Monday, June 23, 2008

summer recipes

These recipes are light and easy and great to serve at any party.  Especially a DeTOX SPA Party
Thanks to Martha Stewart.  

Lighter Chocolate Cinnamon Pudding


  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • White- and milk-chocolate shavings, for garnish
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish


  1. Whisk cornstarch, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium saucepan. Add milks, whisking. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Whisk in chocolate; cook until chocolate has melted, about 1 minute.
  2. Divide evenly among six 4-ounce cups. To prevent a skin from forming, press plastic wrap onto surface of pudding. Refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour and up to overnight. Serve garnished with chocolate shavings and cinnamon sticks.

Fresh Fruit Spritzers


Serves 8

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Fresh seasonal fruit, such as 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon, 6 cups cubed honeydew melon, 6 cups cubed cantaloupe, 6 cups cubed mango, or 4 1/4 cups raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • Sparkling water, or club soda


  1. Put sugar and 1 cup water into a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; let cool slightly.
  2. Puree fruit, syrup, lemon juice, and salt in a blender. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl. Refrigerate until cold, at least 30 minutes (up to 2 days).
  3. To serve, fill 8 medium glasses with ice; pour 1/2 cup puree into each glass, and top off with sparkling water. Stir to combine. Serve immediately.

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