- Cullman, Alabama


May 9, 2014

Pick up that key ingredient at annual Strawberry Festival


Miz Ruby’s Strawberry Soup

“This is a chilled soup that Miz Ruby served spring and summer in the garden room and for fancy meals al fresco,” Ben explained.

2 quarts fresh Cullman strawberries

4 cups sour cream

2 cups milk

1 cup sugar

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 (1-liter) bottles of Diet Ginger Ale

Purée the strawberries, sour cream, milk, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice in blender. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Before serving, add the ginger ale and mix well. Makes 24 servings.

Miz Ruby’s Strawberry Soufflé

1/2 cup pecans, chopped coarsely

1 cup flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

4 eggs whites

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

3 tablespoons Grand Marnier liqueur

2 10-ounce packages frozen sliced strawberries, thawed

12-ounce carton frozen whipped topping

Mix chopped pecans, flour, sugar and butter to make crumb mixture. Spread into a 9" x 13" x 2" pan and bake at 350º for 20 minutes. Stir often. Remove from oven and let cool. Remove 1/3 of crumb mixture and reserve for topping. Spread remaining crumb mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan. Beat egg whites until peaks form. Slowly add sugar and beat 5 more minutes. Fold in lemon juice, liqueur, and drained strawberries. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture over crumbs. Sprinkle reserved crumbs on top. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours. Remove and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving. Cut into squares. Serves 12.

Strawberry Festival

Cullman’s 2014 Strawberry Festival will be today and Saturday, at the Festhalle Market Platz. The farmers’ market and the Cullman County Museum will be open at 8 a.m. There’ll be music, arts and crafts, tractor/classic car show at 9 a.m. Historical tours will be given by the Cullman County Museum volunteers and staff. A cooking demonstration will be held at Festhalle; strawberry daiquiris and margaritas will be available at the biergarten.

Live music for Friday to include The Burks (gospel), Roy Crawford and the Cullman County Bluegrass, Three On A String, Burke Buster, and Round 2. Friday is also Senior Day, sponsored by the Cullman County Commission On Aging. Live music for Saturday to include Mean Mary, Cullman Community Band, Cullman High School Choirs, Cullman High School Jazz Band, The Troupe, Ave. G, Overtones, Coal Rain, and MP4. “So Southern-the Seven Keys to Cullman”, a one-person comedy, will be showing at the Train Depot. Limited seating.

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