Today's topic is inspired by this beautiful gallery of fruit pictures. These photos have been taken over time as we have prepared snacks and desserts in our own kitchen and for various projects. I thought it would be fun to assemble all of them for inspiration.
Yesterday, as I was putting away the groceries and organizing the refrigerator, I was thinking that getting your family to eat more fruit is more about being a fruit vendor in your own kitchen. Of course you are not charging money, but you must make the fruit appealing so it wins out over other choices, like the candy jar or potato chips. Fortunately, for some reason, most kids go to the refrigerator before the pantry and cabinets.
We do not eat deli meat anymore for a variety of reasons, too numerous to put here. BUT the glory part about this decision is that we use the deli drawer of the refrigerator for fruit - apples, pears, boxes of raisins, baggies of dried cranberries, lunch-box-sized containers of applesauce and peaches and more - all in the deli meat drawer - ready to be grabbed.
--Grapes are washed and cut into clusters and put in ziplock bags - ready to be grabbed and put into lunchboxes or go-in-the-car snacks. Ditto with raisins and dried cranberries.
--Home made apple sauce is put into clear glass little bowls so it beckons a refrigerator onlooker, the way a plate of coconut cream pie might on a cafeteria line.
--Other fruits, such as peaches and blueberries, that are cooked compote style, are also put into these little glass bowls - and they are covered with plastic - ready to be a sweet snack or dessert - we even indulge with a little whipped cream.
--When we have more time we make a parfait out of yogurt and fruit and put in a beautiful stemmed glass for dessert and sometimes as you see here in many photos we love to make platters and stemmed glasses of just a variety of fruit - topped with grated orange zest or shredded mint.
--Platters of melons and bowls of berries are sliced or cubed and ready to serve. We put those out for after dinner conversation or games or when guests come over and want a snack after swimming in the pool.
--There is a paper plate with fruit - that was made on a camping trip - with the paper plate being the cutting and serving board for the day.
--Whenever we see decorative bowls or plates in the stores we buy them for photography work but we also like to use them in the refrigerator.
--There are pictures from a farmer's market - it is always fun to go and pick your fruit from somewhere else besides the grocery store.
The variety and selection changes as do the fruits in season do themselves. Keep it fresh and new and fun. I am constantly changing dishes and platters to keep everything appealing.
I hope you enjoy these photos and ideas!
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. After a decade in food service for Hyatt Hotels, Judy launched Food and Health Communications to focus on flavor and health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude distinction from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Culinary Art, holds a master’s degree in Food Business from the Culinary Institute of America, 2 art certificates from UC Berkeley Extension, and runs a food photography studio where her love is creating fun recipes.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science and Dietary Guidelines to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.