S is for Summer. And Strawberries.

by Jenn on June 17, 2010

in Gluten Free,Tastes

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Last week I discovered something awesome – there is a farmer’s market I can access during my lunch hour at work!  I  cannot describe to you with words the satisfaction of my lunch (and by lunch I mean snack that lasted all afternoon) that day….fresh baked bread on which I spread chèvre d’olive, and an entire quart of gorgeously fresh Swiss strawberries.  I was ecstatic to find such awesome fruit, and allowed myself to enjoy every minute of it.

No, the pic up top is not from last week, but from a farmer’s market trip back in grad school – my mom was staying with me during my crazy tendinitis incident, and this particular Saturday that June I was able to hobble around enough to enjoy the local farmer’s market.  These strawberries were from that trip, almost 2 years ago.  They lasted maybe 10 minutes after this photo was taken, we devoured them like candy – because that’s exactly what they were, candy – sweet, natural, red juice dripping down your face leaving you to ponder exactly how anyone could want to eat anything else in the world, all your cares melting dissolving away as you take bite after succulent bite.

While I didn’t photograph the gorgeous strawberries I had last week, their incredible sweetness reminded me of that trip the farmer’s market with my mom, and reminded me that I wanted to share with you all my love if this little red fruit.  If you like strawberries (and really, who doesn’t?), now is the time to indulge and create every strawberry dish you can!  I am all about using fruits in season because at the peak of their season fruits are at their most flavorful.  This is the height of strawberry time – June is the month for strawberries, at least for me en Suisse and for many areas Stateside where I’ve lived.

Right now, it’s worth taking advantage of this time to enjoy them as best you can! I find that their flavor is actually quite versatile – there are so many more things you can do besides just make strawberry shortcake (though that is tasty too…), and also in some savory recipes too!  I use them all the time, even if it’s just something simple such as garnishing my breakfast or elegant dessert – they can be incorporated into so many dishes.  I decided that now, mid-June, was the perfect time to collect my strawberry ideas together and share them with you in one easy to find location.

So this weekend, I charge you all with going out and enjoying some fresh local strawberries – be creative, play!  You may just find that some of the best candy can’t be packaged in a bar, but rather is a delightful gift from Mother Nature herself :)

15 Ways to Enjoy Strawberries

For Breakfast

Strawberry Scones
On top of your yogurt/granola
On your French Toast
On your Banana Pancakes

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For Lunch

Salad Dressing of Strawberry Balsamic Reduction
Strawberry & Bacon Balsamic Salad

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For Dessert

Topping for Pavlovas
Accompaniment to Flourless Chocolate Torte
Summer Berry Champagne Soup
To plate with White Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Strawberry Port Wine Sauce
Strawberry Mint Macarons
Dipped in Chocolate
In a Chocolate Ricotta Fruit Cup
On top of Crème Brûlée

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How do you like to eat strawberries?  What’s your favorite strawberry recipe?

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

the wicked noodle June 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

That strawberry and bacon balsamic salad sounds amazing!! Thanks for all the great ideas :-)

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Jenn June 17, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Thanks! I love the strawberry/balsamic combo, I have some of that dressing in my fridge right now!

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Julia June 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Right now I am making strawberry summer sorbets with low sugar. The best combination so far has been strawberry and rhubarb, although the strawberry and raspberry was rockin’ good too!

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Jenn June 17, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Oh sorbet sounds awesome! I really wish I had an ice cream maker so I could try my hand at frozen yumminess….love your flavor choices!

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Aubree Cherie June 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Uh.. Jenn you have me drooling over all these photos! I just love strawberries and although I would love to put them in a recipe, they never seem to last that long! I agree that they are like candy :) This is an awesome list of ways to enjoy them!!!

~Aubree Cherie

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Jenn June 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Thanks! I think strawberries are “candy” more than any other fruit, they are just great little bites of sweetness – they never last long in my home either :)

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Rosa June 17, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Great recipes! I really like that last shot. Enjoying those Swiss strawberries too!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn June 17, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Thanks!! Mmm they are delicious!

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Theresa June 18, 2010 at 1:20 am

AMAZING! Summer, I want it to be summer! Oh well, I’ll just have to live vicariously through all you lucky northern hemisphere pelople :P
I like to eat strawberries straight off the plant as I’m picking them! Ooh, or on top of a pavalova!

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Jenn June 21, 2010 at 3:18 am

hehe, and we’ll all live vicariously through you in about 6 months! It is hard to let strawberries keep from being eaten long enough to make something tasty with them…

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Cook with Madin June 18, 2010 at 2:16 am

These looks amazing, I love everything here. Thank you for sharing.

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Jenn June 21, 2010 at 3:18 am

Thank you!

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bakedinmaine June 18, 2010 at 7:41 am

Jenn~ Your photos are fabulous and I can’t wait to try the strawberry balsamic dressing YUM!
I love cooking with berries!

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Jenn June 21, 2010 at 3:19 am

Thank you! If you do try it I’ll be curious how you find it! I’m convinced berries are the reason summer exists, they are so wonderful in so many ways

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Jason Phelps June 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I have one more suggestion, although it isn’t strictly something all home cooks are setup to do, strawberry wine! This is year 4 of making this for me and I just picked 35 pounds of berries this morning for 1 of 2 of the batches of wine we will start in a few weeks. It looks, smells and tastes fantastic and doesn’t last long. Last summer I timed a bottle at a BBQ, 11 minutes to empty. With 7 competition medals for our strawberry wine we feel pretty good about it!

Jason

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Jenn June 21, 2010 at 3:19 am

Oooh that sounds awesome! What a creative idea!

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bunkycooks June 20, 2010 at 5:39 am

What a great list of recipes! Strawberries are so delicious when they are local and fresh. I have several bags in my freezer ready for the months when they are totally gone.

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Jenn June 21, 2010 at 3:20 am

Thank you! I wish I had a freezer that actually froze things, I would also be freezing strawberries to enjoy in the winter – that’s a perfect idea!

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Magic of Spice June 20, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Fantastic list of recipes…And wonderfully creative presentation:)

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Jenn June 21, 2010 at 3:21 am

Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite June 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I like my strawberries dipped in chocolate!

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