Special Theme Recipes

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Ants on a Log

Rating: Unrated
This is a fun snack that kids can make. It consists of artfully arranged celery, peanut butter, and raisins.

Grenadian Spice Cake

Rating: Unrated
This recipe hails from Grenada-and would be a grand finishing touch to your favorite Caribbean or spicy meal. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve with fresh fruits of the season.

Medieval Chicken Pie

Rating: Unrated
This is a kind of meat pie that would have been eaten during the Middle Ages (700-1450) in Europe. Feel free to play around with the spices and substitute things such as cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, etc. Use a Whole wheat crust to be really authentic.

Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Rating: Unrated
An easy salad to make with a bag of salad greens, pineapple, bacon bits, nuts and toasted coconut. Use fresh pineapple, if you can, and substitute toasted almonds for the macadamia nuts, if desired.

WWII Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

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This was my Grandmother's recipe from the 1940's. These cookies use molasses in place of brown sugar, which was one of the items rationed during the war (and harder to get than white sugar, they tell me). To me they're better than regular oatmeal cookies!

Bahama Mama

Rating: Unrated
A delicious tropical adult drink!

Mai Tai

Rating: Unrated
Two flavors of rum combine with pineapple juice and orange juice to make a yummy, fruity drink.

Jamaican Beef Patties

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These are delicious curry-flavored beef pastries that can be found in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. Try serving them with some Peas and Rice, or just have them as a snack.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

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Flat fried buttery dough usually served with cod fish in Jamaica, as a big weekend breakfast, slightly different from the American dumplings.

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

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Invented in Hawaii in the 1950s, the Blue Hawaiian will have you crooning like Elvis.

Easy Key Lime Pie I

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This is the 1999 American Pie Council 's National Pie Championship's first place winner in the Quick and Easy Category. Garnish each piece with a slice of lime and a dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping if you like.

Coconut Shrimp I

Rating: Unrated
These crispy shrimp are rolled in a coconut beer batter before frying. For dipping sauce, I use orange marmalade, mustard and horseradish mixed to taste.

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Captain's Vacation

Rating: Unrated

This is a really easy tropical-style drink recipe for all you spiced rum fans out there. You can garnish it with some pineapple chunks or one of those little toothpick umbrellas.