocktailsDetails.com). [2] Prefer to swim with the sharks? Use shark gummies instead. Or make a statement by using four fish and one shark (photo courtesy Amazon.com).

 

Last summer we presented Pool Party Punch, a cocktail as blue as a swimming pool.

This year, it’s Fishbowl Punch from CocktailDetails.com, with our own variation, Shark Tank Punch.

You can also make a non-alcoholic punch (recipe below).
 
RECIPE: FISHBOWL PUNCH OR SHARK TANK PUNCH

Ingredients For 64 Ounces (1/2 Gallon*)

  • 5 ounces vodka
  • 5 ounces Malibu rum
  • 3 ounces blue Curaçao
  • 6 ounces sweet-and-sour mix (make your own)
  • 16 ounces pineapple juice
  • Half-gallon goldfish bowl
  • 1/2 cup Rainbow Nerds candy or other gravel-like candy
  • Optional: fish tank plant
  • Ice cubes†
  • 16 ounces Sprite
  • 4 Swedish Fish or Gummy Sharks
  • Garnish for the bowl: lime slices
  • Garnish for each glass: a fish or a shark
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    *1/2 gallon= 64 ounces = eight 8-ounce servings = ten 6-ounce servings = or sixteen 4-ounce servings. Serving size includes ice.

    †Use large ice cubes, if possible. The larger the ice, the slower it melts, the less dilution of the drink.

    Preparation

    1. COMINE the first five ingredients in a pitcher and stir to blend. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. When ready to serve…

    2. SPRINKLE the Nerds on the bottom of the fish bowl to create “gravel,” and anchor the optional fish tank plant.

    3. ADD ice to the bowl; then add the the chilled punch and the candy fish/sharks. Top off with lime slices.

    4. LADLE the punch into glasses and garnish with a fish. Alternatively, you can provide the ladle and glasses for self-service.
     
    NON-ALCOHOLIC VERSION

    Ingredients

  • 1 package Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 quart cold water
  • 12 ounces bottled Piña Colada mix (no alcohol)
  • 1 two-liter bottle of Sprite or other lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • Garnishes per above
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    Preparation

    1. PLACE the Kool-Aid powder and sugar in a large pitcher. Add half the water and whisk thoroughly to dissolve, making sure that the powder and sugar dissolve.

    2. ADD the remaining water and the Piña Colada mix. Stir and chill for several hours or overnight. When ready to serve…

    3. CONTINUE with Step 2 in the alcoholic version.

    4. ADD Sprite to fill the pitcher, stir gently and serve.
     
    PLANNING A WEDDING OR OTHER SPECIAL EVENT?

    Take a look at CocktailsDetails.com.
     
      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Make Summer Squash Chips (Zucchini & Yellow Squash)

    Summer squash—zucchini and yellow squash—are available year-round, but are never more affordable than now.

    In addition to your other favorite summer squash recipes*, make lots of squash chips for low-calorie nibbling. They’re also great to serve with beer, cocktails and wine, and as garnishes.

    But start with a small batch. Try the chips plain and with different seasonings (cayenne? curry? garlic?). If you’re using a dehydrator or microwave, just divide the batch.

    Make your first batch at 1/8″ thick. The thinner the chips, the crisper they are.
     
    USE A DEHYDRATOR, MICROWAVE OR ACTIFRY

    If you have a dehydrator, you know what to do.

    You can also bake chips in the oven.

    We have no space for a dehydrator, but for the past five years we’ve been devoted to Mastrad’s microwave chip maker. Chips are ready in just 3-5 minutes.

    Here’s more about microwave chips, and where to get the Mastrad chip trays. We say trays, rather than tray, because they’re sold in a set of two, and we bought a second set. They’re made to stack.

    Thanks to Willow Moon of CreateMindfully.com for the recipe.

    RECIPE: SALT & VINEGAR ZUCCHINI CHIPS

    Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow squash or zucchini, washed and peeled if desired
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (omit if using another seasoning)
  • Salt to taste (regular or flavored)
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    Preparation

    1. SLICE the squash to 1/8-thick, preferably with a mandoline slicer. Toss them with the olive oil, vinegar and salt, to coat thoroughly.
     
    OVEN VARIATION

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 375°F/190°C). Place the coated zucchini slices on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
     
    DEHYDRATOR VARIATION

    1. PLACE the coated squash slices on Teflon sheets on the dehydrator trays. Dehydrate at 110° for 12 hours or until crisp.

     

    Squash Chips

    Zebra Zucchini

    Mastrad Microwave Chip Maker

    [1] Yellow squash chips (photo courtesy CreateMindfully.com. [2] Just slice and season (photo of zebra squash courtesy Burpee.com). [3] The Mastrad microwave chip maker.

     
    ACTIFRY VARIATION

    1. PLACE the olive oil and sliced parsnips in the ActiFry and cook for 35 minutes, or until brown and crisp.

    Here’s more about the Actifry, which comes in basic and deluxe models.
     
    IN ADDITION TO SQUASH CHIPS, TRY THESE VEGETABLE CHIPS

  • Cabbage Chips
  • Cinnamon Apple Chips
  • Microwave Kale Chips
  • Parsnip Chips
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    These recipes may specify a particular technique, but you can slice any root vegetable and use any of the techniques above. You can also use a broad spectrum of veggies (fruits, too). Our colleague Laura makes jalapeño chips (tip: look for very large jalapeños).
     
    CHECK OUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SQUASH
     
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    *Our favorite is fried zucchini, but our favorite low-calorie zucchini dish is Steamed Microwave Zucchini Parmesan. Cut slices to desired thickness and team the zucchini (or yellow squash, or mixed) to al dente; you can salt them or not. Top with pasta sauce, mozzarella and a sprinkle of oregano. To save even more calories, hold the mozzarella and sprinkle with a smaller amount of grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

      

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