You’re the Straw to my Berry

Seeing how next month is National Strawberry Month and strawberries are in season down here, I thought it only appropriate to discuss one of my cravings.  Strawberries are a...
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Seeing how next month is National Strawberry Month and strawberries are in season down here, I thought it only appropriate to discuss one of my cravings.  Strawberries are a soft, red fruit studded with seeds.  Believe it or not, they are not actually a berry by definition.  I am fortunate, in that, I have access to fresh picked strawberries right now.  They go bad quick, but they are far better than the grocery store crop.  If you can, try to get a bunch while they are in season, you won’t regret it.

Last weeken, I took ones that were going to turn and made them into popsicles for the kiddos.  It is simple, place 3 cups of strawberries in a blender, rinsed and tops cut off, a few tablespoons of lime juice, and a little sugar.  Blend it up and place in ice popsicle molds. Soooo good!

Here are a few more of my favorites, just in case you have a strawberry craving yourself.

Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry-Avocado Salsa

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries

1/2 cup diced peeled ripe avocado

2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 (4-ounce) chicken breast cutlets

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 lime wedges

Preparation

  1. Combine strawberries, avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; toss to combine.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done.
  3. Divide chicken among 4 serving plates, and spoon salsa evenly over each serving. Garnish each serving with a lime wedge.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-cutlets-strawberry-avocado-salsa

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup shortening

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

Whipped cream

1-1/2 quarts fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced

Directions

In a bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Combine dry ingredients and add alternately with milk to the creamed mixture. Spread in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Cut into nine servings. Split each serving horizontally and fill with whipped cream and strawberries. Replace top of cake; garnish with more berries and a dollop of whipped cream. Serve immediately. Yield: 9 servings.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-shortcake

 

 

 

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