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Pick Strawberries For Easy, Delicious Seasonal Treats


Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Cake!


Summer brings strawberries, and strawberries bring endless dessert options ranging from fluffy, light and refreshing to devilishly decadent. It's been tough, but I've been sampling them all.

Ever tried sweet strawberry salsa? Now's your chance! Natalie Miller of Huber Heights, Ohio is blurring the line between sweet and savory with her light and kicky recipe for berry fun.

"It's a great summer salsa," says Natalie who serves up her recipe for just about every barbecue and family gathering.

She showcases real seasonal flare by using fresh (and refreshing) ingredients that are at their peak of flavor this time of year. Fresh strawberries combine with colorful, vibrant cilantro, vine-ripened tomatoes and punchy jalapeno for an unlikely stunner of a dish. I regularly serve it up with a big bowl of traditional corn tortilla chips, but you can also sweeten the pot even further by making a batch of baked cinnamon-sugar tortillas! Equal parts appetizer and dessert, this recipe is a favorite from start to finish.

For something more decidedly decadent, Tina Reed's Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Cake is just what your sweet tooth ordered. Fresh strawberries, cream cheese and wonderfully sweet yogurt?! What a delightful, delicious combo!

"This [dessert] is a personal favorite," smiles Tina, a home cook in Salina, Kansas.

Imagine spongy yellow cake layered with fresh strawberries and a strawberry-infused filling of cream cheese and whipped topping. Tina even ups the ante of the cake itself by starting with store-bought cake mix and adding vanilla yogurt for additional flavor and fabulousness...a great tip for this and any other cake.

No time for lengthy prep? Have no fear, your berry bliss is still within reach. For a quick riff on more involved strawberry desserts, give Thomas Bohne's Balsamic Strawberries with Honey Vanilla Ricotta a try. His fun play on a traditional parfait lets the beauty of fresh berries really shine.

"This is a fast, light, and easy dessert that is great for entertaining," says Thomas, whose straightforwardly delicious recipe has a mere three steps.

First, toss fresh strawberries with Thomas' easy sweetened balsamic sauce. Add a few ribbons of fresh basil, and serve atop a dollop of sweetened ricotta cheese. You will be amazed at how well these simple, bold flavors meld and show off the beauty of the berries. I like to think of it as serving up summer in dessert form.

Whether fresh from the garden or fresh from the produce stand, don't forget to take time to enjoy the bounty of the season. Time spent savoring the season with family is always well-spent... no matter the calorie count.



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11 Comments
grandedame
sallye bates - Jun 3, 2013
WHAT'S UP WITH THE PRINTING MALFUNCTION? wE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO PRINT FOR SEVERAL DAYS NOW.
grandedame
sallye bates - Jun 3, 2013
WHAT'S UP WITH THE PRINTING MALFUNCTION????? WE'VE BEEN UNABLE TO PRINT FOR SEVERAL DAYS NOW.
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Pat Duran - Jun 2, 2013
Janet how come we can't print out recipes.
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ginnie ghianni - Jun 2, 2013
testing kitchen...I am unable to print recipes for 2 days...is there a problem with "just a pinch"?
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Dave Smith - May 30, 2013
Found this nice new tool going to try it!
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Dave Smith - May 30, 2013
Grew-up on a horse farm year old is best as the fresh still has lots of ammonia.
Azmeema
Barbara Hatch - May 30, 2013
I thought I knew "everything" about strawberries. Thank you for the info :)

I know this really doesn't apply to these recipes but, for those of you who grow these own berries - For great fertilizers for berry plants.....If availble, use horse manure, also for those of you who fish, don't throw away the inards from cleaning your fish...add this to your plants. PS these really do smell for awhile, but yr berries will love it!
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Sherry Dossat - May 29, 2013
thank you, thats nice to know!
DaveSSmith1
Dave Smith - May 29, 2013
Strawberries: Keep Them Fresh!

Here is a great tip to keep your strawberries fresh.

To keep the strawberries fresh longer in the refrigerator, use 1 part white vinegar to 10 parts water.

Soak the strawberries, leaves and all, in the vinegar/water mixture for a few minutes.

Then drain the strawberries in a colander until they are completely dry.

Then place strawberries in an uncovered bowl in the refrigerator.

The vinegar/water mixture kills any mold spores on the strawberries and keeps them fresh longer.
The vinegar does not affect the taste. This also works for all kinds of berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.

It really works!!
Mstwinkie
Carol White - May 28, 2013
I love fresh strawberries. Check out my light and fresh Jicama Salad with strawberries.
Jicama Fruit Salad