Strawberry Amaretto Milkshake

Personally, I’m a sucker for milkshakes.  It’s hard to say no to the question when my husband asks, “I’m going to get a milkshake, do you want one?”  Well, I hadn’t even thought about having one…until you said something about it.  That actually happened last night, when he was going to the best place around here for milkshakes to get a late dinner.  I caved, and got an Oreo milkshake.  It’s okay though, because I’m hitting the gym today.  😉

When I stumbled across this recipe in a Southern Living magazine, it was one of those recipes that jumped off the page to get my attention.  Well, not literally, but it might as well have when I read the title.  Amaretto is one of my favorite liquors, and for a couple of reasons.  First of all, it has a sweet taste…  And second, it’s not a strong liquor.  When my husband and  I were dating, I told him that it’d be cheap dates to take me out, even if I drink…because of being such a lightweight.  It certainly doesn’t take much, that’s for sure.  So, amaretto is perfect.  You’ll see the bottle of Disaronno in the background, because it’s my favorite brand.  Even saying the name reminds me of the commercials, and I pronounce it in that European accent with a little shoulder movement for effect.  This has definitely been added to the list of offering people when we have gatherings.

Recipe:

2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

1/2 cup amaretto

2 tablespoons sugar

2 cups vanilla ice cream

Stir together sliced fresh strawberries, amaretto liquor, and sugar; let stand 20 minutes.  Process strawberry mixture and ice cream in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.  Serve immediately.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ahh, yes.  Here we go.  Fruit covered with chocolate.  That’s healthy, right?  😉

These are very easy to make, and seem to be quite popular.  If you don’t have a fruit dip, chocolate works great!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe:

fresh strawberries

melted dark chocolate

Put chocolate in glass bowl in microwave and melt in 30 second intervals, stirring after each round until completely melted.  Be careful not to scald the chocolate, because then the chocolate will be lumpy and yucky.  Rinse off strawberries and pat dry before dipping in chocolate.  Dip strawberries about 3/4 into the chocolate, rotating around and letting excess chocolate drip off.  Set on cookie sheet lined with wax paper and set in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes for chocolate to harden.