Honey Vanilla Ricotta with Fresh Berries

It’s summer! Make use of your stash of berries with this simple and super quick dessert. Sure to be a crowd pleaser (for kids and adults)… Enjoy! Recipe is below (and in my cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, page 110) AND you can also watch me make this on my youtube page.

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Fresh Fruit with Honey Vanilla Whipped Ricotta

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Fruit: (feel free to make your own berry combo!)

2 cups fresh sweet cherries, halved and pits removed

2 pints strawberries, hulled and quartered

1 pint blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a combination

5 large fresh mint leaves, chopped finely (2 tablespoons) plus 4 large whole mint leaves for garnish

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Vanilla Whipped Ricotta:

1 (16-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta cheese, drained

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

⅓ cup confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons honey, preferably orange blossom

 

In a medium bowl, toss to combine the fruit salad ingredients.

Put the ricotta, vanilla extract, confectioners’ sugar, and honey in the bowl of a food processor or mixer. Process or whip until smooth. Refrigerate until it’s time for dessert.

To serve, divide the fruit into bowls, top with a generous spoonful of the Honey Whipped Vanilla Ricotta and garnish with a mint leaf.

Tune into Guy’s Grocery Games THIS SUNDAY!

It’s the 10 year anniversary of being on Food Network Star (season 2) and my fellow season 2 competitors and I are celebrating tomorrow by competing on Guys #grocerygames! TUNE IN
Sunday night on Food Network & watch me run around, cook & sweat profusely. PS. this is the only promo photo I could find on the Internets – from Kraft

Choose Sustainable Seafood to CELEBRATE World Oceans Day!

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Cooking at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photo by billcoggin.com

Happy World Oceans Day (Wednesday, June 8)! Celebrate with me (on this great day and in the future) by choosing to buy / enjoy sustainable seafood. Sustainable seafood is seafood that is caught or farmed in ways that are friendlier to the environment. And finding it is easy –  just download the Seafood Watch App which tells you what seafood is a best choice and what to avoid. E-A-S-Y!!!

To spread the word about the Seafood Watch App and sustainable seafood,  I will be beamed into your TV sets Wednesday morning/afternoon to get this World Ocean’s Day party started and share some easy and delicious sustainable seafood recipes. If you live in one of these cities – tune in on Wednesday and I’ll see you soon!

Times are in EST (Eastern Standard Time)

8:40-8:50    NORFOLK    WGNT-CW
9:00-9:05    NATIONAL  NEWSWATCH
9:10-9:20     WEST PALM BEACH    WPBF-ABC
9:20-9:30    GREENSBORO    WGHP-FOX
9:30-9:35     NATIONAL    FOX NEWSEDGE
9:40-9:45     CHARLOTTE    WCNC-NBC
9:45 – 9:55   LOUISVILLE    WAVE-NBC
9:55-10:05    ROANOKE    WFXR-FOX
10:05-10:10   RICHMOND    WTVR-CBS
10:10-10:20   NATIONAL    COFFEE WITH AMERICA
10:20-10:30  ATLANTA    CONNTV
10:40-10:50  WASHINGTON DC    WJLA-ABC
11:30-11:35    TUCSON    KGUN-ABC & KWBA/CW
12:10-12:20   SAN DIEGO    XETV-CW
12:20-12:30   SACRAMENTO    KTXL-FOX
12:30-12:40   MADISON    WBUW-CW

Tsukiji Fish Market. Tokyo, Japan

Super Sous and I are in Tokyo, Japan – mainly to visit the Tsukiji (skee-jee) Fish Market before it moves location after 80+ years. We had to experience this piece of history! It is hard to put into words the experience of walking through this maze of seafood, but we tried to capture a little bit of it for you…

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