Saturday, June 11, 2011

Strawberries....everywhere

Next weekend is our local Strawberry Festival, two of my boys will be working at the Boy Scout booth making/selling Strawberry Shortcake, smoothies, strawberry lemonade, and Chocolate dipped Strawberries.  In honor of this grand occasion in our small rural community I have been racking my brain as to some new ways to use the strawberries I will be buying at the festival...its impossible to leave with out SOME strawberries.  So I have  been working on some recipes...I know that none of these ideas are original (very few things in the food world truly are) but they are new to me and so I have been batting around ideas of what sounds like it would go good with strawberry.  I already decided if I get some big berries I am going to try grilling them...I think this would be good as grilling fruit (pineapple is sooooo good this way) brings out the sweetness.  I also want to make a strawberry salsa, and a few sauces. I was thinking a balsamic and strawberry sauce would be amazing.  I have also read that soaking strawberries in wine overnight is a fantastic dessert in its own right or as a topping for vanilla ice cream, pound cake, or angel food cake.  I think I will need to play around with this idea as well. I am also thinking of stuffing a big strawberry with cannoli filling...come on doesn't that sound good? Or what about stuffing it with a thick chocolate ganache? Now I know that got your attention!!  Do you have any ideas to add that I could play around with? Post a comment or send me an email if you do!

4 comments:

  1. Wow, you are very lucky to have a strawberry festival/fresh strawberries. Ours are pretty much gone in my area:( Other than fresh, shortcake and as a topping on angle food cake, my favorite way to eat strawberries is in freezer jam. It tastes more like fresh berries to me than traditional strawberry jam and jelly. Plus, it does not create as much additional heat as the non-freezer method.

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  2. I was thinking of making some jam...but freezer jam is a great idea. I am making a strawberry/raspberry/blackberry pie today...it is nice and cool out this morning for a change so I can put the oven on! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Coming from your favorite "wino" - you have to try the soaking thing. If you choose a sweeter Riesling or something of that nature, it will help sweeten the berries a little. VK

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  4. I know "Lexus" I am excited to try this...I have heard it is fantastic...I will post when I do!

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