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Posts Tagged ‘beach picnic foods’

Festive Sand Dollar Cookies

Posted by Jody on December 15, 2013

Yummmy! I’m making these again this week!

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‘Tis the season to be baking. Fa la la la la!

I definitely have my own favorites for our family Christmas cookie line up, and some kind of yummy cut-out sugar cookie is always on that list!

This year I decided to try something a little different. Inspired by my collection of sand dollars, I thought it would be fun to try out an idea for coastal themed Christmas cookies. Of course, these sweet beach treasures are great for any time of year and would be a big hit at any luau or beach picnic!

I used a sugar cookie recipe that I found at Art of Dessert (recipe below).

After rolling out the dough to 1/4 inch, I used a small mouth Mason jar lid band to cut out my cookies. It was just the right size (almost 3″ across) for the sand dollar I was trying to match…

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Vegan “Mock” Tuna Recipe — Of Course it’s Dolphin Friendly!

Posted by Jody on May 7, 2013

This looks like a really fun and tasty addition to our next beach picnic/dolphin watch day!  Enjoy! ~ Have a great day at the beach, Jody

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

dolphin

Cute photo swiped from Google search

A lot of people love tuna.

Some are concerned about tuna not being dolphin-friendly.

Some are concerned about the amount of mercury in the large fish.

Some are vegan or vegetarian and don’t eat tuna, but they miss it and crave it.

Well if you love the taste, here is an amazing protein-packed vegan recipe to try. It’s all natural and absolutely delicious and filling. I ate my portion on a plate, but you can add to a salad or make a sandwich. Honest — it tastes like the real thing, if not better.

VEGAN TUNA SALAD (makes two large servings)

1 can organic chickpeas

1/4 cup raw almonds

2/3 cup minced organic celery

1/4 cup red onion

Juice of half organic lemon

1/4 cup of Veganaise (all natural mock mayo — can be found almost anywhere)

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Combine…

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Festive Sand Dollar Cookies

Posted by Jody on December 11, 2012

‘Tis the season to be baking. Fa la la la la!

I definitely have my own favorites for our family Christmas cookie line up, and some kind of yummy cut-out sugar cookie is always on that list!

Let's Roll!

Let’s Roll!

This year I decided to try something a little different. Inspired by my collection of sand dollars, I thought it would be fun to try out an idea for coastal themed Christmas cookies. Of course, these sweet beach treasures are great for any time of year and would be a big hit at any luau or beach picnic!

I used a sugar cookie recipe that I found at Art of Dessert (recipe below).

I used a small mouth Mason jar lid for the cookie cutter.

I used a small mouth Mason jar lid band for the cookie cutter.

After rolling out the dough to 1/4 inch, I used a small mouth Mason jar lid band to cut out my cookies. It was just the right size (almost 3″ across) for the sand dollar I was trying to match. Once the cookies were cut and placed onto the cookie sheet, I pressed five whole, blanched almonds into the shape of the sand dollar design in the bottom center of each cookie dough circle. For some of the sweet treats, I used a plastic drinking straw to push a hole through the top of the cookie (for hanging). Before placing the cookie sheet into the oven, I sprinkled the cut-outs with sugar. For the first batch of sand dollar cookies, I used a lighter sugar crystal. Thinking that I’d like the remaining batches of the cookies to look a little more “sandy,” I used a darker “raw” sugar for sprinkling on the rest.

The first batch is ready for the oven!

The first batch is ready for the oven!

Second batch (sprinkled with "raw sugar") ready for the oven

Batch #2 (sprinkled with the darker “raw sugar”) is ready for the oven.

Of course, hanging your tempting sand dollar cookies on the Christmas tree is optional. You might want to wait until just before the guests arrive to keep these goodies safe from dogs, kids, elves and cookie monsters of all ages!

Festive Sand Dollar Cookie Ornament

Yummy and Festive Sand Dollar Cookie Ornament

You’ll need to use a sugar cookie recipe that would make a sturdy enough dough for setting the blanched whole almonds into the sand dollar design.

Here’s the basic recipe I used:

Egg-Free Sugar Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen cookies (This size of sand dollar made 30 cookies)
Allergy Note: contains wheat and dairy ingredients

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract (I’m thinking of adding a touch of almond extract to my next batch.)
1/4 cup milk

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla extract and milk.  Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Divide the cookie dough in half, form them into discs and wrap them in wax paper or plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour or until slightly firm.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, take out one of the discs and roll it to about 1/4 inches thick. Cut into shapes and transfer onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. (Here’s where I pressed in the whole, blanched almonds and sprinkled on the sugar “sand”.) This dough can get a little too soft to handle at room temperature so you may have to return it to the refrigerator after rolling and cutting your first batch of cookies. You can bring out the second disc when you’re ready to roll and cut the second batch for baking.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the golden brown around the edges.

For Santa

For Santa Claus

You might want to consider making a double batch if you want to have any left for Santa!

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Pismo Beach Sand Dollars

Pismo Beach Sand Dollars

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Easy Breezy Tips for the Perfect Beach Picnic!

Posted by Jody on October 17, 2011

The perfect picnic really is a day at the beach!  Seriously, is there a better way to spend the day?  What’s more, if you bring a picnic, you don’t even have to leave and come back when you get hungry.  There are a few small hazards and pitfalls, of course, but Reader’s Digest has put together an easy breezy list of  “10 Tips for the Perfect Picnic at the Beach.”  They covered everything but the basic sunscreen and towels, and you could almost use this tip-list as a checklist when you start packing the car:

Grapes, The Perfect Beach Picnic Treat (Photo by Jasz/Wikipedia Project)

1. Take as much finger food as possible, to reduce the necessity of lugging around silverware and plates. This tip is earth friendly, too! Fruit, veggies, non-mayo dips and the best cheese choices for a sunny day at the beach are all included in the details of this tip from 10 Tips for the Perfect Picnic at the Beach. You’ll have your own finger food choices to pack in your family’s picnic basket.  Think of your simplest “party foods,” and you’ve got the idea!

2.Keep the kids happy. aka: Beach themed foods! Children of all ages like Goldfish, what flavor don’t they come in?

3. Use a shade umbrella or tent. Or you can get to your favorite spot early to lay claim to the ready-made shade.

4. You can’t have too many hand wipes (baby wipes work too!) to help with cleanup. No explanation needed for this handy tip!

Perfect Picnic at the Beach, The Great Salt Lake, Utah (©Jody Diehl)

5. Brownies and cookies are good portable desserts. Also, no explanation needed ;-). Keep in mind that this may not be the right meal for chocolate chips and other ooey-gooey melty treats.

6. Take along bottles of partially frozen water. Keeping both you and your water cool is the whole idea.

7. Don’t forget a bottle opener. A can opener, maybe? (But, please, no glass at the beach!)

8. Spread your picnic on a tablecloth on the sand. A tablecloth is so much lighter to pack, and it won’t hold as much sand when it comes time to shake it out!

9. Tote your drinks in a cooler. Well, this one certainly makes good sense!

10. Don’t forget to take some games to play after the food is eaten!  Your family will have their favorites to bring along, but Reader’s Digest has some tips to get you started. *We’ve have seen the plastic playing cards (online) designed for the beach!

Check out the details from this helpful article: Picnic Ideas: 10 Tips for the Perfect Beach Picnic

Do you have a family beach picnic tip to share? We’d love to hear from you! Please share your suggestions in the comment box below.

Have a great day at the beach!

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