Local New Jersey Strawberry Jam

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup rose wine or water
Directions
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small sauce pan, continue to boil a few minutes, around 3-4 and then reduce heat to a simmer and let reduce by half until desired consistency, [...]

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Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies
Ingredients
1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup turbinado sugar, plus extra
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
½ cup buttermilk
Course sugar for topping
Directions
Preheat oven to 400° F. In a medium bowl combine [...]

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Basil Peppered Strawberries with Crème Fraiche

Let stand for about 30 minutes and serve chilled over crème fraiche or at room temperature over crème fraiche.

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Dried Strawberry Basil Buttermilk Biscuits

Makes 6 biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, sliced into thin strips
½ cup sweet vanilla dried strawberries

Directions

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt [...]

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Dried Strawberry Lime Salt

Makes ½ cup
An amazing little salt garnish for a plethora of desires, most importantly making the rim of you margaritas a tasty treat.
Ingredients
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon dried strawberries, crushed into dust
½ cup pink Himalayan coarse sea salt (maldon salt ok as well)
Juice of 1 lime
Directions
In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients until [...]

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Dried Strawberry Muesli with Sunflower Seeds & Dates

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup rolled wheat flakes
½ cup rolled rye flakes
¼ cup fiber one cereal
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup dates, chopped
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sweet vanilla dried strawberries

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine oats, wheat and rye flakes, fiber one, sunflower seeds, dates, salt and dried strawberries. [...]

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Fresh Star-Anise Strawberry Sauce

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
½ cup strawberries
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 star anise
Directions
In a medium saucepan combine the strawberries, sugar, water and the star anise and bring to a boil and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until thick and strawberries cooked down. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes and take of heat and let [...]

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Fresh Strawberry Black Pepper-Balsamic Cocktail

Ingredients

1 ½ ounce gin
1 ounce fresh strawberry puree
1 ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce basil syrup*
1/2  ounce Sweet Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar*
Rose sparkling wine
Black Pepper Dried Strawberry (recipe follows)
Directions

Place the gin, strawberry puree, lemon juice, basil syrup and shrub in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain [...]

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Fresh Strawberry Mint Ice Cream

All over the world one of the greatest pleasures we share is a mutual love for ice cream, granitas and sorbets. We all crave frozen treats as soon as the weather gets warm and even without the warm weather sometimes!

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Fresh Strawberry Mint Ice Cream with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Makes ½ gallon of ice cream

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
10 egg yolks
1 cup sugar plus ¼ cup sugar
1/4 cup water
8 cups strawberries (chopped, with tops removed)
1 cup chopped mint
Strawberries and mint for garnish
Chocolate, melted
Fresh strawberries, stems in tact

Directions

Make simple syrup by placing ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in heavy sauce pan [...]

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Fruit, Herb & Nut Parfaits

Serves 4
Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla flavor
½ cup blackberries
½ cup strawberries, cut in half and hulled
¼ cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
Directions

In a small saucepan combine the fresh herbs, honey [...]

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Local Strawberry Week

We all have local strawberries in our communities that we wait all year for and then gorge ourselves with the sweet juicy flavors that are impossible to achieve any other time of the year. This week’s featured recipes are the little beloved gems we call strawberries and our appreciation for the sensational taste they give [...]

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Mango Banana Spring Rolls with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Makes 6 rolls
Ingredients
1 cup sweet red bean paste (recipe follows)
6 small rice paper wrappers
1 semi ripe mango sliced long and thin
2 bananas, halved and sliced into 3 inch long strips about ½ and inch thick
Fresh Star Anise Strawberry Sauce (recipe follows)
Directions
In a large bowl of warm water, dip the rice paper wrappers for about 7-10 [...]

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Mint Strawberry Ice Cream with Parsley Syrup

Spring is a time where no matter where you are in the world you cannot help but think fresh, light, earthy and green.

