Saturday, 8 February 2014

Creative Fruit Recipes

Today I'm proud to introduce guest blogger, Blake Daniels. He's a stay at home Dad who is attempting to master his own kitchen. By the look of things, he's definitely on the right track! I hope you like his post about Creative Fruit Recipes as much as I do.

Creative Fruit Recipes
Nothing says, "I care and enjoy thy bounty" like a personalized gift basket.  My wonderful Aunt Janice did just that this past Christmas, ordering me a Fruit Basket from Shari’s Berries, which means fresh fruit will be arriving at my doorstep each month all year long.  As a lover of food, like most people, I am excited for this lovely allotment but more excited for what I am going to do with them.  Since I am not exactly sure what will be arriving each month I came up with a few different ways to use common fruits.

The American classic apple, great for baked goods and pies. Dessert is one of my favorite courses, and if your mouth begins watering at just the thought of it, you are in very good company! Here’s my tasty idea for how I plan to use apples when they arrive. My applesauce recipe is real easy.  Just take your apples, peel and core them.  Give them a chop (rough or fine: your choice) then add about a cup of apple juice, a squeeze of lemon, half cup of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.  Just cook it over medium heat until in all breaks down and gets saucy! Then just eat as is or my favorite is to top a wonderful stack of pancakes with this applesauce and some whipped cream. 

Cherries, a summer time treat.  They are delicious on their own but that’s just too easy. Personally I love adding crushed fresh cherries to my morning oatmeal with some light cream and dried apricots. A recipe I am dying to try is a fresh Cherry Salsa.  Take your fresh cherries, give them a quick chop and add lime juice, olive oil, scallions, cilantro, jalapenos, and a little garlic.  Or for a full meal I might top a warm sautéed spinach salad with shallots, goat cheese, and the cherries. 

It amazes me that when you go out to eat at a restaurant you could expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $20 for a gourmet salad. Pears are one of the most popular choices for gourmet salads because they are a mild, flexible fruit that pairs so well with a variety of nuts, cheese, and greens. A pear and blue cheese salad with walnuts, arugula, and baby spinach topped with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing is a great example.  I know, it sounds amazing right?  Another twist would be a pear caprese salad with rounds of Bosc Pears, Heirloom Tomatoes, mint chiffonade and a drizzle of aged balsamic. 

Nothing can compare to the wonderful refreshment of a great fruity drink.  Whether it be “adult’ or “virgin”, strawberries can make any drink fantastic.  From margaritas to daiquiris, lemonades to sangrias they are all great ideas for using fresh strawberries for festive beverages.  As soon as the weather starts to warm up I plan on making strawberry sangria with mint and lemon.  Or even a sparkling lemonade by adding macerated strawberries and ginger ale to your favorite lemonade. 


With all these great family-friendly (and party-friendly!) recipe ideas to try, I can’t wait for the rest of my deliveries.  Hopefully you will have become inspired as well to look at food as more than just what meets the eye!

Thank you so much Blake! I can't wait to try out some of your delicious ideas. They definitely make me want to become more creative with fruit. You're welcome back on sparkle2day any time!

I'll keep you guys posted when Blake re-enters the blog-osphere some time this Spring. Can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

Print Friendly and PDF


  1. Oh what a lovely idea for a gift, fresh fruit delivered! Especially the strawberries..yummy! :)

    Away From Blue

  2. So strawberries the best :)) xx

  3. Shari's Berries is awesome!!! Wonderful fruit arrangements.

  4. Just had a look at Shari berrie's website. OMG! I want someone to send me one of their fruit baskets...especially the ones with the chocolate dipped strawberries!

  5. I love everything with fruits... YUM!

  6. It all looks delish! I need to eat more fruit!

    xo Mary Jo

  7. We love fruit in our home. Tutu eats a whole apple everyday!

  8. Earlier, the ship named Bags Louis Vuitton number Christian Louboutin Daffodile ship christian louboutin shoes drifting in the Mediterranean Discount Louis Vuitton Sea, a passenger aboard Cheap Louis Vuitton Handbags the alert, and then boarded the Italian Air Jordan 11 Gamma Blue rescue workers.Ship discount christian louboutin flying the flag christian louboutin remise 50% of Sierra Leone, ship lost power in the storm in cheap nike jordan shoes the southeast uggs outlet coast of Italy.Earlier this week, another boat carrying 796 refugees have also ugg been cheap christian louboutin found abandoned ship drifting in the Mediterranean Sea and rescued, discount nike jordans and no crew on ugg boots board.Perotti Italian Coast Guard officials said all on board were rescued arrival of new Discount LV Handbags immigrants come from Syria.He said they were all Christian Louboutin Bois Dore over the car ugg australia to Italy, while undergoing a three-day Cheap LV Handbags ordeal at sea, cheap jordans but the wholesale jordan shoes immigrants' relatively good physical condition.number christian louboutin of vessels carrying livestock is built 50 years ago, it ugg pas cher seems to ugg soldes be registered in the name of a company in Lebanon, but was controlled by uggs on sale traffickers.

  9. nike sneakers,
    dolphins jerseys,
    nike air max 90,
    michael kors handbags,
    nike air huarache,
    rolex watches,
    los angeles lakers,
    vans sneakers,
    michael kors wallet sale,
    the north face outlet,
    ralph lauren outlet,
    gucci,borse gucci,gucci sito ufficiale,gucci outlet
    adidas wings shoes,
    roshe run men,
    hollister shirts,
    real madrid jersey,
    christian louboutin shoes,
    nike running shoes,
    michael kors outlet,


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...