Southern Bouquets, Part II

 Southern Bouquets **** by Melissa Bigner with Heather Barrie and photography by Peter Frank Edwards

Part II

I have more photos than would load easily in one post, so this Edible Review has two parts. If  you can found yourself here without seeing part one of this review, look here.

 Varieties of Zinnias were my food cues for Food for Thought with this book . . .

 With ‘Profusion’ Zinnia for inspiration ~ I thought I’d share a tasty and easy summer dessert~

 Profusion of Fruit Pizza~ a chocolate chip cookie crust with a cream cheese layer (1/4 cup sugar to 1 – 8 oz. block of cream cheese) and the fruit of your choice. I always use pineapple tidbits if I am using banana so I have pineapple juice to soak the banana slices in, to prevent them from turning brown. I’ve also used 1/3 less fat cream cheese & fat-free cream cheese, depending on how calorie or fat gram conscious we are at the time.

I made this for my nephews by request when they came to visit:-) The original recipe called for sugar cookie dough, but we like the chocolate chip. It also called for a glaze of orange marmalade mixed with a bit of water to “paint” onto the fruit, but we like ours without it.

“With their long stalks, vivid colors, and compact heads, zinnias are dream flowers for simple bouquets. Just collect a rainbow and place them sparingly in containers (you can see the blooms better when you vary the height and split the dense harvest into multiple containers).”

“Southern Bouquets showcases these arrangements–large or small, humble or sophisticated–with sumptuous, inspiring photography in sometimes breathtaking, sometimes cozy, but always quintessential Southern settings.”

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  5 comments for “Southern Bouquets, Part II

  1. July 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    That recipe sounds like the most fabulous summer dessert! And, what a wonderful book!

  2. Leigh
    July 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Fruit pizza is the best dessert ever! People in my house eat slices as big as pizza slices….for breakfast!

  3. July 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Zinnias are a summer favorite here for sure, and all those delightful fruits and berries lined up like little soldiers on the pizza look like the perfect summer dessert. ~ Sarah

  4. Pondside
    July 31, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Beautiful posts – parts 1 and 2. I’ll bet my family would love a fruit pizza!…….I know that I wish I’d planted zinnias after reading this!

  5. July 31, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    back for more, its one of those days, too much to do offline, and i am dying to catch up here!

    long live profusion… fab little zinnia and terrific dessert! oh that recipe, chocolate chip, yeeeehaw, move over i am hauling my big ole beehind right on over! did you make 2 even, the patterns tell me you have loads of this lush dessert!

    oh that was delightful, for the record southern bouquets could be western ones too! LOVED all your fantastic visuals, i always leave her refreshed and humbled! thanks so much for another wonderful glimpse into your minds eye and tummy!

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