Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Flavorful memories: Margaritas and Peanut Brittle

When a man is as sweet as his famous peanut brittle and as full of zest as his margaritas, saying final goodbyes are not easy. The services for the late Dan V. Unger III, were neither easy not ordinary yet every one who attended them and the reception that followed at Deerwood Country Club went home with happy memories, tears of laughter and a bit of Dan forever - recipes for his brittle and margaritas.

His wife of 57 years, Darleen, his brothers, sister, son, daughter, grandchildren, golf buddies and friends guaranteed it through photos and Dan stories not to mention slices of his favorite carrot cake, peanut brittle and bottomless margaritas.

Here are Dan's recipes. You will have to add your own joie de vivre.

Dan's Margarita Recipe
(by the pitcher)

6 oz. (one can) frozen limeade
6 oz. (1 can) tequila
3 oz. (1/2 can) triple sec

Fill blender with ice, add all ingredients and blend. Salt glass rims and enjoy.

Dan's Peanut Brittle 
(for personal use only, family retains all rights for commercial utilization)
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 TBS. butter
3/4 tsp. salt
dash of vanilla
16 oz bag redskin raw peanuts
1 tsp. baking soda

Combine all but peanuts and baking soda and cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
Add peanuts, and stir hard to crack.
Remove from heat and add 1 tsp. baking soda.
Spread on greased foil to cool.

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