Elisabeth Röhm’s Blog: Fresh Fruit Fun in the Kitchen

06/02/2011 at 09:00 AM ET

Elisabeth Röhm, best known for her role as Serena Southerlyn on Law & Order, has a busy year ahead of her.

The actress, 38, can be seen on the big screen in the upcoming films Chlorine, Transit, Abduction and Officer Down, and is found online on Facebook and @ElisabethRohm on Twitter.

In her latest blog, Röhm continues her summer fun theme, sharing how Easton August, 3, her daughter with fiancé Ron Anthony, loves getting messy in the kitchen with the season’s fresh fruits.

Elisabeth includes a yummy raspberry jam and sugar cookie recipe — what do you like to make with your kids during the warmer months?

Robert Evans

Summer is upon us, moms! It’s about time, right? I think we all needed a dose of sunshine and some lost hours simply playing or resting!

Along with this freedom comes endless hours with our sweet babes. Time to get creative … We have to keep our little ones entertained and inspired with more projects and activities than ever before! If we thought the school year was busy we better hold on to our hats because the summer months are a whirlwind of fun. Play dates, sports, sleepovers, BBQs — and on and on. It’s time to bring out the creative kid inside of us all!

Maybe your little one is going to camp — which will certainly burn some hours — but even still you’ll be searching for creative ideas to keep their minds active, their bodies engaged and make some memories that the big and little kids all can cherish.

As a commitment to the great summer ahead of us, ladies, I thought to continue devoting a couple more blogs to some cool and inspired ideas for summer fun! I hope these tips and suggestions help fill the many hours of quality time that are upon us.

The first of this series will be devoted to glorious food and the bountiful fruits harvested during these hot months! Easton has gone around the bend and is no longer the picky eater of the past. Hoorah! I’d say it’s thanks to her love of getting messy in the kitchen! She’s embraced food through getting sticky, sweet and covered in delicious ingredients.

One of our favorites is inspired by Valerie Gordon, an artist that we love who is committed to wholesome and organic treats! It doesn’t hurt that she is the queen of sweets. Valerie is an L.A.-based artisanal confectioner. Visit her at www.valerieconfections.com — you won’t be disappointed.

This is a perfect summer sweet treat to bring to a party or indulge in at home! And it’s easy enough to make with the kids. I hope you and your little ones enjoy … it’s definitely Mom-approved!!

— Elisabeth Röhm

Cookie Cutter Sandwiches with Raspberry Filling

Darcy Hemley

Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t vanilla paste

— Preheat oven to 350* F

— Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

— Using the paddle attachment on an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy.

— Add egg and vanilla paste, mix thoroughly.

— Add dry ingredients to wet.

— Form the dough into two discs. Wrap in plastic wrap or parchment and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

— While the dough chills, make jam filling.

Raspberry Jam

  • 3 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups sugar

— Mix the raspberries and sugar together in a bowl until the sugar disappears and the raspberries release juice.

— Pour the fruit mixture into a medium saucepan.

— Turn the heat to high and cook, stirring rapidly.

— The jam will boil and bubble. Continue stirring until the jam thickens. Skim any residual foam off the top of the jam.

— Pour jam into a bowl and allow to cool.

— Remove dough from the refrigerator. Flour a clean surface and roll the dough with a rolling pin until it is 1/3 inch thick.

— Cut out cookies using any cookie cutter shape you prefer.

— Place the cookies on a baking sheet with cookies 1-2 inches apart.

— Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies appear slightly golden.

— Remove cookies from oven. Place cookies on a wire rack and let cool.

–When the cookies and jam have completely cooled, place 1 t of jam in between two cookies and press together gently.

Yields 24 cookie cutter sandwiches

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Miguelina on

Summer is the time for smoothies in my house. Once the temprature gets warm; my kids Amaris, 13, Blyss and Jade (11), start getting their palates ready for smoothies! I use many different types of fruits, but my kids go nuts for watermelon, honeydew, lychee along with any others that can be thrown together. This can include mango, pineapple, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, banana, guava, papaya…I think you get the idea.

We use evaporated milk, ice cubes, fruit, vanilla, sugar or honey. Sometimes we use a little almond extract, ice cream or yogurt. The combinations that can be created are endless and the end result is just amazing. Its a great way to really cool off during the summer and using honey makes it calorie friendly without sacrificing taste.

The only downside is having to make multiple batches; no blender is ever big enough. The extra company that visits of course keeps getting larger! In all its a wonderful way to enjoy the summer.

Melissa on

I love that name @ Miguelina..Blyss thats pretty

Carol on

One of our favorite things are smoothies too. My kids and I had one tonight. Sometimes we use fresh fruit, yogurt, ice and blend. Other times, like tonight, I used frozen fruit and 100% juice.

Sommer Slevin on

Our family loves to go to the local farms(we live in Portland,Or) and picking our own fruit. We will spend hours in the berry or vegi patch picking our food. Having the sun shining down on us and the children covered in berry stain is such a wonderful sweet memory.

We then go home and I instantly make freezer jam with the berries. My three little girls fall in love with the smooshing of the berries and the whole process. I love to be able to teach the children that food comes from farms and that it takes a lot of effort and work, to feed people.I am so looking forward to this as we are running a little behind on the whole sunshine part of summer!

mommytoane on

Hmm. For summer treats, my daughter loves ANYTHING Frozen! For special fun treats, I freeze berries and use them in ice cubes for her drinks…those tiny glasses are perfect! berries stay cold long enough for little one to eat, then become a sweet treat at the bottom of the glass!

We make berry and pudding pops quite a bit tooo. Dixie cups are PERFECT for little pops too. We start by placing a couple berries or fruit pieces at the bottom of a cup, then spoon in putting, dropping in fruit as you go. Freeze at least 2-3 hours or until solid and enjoy! To hold the popsicle stick in…I like to place all the cups into an 8×8 pan or so, cover the top with plastic wrap, and carefully pop holes and push sticks into the centers of every cup. plastic wrap holds the sticks, and protects the pudding a bit. 🙂 After frozen, place in a container (I use baggies)….they usually are good for about 2 months.

Otherwise, my daughter’s favorite treat is a nobake oatmeal and chocolate cookie. Its fudgy, sticky and addicting.