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Strawberries: Balsamic or Grand Marnier?

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I'm tasked with dessert for a dinner tomorrow night. I actually don't know the menu but the hostess suggested "something springy"

That said fruit/berries to me. But...I'm working tonight and most of tomorrow so I don't have a lot of time.

I decided to make a batch of Cheesecake Ice Cream(recipe from the Perfect Scoop) with the idea that topping it with strawberries would be nice. I'm going to make a batch of World Peace cookies to take as well.

In our house we really like strawberries with balamic as well as strawberries macerated with Grand Marnier. Trying to decide which might be better with the cheesecake ice cream? With vanilla ice cream I'd definitely take the balsamic....the ice cream seems to be trying to replicate NY style cheesecake with sour cream and lemon in it. Maybe the orange flavor would be better?

Which would you take?

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  1. I think I would take the Grand Marnier. That sounds like a delicious dessert. Have fun!

    1. If it's between the two, I'd take the grand marnier too, at least for macerating... maybe you want to make a sort of balsamic caramel? That would be nice :)

      1. Blow them a-way Miss Zigglylu....Take Both!!

        Have Fun!

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        1. re: Uncle Bob

          Actually I'd love to really have some fun(and blow them away!) and make some sort of graham cracker tuile to put this in(in lieu of the cookies) but...no time to play with the concept unfortunately!

        2. I am going to be contrarian and vote for with balsamic (or both!) because I adore the taste of strawberries macerated in balsamic vinegar and the idea of it with cheesecake flavors is making my mouth water.

          1. Balsamic, since cheesecake ice cream seems like it would be extra-rich, so I think the acidity of the balsamic would be a nice counterpoint.

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            1. re: Amuse Bouches

              Great point! I would also go for the balsamic as well.

            2. Ordinarily I would say balsamic, but I think I'm going to come down on the side of the Grand Marnier, because of the lemon-y flavors in the ice cream.

              1. depends on how good your balsamic is

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                1. re: bw2082

                  it's ten year old, so fairly decent.

                  I just came home from work and I still haven't decided...and have to leave in an hour. I might go with the "take both" vote at this point.