Who knew it was prime strawberry picking time in North Carolina? Certainly not me, but fortunately my neighbor did and she invited us to pick us some berries at the farm this afternoon. Yee-haw!
Actually, it was really fun. Despite my strawberry loving past, I've never been to a PYO strawberry field (PYO-that's pick your own for the uninitiated). Ebby, Will and Cuyler were also strawberry picking novices but they caught on quick. Unfortunately for me, they each had their own 4 quart basket to catch on with. Oy, that's a lot of strawberries!
Fortunately for me however, as a former strawberry fanatic, I have not 1, not 2, but 3, yes 3 cookbooks dedicated solely to strawberry recipes. Amazing, I know. With sooo many strawberries (12 quarts), it was hard to know just which recipe to start with. Here's a sampling of my finalists...
from Strawberry Sportcake, 1982:
Filled Strawberries: ingredients include cream cheese, peanut butter, Tabasco, garlic salt, chopped peanuts and strawberries. Too bad I didn't have any cream cheese on hand.
Moving on to Strawberries by Maggie Waldron (a gift from Bubbe in 1980, she refers to me as 'the most darling strawberry nut I know' in the inscription) I found a recipe for Strawberries with Strawberry Mayonnaise. Mouthwatering!
Yet I still was not convinced I'd found my perfect strawberry recipe. So I consulted The Best of Strawberries. There I found not only recipes, but pearls of wisdom such as this: 'Fresh strawberries are excellent for invalids and have been recommended for sufferers of liver complaints, gout and rheumatism.'
Strawberries are the new superfood!
With all of these luscious options, you're probably wondering just how I could decide what to make. Well dear reader, be in suspense no longer, simply click on over to the Jen Bowles Design blog to find out the answer to this berry intriguing riddle.
And by the way, if you're visiting anytime in say, the next 6 months, expect to be served strawberries in some form!