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Mutton Holler Swamp Coolers

Makes one gallon of non alcoholic mixer
Ingredients
Zest of 5 limes
Zest of 4 lemons
Juice of 10 limes
Juice of 10 lemons
2 cups mint simple syrup
1 cup cucumber puree (cucumbers pureed)
1 cup strawberry puree (strawberries pureed)
4 cups water
4 cups seltzer water
Ice
Cucumber slices, strawberry sliced, lemon slices and mint leaves
Cucumber infused gin for the alcoholic drinks (cucumber slices infused [...]

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Rose Sparkler with Sweet Cilantro Syrup

Ingredients
1 ounce strawberry puree
Rose sparkling wine
Sweet Cilantro Syrup*
Directions
Place one ounce of pureed strawberries in a champagne flute and fill with rose sparkling wine.  Stir and squirt or spoon a little Sweet Cilantro syrup  on the top.

*Sweet Cilantro Syrup-In a blender blend ½ cup simple syrup, the juice and zest of 2 limes and 1 [...]

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Spring Daisy

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

Ice
2 ounces cucumber infused gin
1 ounce strawberry rhubarb syrup
1 ounce herbal syrup (parsley mint)
1 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Lemon slices

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, place all ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a low-ball glass and place a lemon slice like a lid over the drink.

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Strawberries in Basil Syrup

Picnics in the park are one of summer’s best treats.

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Strawberry Almond Granola

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
½ cup maple syrup
2 ½ cups old fashioned oats
⅓ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup sliced raw almonds
¼ cup flax seed meal
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sweet vanilla dried strawberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 325˚F.
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add butter [...]

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Strawberry Balsamic Cooler

Ingredients
1 ounce strawberry puree
Sweet Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar*
Seltzer

Directions

Pour strawberry puree into glass. Top with seltzer and Sweet Balsamic Vinegar.
*Sweet Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar- In a medium sauce pan, combine  ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, 2 smashed strawberries, 1 tablespoon black peppercorns (crushed coarsely) and 1 cup balsamic vinegar.  Bring the [...]

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Strawberry Basil Champagne Vinaigrette

Serve with a spinach & strawberry salad with almonds

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Strawberry Basil Fizzy

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
½ cup sugar, chopped fine
½ cup water
Zest of 1 lime or lemon
Juice of 1 lime or lemon
2 cups ice
Seltzer water

Directions

In a small saucepan combine strawberries, basil sugar and water and bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for about 3-4 minutes. [...]

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Strawberry Basil Infused Warm Milk

Here are a few of our favorites for this Fall!

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Makes 1 Large Pitcher
INGREDIENTS
1½ cup of sugar
1 pint of strawberries, hulled and quartered
10 lemons, halved and seeds removed
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup fresh basil leaves , chopped fine
15 -20 cups of water
PREPARATION
Juice the lemons with a hand juicer, set aside.
In a medium wooden bowl mash the strawberries, sugar, zest and basil until a smooth paste [...]

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Strawberry Basil Salsa

Summertime salsas have come a long way from the tomato, onion and cilantro salsa of our past. Spicy, smooth, sweet, cool, sultry, tangy, and down right sassy; that is how we like our summer salsas.

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Strawberry Basil Tart

Serve with avocado ice cream. Avocado ice cream is extremely rich and decadent and really is a special treat.

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Strawberry Buckwheat Crepes With Lemon Thyme Sweet Cream

Here are a few of our latest ideas for spring’s best & most herby, fresh & light desserts!

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Strawberry Cilantro Soda

Ingredients
1 ounce strawberry puree
Seltzer
Sweet Balsamic Vinegar
Directions
Pour strawberry puree into a glass. Top with seltzer and Sweet Balsamic Vinegar.
*Sweet Cilantro Syrup-In a blender blend ½ cup simple syrup, the juice and zest of 2 limes and 1 cup cilantro leaves to form a pesto-like, smooth substance.

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Strawberry Ginger Basil Cava Spritzer

A spritzer is a cool drink that is served with a mixture of fizzy or bubbled liquid along with flat liquid. We know them best as wine spritzers which are an incredibly lovely way to refresh yourself in the summer without adding tons of alcohol.

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Strawberry Mango Basil Salsa

Summertime salsas have come a long way from the tomato, onion and cilantro salsa of our past. Spicy, smooth, sweet, cool, sultry, tangy, and down right sassy; that is how we like our summer salsas.

