Dessert

Strawberry Pretzel Jello

Listen to Episode 61: Strawberry Pretzel Jello

Ingredients:

  • 2 c crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 c butter, melted
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 c whipped topping
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 3-oz packages strawberry jello
  • 2 c boiling water
  • 32 oz frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed

Directions:

  • In a bowl, combine the pretzels, butter, and brown sugar. Press into an ungreased 9×13 baking dish.
  • Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, beat whipped topping, softened cream cheese, and sugar until smooth.
  • Spread over cooled pretzel crust. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • For topping, dissolve gelatin in boiling water in a large bowl. Stir in strawberries with syrup; chill until partially set.
  • Carefully spoon over filling. Chill for 4-6 hours or until firm.
  • Cut into squares, serve with whipped topping if desired.
Beverages, Lunch/Dinner, Vegan

Icy Holiday Punch

Listen to Episode 40: Punches I Have Known

Ingredients:

  • 1 6-oz package Jello (we use strawberry, you can use any flavor)
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 c boiling water
  • 1 46-oz can pineapple juice
  • 6 c cold water
  • 2 2-liter bottles of ginger ale

Directions:

  • In a 1-gallon freezable container (an ice cream bucket works very well), dissolve Jello and sugar in boiling water.
  • Stir in pineapple juice and cold water. Cover and freeze overnight.
  • Remove from the freezer 2 hours or so before serving. Place in a punch bowl.
  • Pour over ginger ale just before serving. Break up any large pieces of frozen juice, the punch should look like slush.
  • Add additional ginger ale as needed.
Breakfast, Ingredients, Vegan

Strawberry Jam

Listen to Episode 15: Strawberry Jam

Ingredients:

  • 6 c strawberries, cleaned & cut up
  • 6 c sugar

Directions:

  • Combine berries and 3 cups of sugar in heavy-bottomed pot. Set heat at medium.
  • Cook slowly while sugar dissolves, stirring. Bring to boil and boil 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Add remaining sugar.
  • Boil 10 minutes more, stirring contantly. Remove from heat, skim foam.
  • Pour into warmed 8 oz jars, leaving 1/4 in of space at the top. Add lids and rings, seal.
Dessert

Fresh Berry Trifle

Listen to Episode 14: A Trifle, A Fool, And A Tipsy Laird Walked Into A Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound cake or angel food cake, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/4 c jam (any)
  • 2 Tbs orange juice or fruit liqueur
  • 2 boxes vanilla instant pudding
  • 3 3/4 c whole milk
  • 1/4 c orange juice
  • 4 quarts berries

Directions:

  • Clean berries & allow to drain well on paper toweling. Remove stems from strawberries and cut each in half (if used). Save several of the nicer berries for garnish.
  • Mix jam and 2 Tbs juice or liqueuer well. Using a pastry brush, brush onto one side of each slice of cake.
  • Mix vanilla pudding powder, 1/4 c orange juice, and milk, blend with kitchen whisk.
  • To assemble, line bowl with cake slices, sprinkle with assortment of berries, top with some of pudding, top with cake, berries, pudding, then cake, berries, & pudding.
  • Garnish with saved berries. Serve with whipped cream.