Red Fruit Salad Recipe

Red Fruit Salad Recipe

My boys are funny. They make me laugh out loud at least a dozen times every day. I write every bit of their funnies down so that I never forget a single word of it. My three-year-old Sammy said something yesterday that will likely be in the top 3 of funniest things my boys ever said. If you follow me on Facebook, you know what's coming.

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Strawberry Fudge-tini

For the martini AND the chocolate lover!

Why do I always feel like I am behind? Whether I am working full-time or not, life is always busy. Although, I do much prefer the not-working-full-time brand of busy. I'll take cleaning up spilled milk and changing dirty diapers any day over that corporate, um, stuff, from a few months ago. 

For the past few days, between milk spills and time-outs, I have been pondering (and eating) fudge! The kind folks at Swiss Maid Fudge contacted me and asked me if I would like to receive FREE samples of fudge. Yes, please! I created (with the help of my kind husband) five unique recipes involving fudge and I will be sharing those with you over the next five days.

The first recipe I am going to share is a Strawberry Fudge-tini. If you like martinis, I promise you will enjoy this one!

This recipe is for a single serving, so adjust measurements as needed.

If you want to add a fun flare to your final product, drizzle Hershey's syrup over a martini glass. Place the glass in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Mash 1 large strawberry and place it into a cocktail shaker.

Add 2 1/2 ounces of chilled vodka to the shaker and shake vigorously.

Strain into the prepared glass.

Place two 1/2-inch cubes of milk chocolate-flavored fudge into the bottom of the glass. 

Garnish with a strawberry slice. Serve!

By the way, here is a photo of a small portion of the fudge I received in the mail. YUM!

Redhead in bed

This is Week #23 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

I'm a day late with this post again this week. I'm not sure how much time I will have in the coming days to post, so please forgive me for that. (If you are interested in following the progress of our son's surgery, you can follow us here.)

So, drinks! Summer drinks! I love them. For me, lovely Minnesota weather = fun drinks, bbq-ing and family/friend outside time. When you endure an insanely cold and treacherous winter, these things all become really exciting. I was excited to mix up a fun new cocktail for my husband and me to enjoy in the 95-degree weather this week. It's the kind of cocktail you can't drink more than one of, or at least I can't. Its sweetness satisfied me after just one, and we are saving the rest for another day. I have placed the remainder in the freezer for a post-surgery indulgence.

In a medium bowl, toss together:

3 pounds strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped

2/3 cup sugar

Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices, about 10 minutes.

In a blender, combine half each of:

The strawberries and their juices

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vodka

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup of ice

Puree and pour into a pitcher.

Repeat with the remaining strawberries, juices, vodka and lime juice and 1 more cup of ice.

Fill 10 glasses (or just 2, and chill/freeze the rest) halfway with ice. Pour into the glasses and top each with:

1/2 tablespoon chilled Riesling

Serve!

I hope you are all enjoying this hot summer weather as much as I am.

By the way, the pile of snow is gone. :)

Redhead in Bed

Summer drinks, summer drinks, I LOVE summer drinks! Adding this sweet and satisfying drink to my favorites list!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published June 09, 2011

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Serves: 10

Total time: 25 min

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Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons citrus vodka
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • 1/3 cup chilled Riesling
Instructions:
  1. In a bowl, toss the strawberries with the sugar and let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a blender, combine half each of the strawberries and their juices, the vodka and lime juice with 1 cup of ice and puree. Pour into a pitcher. Repeat with the remaining strawberries and juices, vodka and lime juice and 1 more cup of ice. Fill 10 collins glasses halfway with ice. Pour the drink into the glasses, top each with ½ tablespoon of Riesling and serve.