Strawberry Balsamic Cooler

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


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 mixture to a boil and allow to boil gently for about 10 minutes. The mixture should reduce by about one fourth.  Turn off the heat and allow to cool completely.  Strain and chill.

Strawberry Cilantro Soda

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


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.

Fresh Strawberry Black Pepper-Balsamic Cocktail

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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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 onto an old fashioned champagne glass or coupe and fill with rose.  Garnish the side of the glass with a Black Pepper Dried Strawberry.

*Basil Syrup- Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup basil leaves and stems and 1 tablespoon lemon zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and strain.

*Sweet Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar- In a medium sauce pan, combine  ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar, 1 -2 handfuls of basil stems and  leaves, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, 2 smashed strawberries, 1 tablespoon black peppercorns (crushed coarsely) and 1 cup balsamic vinegar.  Bring the mixture to a boil and allow to boil gently for about 10 minutes. The mixture should reduce by about one fourth.  Turn off the heat and allow to cool completely.  Strain and chill.


Black Pepper Dried Strawberries
Makes 1 cup dried fruit

Ingredients

3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
2 cups strawberries, de-stemmed and sliced thin

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Mix sugar, vinegar and black pepper in a bowl .  Arrange strawberries on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle sugar mixture on the strawberries on both sides.  Place in oven for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until dried through. Store in an airtight container up to 4 weeks.

Rose Sparkler with Sweet Cilantro Syrup

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cup cilantro leaves to form a pesto-like, smooth substance.

Strawberry Mint Gin Mini Pesto Elixir

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

©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 sweet pesto to the top of 1 ounce of New York Distilling Company Gin. Gently Swirl the elixir down.

Fresh Star-Anise Strawberry Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 stand to cool before serving. (discard the star anise before serving.)

Mango Banana Spring Rolls with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 seconds. Take out and shake off excess water and lay flat on a kitchen towel. On the middle of the wrappers, place a long dollop of the bean paste mixture, a few mango strips and a few banana strips. Wrap the roll up like a present but rolling. Serve garnished with strawberry sauce.

Sweet Spiced Red Bean Paste
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup adzuki beans, cooked very soft
¼ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated

Directions

In a blender mix well while beans are warm and allow to cool.

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 stand to cool before serving. (discard the star anise before serving.)

Mutton Holler Swamp Coolers

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 in gin for 2 days)

Directions

In a big jug mix all ingredients and stir well. Pour in ice. For alcoholic drink place 2 ounces of cucumber gin in a glass and fill with mutton holler swamp cooler juice!

Dried Strawberry Lime Salt

June 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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 combined well and semi moist and clumpy like margarita salt. Depending on the juice amount of the lime you may need another one. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for about a month.

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 and gently mix the strawberries, lemon juice and zest as well as the sugar and let stand for at least five minutes. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, nut meg and salt with about a tablespoon of the extra sugar. Gently cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or your hands, cutting or crumbling until the mixture resembles a course cornmeal. Mix in the buttermilk slowly stirring until the dough starts to come together. Gently fold in the strawberries and mix well, but gently. Make sure the dough is completely mixed. Drop dough onto a greased or lines cookie sheet (about a tablespoon for each) making sure to space them apart as they will fall a bit. Sprinkle a bit of the course sugar atop and place in the over to bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and take off pan immediately to cool completely.

Strawberry Margaritas with Dried Strawberry Lime Salted Rims

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink



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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 2 limes
1 ounce strawberry puree (more for a sweeter version)
Strawberry Lime Salt for inside and the rim (recipe follows)

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, place the tequila, orange liquor, pinch of lime zest, juice or 2 limes and the strawberry puree. Add a pinch of the strawberry salt and shake vigorously. Pour the mixture, ice and all, into a low ball glass rimmed with the strawberry salt. Garnish with a strawberry or a lime wedge.

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 combined well and semi moist and clumpy like margarita salt. Depending on the juice amount of the lime you may need another one. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for about a month.

Local New Jersey Strawberry Jam

June 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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, stirring often. Cool and store in a airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Strawberry Vinaigrette

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 large salad bowl gently mix the spinach, red onion, and strawberries.  Add the feta and almonds and again mix gently.  Drizzle with the dressing and again gently toss together

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.

Strawberry Sodas

June 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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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 and fill with seltzer water.  Stir well and garnish with a strawberry.

*to make the strawberry puree take 1 cup of strawberries, hulled and chopped, ½ cup turbinado or unprocessed sugar and ½ cup water and bring to a boil.  Take of heat and cool.  Blend in a blender until smooth.

Local Strawberry Week

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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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 us only when local. Strawberries are available year round in many regions of the country where the weather is warm year round, in most regions in the US strawberries run from May to June. Choose ripe strawberries that are bright red, firm and with no white around the stem. They should be fragrant like strawberry perfume and should not contain any soft spots. The size is not as important as the scent and lack of soft spots. It’s always best not to store ripe berries too long so the first rule is to eat them within a day or two and store on the counter unrefrigerated. More than a day they need to go into the refrigerator, however more than two days strawberries begin to lose their sweet taste and fragrance. Wash only before eating. Can be destemmed and frozen as well. Here is a mix of our favorite simple strawberry recipes to enjoy during this peak of the season time, shifting focus to the strawberry and its sweet succulent flavor.

