Friday, June 21, 2013

Delicious Summertime Strawberry Recipes

I love everything that's associated with it!! 

I love grilling on the grill.
I love garden fresh salads.
I love homemade Popsicles, homemade milk shakes and cold refreshing drinks.
I love flying the flag, fireworks, sunrises and sunsets. 
I love wearing sandals and the long summer days 
where it's still light at 10:00 at night.
I love all of the beautiful flowers in my yard.
I love backpacking and hiking!!

I thought I would share 
some of my strawberry favorites...
Strawberry Pie
Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberry Banana Milkshake
Strawberry Salad Dressing 
Strawberry Topped Summer-Time Salad 
From Scratch Strawberry Pie 

(in a heavy sauce pan mix the following)
1 cup water
2/3 cup OR 3/4 cup sugar (depending how sweet your strawberries are)
1/4 cup Corn Starch
1/4 tsp salt
(whisk together to make sure there are no lumps)

Bring above ingredients to boil and then add in:
1 cup crushed strawberries

2 Tbsp butter
Continue cooking until heated through...
Remove from heat and add in:
2 tsp. vanilla
Let cool slightly 
Prepare pie crust (here for my favorite pie crust recipe)
Cover the bottom of cooked crust with a little bit of glaze.
Fill baked pie crust with fresh strawberries
Pour glaze over the top of strawberries (add a few more strawberries to the top 

and chill 2-3 hours.
Serve with whipped cream.
Enjoy Strawberry Pie
without using a box of "Junket" for the glaze!
You'll be amazed at how yummy and how easy it is.
 Strawberry Lemonade
(The perfect amount for a family of four...
Double the batch, to make a gallon for more people.)

2 quarts water
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp. Citric Acid
2 capfuls of Lemon Extract
1 large lemon sliced
1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
Stir together well.
Let chill for at least one to two hours and then pull out the lemons

(if the lemons are in the drink for longer than 2 hours, they will make it bitter).

Strawberry Banana Milkshake
1 cup milk
4 cups strawberries (leave the tops on as the green tops provide some great Chlorophyll)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 to 2 bananas
2 cups of ice
Blend together in your Vita-Mix until thick and smooth.
Pour into glasses, add a straw and sip away!
It's amazing how yummy this tastes, it's healthy as well and the most amazing thing, is that it doesn't have any ice cream in it.

Strawberry Dressing 
1/2 cup strawberries
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar, (OR, Raspberry Vinegar)  
1-2 Tbsp. white sugar 
1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds 
Put in blender and blend until smooth. Chill.

Summer Salads are SO great! 

You can add whatever garden produce you have to them and they always taste delicious!
This time of the year, spinach is VERY abundant and so that is the base of our salads.
Add in fresh fruit, 
some kind of meat (salmon and chicken are always a hit) 
Toss in whatever other veggies you like,
Sprinkle on some chopped nuts and or sliced cheese
(you can even form the salad into a cute heart shape)
Drizzle with some homemade Strawberry Dressing
and wow  
You have a delicious salad that is filling and really hits the spot!

Whether you are swimming in an abundance of strawberries from your garden, OR, you are taking advantage of the sales at the store on strawberries this time of the year,  
bring joy, taste delicious and can be enjoyed for each meal from breakfast to dinner!

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