Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
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Monday, March 12, 2012

mint meringues

st. Patrick's day is less than one week away, so it is time to plan something special to celebrate the day.  here is a fun, easy and quick recipe for a very light meringue.  with a hint of green, the fresh minty taste is just perfect for a simple dessert.

to make the meringues:
preheat the oven to 225 degrees. these cookies don't need much heat.  line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  beat 4 room temperature egg whites and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter with an electric mixer until they are foamy.  add
1 3/4 cups of confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time and continue beating until peaks become stiff and glossy.

use a large decorating tip on a pastry bag and pipe onto the baking sheet.  bake 1 hour and then turn off the oven and allow the cookies to stay in the oven for 2 more hours to dry.  remove from the oven and add sparkling green sugar to decorate.

these light cookies are wonderful with homemade pistachio ice cream.

serve them in a clear pedestal dish or crush them and serve in individual pedestal glasses with fresh whipped cream, layering the cream and meringues on top of each other. 

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