It’s strawberry season!  I don’t know about you, but after a winter of apples, oranges, and bananas, I always look forward to local, organic strawberries.  Take a look at the ones I picked up at the local farm today:   2014-05-26 22.10.12

Yes…they taste even more amazing than they look!  If you are fortunate enough to have an organic farm close by that sells these gems, don’t hesitate to buy them  Once you’ve eaten an organic berry that is locally grown…not shipped across the country… it will be hard to accept anything else.  But for those who don’t have access to a local organic farm, try the next best thing…PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES.  Check local farms in your area that allow you and your children to pick your own berries.  It’s a great way to get kids to enjoy the “fruits” of their own labor ( pun intended). Local berries are often a better option than those you buy in the supermarket since they are less likely to be heavily sprayed with pesticides since they don’t have to be shipped anywhere.

So, in celebration of STRAWBERRIES, why not make make some for dessert tonight?  All you need are:  Strawberries and…

You really don’t need anything else, but IF YOU INSIST on something sweeter, try:

1. Slicing them onto pound cake or ice cream and adding whipped cream.

2. Throw some into yogurt or in a smoothie.

3. Melt some morsels or dark chocolate and dip the berries into it.  Set on a waxed paper covered tray or cookie sheet and refrigerate until chocolate hardens.  What better way to enjoy two of the best foods around.

What is your favorite way to enjoy strawberries?

5 thoughts on “Celebrate…Strawberries!

  1. I often eat them as I pick them from our garden. 🙂 My kids have farm more patience and will refrain from picking and eating. We’re down to one bed now but we used to have as many 3 beds. We also have a small patch of Alpine strawberries which are supposed to be tastier, but I find their texture to be dry and mealy.

    One of the more decadent ways I love eating strawberries is as strawberry mousse…lots of whipped cream!

      • Oh, it sure is tasty! Here is the recipe:
        1/4 C cold water
        1 pkg unflavored gelatin
        1/4 C boiling water
        2 1/4 C strawberries
        1 t lemon zest
        1/3 C sugar
        1 1/2 C heavy cream
        mint leaves for garnish

        Pour the cold water into a small bowl and sprinkle with the gelatin. Let stand 2 minutes. Pour the boiling water over the gelatin mixture and whisk or stir with a fork until the gelatin is dissolved. Set aside 6 perfect strawberries for garnish. Place rest of the strawberries and sugar into blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

        Meanwhile, whipped the cream with mixer until it forms soft peaks, setting aside a few dollops for garnish.

        Pour strawberry mixture over the whipped cream and gently fold ingredients together. Spoon mixture into parfait or stemmed glasses, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Just before serving, garnish each glass with additional whipped cream, a whole strawberry and a mint leaf. Makes 6 servings. Enjoy! 🙂

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