July is a great month: it is summer in all it’s glory, so of course it’s been declared National Ice Cream Month AND National Berry Month. I don’t know what organization determines these national designations, but we food bloggers love themes and I’ve seen tons of frosty frozen treats to cool a sweltering nation, luscious, exotic ice cream and gelato flavors, and mouthwatering berry cakes, scones, and muffins to support this theory.
For our family, July 2012 is one we will never forget. We’re celebrating the birth of our first grandchild (confessions of a wanna-be trophy wife – you don’t have to be old to have grand kids, really) and a smooth beginning to College Girl’s six-month adventure in Japan. In celebration, I’m closing July with a BANG! by sharing this recipe for Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots. It wasn’t something I made with the intention of posting (e.g. only iPhone photos), but due to the outpouring on Facebook and Instagram, I’m happy to oblige. Share the love, you know.
I brought these plump little teasers as my contribution to dessert at a book signing party for food writer Cheryl Sternman Rule and food photographer Paulette Phlipo’s lush newly-released cookbook Ripe at Kim’s Rustic Garden Bistro.
I had these juicy little jello shots in the back of mind to make during the dog days of summer ever since I pinned the photo a few months ago on Pinterest. The recipe I used for the margarita lime jello inside those luscious berries is courtesy of Kim from Liv Life who credits the idea for the strawberry jello shots to Bakers Royale. First, go to your local farmers market and buy the biggest, sweetest, juiciest strawberries you can find – preferably organic, of course. Normally, I don’t recommend buying the biggest of anything, but in this case, the bigger the better