Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Foothill dining: Fun edible centerpieces

From page B2 | April 07, 2014 |

Edible Center Pieces ALess than 15 percent of Americans typically plan to celebrate Easter in a restaurant.

This means the vast majority will dine at home. Aside from the meal must-haves (ham, eggs, spring vegetables and favorite family desserts) a beautiful table is a priority as well. Balancing busy, hectic lives with a desire to create meaningful family time can be difficult but there are shortcuts.

Olivia Dupin, a trained personal chef for Jerry Seinfeld and Yankee Mark Texiera, as well as a cookbook author, offers one simple time-saver — the edible centerpiece.

“They are the ideal blend of form and function. Perfect if your table space is limited or you simply want to try something new and special. This Easter consider decorating your table with something both beautiful and delicious. Here are my picks for five edible Easter centerpieces,” said Dupin.


Simple and classic

A beautiful bowl of hard-boiled eggs is the perfect addition to the Easter brunch table. Use food-safe dyes to tint cooked eggs soft-hued spring colors that accent the tablescape or leave them natural, using a combination of brown and white shelled eggs for a beautiful, simple and healthy addition to the brunch. One large egg contains 6 grams of protein, and vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a happy Easter indeed.


A bountiful Easter basket

Arrange freshly cut cucumbers, celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower and broccoli into a beautiful woven Easter basket for a centerpiece that is colorful, healthful and delicious. Serve with favorite dips and dressings or add a little lemon zest and a handful of spring peas to a favorite hummus recipe to keep it seasonal and light.


Make a “cheese cake”

Stack two or three wheels of soft ripened cheese such as goat brie or creamy camembert, largest to smallest onto a plate or cake pedestal. Decorate with sprigs of fresh herbs such as lavender and rosemary and you’ve got the perfect tiered “cheese cake” in seconds flat. Serve with crackers, toasted French bread or warm pita for an irresistible centerpiece high in calcium and protein, that is also absolutely lovely to look at.


Choose an edible arrangement

With sweet pineapple, fresh melon, grapes and berries all cut fresh and arranged perfectly for an edible arrangement is the perfect healthy and unique centerpiece to wow friends and family this Easter. Fruit is the number one snack in America and for good reason. Fruit is truly nature’s most delicious candy. It’s full of dietary fiber, nutrients and antioxidants and is low in calories — it can also satisfy your family and friends’ different dietary needs including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and lactose-intolerant. Want to be a bit more indulgent? Choose an arrangement with the addition of chocolate-dipped fruit for the perfect blend of delicious and decadent. Easter bunny festival is pictured here.


Display Easter candy

For a fun finale, use an assortment of mason jars, vases or apothecary jars to display favorite Easter candies and make a colorful and sweet centerpiece. Choose fruit juice-sweetened jelly beans and Nestle dark chocolate bunnies into Easter grass for healthier candy options that are still festive and yummy, too.





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