I have a tradition of making various Groundhog Day themed meals. Another tradition is that without context, people don’t know what it is supposed to be. My friend Renae helped me a lot with this one. I texted photos of tweaks and she gave critiques. The shadow may still look like a dead groundhog but not as much as my first try. For the purpose of the photo, I only included one quesadilla but I served more with the meal.
Top: Groundhog – cheddar cheese quesadilla cut with a cookie cutter, shadow – homemade cinnamon tortilla chip, sun – cheddar cheese with food coloring marker details, cut with a cookie cutter
Bottom Left: Apple slices (cut side was dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning)
Bottom Right: Raspberries, macadamia nuts
These little pizzas are supposed to look like frogs. I considered not sharing this lunch but I did enjoy eating it at work so I am sharing it here.
Left Side: Frogs – pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, mozzarella cheese, broccoli
Top Right: Macadamia nuts
Bottom Right: Green grapes
My friend Carol joined me for a dinner of homemade gnocchi and a game of Scrabble. I decided on gnocchi because I still had not used my gnocchi board. Now that I have used it, I want to use it again. It was fun!
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Blue Cheese Sauce (I did not use as much blue cheese as the recipe suggests)
Grapefruit with Ricotta and Honey – segmented red grapefruit served on top of a dollop of ricotta cheese, drizzle of honey
My critique of the meal: My gnocchi dough was slightly soft since I was overly concerned about making them too hard. I had to use extra flour with my board (shown in photo above) but they were still delicious! The roasted asparagus was enjoyable. I neglected to photograph our dessert but it was attractive and satisfying.
I made this turtle themed lunch for my Mom. She is always happy to eat one of my cute meals.
Left Side: Turtle – cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, shredded cheddar markings, eye – olive, green peas
Top Right: Pistachios
Bottom Right: Turtles – cucumbers cut with a cookie cutter, tomatoes, feta, splash of red wine vinegar
I made this mashed potato meal for myself. I love using this cute little deer cookie cutter. This is my second time using it with sweet potato. I have also cut fawn shaped polenta and tortilla chips.
Top: Deer – sweet potato cut with a cookie cutter and then boiled in water, cheddar mashed potatoes, cooked broccoli
Bottom Left: Blackberries
Bottom Right: Pistachios
My 16 year old niece and I made this pancake moose last August. The theme was mostly her idea and she did the styling.
- Moose – Pancake cut with a cookie cutter, chocolate chip eyes
- Snow – Whipped cream from a can
- Moose droppings – Chocolate chunks
I made this lunch for my Dad. I don’t enjoy driving in the snow but it can be beautiful.
Left Side: Snowflakes – cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, cooked broccoli
Top Right: Snowflakes – apples cut with a cookie cutters, dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning, blackberries
Bottom Right: Snowflakes – daikon (Japanese radish) cut with cookie cutter, spinach leaves