BERRY DANISH/ Summer Dessert

Looking for a fabulous summer dessert? Or a patriotic red, white and blue way to celebrate Memorial Day or Independence Day? No need to sacrifice calories or spend hours in the kitchen. You can whip up this dessert quickly and it makes a fabulous impression. Your guests will delight in this healthy and refreshing dessert guilt-free. Ok, there may be a little guilt with the whipped cream. This recipe is borrowed from my cousin, a former chef and restaurateur. Besides being a stupendous cook, Will serves the best desserts!

Phyllo Puff Pastry Sheets
Raspberries, washed
Blueberries, washed
White Sugar
Whipped Cream
Confectioner's Sugar

Cut puff pastry into 3" x 3" squares. Sprinkle with white sugar. Bake according to box directions. Let cool.
To assemble, place one square of puff pastry onto plate. Fill with raspberries and blueberries.
Add another square of puff pastry atop berries. Adorn plate with more raspberries and blueberries.
Sprinkle with Confectioner's Sugar. Top with whipped cream. 


Hint:To make blueberries and raspberries last toss out any rotten ones and rinse the berries in a colander. Then, store them in the refrigerator in the colander for adequate air-flow. If you don’t have space in your refrigerator for a colander trim off the lid of the original plastic container, place a layer of paper towel in the bottom to soak up any excess water, add the berries and close the lid. The berries usually keep for at least two weeks. 




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PLANE COOKIES/ Planes, Jets & Angels

In my childhood home the view from my bedroom window was airplanes. There was not a 707 in the backyard like John Travolta. Oh, didn't we wish! There was a runway behind our house and airplanes and jets took off and landed a mere 300 yards from our home. We lived in a midsize city, slightly off the main drag and our house faced an airport. Back then it was a regional airport and now an international airport. We could watch planes take off all day long if we wanted to but it was no big deal since it was an everyday and all day occurrence. The jets of Eastern, Allegheny, United and American Airlines shared the runway with the snazzy corporate jets of Bethlehem Steel. Back then the planes were much louder than today's whisper jets and sometimes the rumble of the engines made dishes in the cupboard rattle. At the dinner table, my Dad who worked in the aviation division of BS could identify the planes by the sound of the engine during taxiing.

Fast forward about thirty years. Shortly after moving to Northern Virginia, sitting on the deck I looked up and saw planes overhead on their final approach to Dulles Airport, a mere hop, skip and jump away. I remember feeling like I was back home. At certain times of the day the planes land one after another. Even years later the sound of a plane flying overhead (one is flying over just now) stirs memories of the old neighborhood. During the warm weather months it's a ritual most evenings as my husband and I sit on the deck with a glass of wine and watch the planes fly across the stunning sunsets in the western sky.

These plane cookies were made for rising kindergarteners. With the Naval Academy in our neighboring State of Maryland situated on the Chesapeake Bay, I was inspired by the Navy's acrobatic flying squadron, the Blue Angels. Check out these amazing videos and ride in a F-18 Hornet.

Plane Cookies
Plane Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Bright Blue with AmeriColor Electric Blue and AmeriColor Royal Blue
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Gold with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and Wilton Gold
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2

Outline cookie with #2 tip in blue icing
Flood cookie with blue icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe detail on plane wings and tail with #2 tip in gold icing.
Pipe "N" on plane. 

Let dry overnight.






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