My Favorite Icy, Fruity Treats

My daughter, a Brooklyn foodie, turned me on to my new favorite cooling sweet treat for the summer.

New York: Soft Serve Fruit

Soft Serve Fruit is THAT good. It is nothing but pureed fruit mixed with filtered water and cane sugar. Soft Serve Fruit is one appropriate way to enjoy fruit puree: watered down and eaten with a spoon. Soft Serve Fruit it is real fruit with vitamin C and a fair amount of fiber. It comes in four seasonal flavors and it is so low in calories that they almost don’t count.  Soft Fruit Food Company stores are found only in Manhattan and the Hamptons. I go to the Union Square location at 17th Street and Broadway, around the corner from where I discovered Olympus Authentic Greek Yogurt, my other favorite food. Fresh food wise, Union Square is the place to be.

At Home

You can make soft serve fruit in a food processor at home. Here is one recipe.There are others all over the Internet.

Rhode Island: Del’s Lemonade

At home in Rhode Island, my favorite icy treat is Del’s Lemonade, fruit ice made from fresh lemon juice, plenty of zest included. Del’s Lemonade is Great Grandfather DeLucia’s recipe from Naples back in 1840.  (A bit of food history: The first Italian ices, granitas and sorbets were made with lumps of snow from Mount Etna. How romantic!) Lemon ices are so thirst-quenching and delicious, but watch out for brain freeze! Del’s doesn’t list the Nutrition Facts 🙂 Suffice it to say, Del’s is full of sugar.

Your thoughts: Do you love fruit ices?  Please share your favorites!

Cock-a-Leekie Soup and Free Yogurt

Yesterday, I got a yen for some Cock-a-Leekie Soup, and so I had to buy parsnips and leeks. Cock-a-Leekie Soup is a Scottish peasant dish that goes back 500 years. It always contains chicken, leeks, and prunes. I’ve used this recipe from a Cooking Light magazine for many years. It seems to have passed through Colonial India.

I planned to head over to the Union Square Greenmarket first thing in the morning, but when I got up, it was raining hard. Not to worry! Time for my cute rain boots and sturdy umbrella. The greenmarket was empty. Soup is good on a rainy day.

Free Yogurt

At the greenmarket, only one farmer had leeks for $4 per pound! But I had to have leeks and his were in great shape. While I was bemoaning the price, the farmer pointed to a man who was giving away free yogurt and so, together we walked over to the truck. I said the magic words, “food blogger” and I walked away with a case. The yogurt, Olympus Authentic Greek Strained Yogurt, is seriously good. It is extra creamy, but very light and clean, slightly tangy with a hint of sweetness, and it is low in fat. It really does taste like the yogurt in Greece. My leeks came with a bonus. Only in New York City.

Carrots, Beets, and Apples

Besides parsnips and leeks, I bought carrots, beets and apples. I’m making another old favorite from Cooking Light, Date-Nut-Carrot Bread, and I’m also making a new recipe, ABC Salad – shredded apples, carrots and beets. Joan Dye Gussow recommends it. It is a natural “detox” for the body, if you think that way. This recipe has lots variations too. For instance, I added the apple to the Carrot and Beet Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Your thoughts: What healthy recipes are you making this weekend?