Hygienized Fruit & Veggie Recipes
Straight from the Pages of Better Homes & Gardens!
Dear GetWell Friends!
In the 1960s, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine also published many hardbound, oversized recipe books. These can be found in second hand stores for about $1.oo. And they are full of colorful, artistic photos of foods fabulously prepared and arranged. In the following 4 pages, I have used the "Secret Touches for... Hygienizing SAD Fruit & Veggie Recipes" to bring you more fun and fulfilling ideas to try out in your Victory Kitchens! Recipes are taken from the following titles: Better Homes and Gardens Salad Book, Better Homes and Gardens Vegetable Cook Book, and Better Homes and Gardens So Good with Fruit. E-N-J-O-Y!
PLAYFUL... GARNISHES! GARNISHES! GARNISHES!
DELIGHTFUL CUCUMBER BASKETS!
Hollow out a 3 inch length of upared cucumber, leaving 1/2 inch base and walls. Mark lengthwise strips around outside. Pared down every other strip of peel, almost to base. Crisp in ice water. Drain. Pare strips of peel from remaining cucumber. Shape in circles. Secure with wooden picks at the base of basket. Fill with your dressing of choice. Trim these delights with parsley!
Slice a pared, large carrot crosswise, 1/8 inch thick. Cut VEGGIE cookies using small cookie and tiny hors d'oeuvres cutters. Thin sliced turnips, rutabagas, beets, yams, sweet potatoes, and jicama can also be turned into playful and attractive garnishes: with these larger veggies, you can use larger cookie cutters!
Starting at stem end of lemon and/or lime, cut peel around the fruit in a continuous spiral until the fruit drops. With stem end brought into center, curl the spiral into a rose. Secure with toothpick. For a larger LEMON rose, curl several peel spirals together.
SIMPLE CITRUS TWISTS!
Cut 1/8 inch citrus slice in half, cutting to, but not through, one edge of peel. Remove fruit from one half. Simply give the peel a simple curl to make a TWIST!
TOMATO ROSES & CHERRY ROSETTES!
Turn tomato, stem end down. With sharp knife, cut 5 or 6 petals, cutting through skin but not into seed pocket. Gently separate petals slightly. Sprinkle with GetWell Seasonings to taste. Use roses to garnish platters or tossed salads, rosettes to garnish individual salads.
Rest peeled carrot on cutting surface. Shave a thin and wide lenghwise strip of carrot with parer, pushing parer away from you. Roll up long carrot slice. Secure with wooden pick. Crisp in ice water. CARROT CURLS will hold their curls without the pick!
Here's an elegant trim that is simple to make! For each lily, cut 2 thin, crosswise, pared turnip slices. Curve one slice into cone shape. Shape second slice around cone in opposite direction. Insert thin strip of carrot down center of cone for stamen of lily. Secure lily with wooden pick. Crisp in ice water. Rutabaga slices work just as well. Lovely!
Insert point of short-bladed paring knife into pared, whole carrot, cutting to, but not through, center at slight angle. Rotate carrot slowly, cutting a continuous spiral. Make deeper cuts into the carrot, if necessary, to make the carrot flexible enough to get a corkscrew effect! Chill in ice water to open up the cuts.
Rest pared, whole carrot on cutting surface. Make a thin, wide, lengthwise strip of carrot with parer, cutting away from you. Thread on wooden pick, accordion style. Crisp in ice water. Remove the pick before serving because these carrot strips will hold their... ZIG-ZAG!
Cut root tip off radish. Then cut 4 or 5 thin petals around radish, leaving a little red between the petals. Use a grapefruit knife or a paring knife. If desired, you can also leave some green leaves at the stem for trim. Chill in ice water till petals spread open like a rose. radish roseTTEs are fun to make and a delight to behold!
Select long radishes. Cut radishes crosswise, cutting to, but not through, in 8 narrow slices. Chill in ice water so slices will fan out, to make... radish aCCORDIONS!
FANCY-DANCY CUCUMBER SLICES
Select larger, longer cucumbers for this garnish. For fancy-dancy cucumber slices, simply run teeth of a fork lengthwise down an unpared cucumber, pressing hard to break through the peel. Repeat around the entire cucumber. Slice straight across to make round cuke slices or on the bias to make oblong cuke slices.
STUFFED CUKE SLICES!
Cut a thin slice from stem end of large pickling cuke. Hollow out the cuke with thin knife or apple corer. Pack the hollow tightly with stiff nut butter or a date-nut paste. Chill for a few hours. Then slice crosswise. Stuffed cuke sliceS are yummy gourmet garnishes!
Pare or leave peel on apples. Cut out core, using apple corer. Slice to desired thickness. Keep bright color by brushing with lemon juice mixed with a little water.
HAVE A BALL with LITTLE FRUIT BALLS!
You can find "balling tools" at any big department store. You can make perfect fruit balls from any soft fruit, although the melons are most accommodating.
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