Black and Decker was the inventor of the first pistol grip, trigger-switch portable electric drill, the first motion activated screwdriver and in 1916 changed the world by obtaining the first patent for a portable power tool. Their impressive wealth of industry expertise has probably helped you build and repair your home or car, manufacture the office building where you work and tidied up your yard. But I’m thinking more about hardware power in the kitchen specifically a kitchen appliance used to make the classic Italian granita.
The Italian granita is a semi-frozen crunchy mound of flavored ice brought to America by Italian immigrants. Common and traditional flavoring ingredients include lemon juice, mandarin oranges, jasmine, coffee, almonds, mint, strawberries and chocolate. Originally born in Sicily this refined version of the snowcone spread all over Italy, found at street fairs and Italian pasticceria. Today granitas are not only served as a dessert but between courses to refresh the palate or as condiments for savory dishes. New flavor combinations infuse ice with everything from lemon verbena to beet root and are likely to be found not only as an after dinner sweet but as an accompaniment from sushi to soups.
Black and Decker’s PartyMate Portable Drink Maker isn’t the only method for creating a delicious granita. You can make a granita with 3-inch x 9-inch baking dish and your home freezer. Granita will definitely be on my “things to make” list this summer. I’ve got a great bottle of balsamic and my tarragon and rosemary are looking for a new flavor partner.