Spring Fling: Strawberries

by in In Season, Recipes, June 1st, 2011

strawberries

We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Spring Fling 2011, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Recently, we dove into the world of rhubarb and artichokes — today, we’re exploring strawberries.

Strawberries are the season’s eye catching bounty that so many people wait for — they’re juicy, flavorful and can be eaten plain, roasted, grilled and more. When buying, choose brightly colored, plump berries that still have their green caps attached. Do not wash them until ready to use them, and store (preferably in a single layer on a paper towel) in a moisture-proof container in the refrigerator for two to three days.

While strawberries vary in size, if you see European Alpine strawberries, which are much smaller than American and Chilean varieties, don’t hesitate to pick them up. They are exquisitely sweet and are considered by many to be the “queen of strawberries.”

This week, we’re going beyond chocolate-covered strawberries and strawberry shortcake with these five new recipes for spring and summer:

Breakfast: Giada’s Strawberry Strata

Lunch: Rachael’s Romaine Hearts with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette


Dinner: Paula’s Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin Crostini with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce

poached strawberries and mango over crushed ice
Dessert: Giada’s Poached Strawberries, Peaches, and Mango over Crushed Ice

Drink: Peach and Strawberry Soda

Talk to us: What’s your favorite way to eat strawberries? Tell us in the comments or join the conversation on Twitter at #cookingwith.

More strawberry recipes from family and friends:

Food2: Sippin’ on Strawberries
Gaby at What’s Gaby Cooking: Boozy Strawberry Limeade
Cooking Channel: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Comments (25)

  1. I ate entirely too many of these Strawberry-Cinnamon Muffins this week: http://www.fortycloves.com/2011/06/strawberry-cin….
    Enjoy!

    • spam_hater says:

      What do you make, about one cent every time someone visits your worthless spam site?

      • luvcookin says:

        What does it say about FN and their mods when they leave spam sites and remove any posts that are negative toward their on air "talent"?

        • Paul B. says:

          Do you mean eye-na Gar-ten? THe FN moderators hope we are beyond all of that and only have cheerful comments to add.

          • luvcookin says:

            Yep, that was one. There is another one that espouses her recipes to be original and they are dishes that I've been cooking for 40 years! The same recipe! No respect for that one!

          • sarah says:

            hey babe, i've been cookin my grammies' recipes for 50 years. there is nothin' new under the sun. a good coq au vin or osso bucco is good. a good bread pudding
            is good. who wants to eat a duck and jalapeno pizzza because it is "new".
            give me a duck with a fig port sauce anytime. and really, is there anything bettter
            than peach ice cream? or berries and champagne?

  2. Michelle says:

    We love the strawberries and am inspired to make a new smoothie recipe this week..

  3. Yummm we love making strawberry cupcakes with a strawberry cream cheese icing! Kind of tastes like strawberry cheese cake!

    http://www.whiskiebusiness.com/2011/04/strawberry

  4. Alex says:

    try this deliciously sweet yet slightly spicy strawberry-jicama salad..refreshing!! http://thefooddiva.blogspot.com/2010/05/sassy-str

  5. Yummmm these options all look delicious! We love making strawberry swirl cake with a strawberry cream cheese icing…it kind of tastes like strawberry cheesecake!
    http://www.whiskiebusiness.com/2011/04/strawberry

  6. luz says:

    we bought strwberrie and will make strawberries smoothie recipe tomorrow. i love strawberries

  7. Aksha says:

    I love your show cupcake wars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$!!!!!!!!!

  8. sarah says:

    many of your stars are SUPER—giada, ida, emile, tyler, and sandra.but many of them are plain lame. their food is inedible and someone should teach them to speak in complete sentences without all of
    the y'alls. also, every one doesn't want to see fat people jumping their chests up and down
    over food. or see a 60 something woman pawing every man on the set. ever hear of class?

  9. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for the great ideas. I posted a couple strawberry recipes for Spring Fling here http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2011/06/strawberr…. and http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2011/6/09/strawbe….

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