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Graduation Celebration

Sunday, May 12th, 2013
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By: Chef Marshall O'Brien

Fun segment today, thank you for tuning into the Fox9 morning show.


 Here's some photos for assembling the watermelon basket:

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Give it a try to prepare some colorful, vibrant, and fun graduation foods that are delicious and nutritious. Keep it simple, and make it all the day before. Little kids can help with scooping the melon and portioning the fruit. These foods can be easy to make, try the ideas from my segment such as:

Super sub sandwiches

Mandarin Orange Almond Salad

Watermelon fresh fruit basket

Fruit kebobs

Pickled veggies and olives mini skewers

Chocolate chip cookies, and nutty oatmeal bars


Super Sub Sandwich

Serves 10-15


1 lb – large loaf (soft french bread works)

1 lb deli meat – turkey, ham, etc

1/2 lb – colby cheese, thin sliced

8 romaine lettuce leaves

4 medium tomatoes, sliced

3 cups prepared coleslaw

mayo as desired



Assemble sub sandwich as follows:

Slice loaf length wise (remove some of the bread inside on the bottom if desired).

Spread cole slaw on the bottom half of the loaf.

Layer meat across bottom half of loaf.

Layer cheese across bottom half of loaf.

Then layer the slice tomatoes.

Then layer the romaine leaves.

Then spread some mayo on top o the leaves, and cover with other loaf half.

Carefully slice sandwich into desired portions (toothpick if desired/needed).

Platter and serve.


Mandarin Orange Almond Salad

Serves 8-10


1 large head, romaine lettuce, cleaned, chopped

3 scallions, green and white, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup slivered almonds (toasted if desired)

1 1/2 cups mandarine oranges, drained if canned

1/4 cup rice vinegar

2 tsp honey

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup olive oil, light tasting



Assemble salad with romaine, scallions, celery, slivered almonds oranges. Set aside.

Combine rice vinegar, honey, salt and pepper and olive oil. Blend well.

Toss salad with dressing, then serve.

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