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Wow Your Hostess with These Memorial Day Recipes!

Memorial Day is only a few weeks away and that means it’s time to start planning what you’ll be bringing to a backyard barbecue or picnic in your neighborhood. It’s always good manners to bring something to delight your hostess. You really want your dish to stand out and when you want to serve up something special, let help. Here are a few of our favorite – and most flavorful – Memorial Day recipes that are sure to be a hit at your picnic or Memorial Day celebration:
Margarita Party Pie

1 ½ cups crushed pretzels

¼ cup white sugar

2/3 cup melted butter

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

¼ cup fresh lime juice

¼ cup tequila

4 tablespoons orange liqueur

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

2 cups of whipped cream

Fresh lime slices, for garnish

Directions: In a large bowl, combine pretzels, sugar, and melted butter. Mix well and press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Set aside. In another large bowl, combine condensed milk, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. Add strawberries. Fold in the whipped cream. Then, pour the filling into the crust and freeze overnight. Serve.
Root Beer Cookies

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup butter

1 egg

¼ cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon root beer extract

1 ¾ cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/3 cup butter

1 ½ teaspoons root beer extract

2 tablespoons hot water

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together brown sugar, butter, egg, buttermilk, and 1 tsp. root beer extract. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and mix well. Drop teaspoon sized pieces of dough on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. To make the glaze, mix confectioner’s sugar, root beer extract, and hot water. Brush on top of cookies. Serve.
Basil Shrimp

2 ½ tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup butter, melted

The juice of 1 ½ lemons

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

½ cup minced fresh basil

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

3 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and skewered

Directions: Mix together oil and butter. Stir in lemon juice, mustard, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove shrimp from marinade and grill until done. Serve.

If you’re really in a crunch for time, you can also gift a hostess at a backyard get together with one of the Memorial Day Gift Baskets from Not only are these gift baskets thoughtful and beautiful, but they’re also the perfect way to say thank you for hosting the party.

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