Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Strawberry Season Has Arrived!!!

It has been raining an unbelievable amount this past week, but somehow the strawberries seem to be surviving! Today I collected my kids after school and headed off to the country side to pick berries. It was a welcome change from the usual daily grind. My heart was literally racing as I approached the berry fileds and knelt down to start picking. The thrill that nature (with the help of some good farmers) produces these delicious fruits for us to eat is just incredible. We came home with 19 pounds of berries. Now it's time to clean, cut freeze cook and enjoy them.

Here are some great strawberry recipes from years past:

Best Ever & No Pectin 

Strawberry Farmers Lemonade
Strawberries with Lemon Verbena Cream

Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese and Salt & Pepper Almonds
Strawberry Coconut Milk "Ice Cream"

I picked my strawberries at Jones Family Farms again this year (and a few in my backyard). If you are looking for a place to pick, check: or in CT go to

What are you planning to do with your berries?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese and Salt & Pepper Almonds

Sweet is usually the direction I go when it comes to strawberries, but these gorgeous berries are also delicious with herbs, cheese or just on a simple salad. As my contribution to a four family picnic I tossed together this salad with some beautiful strawberries, fresh goat cheese, salt and pepper almonds and a basil tarragon vinaigrette. The flavors and textures in this salad are wonderful, and it's a little healthier than strawberry shortcake....

Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese and Salt & Pepper Almonds
with Basil Tarragon Vinaigrette

One large head red leaf lettuce washed, dried and torn
1 pint strawberries, cleaned and sliced
4 oz of fresh chevre goat cheese (or feta)
1/2 cup whole raw almonds
1 tablespoon butter
salt and peppe

To make Salt & Pepper Almonds:
Heat a heavy bottomed skillet, add butter. Over medium heat toss in almonds, salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until almonds are starting to brown, but not burn. Let cool.

To make Basil Tarragon Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons vinegar (white, white balsamic or apple cider is fine)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon sugar, honey or agave
handful each of basil and tarragon, finely chopped

Whisk all ingredients together or shake well in a jar.

To assemble salad:
Toss lettuce with dressing. Top with almonds, strawberries and crumbled goat cheese.


If you want to go pick some berries, check out: or in CT try:
My favorite strawberry picking spot is: in Shelton, CT

What savory dishes do you make with strawberries?