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TIP OF THE DAY: Diet Fruit Soup

Make a delicious, low-calorie fruit soup by puréeing 2 pounds of cantaloupe (two melons—reserve some melon balls for garnish). Then add 3/4 cup of herbal fruit tea and 1 to 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Garnish with chopped mint and melon balls or berries. Enjoy it at any meal as a first course or dessert, or anytime as a snack. For protein, add fat-free plain yogurt, which you can sweeten with a no-cal sweetener. If the cantaloupe isn’t sweet enough, add a small amount of sweetener to the soup, too. This is one of our favorite diet treats!

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RECIPE: July Fourth Strawberries

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Red, white and blue ingredients create the
perfect July Fourth dessert. Photo courtesy
Dove Chocolate Discoveries.

 

Not only are berries, such as strawberries and blueberries, in season during the Fourth of July, but they also come in patriotic colors, making them great ingredients in recipes you can make for your Independence Day celebrations, such as this White Chocolate Covered Strawberries recipe, courtesy of Dove Chocolate Discoveries.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 8 ounces white chocolate
  • Blue-colored sugar
  • Parchment paper
  • Chocolate tempering machine or substitute
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    PREPARATION

    1. Wash and completely dry strawberries.

     

    2. For optimum results, temper chocolate in a chocolate tempering machine. If you don’t own one, simply melt the chocolate in a microwave oven or double boiler.
    3. Holding a strawberry by the stem, dip about half of it in chocolate. Give it a quick twist, shake off excess and point it at the ceiling for a second to be sure the chocolate adheres.
    4. Before chocolate dries, dip tip of strawberry into blue-colored sugar (available in the cake-decorating aisle of grocery store, or online). Place on parchment paper to set up and cool. If set up seems slow, place in refrigerator for 3 to 5 minutes.

    Note: chocolate-covered strawberries are best enjoyed the day they are made.

    Check out more of our special July Fourth recipes:

  • Fourth of July Cookie Pizza
  • Red-Eye Mojito
  • Stars & Stripes Toll House Cookies
  • Jubilee Sangrita
  • Red, White & Blueberry Vanilla Liqueur Cocktails
  • Red, White and Sapphire Cocktail
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    RECIPE: “Hamburger” Cupcakes

    With all the buzz surrounding sliders and other incarnations of the two-bite burger, it was only a matter of time before at least one creative baker took things into her own hands. While these treats may not pack the same protein punch as a beef or turkey burger, a crowd pleaser like cupcakes, conceptually crossed with America’s favorite food, the hamburger, will create even more of a rush. They’re a memorable ending to a barbecue, birthday party or shower. It’s a good thing each recipe serves 24.

    In this recipe, Clara, creator of iheartcuppycakes.com, provides you with all you need to know for turning out batch after batch of these fluffy cupcake sliders.

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    You don’t have to be a meat eater to enjoy these cupcakes! Photo courtesy iheartcuppycakes.com.

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    RECIPE: Snickers Icebox Pie

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    It’s hard to resist this rich, gooey Snickers pie!

    There’s nothing to snicker with this recipe, unless you find yourself unable to stop eating it and friends and family post You Tube videos of you, snickered and crumb-faced. A Snickers Pie is a cream pie made of cream cheese, peanut butter and chopped Snickers bars on a chocolate crumb crust. The top is typically decorated with chopped Snickers Bars and sometimes, caramel and /or chocolate drizzles. There are many variations of the recipe; a Snickers ice cream pie can be made with vanilla or peanut butter ice cream, along with the chopped Snickers bars. While this recipe from New York City’s famed Magnolia Bakery doesn’t include them, some bakers like to mix chopped roasted peanuts into the recipe as well. Try your own variations, and see our Pie & Pastry Glossary for a bakery full of pie and pastry types.

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    RECIPES: Ladurée Macaroons

    No one tells us they’re going to Paris anymore, because they know we’ll beg them to bring back two boxes of macaroons from Ladurée, the international temple of macaroon holiness. The great success of Ladurée’s macarons is threefold:

    • The tenderness of the meringue.
    • The quality of the fillings.
    • The vivid flavors and colors.

    So, if you love macaroons, put a visit to Paris’s Ladurée on the “100 Things To Do Before You Die” list. Until then, try your hand at making the elaborate macaroons at home with their recipe.

    • Think all macaroons are the same? Learn why “macaroon” means different things to different people in our History of Macaroons.
    • Read reviews of our favorite gourmet cookies.
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    Ladurée Cherry Amaretto and Apricot Ginger macaroons. No, they’re not too pretty to eat.

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