Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Strawberry Mother Load!

My friend Bonnie was kind enough to invite me over to her house today to pick strawberries...and pick we did!

TJ (my 13 year old) came with; he was more interested in investigating everything on her property and asking a ton of questions!  Bonnie was great with him, and I laughed when at one point she left TJ speechless. A rarity indeed!

TJ when he wasn't chasing a cat, hitting at things with a stick or cutting rhubarb!

I didn't know that with our strawberries we would also be bringing home a ton of freshly cut rhubarb!  

The berries awaiting their bath and prep.

Call me crazy, but I think I may be spending tomorrow in the kitchen with these babies!

Some of these berries will be used to make an appearance in this salad courtesy of Mark Bittman.  Note to self: pick up more arugula tomorrow!  I was going to make kale salad to go with tomorrow night's dinner, but think I want to make this instead!  

Some will be hulled and frozen; I will use those to make our morning smoothies.  I am so hooked on smoothies for breakfast!  I use all frozen fruit and these will be great combined with frozen banana, protein powder, almond milk, and spinach.   Not all of the frozen ones will be used for smoothies; it will be nice to take some out of the freezer and whip up a quick strawberry shortcake when the berries are no longer local and in season.

Some of these berries and the rhubarb will go into a pie.  I learned tonight that Ben loves strawberry rhubarb pie.  I will need to spoil him with one tomorrow.   Can't wait to try this recipe I found on Tastespotting!

I also want to make an ice cream; I have what I refer to as the Ice Cream Bible, known more commonly as The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz.    If you love making your own ice cream, get this book!  I am torn between a frozen strawberry yogurt or a Strawberry Sour Cream Ice cream.  There is even a recipe for strawberry rhubarb sorbet!

As you can tell, I am excited about these berries!  Honestly, I am most looking forward to having some fresh with breakfast tomorrow.  

Hope you all had a wonderful Saturday and I hope to come back tomorrow to share some of these creations!



  1. I see they are rhubarb! One of my favorite combinations as well. You should try out Gouldthorp's strawberry, rhubarb jam. :) Sounds like you have some yummy projects in the works. Don't you love summer?!

  2. Those are beautiful and my granddaughter would try to eat everyone before I turned my back.

  3. Strawberry sour cream ice cream! I need that book. Beautiful berries, Kel!