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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Rum or Whiskey Cake

1 stick butter
1 stick margarine
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1-2 cups walnuts
1 cup whole maraschino cherries
1 ½ cup pitted dates
1 ½ sour cream
1 tsp baking soda
3 ¾ cup flour
½ cup brandy or rum and orange juice

Drain cherries. Cream the butter and margarine. Add sugar, eggs and cream mixture all together. Sift flour, baking soda and add to cream mixture alternating with sour cream. Add vanilla gently. Fold in nuts, dates and cherries. Bake at 375 degrees 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

Well...We went strawberry picking yesterday. As a result we have a TON of strawberries and wanted to try a different kind of dessert. With that said, I also (as you know) have a ton of herbs growing, one of them being mint. I found this recipe. They use basil, but we decided to go with mint. It was fantastic. I added a picture to show you. Hope you enjoy.

1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 (16-ounce) container strawberries, hulled and quartered
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, cut into ribbons

Put the ricotta cheese, honey and vanilla extract into the small bowl of a food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. In a small saucepan combine the vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool completely. In a medium bowl, toss the berries with the mint and the balsamic syrup. Layer the cream, then the strawberry mixture. As a variation, for Dave’s, I first put in a layer of crumbled graham crackers.