Sunday, February 8, 2009

BLUE MONDAY AND A RECIPE

I haven't participated in Blue Monday for awhile, so I decided I should search for something blue and participate once again. Please check our Sally at Smiling Sal for a list of all the other blue-lover participants.

When all else fails, I can always find a quilt around here that has some blue in it! Today, I have chosen a quilt entitled "Mother's Kitchen" that I made for inclusion in a book I wrote on two block quilt design. By combining a checkerboard block with an appliqued cherry block and using fabrics reminiscent of the 1950s, it brought back memories of my mother's kitchen.


And now for the recipe -- the cherries on the quilt reminded me of this recipe called "Cherry Berries on a Cloud". The preparation is spread out over two days; but don't let that scare you as it is really easy.

For the first part you need the following ingredients:

6 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 - 1/2 cups sugar

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in large mixer bowl on medium speed until foamy. On high speed, beat in 1 - 1/2 cups sugar, one tablespoon at a time; beat until stiff and glossy. Do not under beat.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with Pam. Divide the meringue and spread evenly in the two pans. Bake for one hour. Turn off oven; leave pans of meringue in oven with door closed at least 12 hours.

The next day for the filling you will need:

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Mix cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and the vanilla. Beat whipping cream in separate chilled bowl until stiff. Fold whipped cream and marshmallows into cream cheese mixture; spread over cooked meringue. Refrigerate at least 6 hours.

Now for the topping, you will need:

1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling
1 package (16 oz.) frozen strawberries (thawed)
1 teaspoon lemon juice.

Mix pie filling, strawberries, and lemon juice together. This is also wonderful with fresh fruit in the summertime.

Cut into serving pieces and top with fruit topping. This makes two 9" round desserts, enough for at least 12 people. You can save one for you and your sweetheart, and give one away to a friend or neighbor on Valentine's Day! Yum!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Sally

19 comments:

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sally, that quilt is incredible! I love it. Those colors and the cherries just speak to me! What a beautiful design. The recipe looks great too! laurie

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, the quilt is so beautiful! My mother used to quilt and I've showed her yours and she is drooling! The recipe sounds delicious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan said...

Sally What a beautiful quilt! I want to learn how (sigh)

Recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Happy Blue Monday!

Susan

Judi said...

Sally..
that recipe and pictures look sooooooo delish! I can just imagine the frozen strawberries with the cherries and the meringue oh dear...I am definately going to try this one and I don't think I'll be waiting for the summer.
Thank you for the recipe!
Judi

ohhhh I got so carried away. Your quilt is beautiful...

Raggedy Girl said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt and especially for sharing that awesome recipe. I am definitely going to save this and try it.
Roberta Anne

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, that quilt is just beautiful! And the dessert! It looks too good for words! WOW! Thanks for sharing that recipe.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Carrie said...

Your quilt design is very pleasing!

Bo said...

Hi Sally...The quilt you made is a show stopper! and you wrote a book? WOW! Thanks for that elegant recipe! ;-) Bo

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Your quilt is so pretty. It indeed looks retro.

The recipe sounds sooooo good!

Happy Blue Monday!

Debra said...

That quilt is just so precious and the recipe looks fabulous! Happy Blue Monday to you!

Cam said...

Enjoyed seeing your great quilt and the bonus recipe - Thanks for sharing!

Smilingsal said...

No doubt about it: you are the quilting queen! That recipe sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Lynda said...

Such a beautiful quilt! I'm in awe of the talent and patience it takes to be a quilter!

JudyBug said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I have always wanted to learn how to quilt. My grandmother quilted but didn't have the patience to teach. You are so talented!

Sweetie said...

The quilt is beautiful. I have promised myself that I am going to try quilting. I have seen so many gorgeous creations. The recipe looks lucious. I have never had any luck with meringue. Happy Blue Monday!
Sweetie

nikkicrumpet said...

Hey Sally...I got the prize package today...can I just say I am totally blown away. Everything was wrapped so beautifully and it felt like Christmas! I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE everything!!! That apron and pot holder are so beautifully made. And all the other surprises just made it that much more awesome!! Of course I'll be writing a post on this....but I want to wait until I feel good enough and have enough time to do something fun...so it may take me a little while...but don't think I'm forgetting about it. I just wanted to let you know it came and that I am THRILLED!!!!!!Thank you so much for your generosity!

Elizabeth said...

Love, love, love this gorgeous quilt! It looks so simple, yet up close I can see the amazinly detailed, intricate work!

Sue said...

Sally Sally Sally....so you are a cook!! That desert looks fabulous...like something Ina has made...Who knew you were so good with egg whites...I will have to make that this weekend...and the quilt is just beautiful...you are so very talented. Sue.

miss gracies house said...

That dessert looks yummy! And I just loved your Valentine's table-so very romantic! Thanks so much for the kind words of encouragement!
Rene'