Farm fresh strawberries

Summer strawberries fresh from the farm were gifted to me a couple of weeks ago, and were they ever delicious. There is something special about fresh strawberries that have not gone through a market of handling, packaging and processing for shipment. These berries were sweet, tender and delicious. Many of them were petite and perfect…

Brown sugar cream tart

Here is another summer berry tart recipe which was adapted from Coastal Living magazine, July August 2011 issue. I love the creamy filling in this recipe which is added to a pre-baked already cooled tart shell.  I even refrigerated these two steps before adding my berries right before serving.  I think that pretty much guarantees…

Strawberry Wonton Cups

Are you looking for an easy dessert that can be made in minutes? Start with an idea from Imperial Sugar, and modify to make an even easier sweet treat that is perfect for a light dessert after a meal, or to serve on a dessert buffet. Bake 12 wonton wrappers in one-half of a 24-cup…

waffles from a can

I must admit that I do take shortcuts in the kitchen on some days.  When I find a product that I really like, I tend to use those “semi-homemade” time-saving steps. I have found that the Stonewall Kitchen mixes are time savers and equally tasty.  I tried the Strawberry and Pancake waffle mix recently with…

strawberries with chocolate filling

For one of my community group meetings this week, I made these strawberries with chocolate filling.  They are a nice party snack, which can be prepared rather easily.  This recipe makes enough filling for a large clam shell package of strawberries. The strawberries are nice for a breakfast, a tea party, a light dessert or…

strawberry lemon balm butter

summer berries are filling the market.  why not try this strawberry butter for a special weekend breakfast treat?  i made the recipe with margarine and it was just as delicious. the spread can be used on toasted English muffins, French toast, pancakes, toast, or even cinnamon Triscuits. i just love the taste of the strawberries…

bruschetta with strawberries

  summer outdoor potluck season is back. i made this easy recipe for an appetizer garden walk party this past week.  it was perfect. strawberries and balsamic vinegar have been combined for years in Italy.  recipes similar to this one can be found in many cookbooks, and can be a wonderfully refreshing addition to any…

summer smoothies

summer is here and everyone loves a summer smoothie.  they are so easy to prepare at home.  using a blender or smoothie maker, just use frozen fruit, milk, about one cup of softened vanilla ice cream, and then decorate with sprinkles and whipped cream. we entertained over the holiday and loved these shakes. i used…

strawberries in a cloud

  spring is here.  some of the best desserts for spring and summer are made with fruit. strawberries cannot taste any better than when they are floating in a cloud. i whipped some real whipping cream in a very cold stainless bowl with cold beaters, added 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of…

summer berry pies

the summer berries are in the market.  every box looks beautiful. i couldn’t believe that a whole quart of blueberries today was only two dollars.  this is the season for berries and what better recipe to try this past week–berry pie.  i found this recipe in southern living magazine and adapted it, as i only…

mixed greens and strawberry salad

  here is my favorite summer salad. i usually add grilled chicken and my homemade poppy seed salad dressing.  it is quite easy to make, and probably the best secret is the tender Boston or bibb lettuce used for the salad.  if you have fresh tender garden greens, use them. i think the more tender…

strawberry soda pop ice cream

  just a few days ago, i  was sorting through summer recipes for desserts and ice cream.  i happened to find this one that was saved from the food network magazine for a soda based ice cream.  this is a winning recipe from back in the 1950’s that had won an ice cream competition. the…