Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Where Would You Love to Cook Today?

Doesn't this look like a very fun place to be for Halloween!
I found it at:
and thought it was a great place to cook today!

You could just sit on the porch and watch all the "Trick or Treaters".
So what would be good to serve...

Eyeball Ice Ring
From over at:

  • Guests will feel like they're being watched when helping themselves to a glass of this punch -- a creepy eyeball ice ring floats inside. But with fruity ingredients, the eye will add a chill -- and flavor -- to your Halloween punch.

    Round-bottom bowl or round lettuce-crisper lid
  • Flat-bottom bowl
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Black olive
  • Chunk-style pineapple
  • Red lace candy
  • Dark-red punch or soft drink

    Balance the round bottom bowl or lettuce crisper lid inside another bowl with a flat bottom. Slice kiwi fruit horizontally about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out the white center of the fruit; discard. Place the kiwi in the center of the bowl.

    Cut a 3/8-inch-thick slice off the end of a pitted black olive. Place olive slice in the center opening of the kiwi with the rounded tip touching the bowl. Place chunk pineapple pieces along the edge of the kiwi to create the iris of the eye.

    Cut random lengths of red lace candy, leaving them long enough to extend over the edges of the bowl. Carefully place the red lace candy along the sides of bowl, touching the pineapple at the bottom and extending over the edges of the bowl at the top.

    Place the stacked bowls on the freezer shelf. Very slowly pour water into the bowl until the bowl is one-third full. Freeze for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until ice forms a firm layer and begins to turn white on the edges.

    Add additional water to fill the bowl to within 1-1/2 inches from the top. Freeze 4 to 6 more hours or overnight.

    Dip the bottom of the ice-ring bowl into a sink of warm water. Then slip the ice ring out of the bowl and place it in the punch.

    Better Homes ans Garden always has the best ideas!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Where Would You Love to Cook Today?

Don't you just love all the colors! I thought, at first, Naw this isn't where I want to cook today...
but then it grabbed me and welcomed me in.
I love the blue cupboards and the yellow island. I decided this a kitchen someone
very creative would have.
I found this picture over at:

So I am thinking I am thinking I better start surfing to some really creative cook's blogs...
And I stopped when I saw the recipe for :

No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake

Doesn't this look wonderful! 
And no bake!
serves 8 to 12
2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed
3 1/4 cups whipping cream, divided
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon rosewater (optional)
4 sleeves (about 19 ounces, or 24 to 28 whole crackers) graham crackers
2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
Take out a few of the best-looking strawberries and set them aside for the garnish. Hull the remainder of the strawberries and slice each berry into thin slices.
With a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, whip 3 cups of cream until it just holds stiff peaks. Add the confectioners sugar, vanilla, and rosewater(if using) and whip to combine.
Spread a small spoonful of whipped cream on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan, or a similarly-sized platter. Lay down six graham crackers. Lightly cover the top of the graham crackers with more whipped cream, and then a single layer of strawberries. Repeat three times, until you have four layers of graham crackers. Spread the last of the whipped cream over the top and swirl it lightly with a spoon. Add a few more strawberries.
To make the ganache, heat the cream until bubbles form around the edges, then pour over the chopped chocolate. Let it stand for a few minutes, then whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy. Drizzle this over the layered dessert with a spoon, or transfer to a squeeze bottle and use that to drizzle.
Refrigerate for at least four hours, or until the crackers have softened completely. Garnish with additional berries.
I got this recipe at:
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