Fetish Model & Performer, event producer, and Texas Pin-Up Model of the Year 2011 (Hot Rods and Heels), Courtney Crave is amazing both on stage, and in the kitchen. She is kind enough to share her favorite seasonal recipes with Pin curl Magazine monthly. For more on Miss Crave, please visit her at GermanDreamGirl.com.
Somewhere in the back of my head I am slightly aware of the fact that not everyone likes chocolate. However baffling this may be to me as a self diagnosed chocoholic, I want to provide a Valentine’s Day recipe for those special people. So no one has to open another heart shaped box of truffles and say; “Chocolates, for me? You shouldn’t have. No really, you shouldn’t have.” This also happens to be one of my favorite desserts from my childhood. Let that sink in as you realize that most of the recipe is alcohol based.
- 2 cups dry red wine, such as Chianti or Merlot
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 strips (3 inches by 1 inch each) orange peel
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 ½ pounds dark sweet cherries (the big juicy plump ones)
- Whipped cream (real whipped cream)
- Bring wine, sugar, orange peel and cinnamon to a boil in a 4 quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Allow to boil for about 5 minutes then cool to room temperature. Put the cherries in a large bowl or storage bowl with a lid and pour the wine mixture on top. Cover the cherries with wine sauce tightly and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. This can actually sit in the fridge for up to 2 days, the longer in the fridge, the more the wine becomes infused in the cherries. Serve by ladling the cherries and sauce into dessert bowls and top with whipped cream (real whipped cream, nothing that comes in a can tub in the frozen section). You’re also left with a wonderful cherry wine sauce to pour over ice cream or just drink straight.
I stumbled across this delicious drink while researching romantic cocktails that require a little more planning than “pour champagne in glass, add strawberry.” Don’t get me wrong, I love my champagne, but this year I thought we could kick it up a notch for that special someone in our lives (even if that special someone happens to be yourself).
- 1 oz strawberry, vanilla, or regular vodka (my personal favorite for this is whipped cream vodka)
- 1/2 oz white crème de cacao
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 cup ice
- Strawberry for garnish
- Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until totally smooth. If you prefer a thicker frozen cocktail add more ice or ice cream. If you prefer a thinner one add more berries or milk. Pour the mixture into a chilled margarita glass and garnish with strawberry slices.