RED Raspberries


Why are artificially flavored raspberry treats always blue? Real raspberries aren’t blue, though they are almost a deep shape of magenta, which is really just blue-ish red. Is it really so difficult to fake that color? Perhaps cherry has dominated the red fake fruit role for so long that there’s just no room for another.

Which red fruit is your favorite?

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Back to Vanilla

vanilla ice cream

When it comes to color, things aren’t always what they seem to be. Take vanilla ice cream. We think of it as white, because that’s what color it is when it comes out of the machine at the hamburger place. But genuine ice cream made with real vanilla beans is a lovely pale beige, with tiny dots of brown vanilla goodness.

How does color effect your food choices?

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Sour Puss

I'm Swimming in Lemonade

When life gives you lemonade, make iced tea!

Just mix one can of frozen lemonade concentrate with 2 liters (.5 gallon) of chilled orange pekoe tea. Add cold water to taste and voila! Easy, non-powdery iced tea.

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Chocolate and Cinnamon

Chocolate and Cinnamon by blmurch

Chocolate and Cinnamon
Photo Credit: blmurch.

Brown is a beautiful color. Or at least in can be. It can also be delicious.

Two of the most wonderful browns are chocolate and cinnamon. Not only do they make a beautiful contrast of color – one deep and dark, the other bold and vibrant – but the combination of sweet and spicy is divine.  To see what I mean, try this easy recipe:

Cinnamon Mocha Cake

1 ½ cups unbleached flour
1 cup golden or brown sugar
3 tbsp. fair trade cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

½ cup light olive oil
¾ cup strong fair trade coffee
2 large free run or free range eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and make a well in the center.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix by hand, stirring until the batter is smooth.

Pour the mixture into a greased and floured cake pan, and bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes.  Use the toothpick test to check for doneness.  For cupcakes, bake for 15-20 minutes.

Allow the cake to cool completely before turning it out of the pan.  Top with frosting or pudding if desired.

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The Egg or the Apple

Yellow Apple by Zajac

Yellow Apple, originally uploaded by Zajac.

The poor yellow apple is so very neglected. Have you ever seen an ABC book with a yellow apple under A? Gifts for teachers always have red apples on them. Cartoon characters never toss non-red apples at each other. For some reason, our minds can only recognize an artist’s rendering of an apple if it is red.

For an art assignment once, I had to attempt to color in an apple drawing, using only blue or purple pencils. To get an A, the apple had to look red. Apparently the brain automatically searches for the red color when presented with the shape of an apple. But is that caused by nature, or years of shiny red apple drawings all over our school classrooms?

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