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I am in awe of how well Cascade Platinum cleans not only my dishes but my dishwasher as well. I honestly can’t believe the difference in my dishes! I have always been one to forget to add the rinse aid so I always had spots on my glasses and drinking jars. We live in Kentucky so southern sweet tea is as much a tradition here as it is in the deep south. And for drinking said Sweet Team Mason jars are a must. Not only does glass tend to get spots if you have hard water like we do, but tea stains so things aren’t always as shiny and spiffy as you’d like. But the Cascade Platinum really helps take care of those problems. See how nice and refreshing a jar full of Sweet Iced Tea looks?
Cascade Platinum also makes our other dishes and flatware shinier and cleaner – new and old alike. I don’t have to worry about dull, spotted dishes when we have company over for dinner. They get cleaner without even having to rinse and that saves me time and makes me a happy Crystal!
If you are having a dinner party any time soon, I have 3 GREAT recipes from Chef Gail Simmons to share with you. I re-created the Bumbleberry Summer Sundae (recipe included in the post AND in the download below) and the Doughnut Holes With Raspberry Compote & caramel and served them to my family. They LOVED it! Check out my photos and then click the download link below to download your own copy of the three awesome recipes including Bumbleberry Summer Sundae, Ginger Panna Cotta with Rhubarb and Sugared Doughnut Holes with Raspberry Compote & Caramel. Mmmmmm.
For the Bumbleberry Summer Sundae I used strawberries and blueberries. The sauce was super easy to make but if you are making this for a family as large as mine (6 of us) I would recommend doubling or even tripling the recipe. The sauce was out of this world. It was just tart enough without being bitter and not too sweet. It is sooooooo good! And the whipped cream? Once you fold in the berries, it is to die for. So good! My husband and I enjoyed a nice dessert together in pretty, Cascade clean mini trifle cups.
The kids enjoyed theirs in brightly colored bowls that my Cascade Platinum keeps bright and clean! 😀
Now, for the Doughnut Holes With Raspberry Compote And Caramel, we did make a couple of substitutions. It was storming and I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand so we made due with what we had. I didn’t have everything I needed to fry doughnuts BUT I had creme puffs in the freezer that I was going to use for something else. I thawed them out and rolled them in sugar and they made a pretty good substitution. But I have to say that the warm doughnuts would have been better. I’ll definitely make those next time. For the compote, I didn’t have any raspberries but I did have strawberries and blueberries. So we made a strawberry-blueberry compote instead. It was pretty good too!
The caramel sauce was also out of this world. I have to admit, if I do say so myself, that it is the best caramel I’ve ever tasted! And it was so easy to make. Make sure you pull the sugar off the heat as soon as it turns amber or it will burn. If you pull it off right when it browns, you’ll have the creamiest, smoothest caramel. If it starts to thicken too quickly, just place it on the warm burner for a few seconds to soften it back up. It will remelt really quickly. The recipe for this is also in the download below. I really hope you’ll give it a try.
- 3 cups plus 3/4 cup mixed berries, well washed and divided (any combination of strawberries hulled and quartered, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries halved)
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 pinch coarse salt
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 1 pint raspberry sorbet
- 6 graham crackers, crushed
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
- In a medium saucepan heat one cup of mixed berries, 2 tablespoons sugar and lemon juice over
- medium heat, until the blueberries begin to burst and the other berries break down, about 10
- Remove from off heat and stir in the pinch of salt.
- Place half the berry mixture in a blender and puree until smooth. Return the sauce to the saucepan and stir well to combine with remaining fruit.
- Allow to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl crush 3/4 cup of mixed berries with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar using a fork, until slightly chunky and loose. In a large bowl or stand mixer, using a balloon whisk or hand-held mixer, beat the cream at medium speed until soft peaks form.
- Gently fold the crushed berries into the whipped cream. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To serve: spoon 2 tablespoons of the sauce into each of 6 parfait or rocks glasses.
- Top with ascoop of vanilla ice cream, a sprinkling of crushed graham crackers, and a pinch of lemon zest.
- Then add a scoop of the raspberry sorbet and another 2 tablespoons of the sauce.
- Top with a dollop of whipped cream and finish with a sprinkling of the graham crackers and another pinch of zest.
- Serve immediately.
By Gail Simmons: In Canada, where I was born and raised, we call mixed-berry pie Bumble Berry Pie, and it’s my favorite summer treat of all. Here I've combined all the flavors of this tangy, juicy dessert into a refreshing sundae that’s perfect for entertaining guests of all ages.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Download your recipes below. They are in a zip file containing 3 individual PDF’s.
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Crystal is a stay-at-home- mom, living in KY with her husband and children. She is a travel and lifestyle blogger encouraging folks to live their life one adventure at a time while also focusing on beauty, essential oils and health. From time to time she also likes to showcase her adorable pets along with her family. Along with Cinnamon Hollow she can be found at The Martin Family Adventure … read more