AKA: Strawberry Shortcake. It’s What’s for Dinner!
I grew up in a traditional nuclear family of the ’70s and ’80s. Dad worked, Mom stayed home to raise us kids and we always had a “square meal” for dinner: meat, starch, two veggies, rolls and dessert.
Come summertime, though, the notion of a healthy balanced meal went out the window and Mom got a little crazy. How? She made us strawberry shortcake — for dinner. Yes, siree. It was not for dessert or a special treat. It was for dinner. Warm, flaky, sweet shortcake and sugared strawberries, all served in a bowl with cold milk. And, because she wanted to have some modicum of nutrition, there were two slices of Velveeta cheese on the side. Oh, and sometimes we even had dessert after that. Because it was the ’70s. And who wouldn’t want a bowl of chocolate pudding after eating strawberry shortcake and Velveeta? That, my friends, was dinner at least one night a week for many weeks during the summer. And those were some of the best dinners ever.
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Juicy, seed-studded strawberries are having their season. Apart from their candylike flavor, there are several reasons to indulge in these red berries:
1) They help ward off wrinkles
One cup of strawberries (that’s about 8 large berries) delivers 140 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C, the same as a cup of oranges. Vitamin C helps boost collagen production, which you lose as you age (collagen keeps your skin elastic). Plenty of vitamin C in your diet can help ward off that loss.
2) They boost your immunity
Strawberries have as much vitamin C as oranges. Vitamin C works with other nutrients to keep your immune system working properly.
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Zoe Francois' Beautiful No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
Shake off the winter blues and welcome in the vibrant, fresh flavors of spring! Strawberry season has commenced early this year, so celebrate with pies, smoothies and so much more. Here are 25 ideas to start enjoying everyone’s favorite berry. In no particular order…
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It’s the fourth of July, a day for shorts, fireworks, burgers and red, white and blue desserts, all in the name of independence. That flag cake, the one with the stars and stripes represented by strawberries and blueberries, it’s a bit overdone, wouldn’t you say? And it kind of takes a long time to place all of those berries in perfect lines. Update your standard July 4 dessert this year with a super-fast, no-cook red-white-and-blue treat that you can make in about 7 minutes.
And if you’re loyal to the flag cake, these little berries play well with others, so serve them alongside.
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They turn your head. Maybe it’s the flash of lurid red in the corner of your eye as you walk by the booth at the farmer’s market. More likely it’s the intense, candy-like perfume that fills your sinuses. Maybe you weren’t conscious of the triggers, but you suddenly find yourself salivating. Strawberries have a siren song.
So irresistible are they that, I confess, I have found myself mystified upon return home on how, exactly, I managed to purchase two groaningly heavy flats of the beauties. Mmm hmm, like you haven’t.
The problem is that the glorious music that is a perfectly ripe strawberry is fleeting. From the minute you pick them, the berries begin to wither and decay. If you want to capture it, you’d better work fast.
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As we gear up for the heat of summer, this strawberry cheesecake is absolute perfection. The fresh sweet berries and creamy cheesecake are layered on top of a rich graham cracker crust and none of it has to be baked. Just because it is fast and easy to make doesn’t mean it shouldn’t also be gorgeous. It’s pretty enough for a wedding shower, but simple enough for a picnic in the backyard.
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Spring has sprung, officially. Which means that produce options open right up — not unlike windows in homes everywhere — as freshly grown produce floods the marketplace. While it was nice to eat apples, squash, potatoes and onions all winter, it’s no doubt time to wave goodbye and welcome a new round of delectable fruits and vegetables. Here’s a round-up of the 10 spring superstars we’re psyched to see arriving in the next couple of months, and some great recipes to make the most of them.
Asparagus Wrapped in Proscuitto With Beurre Blanc (above)
Sesame Grilled Asparagus
Asparagus and Zucchini Crudi
Spinach-Ricotta Pesto Pasta With Proscuitto and Asparagus
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"Kick The Can" Strawberry Ice Cream
With weather hovering in the 90s all weekend, I couldn’t wait for Cooking Channel’s Ice Cream Truck to head to Knoxville to get my icy fix. My head filled with just four words: Need. Ice. Cream. Now. (It was too hot for complete sentences.)
The Food Jammers crew had the same craving on a camping trip, but they weren’t waiting around for that ice cream truck, either. They got to work making ice cream DIY-style — with two coffee cans and a campfire. I was inspired to make my own, sans ice cream maker.
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