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This Weekend in Hedonism (Segment 3)
Cheryl's Recipe Corner!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
I love quick and easy recipes for summertime desserts, and this is a great dessert to take to cookouts and such! Sweet and salty, it is the way to go!
2 boxes (10 oz each) frozen sweetened strawberries in juice, thawed
2 cups finely crushed small pretzel twists (about 6 cups small pretzel twists)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 container (6 oz) French Vanilla Yogurt
1 cup Frozen whipped topping (like Cool Whip), thawed
In medium bowl, stir strawberry gelatin and boiling water until dissolved. Stir in strawberries and juice; refrigerate 60 to 90 minutes or until partially set. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, mix crushed pretzels, melted butter and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Press firmly into bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish. Bake 10 minutes; cool completely, about 30 minutes. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, yogurt and remaining 1/4 cup sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped topping until incorporated. Carefully spread over cooled crust. Pour strawberry gelatin mixture over cream cheese filling layer; spread evenly. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours. To serve, cut into 4 rows by 3 rows. Notes: Store covered in refrigerator. If desired, top with additional crushed pretzels or a dollop of whipped topping before serving. To easily crush pretzels, measure out what you need for the recipe and place them in a resealable gallon-size food storage bag; remove air from the bag and seal. Use a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat mallet to crush pretzels.
Cheryl's Mixed Drink Corner
Summer... the time for fresh and light cocktails! This one uses the tasty strawberry to kick it up and notch!
white sugar, for rimming
2 large limes, quartered
1/2 bunch mint leaves
7 strawberries, quartered
1 cup white sugar
1 cup white rum
2 cups club soda
8 cups ice cubes
Pour 1/4 to 1/2 inch of sugar onto a small, shallow plate. Run one of the lime quarters around the rim of each cocktail glass, then dip the glasses into the sugar to rim; set aside. Squeeze all of the lime quarters into a sturdy glass pitcher. Toss the juiced limes into the pitcher along with the mint, strawberries, and 1 cup of sugar. Crush the fruits together with a muddler to release the juices from the strawberries and the oil from the mint leaves. Stir in the rum and club soda until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into the sugared glasses over ice cubes to serve.
Russ's Drink Corner
Undammed Spirits Thief Creek Straight Bourbon
Thief Creek is a stream in the Beartooth Mountains that flows into the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone. Thief Creek Bourbon is a smooth sipping whiskey with layers of complexity, classic bourbon on the nose, some spice on the tongue and a lasting finish that isn’t too sweet. We are inspired by the matchless beauty that Montana has to offer. Each of our products is named after one of the streams in the Yellowstone watershed.
Mashbill: Unknown (at least 51% corn)
Proof: 86 (43% ABV)
Region: Billings, Montana
Color: Light amber
Nose: Vanilla, hay, citrus, chlorine
Taste: Hint of caramel, white pepper, green grass, lemongrass, banana, sweet corn
Finish: Short finish with a light touch of vanilla and nuts that disappears like the Yellowstone around the next bend
Price: $35 (750 ml)
Bill's Whatever Corner
Heaven’s Door Double Barrel Whiskey
Heaven's Door Double Barrel Whiskey is comprised of a unique blend of three different whiskeys - two whiskeys from Tennessee with a traditional bourbon mash bill, and a straight rye whiskey. Each of these whiskeys is aged independently in both new oak and fresh dumped bourbon barrels for at least six years before being married together and aged an additional year in virgin, heavy charred, American oak barrels. Our proprietary finished barrel specification creates robust flavors of toasted hardwood in a dark, amber hued finished whiskey. Heaven’s Door Double Barrel Whiskey is maple charcoal mellowed after distillation, also known as the Lincoln County Process, resulting in a smooth finish.
Aged least 6 years
Nose: Gingerbread and toasted cinnamon, holiday spices with deep oak aromas
Taste: Strong flavors of dried fruit, heartland-toasted grains and oats, with a finish of persimmon, mulberry and fennel.
Finish: Bold and complex with a lasting caramel finish.
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