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Food Funny

Ok, my mother told me not to play with my food and I took that to heart. But she never saw the video that Lynzee Klingman just posted on her Facebook page.

Using Beethoven's 5th Symphony, the Shanghai Taro Dance Company from Osaka, Japan considers what's for breakfast.

Never was a menu so entertainingly performed. The funny thing is, even though this is a comedy piece, it made me hungry!

A Light and Cool Summer Dessert: Raspberry Custard

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My favorite cold weather desserts need to be sweet and full of flavor. When it's cold and rainy outside, nothing is better than a slice of flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a bowl of hot apple cobbler and a spoonful of heavy cream. Rich and sweet or hot and sweet, yumm.

In summer, heaviness is out of place. My preferred dessert is beautifully ripe fruit from our local farmers' market: a bowl of ripe berries, a slice of ice cold watermelon or cantaloupe, a ripe pluot, peach, or nectarine.

When I want a more elaborate dessert, I supplement fresh fruit with custard.

Custard is easy to make, requiring only grade-school math: 2 (eggs) + 1 (cup cream) + 1/2 (cup sugar). Poured in a buttered pan, baked in a water bath. In and out of a 350 degree oven in an hour. Simple, easy, and delicious.

Then I had a thought.

Why not separate the eggs and get a souffle-effect by beating the whites? With a bit of experimentation, I discovered the souffle needed more…