Fruit Pops, Melon-sicles

Fresh Fruit “Popsicles”

Summer is a time to enjoy fresh fruit.  Whether Hawaiian pineapple, whose season ends in July, papayas, or melons, which are the true fruit of summer, fruit goes well with summer grilling.   This is a simple idea for twist on serving fresh fruit during the summer.  Insert food grade popsicle sticks into wedges of fresh fruit and serve them chilled or frozen.  Simple, healthy, and portable, this figure friendly treat is certain to be a hit with your friends and family.  Simply cut your fruit into slender wedges. Insert a food safe popsicle stick.Then arrange the fruit on a plate […]

Pineapple rice pudding

Pineapple Rice Pudding

This  recipe is a summer dessert that was created after several months of thinking about ways to modify some of my other recipes.  I love rice pudding, Glorified Rice, and Watergate salad.  I was wondering if I could somehow combine the Glorified Rice and Watergate Salad recipes to create a simplified version of rice pudding that would serve as a refreshing dessert for the hot summer months.      Aside from cooking the rice, this requires no cooking, so it’s great for days when you don’t want to heat up the house by turning on the stove. This pudding is very simple […]

A serving of my mother's glorified Rice

Glorified Rice

With Easter just around the corner, I have been thinking of the food traditions from my childhood.  One of the traditions of the season was Creamed Eggs on Toast.  Another was Glorified Rice.  I don’t know how this dish got its name, so I have no idea  why it was called glorified.  I only know that it was delicious and a childhood favorite.  Occasionally, my mother would make it on other occasions, too, but I always associate it with Easter. Glorified Rice is a combination of cold, cooked rice, pineapple, whipped cream, sugar, and marshmallows.   Maraschino cherries can also be […]

Watergate Salad

This is an old and easy salad recipe that dates back to my childhood.  It was allegedly created by a chef at the Watergate Hotel in D.C. and was  served at brunch and on weekends.  This may or may not be true.  The salad reportedly gained popularity after the political scandal of the same name  (Watergate Scandal) that began in June of 1972 when  there was a break in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex which is on the same 10 acre site as the hotel.  For more information about that scandal, refer to the […]