COOK: FRESH JAM IN THE MORNING TIME, IN THE AFTERNOON, IN THE COOL EVENING BREEZE

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There’s much to be said about something so simple: homemade jam.  At its most basic, a mere combination of fruit and sugar over a heat source, you have a concoction that will delightfully tantalize your taste buds.  You see a new side to fruits you normally enjoyed, almost as if you’re used to seeing them in the daytime and now they appear garbed in evening attire.  The ease with which one can create this has me asking myself why in the past I’d purchased the store bought variety laden with preservatives, tasting much less of fruit but more of a science experiment.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not gung-ho green. I merely notice the difference in taste, as have others.  So, if it’s quite obvious how much more natural homemade jam tastes and so easy to make… why not cook up a batch?

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MIX: MILKSHAKE, MINE BRING ALL THE BOYS TO THE YARD

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“Dark Chocolate Milkshake with ‘Fluffy’ Coconut Cream” & “Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake” from ‘BOBBY FLAY’S BURGERS, FRIES & SHAKES’ by Bobby Flay.  All others from ‘THOROUGHLY MODERN MILKSHAKES’ by Adam Ried.

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MINGLE: Festivals, Food, Museums… Oh my!

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THIS WEEKEND…

A NIGHT OF ART AND JAZZ
7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Center Court at Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. Art on display from local artists and music by Tom Van Rijn’s Palm Beach Jazz Trio. Free event. (561) 340-1600. www. downtownatthegardens.com

TASTE OF CITYPLACE TRIBUTE BAND TOUR 2010
8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Wet Willies, CityPlace, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach. Featuring Eddie Jelley and the Cold Shot performing a tribute to  Stevie Ray Vaughn. Part of the weekly Taste of CityPlace series. Shopping incentives, happy hour specials. (561) 366-1000.

FLAVOR PALM BEACH, THE THIRD-ANNUAL DINING SHOWCASE
5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, on the Great Lawn, along the new Waterfront, Flagler Ave., West Palm Beach. Party for food enthusiasts featuring the signature menu items and cocktails from some of the restaurants participating in a month-long discount dining promotion. Live entertainment by The String Theory Band; dance performances from Palm Beach Atlantic University; strolling painted models; a light show and more. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. Dining tickets are $30. The event is free. Visit: www.flavorpalmbeach.com. (561) 315-8803.

TALENT SHOW: EVENING WITH THE STARS
5 p.m. Saturday, Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center, 151 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. Features youth and stars of tomorrow. Hosted by Caribbean American For Community Involvement. Sponsored by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Donation: $7 adults, $3 children age 12 and younger. Benefits the scholarship fund. (561) 351-6895. www.cafcipbc.org

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MINGLE: Arts in Palm Beach County

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MEMENTO MORI: MIXED MEDIA BY JUDITH BERK KING
Through Sept. 3, The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus Theatre, 3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, Drawings, paintings and ceramic sculptures. Memento Mori is a reminder of death or mortality or of human failures or errors. Free. (561) 207-5015.

RAFAEL DOMENECH’S ‘URBAN REALISM’ WORKS
Through Tuesday, in the west lobby of the Whitney Condominium, 410 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. Domenech’s message, often perceived in Cuba as problematic and negative, is not intended to be “political”; rather it conveys the loneliness and emptiness within himself. His works still reflect the backdrop of his adolescence, incorporating graffiti art, wall etchings, wire fences and traces of revolutionary propaganda among the cityscapes, bringing to our attention the deterioration of the Cuban infrastructure and neglect of its architectural legacy. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment. (561) 833-8283.

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MINGLE: Aries Spears at the Improv

Mad TV player Aries Spears will be at The Palm Beach Improv this weekend. He first stepped onto the comedy scene at age 14 doing stand-up in various comedy clubs in New York City. Since then he has starred in feature films such as Jerry Maguire and television programs including Def Comedy Jam on HBO and BET’s Comic View.  He is also known for voicing the character of Wizard Kelly on the Disney Channel cartoon, The Proud Family.

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MINGLE: “Bon Festival” at Morikami

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Celebrate the 33rd annual Bon Festival at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach from 4-9PM Saturday, August 14th.  The festival is inspired by Obon, Japan’s traditional three-day holiday honoring their ancestors and thanking them for the quality of life enjoyed by the living. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years is held every August at the Morikami museum.

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We’re Screaming for Ice Cream!

The origins of ice cream can be traced back to at least the 4th century B.C. Early references include the Roman emperor Nero (A.D. 37-68) who ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and combined with fruit toppings, and King Tang (A.D. 618-97) of Shang, China who had a method of creating ice and milk concoctions. Ice cream was likely brought from China back to Europe.About.com


MANGO COCONUT ICE CREAM
(Makes about 1 1 ⁄2 quarts)

11⁄4 cups canned mango purée
3⁄4 cup well-stirred canned
unsweetened coconut milk
1⁄2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole milk
2 large egg yolks
1⁄2 cup sugar

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