Monday, June 30, 2008
I'm Berry Passionate!
Summer months provide wonderful opportunities for BBQs, picnics, and gatherings~
there's nothing better than a fun, festive potluck to celebrate graduations, weddings, birthdays, Independence Day, Labor Day, and family reunions!
Strawberry season brings forth glorious visions of succulent, rosy sweetness dripping with sunshine! Why not create a fantastic STRAWBERRY creation to treat your guests?
Visit www.calstrawberry.com to find out more information about those luscious berries?
Also drop by www.strawberryville.com to check out great kid-friendly berry joy! This is a great interactive site that parents and kids can enjoy and learn together.
Here are some of my Best Berry Recipes to share - feel free to post your favorite in the comments section. One lucky winning entry drawn at random from recipes/comments received will receive a strawberry scented lotion! Winner will be selected at random from all entries received by Saturday, 7/14/08 12 Midnight EST. Winner will be notified. Good luck and enjoy those BERRIES!
STRAWBERRIES WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND MINT
A lovely and light accompaniment for a "ladies lunch" or picnic!
3 lbs. fresh California Strawberries, hulled and quartered
4 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
5 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs. fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
Place the strawberries in a large bowl and add remaining ingredients over top. Stir well to incorporate flavors. Marinate for at least 1 hour, stirring well every 20 minutes.
The vinegar, berry juice, and sugar will combine to create a thick syrup. Try them alone or on top of vanilla ice cream. Garnish with a mint sprig!