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The Kalona News

June 20, 2018 Raise a Toast
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Eye-popping recipes worth sharing

(Family Features) It seems that taking pictures of mouthwatering food to share online is all the rage for social media users. Food is art, and toast and its trimmings can be the perfect canvas. Creating a social media-worthy slice requires a bit of creativity, some patience, quality and, of course, aesthetically pleasing ingredients.

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Toast Like a Butterfly

2 slices wheat breadlarge butterfly cookie cutter1/2 avocado, mashedsalt, to tastepepper, to taste1 cheese stick2 slices orange bell pepper2 thin slices red bell pepper6 black California Ripe Olives3 green California Ripe Olives1 sugar snap pea

Lightly toast wheat bread and use cookie cutter to cut one wing from each slice.Mash avocado and mix with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread on both wings.Slice cheese stick to fit between wings and act as body of butterfly.Slice orange bell pepper into antenna and red bell pepper into thin slices to line body of butterfly.Slice black olives in half, lengthwise, and place on upper and lower portions of each wing. Slice green olives into rounds and place on middle of each wing.Decorate plate with quartered olives and place sugar snap pea in center.

Pro Tips for Creating Shareable Slices:

These pro tips can take you from toast trainee to skillful slice creator.

Have a vision. Don’t be afraid to sketch it out.The base of your toast is everything. Pick a sturdy variety.Consider your ingredients and play with flavors, textures and colors. For example, try to incorporate both green and black California Ripe Olives for greater versatility.Shapes, colors and textures can add excitement.Toast is a small canvas, so consider the tools you’re working with and get creative.

A Toast to Summer

2 slices white bread, toasted4 tablespoons cream cheese3 crackers, crushed1/4 cup sliced almondshandful leafy greens of choice (green onions, parsley, cilantro or chives)2 black California Ripe Olives1 green California Ripe Olive

Slice each piece of toast into a square and place one above other on plate.Spread layer of cream cheese on bottom third of lower piece of toast and cover spread with crushed crackers.Spread layer of cream cheese from lower-right corner to upper-left corner and, starting at bottom, layer sliced almonds on top of each other to create trunk spreading across both pieces of bread.Arrange greens into palm fronds at top of trunk. Use cream cheese as glue if they begin to slip.Arrange black olives and green olive as coconuts between top of trunk and base of leaves, covering bottom of leaves.

Singing in the Grain

1/4 avocado, peeled and thinly sliced1 slice sourdough bread, toastedsalt, to tastepepper, to tastehandful of green California Ripe Olives, sliced into rounds1 orange bell pepper, sliced1 red bell pepper, slicedhandful of black California Ripe Olives, sliced into raindrop shapes1 large sugar snap pea

Arrange sliced avocado on toasted sourdough bread and top with salt and pepper, to taste.Slice green olive rounds in half and arrange in line beneath toast.Place one slice orange bell pepper below bread as handle and one small piece orange bell pepper above bread.Place one straight slice of red bell pepper on bottom edge of toast.Arrange black olive slices and sugar snap peas around toast as raindrops.

Walking in a Toasty Wonderland

2 slices white bread, toasted2 tablespoons cream cheese, divided5 slices red bell pepper1 orange bell pepper, sliced small2 black California Ripe Olives, 1 jumbo and 1 medium5 small sugar snap peas, divided1 pretzel stick, cut in half3 green California Ripe Olive roundssmall snowflake cookie cutterlarge snowflake cookie cutter4 slices gouda or white cheddar cheese8 cilantro or parsley leaves

Slice one piece of toast into circle with 4-inch diameter.Slice second piece of toast into half-circle with 4-inch diameter, which will act as base of snow globe.Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese onto bottom fifth of circular toast.Cover base of snow globe with slices of bell pepper, cut to correct width.Stack medium black olive on top of jumbo black olive and affix to toast with cream cheese.Add decorations to olive snowman by affixing two small sugar snap peas to body of snowman, pretzel stick arms to sides, small piece orange bell pepper for nose and two small dots cream cheese for eyes.Decorate base with green olive rounds and three sugar snap peas in center.Use cookie cutters to cut four small snowflakes and four large snowflakes out of slices of cheese. Arrange snowflakes around outside of plate and place cilantro leaves between each snowflake.Place remaining cream cheese in small plastic bag and cut small hole in corner. Pipe small dots on circular toast around snowman.

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