Strawberry Season

The end of May brings a lot of things; grilling season, swimming season, no school season, and one of my favorites, strawberry season. It's a great time to head to your local pick your own produce farm and stock up on fresh, ripe, juicy, delicious, berries. (Be sure to get the ones that are almost ripe, or they'll be overripe by the time you get them home.)

Once you do get the berries home you can eat them on their own, smother them in cream, roll them in sugar, dip them in chocolate or make a more elaborate recipe. For instance you can chop them into smaller pieces and mix them in your one minute oatmeal, turning a kind of boring meal into something with a little more pizzazz.

For breakfast that's quite a bit snazzier try these incredible Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Strawberries. The author says, "The cottage cheese keeps the pancakes moist, but not dense, they are light and delicate. The lemon zest and juice adds a nice burst of spring to the pancakes. I love that these pancakes are good for you too-an added bonus. I use whole wheat flour, egg whites, and the cottage cheese is a great source of protein. There is no butter or oil involved, but you will never know. These pancakes are a real treat." Don't they sound fabulous?
http://twopeasandtheirpod.com/lemon-cottage-cheese-pancakes-with-strawbe...

How does Italian Strawberry Risotto sound? I think it sounds delicious. In this blog post the author also talks about American's obsession with cheese, and I agree with what they have to say. Try this experiment – watch a couple of hours of television and pay attention to how many times cheese is mentioned, either in fast food commercials or straight up cheese commercials. But I digress. While you can combine cheese and strawberries to delicious effect, you don't want to put any cheese in this risotto. http://italianrecipesblog.com/Blog/?p=387

When my kids were younger they loved fruit leather, which can be quite processed if you get the kind at the grocery store and a bit better if you get it at a health food store. The Fly Through Our Window blog has a great recipe for fruit leather you can make at home, that has just four ingredients: strawberries, applesauce, lemon juice and sugar. The author also has a pdf with variations on the recipe so you can make also make blueberry peach or just plain peach. You do have to bake these at a very low temperature for a long time, so if it's already hot where you live you'll want to take that into account. http://www.flythroughourwindow.com/2010/04/strawberries/

Fore a more grownup treat these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Truffles look ultra delicious. The recipe includes cost per candy as well as nutritional information (which I suppose could be viewed as another kind of cost). I would personally leave out the food coloring, but that's a personal foible. http://cakebatterandbowl.com/chocolate-covered-strawberry-truffles.html

For a delicious dessert recipe that is easier to make and takes less than eight minutes, try this lovely Strawberry Fool. With just a few ingredients it's fresh, light, hard to mess up and extremely yummy. http://whatsgabycooking.com/strawberry-fool/

Finally, since cupcakes are all the rage, here is a recipe for Extra-DORIE-nary Strawberry Lemon Cream Cupcakes. I think we all know lemons and strawberries complement each other so it's no wonder there are so many recipes that feature the two of them together. http://iheartcuppycakes.com/2008/04/10/extra-dorie-nary-strawberry-lemon...

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