Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cooking up Red (Strawberry Pineapple Freeze)

Today is Tuesdays at the Table, a little cooking party hosted by Cole @ All the Small Stuff. It is a fun gathering and everyone always brings such tasty treats. So far I have brought the best ever banana bread, homemade marshmallows, gumdrop roses and dirt to this virtual table. You may be asking, how does one top edible dirt? Since I also like to show a little color for Wednesday is Rednesday with Sue @ Its a Very Cherry World, I decided " Why Not Cook a Little Red".

Well I needed to get out my frying pan for some inspiration. This number 8 cast iron pan was actually painted by my father in the late 40's or early 50's. Growing up , it had always been a fixture in the family kitchen and is now displayed in mine.

Then I needed my
red cookbooks, I mean I needed to read my cookbooks. Found lots of tasty recipes but not the "one" for today.

Finally one caught my eye. I found the recipe in my very first owned cookbook Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cook Book (with the original price tag of $1.95 still on the red cover of this 1972 culinary guidebook).

Now I am known to be rather creative in the kitchen; however, assembling a photo of all "
red" food products takes that creativity to a new level. Okay this is a stretch for something red, so let's get back to the recipe. It is time to cook.

Here is the recipe for Strawberry-Pineapple Freeze, and as the book title states, For Beginning Cooks of All Ages. This recipe is foolproof. Of course, going with our theme for today, Strawberries are Red.

1 10 ounce package frozen strawberries, thawed
1 8 3/4 ounce can crushed pineapple
1 cup strawberry-flavored yogurt
1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
3 pineapple rings
lettuce to garnish

1. Put undrained strawberries in a bowl. Mash with a fork. Open can of crushed pineapple; drain off the liquid. Stir drained pineapple, yogurt and sugar into berries.

2. Line an ice cube tray with foil, having foil extend 3 inches on each side. (This of course is referencing the old fashioned metal ice cube trays. Any other similar size low sided dish would work.) Pour in fruit mixture; fold foil edges over fruit. Freeze till salad is firm, about three hours.

3. Lift salad and foil from tray; let stand a few minutes to soften. Cut salad into 6 wedges. Cut pineapple rings in half; arrange atop each wedge. Serve on lettuce. It makes a refreshing little salad perfect for a warm day garden luncheon.

Not only does this junior cookbook provide good recipes, suggested menus, and table setting etiquette, it also teaches 11 rules about Table Manners. I had to share a few with you. Please remember that these are from 1972.

1. Talk about pleasant subjects.

2. Contribute to the table conversation. Say excuse me if you must interrupt when someone else is talking or telling a story.

3. Wait until the whole family is seated before you begin eating.

4. My personal favorite. Wait for the family to finish eating before excusing yourself from the table. Mother likes to hear a "Thank you" for the meal.

Please click on these links to join Cole and all the other good cooks for Tuesdays at the Table
and after you have checked out all the recipes, please hop on over and see Sue for Wednesday is Rednesday for a little pop of color.

Just a quick reminder that my 100 Followers Giveway ends on Saturday. (I moved the date to the 10th) Please click here to see what the winner will receive and yes you will notice, it is all about having a color scheme. Thank you to all who enter. Good luck.


BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Sherrie,
Great post, love the etiquette tips. When we were growing up, we had to wait until everyone was finished before we left the table. Some of sweetest childhood memories were the wonderful times we had during mealtimes talking as a family (and absolutely no TV)! Great cookbook collection too.
Sorry I've missed several of your posts, Goodle Reader seems to randomly delete my favorite blogs for no reason.
Wishing you a good day,

helenabelle said...

What a great post with so much red and a wonderful recipe! I am enjoying your blog so much that when I finish this comment I'm going to become a follower. : )

★Carol★ said...

What a wonderful family heirloom that frying pan is! But can we talk about that red chair?! I love it, and it reminds me of the table and chairs that I grew up with. I wish I had them now!
Happy REDnesday!

Diann said...

Awesome Reds!! And this recipe looks like a good one for the upcoming summer!

SueLovesCherries said...

Hi Sherrie! Is your weather as hot as mine today? It's supposed to hit 90 here! Your recipe would be perfect for this day!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

A wonderful family heirloom !I love your red cookbooks & your gathering of red from your kitchen ! The recipe sounds yummy !

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Cute red post and I love the old children cookbooks!

Anonymous said...

Cute Junior Cookbook, Sherri;) OMGosh! Your dad was talented! That is a way cool pan he painted. I, too, like your vintage red kitchen chair. Happy REDnesday~

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

absolutely delightful! I'll definately check out that little party party (hmmm. no wonder that wasn't the name they chose) . Hope to see you back at my place. I have become a follower and hope that you will do the same. until later...

CC said...

Hi Sherrie,
I'm so happy I found you..I also love all things vintage,and I love thrift shopping. It's the absolute thrill of finding a piece that makes you almost happy dance in the store aisle.
I've become your newest follower..I will be back to visit and to read about more of your finds.. Hope you have a wonderful weekend..

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

Thanks for the sweet comments you left at my place. I really appreciate your inviting me to the Tuesday at the Table party. How funny... I had bookmarked it to check into the details cause it looks right up my alley. You made it look fun! until later...

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Wow...amazing how much red is on our baking books and supplies...love all of your red today!

Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Sherri :-D
Thanks for stopping by our blog AND for leaving a comment on the 'warm weather dessert # 1' posting.

I had to come by and see who you were. Goodness, just the name of your blog told me that we have a whole lot in common!

Then there was this part in your profile, "I also own and operate a catering and special event planning service, where my creativity and use of thrift store finds are just as important as my culinary skills." While we do not own a catering business, we did work for two different catering companies - 28 years worth. And we were head cooks at a youth camp (which in off months also hosted different adult groups). And we still "help friends with the food"* for various events. (* - seeings how we are not licenced, that is the way we get around the wonderful health dept.) And everytime we are doing the food for something, we are using serving pieces of one sort or another, and tablecloths, and decorations, etc., all accumulated via mission store type places ;-} If something gets broke, or horribly stained, we mght not be happy about it, but we aren't out huge investments either!

And then there was this quote down on your side bar, "Pursue the practice of hospitality - Romans 12:13"

YUP, we have a LOT of similar interests!!! :-} Very nice to meet you!

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