I have a collection of recipes on my shelf for strawberry items that sit unused. We get so busy in the summer that I don’t cook a whole lot. Don’t get me wrong….we still have time for the (quick version) of strawberry shortcake.
However, if you know me, you’ll know that I love to cook and I am a collector of recipes. I was reminded of this yesterday when I had a visit from “J” that I grew up with. Food truly evokes memories and it made me think of her showing me how to dip strawberries in sour cream and then in brown sugar. YUM!
Later on in the day, my book club, aka the “culture club” visited and I got chatting with one of the members. “D” said she likes to take some sugar and warm it in a pan then add some balsamic vinegar just until heated through. Next, throw in the strawberries until everything is heated through into a warm delicious sauce. Pour over ice cream, cake or what ever and you’ve got yourself a treat! This one is on my list to try for sure!
Chatting again with one of our customers, she said that in Italy, it is common for cafe’s to bring out a big bowl of the first strawberries of the season, sprinkled with sugar and a squeeze of lemon. I can picture myself sitting in a cafe in Rome and enjoying them with a glass of wine. (Insert Audrey Hepburn picture here)
Then there are always requests for strawberry jam recipes. Here are a few helpful links:
Lastly, our dear Meribeth, whom many of you will remember as one of the lovely ladies that helped us out in the booth area for the past several years, now lives in Nova Scotia. Anyway, she and I follow each other on Pinterest and yesterday, she sent this lovely pin to me (coincidentally from one of my favourite food blogs) and I thought I would share it with you.
Whew! So many recipes, so little time! Get you fresh strawberries while they last!