Do you want to serve a creative birthday cake made from sorbet and berries? This one doesn't need batter, baking time, frosting or hours of preparation. It is colorful - made "a la minute" (at the last minute) right at the table. We used chocolate and strawberry sorbet, fresh berries, fresh whipped fat-free cream and vanilla frozen yogurt. The whimsical candles made a nice topping.
Start with some fresh berries that are rinsed and cut in quarters - one quart to be exact.
Scoop a variety of frozen yogurt and fruit and chocolate sorbet into a frozen shallow bowl or cake dish. Decorate with whipped cream and candles. We like to scoop the sorbet so it is arranged by color.
Watch it disappear fast!
Dinner was courtesy of my mom, who is celebrating her 74th birthday. After reading all of my newsletters and nutrition information over the years, she has taken the messages to heart and cooks healthy - no more high blood pressure medicine, no more cholesterol medicine - she keeps these numbers looking good with diet and exercise and we are all blessed with another healthy and happy birthday.
As you can see, dinner was simple but healthful - salad, 3 kinds of veggies, and her famous pasta. Her sauce is so delicious I asked her to share - I think the secret is the thickness from the salt-free crushed tomatoes and the lively flavor of the fennel seeds that make you think she put sausage in it!
Here is her recipe:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 onions, diced
1 gallon of crushed tomatoes - no salt added
2 tablespoons of Badia ground garlic & parsley,
3 tablespoons sugar,
1 tablespoon chopped fennel seeds,
1 tablespoon of dried basil,
1/4 cup dried onion flakes,
Saute onions in olive oil until tender, about 3 minutes, Add the tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients and cook on a low simmer for about a half of an hour. Refrigerate until ready to serve - freeze extra if needed. This makes a little more than a gallon of sauce which would equal about 5 jars of sauce.
You can use whole tomatoes that are salt-free too - just crush them with a hand blender.
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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.