In a few days, I’m going to a concert for the first time in almost exactly six years. I had been wanting to see a concert for awhile now, but none of them worked out. Good seats were gone, the entire floor was a general admission pit (I’m never going to be in a general admission pit – that freaks me out way too much), or it was in the middle of winter.
Then the email for the Justin Timberlake and Jay Z Legends of the Summer tour presale came. I figured I’d just look and see what was available. Of course, seats on the floor, in the twenty first row, on the aisle were staring at me; plus an awesome parking pass was available and the show was in the middle of summer. I had to have these tickets, so with Mom and Dad’s much appreciated permission, I snapped them up.
I can’t tell you how excited I am, especially since I’ve heard nothing but good things about the tour so far. But since I am twenty three going on eighty three, those thoughts of how completely and totally exhausted I’m going to be are creeping into my mind. I have literally had to sit myself down, as I did when I saw Regis, and tell myself this is a once in a lifetime event. It is going to be awesome and I am going to have the BEST NIGHT EVER! I can sleep the next day. So fears, go away, bring on the excitement.
When this week’s Sunday Supper was all about music, I knew I had to be part of it. Music means so much to me because it’s about much more than a beat and notes and lyrics. It’s about memories. Music sinks into my soul and affects me on the deepest levels. Music pulls my emotions this way and that and is quite literally the soundtrack to my life. It’s hearing “Baby One More Time” and thinking of my first concert. It’s knowing every word to “We Are Young” because it inspires me. It’s jamming to “Tunnel Vision” and “Holy Grail” with Mom so we can brush up on Justin and Jay Z while making Cherry Marshmallows.
The soundtrack to my summer is Justin, Jay Z, and my KitchenAid stand mixer, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I needed a song to inspire me in the kitchen. I thought this would be super easy, but it wasn’t. I thought and thought and couldn’t come up with anything. Then it hit me. “I Want Candy,” because, well, I always want candy. Few days go by when I don’t have at least a little candy, gummy worms and bears are my current favorite. And while all those bags of Skittles, jelly beans, and Gushers in my pantry are very yummy, homemade candy is my favorite by far, especially homemade marshmallows.
I’ve posted Vanilla Marshmallows before and made them three or four times since that post, but I wanted a new kind of marshmallow in my repertoire, so I made Cherry Marshmallows. If you’ve never had homemade marshmallows, I implore you to make these because they are a billion times better than store bought. These sticky, fluffy, light, sweet pillows of dessert goodness have a mild cherry flavor. Just make sure you use high quality cherry preserves. So turn up some music and make marshmallows. Summer never sounded better!
- Vegetable oil, for pan
- 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- ⅔ cup + ½ cup cold water, divided
- 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
- ⅔ cups cherry preserves (I used American Spoon)
- ⅔ cup light corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
- Oil a 9 by 13 inch pan. Line it with parchment and oil the parchment.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine ⅔ cup water and the gelatin. Allow to sit and soften while you prepare the syrup.
- In a medium saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, place sugar, preserves, corn syrup, and ½ cup water. Bring to a boil, before attaching a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and continuing to cook until the mixture reaches 238 degrees F on the thermometer. Do not stir. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Turn the mixer on to low speed and with the mixer running, slowly drizzle in the syrup. Once all of the syrup is added, slowly turn up the mixer until it is on high speed. This will take several minutes, because the mixture will be liquidy and you do not want it to splash as it is very hot.
- Beat mixture about 10 minutes, until it is glossy, sticky, voluminous, and cooled down. Add vanilla and beat on high for one minute more.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and allow to sit, uncovered, about 3 hours. Cut marshmallows into squares and dust all sides lightly with confectioner’s sugar. Marshmallows may be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.
Check out all the other music inspired Sunday Supper dishes!
- Calimocho (Red Red Wine Cocktail) from La Cocina de Leslie inspired by Red Red Wine by UB40
- Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe from An Appealing Plan inspired by Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
- Horchata from Treats & Trinkets inspired by Horchata by Vampire Weekend
- Orange Crush from Magnolia Days inspired by Orange Crush by REM
- Pineapple Lemonade Slushy with Coconut Water from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz inspired by Lemon Tree by Peter, Paul & Mary
- Strawberry Tequila from Shockingly Delicious inspired by Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
- Mustard Dill Beer Bread from Curious Cuisiniere inspired by In Heaven There Is No Beer a German Polka
Intermezzo (Entrees & Sides):
- Chicken and Bacon Cheddar Waffles from I Run For Wine inspired by Glady’s Knight
- Classic Fried Chicken from The Food Army Wife inspired by Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band
- Margarita Chicken from In The Kitchen With KP inspired by Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet
- Meatball Duet from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings inspired by On Top of Spaghetti by Tom Glazer
- Pan-Seared Halibut with Corn Hash and Asparagus Puree from Crazy Foodie Stunts inspired by Saturday Night Fish Fry by Louis Jordan
- Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork from Neighborfood inspired by Something Like That by Tim McGraw
- Spaghetti and Pork Meatballs from Family Foodie inspired by On Top of Spaghetti by Kidsongs
- Teriyaki Burger from Juanita’s Cocina inspired by Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet
- Banana Cream Pie Bars from Peanut Butter and Peppers inspired by Tra La La Song by The Banana Splits
- Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle from Foxes Love Lemons inspired by Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
- Cherry Pie from My Cute Bride inspired by Cherry Pie by Warrant
- Cherry Marshmallows from Pies and Plots
- Chocolate Cappuccino Cream Puffs from Runner’s Tales inspired by Choux Pastry Heart by Corinne Bailey Rae
- Chocolate Chip, Walnut and Caramel Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwich from Ruffles & Truffles inspired by Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
- Chocolate Covered Caramels from Big Bear’s Wife inspired by At Last by Etta James
- Coconut Rum Blondies from Gotta Get Baked inspired by I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts by Danny Kaye
- Easy Blueberry Recipe: Fruit Tart from Growing Up Gabel inspired by Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino
- Espresso Nib Ice Cream from Vintage Kitchen Notes inspired by Black Coffee by Ella Fitzgerald
- Fancy Watermelon Lime Popsicles from Daily Dish Recipes inspired by Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Byrd
- Fresh Peach Pie from Killer Bunnies, Inc. inspired by Sweet Sweet Pie by PWEI
- Jammin’ Oatmeal Cookies from What Smells So Good? inspired by Jammin’ by Bob Marley
- Many Flavors Whipped Cream from Noshing with the Nolands inspired by Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass
- Peach Basil Pie from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen inspired by Peaches by POTUSA
- Pina Colada Poke Cake from Cookin’ Mimi inspired by Two Pina Coladas by Garth Brooks
- Peach Donuts with Brown Sugar from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks inspired by Peaches by POTUSA
- Peach Strudel with Honey Bourbon Frozen Yogurt from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures inspired by My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music & Wild Honey by U2
- Rainbow Pops from The Urban Mrs inspired by Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
- Salted Ripple Chip No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes & Kale Chips inspired by Ice Cream by Sarah McLachlan
- Salted Peanut Swirl Peanut Butter Ice Cream from girlichef inspired by Salt Peanuts by The Quintet
- Shall We Dance? Fairy Cakes from The Ninja Baker inspired by Shall We Dance from the Japanese Film
- Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread from That Skinny Chick Can Bake inspired by Sugar, Sugar by the Archies
- Tangerine Sorbet from Webicurean inspired by Tangerine Speedo by Caviar
- Yeasted Banana Bread from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner inspired by I Like Bread and Butter by The New Beats
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