Tuesday, August 3, 2010

No trees were harmed in the forming of this blog post…

What is one of the greatest perks of blogging? Trying amazing samples! I received a generous sample of Palm Plates from Marx Foods and need to share how great they are. The plates are made from freshly fallen (never picked!) leaves that fall from Adaka palm trees. They are then washed, dried and heated into their chic shapes. Then they are used by stylish entertainers like you and me. I’d like to focus on three aspects of these plate: style, durability and price.

Style – What’s more stylish than a homemade blueberry cupcake with gooey white chocolate cream cheese frosting sitting pretty atop rectangular palm plate? I dare you to think of something! These plates inspired me to bake from scratch (if you read my blog you know I’m more semi-homemade) and here are the results and recipies:

Portobello ~ Can I please eat my cupcake, Oh please let me eat my cupcake...
BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES ~ from cooks.com

1/3 c. butter
2/3 c. white sugar
1 egg
1 1/3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. milk
1 c. blueberries

Cream butter and sugar, beat in egg. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with the milk. Gently fold in berries.
Can be frozen. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Yield: 10 cupcakes.


3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
6 ounces good quality white chocolate (Lindt is Cheri's favorite brand)
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Stir white chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water until just melted. Cool to lukewarm. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. beat in cooled, melted white chocolate and vanilla, gradually beat in sugar and continue beating until smooth. Frosting should be light and spreadable. It is helpful to chill a bit before piping.

Yield: Makes about 3 1/2 Cups (I cut this recipe into three to icing the 10 cupcakes from the recipe above.)
Durability: What sets this plate above and beyond a paper plate? Besides the obvious environmental benefits, this plate can hang homey! Now, I’m a baker – plain and simple, but you can’t test the durability of the plates with cupcakes alone! There is only recipe I make that my husband actually enjoys. It’s a hearty pasta dish from Rachael Ray that I modified to put a lighter (healthier) summer twist. I piled the plate high and went to town. Clearing my plate, I felt like I could have washed it and reused it, it held up so well. Kudos palm plate…kudos.

CREAMY PASTA WITH SPINACH AND FRIED CAPERS ~ Rachael’s original recipe here
1 pound gemelli
3 tbsp cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1/4 cup capers, drained
1 large clove garlic, smashed
2 packed cups spinach, stemmed and chopped
1 ear fresh yellow corn, boiled and kernels cut off the cob
1 cup low fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup skim milk
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving the pot.

While the pasta is working, in a medium skillet, heat the EVOO, 8 turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the capers and fry until they open, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, 1 minute.

In the pasta pot, whisk the ricotta and milk over low heat until warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with the basil, and a dash of pepper. Add the pasta and toss to coat.

Discard some of the garlic and stir the spinach, capers and corn into the pasta.
Price: I wish wish wish these plates were more affordable. Generic paper plates are about $7 for a pack of 20 at a party supply store, the palm plates average about $33 for a pack of 25. I'm not sure I would order and use these for your run of the mill backyard BBQ but if I was throwing an annual family get together and shelling out $600 for a pig and knew I'd have tons of heavy slaws and salads, then what is and additional $50 for some Aunt Sally pleasing, earth friendly, durable, discussion starter palm plates? Who knows, maybe their like flat screen tv's - they're new and jet setting, so they're expensive. When they catch on and everyone wants one on their wall to impress the neighbors, supply and demand will win over and the price will drop.

All in all, I think these plates have a definite place in society amongst the green crowd, the chic and stylish crowd and the eh whats another $50 crowd. I would definitely recommend these palm plates to give a high style flair to your next cocktail, garden, or anything else party.


  1. Lovely cupcake recipe! Lots of great recipes here! I am a new-ish bloger (www.thislittlegreenbook.com) and a true savoury cook that is trying to establish some baking skills so i'll be checking in with your site regularly..you have yourself a new follower! Thanks, Oni

  2. Yay! My first follower other than myself. Thanks for the compliment!


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