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Strawberry Margaritas with Dried Strawberry Lime Salted Rims

Makes 1 margarita
Perfectly simple and delicious, a fresh strawberry margarita says summer like few other things do. With eh addition of the strawberry lime salted rim this drink becomes exquisite
Ingredients

2 ounces tequila (white or pink is best)
1 ounce orange liquor (triple sec or grand marinier type)
Pinch of lime zest
Juice of [...]

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Strawberry Mint Fizz

Makes 1 serving
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons strawberry syrup, recipe below
Juice of 1 lime
3 tablespoons roughly chopped mint
1 cup chilled sparkling water
PREPARATION
In a tall glass muddle strawberry syrup, lime juice and mint.
Fill glass with ice and sparkling water, stir well and serve.
Strawberry Syrup
INGREDIENTS
¼ cup fresh strawberries, mashed
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
PREPARATION
Combine all ingredients in a medium heavy bottom [...]

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Strawberry Mint Gin Mini Pesto Elixir

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Gowanus Brooklyn
Ingredients
1 cup simple syrup
½ cup fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
3 fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth pesto-like sauce is created. Add about a half of a tablespoon of the [...]

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Strawberry Quinoa Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup black quinoa
¼ cup rolled oats
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flax seeds
¼ cup almonds, chopped fine
1/3 cup almond oil
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup almond milk
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped fine

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F. [...]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

Ingredients

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Strawberry Rhubarb Tartlets with Honey Crème Fresh

Makes 6 tartlets

Ingredients

Sweet Pie Dough (1 recipe- for one large tart)
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup rhubarb, sliced
⅓ cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup crème fresh
¼ cup honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F. Place the pie dough into 6 little tart shells, making sure it is smooth and even out [...]

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Strawberry Shortcake With Orange-Basil Biscuits and Sweet Pesto Cream

Here are a few of our latest ideas for spring’s best & most herby, fresh & light desserts!

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Strawberry Sodas

Makes 1 soda
A lovely and seasonal option for sugary sodas, kids and adults won’t be able to refuse this sweet delightful drink that will forever be reminiscent of summer to your palette.
Ingredients
2-3 ounces strawberry puree (recipe follows)
Seltzer water
Ice
Directions
In a glass filled with ice combine the strawberry puree depending on sweetness either 2 or 3 ounces [...]

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Strawberry Vinaigrette

Serves 4-6
A lovely savory way to enjoy peak berries and even more enjoyed alongside a glass of cold sparkling white or rose wine!
Ingredients
4 cups baby spinach leaves
1 medium or small red onion, halved and sliced thin
10 medium strawberries, quartered
1 cup Bulgarian feta, crumbled
1 cup almonds, toasted and sliced or chopped
Strawberry Almond Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Directions
In a [...]

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Strawberry Thyme Ginger & Lemon Tea

Makes 1 french press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup dried strawberries (substitute 2 fresh strawberries, sliced)
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
1 slice dried ginger or 1 slice fresh ginger
½ lemon sliced
2 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh strawberries, thyme leaves, ginger and sliced lemons. Pour just [...]

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Strawberry Vinaigrette

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
2 strawberries, mashed
1 tablespoon shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
¼ cup almond oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Directions
In a medium or small bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth and emulsified. Toss together with salad or use as a marinade for chicken or fish.

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Strawberry-Basil Galette

Makes 1 large galette
Ingredients
For the pastry
2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cups (1¾ sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
For the filling:
6 cups strawberries, stems removed and cut in half
½ cup sugar
¼ cup Cointreau
Juice and zest of 1 orange
1 cup fresh basil [...]

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Sweet Vanilla Dried Strawberries

Makes 1 cup dried fruit

Ingredients

2 cups strawberries, destemmed and sliced thin
3 tablespoons sugar
1 vanilla bean, scraped (bean discarded)

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Mix vanilla bean scraping with sugar in a small bowl. Lay on top of prepared strawberries, and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 2 ½ to 3 hours [...]

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