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Pink Food

I'm hosting a book club meeting. We try and make the snacks at the meetings go along with the theme of the book - this month it's the Grass Harp. The main character loves pink, so I thought I'd try and make pink food. Caveats: I'm vegetarian and really don't like the idea of using pink food coloring. I like the idea of pink peppercorns and I thought I might try and make a beet root dip of some sort, but beyond that I'm stumped. Any ideas?

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  1. Pink grapefruit salad
    Use 1/2 the amount of beet root powder to make a pink velvet cake or cupcakes
    Pink lemonade or pink sangria
    Cotton candy
    If you don't mind heading into a bit of red..there are a good deal more choices

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    1. The little girl in the family I cook for loves the color pink. I use the juice from a can of red beets. A little bit goes along way,and doesn't have much of a taste. I use it on noodles, rice and eggs. Use it after the food is cooked, not in the cooking water. Hard boiled eggs (peeled) turn a nice shade of pink after soaking in beet juice for a while.Other than that, the only other pink food she likes is ham.
      Chrissy

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      1. re: ChrissyMc

        I wish they had a "like" button on chowhound because that is so cute Chrissy I want to like it! will share this with my 14 year old who loves to cook and add fun colors.

        1. re: ChrissyMc

          How fun.

          In addition to the great ideas so far, you can also use beet juice to turn tofu pink. Also, pink lemonade.

          I recently saw an episode of Private Chefs of Beverly Hills (a guilty pleasure of mine, sorry to say) and one of their clients insisted on an all-pink menu. Here are two of the the recipes:

          Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mi...

          Guava Reduction (they used it as a sauce over some protein, I can't recall...salmon maybe?
          )http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gu...

          I also thought they used beet juice to dye noodles, but I can't find that recipe.

          Also, red cabbage, Chinese "beauty heart radishes" (if you can get them--honestly, I don't know when they are in season), red potato salad (leave skins on), watermelon, pink cauliflower if you can find it.

          Old chowhound post. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2764...

          ~TDQ

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Now that I think about it, I think the guava reduction was served over lamb. I think the salmon was served over the pink noodles, in little chinese take-out boxes.

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Oh what great ideas. I would like to slip in pomegranates to this mix somewhere. They are so pretty and plentiful right now.

          2. Cooked shrimp
            Pickled ginger
            Red hot pepper jelly mixed with cream cheese
            Strawberry quick bread

            1. Maybe somehow utilize strawberry yogurt in a dessert or mini pie shell? Fresh guava is pink on the inside, as is bland watermelon. The juice of fresh strawberries is definitely pinkish too and can help you as a natural dye. Pink grapefruit is a good choice as someone mentioned upthread. I wanted to suggest pink popcorn with white chocolate, but you clearly mentioned no artificial food coloring.

              1. Cocktail with strawberries and pomegranate, with club soda and light rum or vodka (or no ETOH)
                Penne alla vodka
                Pink beans, cranberry beans, or light red kidney beans (I'm thinking cooked, cooled and drained, lightly tossed with not-too-sweet raspberry vinagrette, fresh tomatoes, carrot shreds)
                Borscht with cream