Why is it so difficult to find some produce that starts with the letter “D?”
I haven’t seen much daikon at the farmer’s market lately…And since it’s just the start of spring, I’ll have to wait a few more months before there will be a single donut peach to be found…We only have 45 minutes, so I didn’t think I’d have time to steam dumplings. And I didn’t want to deep fry donuts with a class of 3 year olds (call me crazy). Last year, I did Deviled eggs, but this time around, one of my students has an egg aversion. Dungeness Crab came to mind and I thought about making crab cakes – but then I got a great idea.
I thought I’d really give them a surprise. Today was like a cocktail party:
“D” is for Dips and Daiquiris
White Bean Dip
Adapted from Giada DeLaurentis
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil, plus 4 tablespoons
1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh Italian parsley leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
- Open the can of beans.
- Have the kids drain the beans in a colander in the sink and then rinse them the same way.
- Pick the parsley leaves off of the stem.
- Peel the paper skin from the garlic.
- Squeeze the lemon juice into the jar of your blender or cuisinart.
- Place the beans, parsley and garlic in the work bowl of a food processor.
- Add ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper.
- Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped.
- With the machine running, mix in 1/3 cup olive oil until the mixture is creamy
- Transfer the bean puree to a small bowl.
- Serve with pita chips, chips or veggies
Daiquiri (virgin, of course!)
1 (14.5-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice
1 (12-ounce) bag frozen strawberries
2 medium limes, juiced
Fresh strawberries, optional, for garnish
- Juice lime into the jar of a blender.
- Pour in frozen berries
- Pour in canned pineapple plus the juice from the can
- Puree until smooth.
- Pour into glasses, garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired, and serve immediately.
- Note: for today’s recipe, I used whatever frozen fruit I had in my freezer: some mango and mixed berries. The kids loved it (and I wished I had remembered some little umbrellas for their cups!)