Daybreak Segment: How to make a delicious appetizer and refreshing drink for Independence Day

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Independence Day is Saturday and cookouts are a popular way to celebrate the holiday.

Chef Scottie Johnson, a private chef from Warner Robins and a winner of the first ever Georgia Seafood Festival, sent in a video to show us how to make an appetizer and refreshing drink for your Fourth of July celebration.

Click on the video to see how to make black bean peach and goat cheese bites and strawberry and mint lime sherbert punch.

Recipes:

Strawberry and Mint Lime Sherbert Punch

Ingredients:

– 1quart lime sherbet
– 2 / 6oz cans of ginger ale or ginger beer
– 2 / 6oz can pineapple juice
– Lemon slices
– Lime slices
– Strawberries slices
– Mint leaves

Directions:
Roll sherbert into balls and place in freezer until ready to use.. In a punch bowl, add the lime sherbet. Then add ginger ale and pineapple juice. Garnish with lemon, lime, strawberries and mint leaves. Enjoy.

Black Bean Peach and Goat Cheese Bites

Ingredients:

– 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
– 1 cup diced peeled ripe peaches or can
– 2 tablespoons minced red onion
– 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
– 1 jalapeno, minced, with or without seeds
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– sea salt, to taste
– black pepper, to taste
– cajun seasoning, to taste
– 1/4 cup honey goat cheese
– tortilla chips or phyllo cups

Directions:

Combine the beans, peaches, onion, cilantro, jalapeno and garlic in a medium bowl. Season with salt, pepper and cajun season to taste. Serve with tortilla chips or phyllo cups. Garnish with crumbled goat cheese

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Amanda is a producer and anchor for 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today. She comes to Macon from Watertown, NY where she was a reporter, fill in producer and anchor for three years at WWNY. She covered everything from hundred year old birthdays to the shooting death of a New York State Trooper. She also earned a Syracuse Press Club Award for her feature story "A Cheer for Keslie," about a young woman with down syndrome who joins her high school cheer team and is accepted and loved by her squad. Amanda is originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, a small town in the western part of the state. She attended Western Connecticut State University and graduated in May 2014 with a B.A in Media Arts Production. From there she went on to get her master's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University. When she's not working, she enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending quality time with her fiancé, family and friends.