Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Love Shak #12: Wacky favors

Dear L: o.m.g.  Maybe this is nuts.  But in my head, this is brilliant :)  I don't know what your idea is for favors, but I saw this Alton Brown episode (he's the one who does the science behind foods) on the Food Network for *making mayonnaise*!!  How cute would little jars of different flavored homemade mayos be!!

Column 2: Brooklyn Bride feat. Paper Hearts and CranesChad Hunt Photography; Papery and Cakery, feat. Martha Stewart Weddings

And see? I can't even find any images of mayo favors!  I'll assume it's because the idea is so unique, and not, er, for any other reasons :D

Now, Alton Brown made the homemade mayo version look so easy + fun to make. The first version he made had to be refrigerated after setting, but I could swear that the next one he made, he said could be put in the pantry for up to a month, meaning they'd be fine on the tables!  And the flavors you can make!  For example, via Butterfly Kisses:

1 cup light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves

Process all ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.Garlic-Chili Mayonnaise: Omit lemon rind and basil. Substitute fresh lime juice for lemon juice. Stir together mayonnaise, juice, and 2 Tbsp. Asian garlic-chili sauce. Makes about 1 cup.

Recipe: Southern Living Magazine.

I know you're just overwhelmed by all this awesomeness ;) 

Okay, other possible ideas: our own peach preserves, since peaches won't be in season in April.  Though, um, I guess it's November, so peach season is probably over already huh :D?  Damn. 

Well, I also saw these cuties on Style Me Pretty.

 Pies keep in the freezer (especially frozen pies that you can leave to thaw for guests while they're laying out on the tables!)... Or, hey!, assembling, freezing, then baking, then maybe refrigerating, then "thaw" to room temp while sitting on the tables? 

Either way: cute things in jars = great favors!  And you know you can count on me to help assemble/freeze/bake ;)!

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