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Megans Cookin: In Praise Of Penquins

Monday, December 29, 2008

In Praise Of Penquins

In Praise of Penguins

These funny birds in fancy clothes
may waddle in the snow,
but when they reach the icy sea
just watch how fast they go!

Their song sounds like a donkey's bray,
they cannot soar or fly,
yet penguins manage very well,
and let me tell you why…

Their feathers keep out water,
their blubber keeps out cold,
their wings make perfect paddles
because they do not fold!

Their tails are good for steering,
they brake with both their feet—
So tell me now, from all you've heard…
Aren't penguins NEAT?

by Robin Bernard


18 jumbo ripe Black olives

18 small ripe Black olives

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

1 carrot (about 6 inches long and 1 inch wide)

18 long fresh chives

18 frill toothpicks (I used plain)

Cut a slit lengthwise from top to bottom in each jumbo olive

Fill each cavity of the jumbo olives with about a teaspoon of cream cheese
(I piped it in using a #12 tip)

This makes the the white stripe in penguins chest. Cut carrot into 1/4 inch slices,then out of each slice cut a small pie shaped piece. This makes the feet, save the piece you cut out, this will be the beak

In the x slit in the center of each small olive (where the pit was removed) press the small piece of carrot into the hole with the pointed end out.

Using a frill toothpick,stack head ( small olive ), body (large olive) and feet (carrot slice), adjusting so that beak, cream cheese breast and notch in carrot line up.

Tie chive around neck for the scarf.

Check out these other penguins:

Once Upon A Plate:
My Own Sweet Thyme
The Artful Crafter
Broken Yolks


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Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

These are adorable!

December 29, 2008 at 2:46 AM  
Blogger April said...

Oh, I love them!!

December 29, 2008 at 5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG these are so adorable...just stinkin' cute.

December 29, 2008 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I now officially REALLY wish I liked olives. Too cute!

December 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Reeni said...

Those are so cute! They are perfect for New Years Eve!

December 29, 2008 at 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are too cute!

December 29, 2008 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

Sooo cute and so much work! you must have nerves of steel to tie on all of those little chive scarves.

December 29, 2008 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

hehe. I love how you have them all lined up in your Tupperware meat marinader ;)

I should make these sometime for the office. The structural engineers who research in the Antarctic would love these!

December 29, 2008 at 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are so sweet! What a great party food!

December 29, 2008 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

This is the cutest thing ever! Adorable!

December 29, 2008 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Proud Italian Cook said...

Totally cute! Great post!

December 29, 2008 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger rubybean77 said...

What a clever idea!!!! You are so creative! I need to make these for our New Years Party.

December 30, 2008 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Very, very cute!

December 30, 2008 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Noob Cook said...

Amazing culinary art. I love penguins ;D

December 30, 2008 at 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So darn cute! Great idea for a cocktail party!

December 30, 2008 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I love the chive green scarf.. these are too adorable! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Megan!! Hugs to you! :)

December 30, 2008 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Oh my goodness, these are simply adorable! You are so clever.

Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

December 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Cute penguins! I saw these in one of my cookbooks and it also had a cream cheese igloo. You could make a cute winter scene.

December 30, 2008 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Megan these are precious! I'm going to have to try these out. Thanks sweetie I really enjoyed the poem. May you have a wonderful New Year's celebration with your family. And may all your wishes come true in 2009. Big hugs.

December 30, 2008 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

Wonderful! What a great party idea!

December 31, 2008 at 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very, very cool way to serve an olive appetizer. I'm going to Twitter this, I bet folks would love to see it. :)

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

These are cuuuuute! Might have to make a few to add to my appy tray for NYE!

December 31, 2008 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

That is friggin adorable! Happy New Year.

December 31, 2008 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger rubybean77 said...

O.K., I made these tonight and they ROCK!!!!! Check 'em out!

December 31, 2008 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger breadchick said...

OMG! Those are just too cute and will definitely be gracing a table in my family of black olive eaters very, very soon!

December 31, 2008 at 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is too cute! I think I will plan on having them soon!

January 1, 2009 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I wanted to make these for Christmas but never got around to it.

January 9, 2009 at 8:23 AM  

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