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Entrepreneur Fair

Hello everyone!  The fair was a great success!  I am so happy to hear that everybody loved my cookies and lemonade.  Thanks Shay for your humbling comment.  And thanks to all that  took the time  to check out my blog.

As promised here are all the recipes f0r my cookies and lemonade.  If anyone would like to reproduce my cookies and lemonade just follow the recipe. If you have any questions just send me a message.

I was out tonight for a fabulous dinner with my family.  Look out for my review within the next couple of days.

Ciao for now!

Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients:

1/2lb.(1 1/2 cups)                          Fresh Strawberries (trimmed and halved)

1 1/2 cups (~5 lemons)                 Fresh lemon juice

1 cups                                                 Cane sugar

3 cups                                                 Cold  water

1 1/2 cups (~5 lemons)                  Fresh lemon juice

1 cup                                                    Cane sugar

3 cups                                                   Cold water

Preparation: Puree strawberries with 2 TBSP of lemon juice in a blender until smooth, then strain through fine sieve into a bowl to remove the seeds. Stir together strawberry puree, remaining lemon juice, sugar and water in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved.  Taste and adjust ingredients to liking.

Blueberry lemonade

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups          Blueberries

1/4 cup               Fresh mint leaves

2 TBSP               Fresh chopped ginger

1/3 cup               Local Honey

2 cups                  Boiling water

1 cup                    Fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups           Cold water

Preparation:  Combine mint, ginger and honey in medium heat-resistant bowl and add boiling water.  Steep for 1-2 minutes. Strain into pitcher . Puree the blueberries with 2 TBSP’s of lemon juice and strain into the pitcher with ginger/mint infused water.  Add the rest of the lemon juice  and enough cold water to measure 4 cups total.  Taste and adjust flavors.

Scrap Cookies

2 cups             All-purpose flour, sifted

1/2 tsp            Baking soda

1/2 tsp           Salt

3/4 cup         Unsalted butter, melted

1 cup              Packed brown sugar

1/2 cup         White sugar

1 TBSP          Vanilla extract

1                     Egg yolk

1                     Egg

2 cups           Semi-sweet chocolate chips (Hershey’s makes nut free product)

1/2-1 cup      SCRAPS (Kettle baked potato chips, pretzels, popcorn & cheese crackers) Try and stick to natural products, stay away from a lot of preservatives, trans-fats and partially hydrogenated oils.

Preparation:  Pre-heat oven to 325’F. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.  Sift together flour, baking soda and salt;   set aside.   In medium bowl cream together melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended.  Beat in vanilla, egg and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in sifted ingredients with wet ingredients until just blended.  Stir in chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon.    At this point you can also mix in your scraps by hand such as potato chips and pretzels or popcorn and cheese crackers.  Top with garnish of chips and pretzels for easy identification and bake for 15-18 minutes. ENJOY!

My latest idea was tortilla chips , a pinch of cayenne pepper and a bit of cheddar cheese.  I will let you know how it turns out!

Make up your own ideas too!  Use your wild imagination.  The sky is the limit!

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My school hosts a day just for grandparents and special friends to shadow kids during their school day to see what we are up to. My grandparents had a great day following me and my brother around.  After the day was through they offered to take us out to lunch. Being that we were in Long Island I suggested, Hunan Taste in Greenvale.  We didn’t know how to get there so I borrowed my grandmother’s I-phone, typed in Hunan Taste and instantly got directions to the restaurant.  My grandparents are always impressed that my brother and I are so resourceful with electronics.  Even though I gave it my best effort to arrive at Hunan Taste without mishap, we got lost.  No surprise there since grandma , ALWAYS, gets lost.   Finally we arrived!         When we sat down they immediately brought out crunchy homemade noodles with duck sauce…Mmmmh my favorite!   Except my grandmother thinks they are “not healthy” and hijack’s them and then nibbles on them until they are gone.  I never really realized what she was up to, but now I am on to her.   I ordered a hot and sour soup for my appetizer,Sweet and Sour chicken with vegetable fried rice for my main course and a delicate jasmine tea which was light and naturally sweet.  My brother ordered chicken and broccoli with fluffy white rice and my grandparents ordered some funky stuff that I probably wouldn’t recommend.  They had Shrimp in lobster sauce (weird and not very attractive, looked a little like vomit) and mixed steamed vegetables, BORING!!!!!   My hot and sour soup was delicious!  The perfect balance  of tofu,pork, bamboo shoots, mushrooms and spiciness.  My sweet and sour chicken was crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside with a light pineapple glaze sauce that was the perfectly blend of sweet and savory.  The sauce was nappe!  My mom taught me this word from cooking school.  When a sauce coats the back of your spoon you call it nappe.  It’s a French word used to describe perfect consistency in a sauce.  My vegetable fried rice was loaded with fresh peas, shallots, fresh corn off the cobb tossed in a  light soy sauce.  My brothers Chicken and broccoli ,of which he only shared one piece ,was excellent.  The ONE PIECE of chicken I ate was tender and moist and lightly covered in a brown glaze sauce.  The broccoli was crunchy and bright green like a Christmas tree.  It was perfect!  We had a delightful afternoon with the gramps.  The food was fantastic!  I give this restaurant 2 thumbs up and recommend it if you are ever passing through Long Island.

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