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Featured Recipes

Strawberry Sodas

Strawberry Lemon Buttermilk Scones

Strawberry Spinach salad with Almonds and Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Basil Galatte

Local New Jersey Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Margaritas with Dried Strawberry Lime Salted Rims

Dried Strawberry Lime Salt

Strawberry Creamcicles

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Fruit, Herb & Nut Parfaits

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 and vanilla extract and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the honey is infused with the herbs flavor. Place the yogurt in a bowl or a glass and place some berries on top. Next sprinkle some almonds and pumpkin seeds and top with a few flax seeds. Drizzle the infused honey over the entire parfait while the honey is still warm, not hot.

Strawberry Basil Fizzy

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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. Let cool. Place in a blender and blend until smooth. Place puree into a pitcher and add zest and juice of lime or lemon, 2 cups of ice and fill with seltzer water. Mix well and serve garnished with a strawberry or lime or lemon wedge.

Strawberry Quinoa Cookies

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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. In a blender blend the quinoa and the oats until a gritty powder is formed. In a mixing bowl combine, ground quinoa, oats, flour, baking powder, soda, salt, flax seeds and almonds, mix well and set aside. In another mixing bowl whisk together the almond oil, sugars, vanilla, almond milk and egg until well mixed. Slowly add the dry mix to the wet mixing well as you combine mixtures. A thick oatmeal cookie type batter should form. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let rest to harden and solidify for about 3-4 minutes before eating.

Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

May 10th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh strawberries, mashed
¼ cup fresh rhubarb, chopped
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a medium heavy bottom saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Blend and cool until ready to use.

Spring Daisy

May 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Strawberry Thyme Ginger & Lemon Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Strawberry Rhubarb Tartlets with Honey Crème Fresh

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 tartlets

Ingredients

Sweet Pie Dough (1 recipe- for one large tart)
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup rhubarb, sliced
â…“ 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 the dough in each tartlet tin. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until tart crust is golden brown and crisp. In a medium sauce pan combine strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice and zest. Cook on medium until all sugar is dissolved and the strawberries and rhubarb is soft but not mushy, about 3 – 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. Place a few tablespoons of the honey crème fresh in the bottom of each tartlet and cover with a pile of the strawberry rhubarb mixture (about ⅓ cup). Chill slightly and serve.

Fresh Strawberry Mint Ice Cream with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 with 1 cup chopped mint. Bring to boil until sugar is totally dissolved. Let steep on simmer for five minutes, then strain and set syrup aside. Combine milk and cream in a heavy saucepan. Bring to just about boil but do not let it boil. Remove from heat and set aside for about an hour. Bring milk mixture back to simmer. Whisk egg yolks and ½ cup sugar in a mixing bowl and then mix eggs into saucepan. A double boiler helps to ensure that the milk product does not boil. Stir over medium low heat until the mixture thickens into a custard. Usually about 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. In the meantime, mix strawberries and mint simple syrup in a food processor until smooth. Mix pureed strawberries in with the custard mix, add chopped fresh mint if desired and use ice cream maker according to instructions.

Dip strawberries in melted chocolate and set in refrigerator to harden, serve with mint ice cream.

Dried Strawberry Basil Buttermilk Biscuits

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 into a large bowl, and gently mix. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several times in a food processor.) Combine the cream, zest, orange juice and basil in a measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the flour, and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, ¾ to 1 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment, cover with plastic, and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into even shapes of your choice- circles, squares, triangles and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet. Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

Sweet Vanilla Dried Strawberries

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 or until dried through. Store in an airtight container up to 4 weeks.

Dried Strawberry Muesli with Sunflower Seeds & Dates

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Strawberry Almond Granola

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
½ cup maple syrup
2 ½ cups old fashioned oats
â…“ 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 325ËšF.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add butter and maple syrup. Heat until warm and butter has melted.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, almonds, flax seed meal, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter and maple syrup mixture and combine thoroughly. Mixture should be a wet consistency. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven for a total of 40 minutes, making sure to check every 10 minutes, stirring, so granola is toasted evenly. Once granola is golden brown, remove from oven and mix in dried strawberries. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Strawberry-Basil Galette

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 leaves, sliced thin

Directions

Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl until combined well. Using your hands (or a food processor), add butter, and crumble into the flour until the crust mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the egg yolk and the tequila, and mix together gently until dough is moist. Form dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.
Meanwhile mix together strawberries, sugar, Cointreau, orange juice and zest, and the basil leaves. Let soak for at least an hour. Strain and set aside, reserving liquid.

Preheat oven 375°F.

Roll out dough on a floured surface until it forms a large circle about 16-inches in diameter. Place rolled dough on a large, thick, greased cookie sheet with sides or, better yet, a large, greased cast iron pan. Place strained berries in a big pile in the center of the dough. Fold dough up all around the pile of berries leaving a big hole at the top like a shallow volcano. Pour a little of the reserved berry liquid in the hole and reserve a little for the end. Bake for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and crispy. Drizzle finished tart with the remainder of the juice from the berries.

Strawberry Mint Fizz

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 saucepan.
Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Blend and cool till ready to use.

Strawberry Mint Fizz

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 forms.
Combine lemon juice, strawberry paste and water in a large pitcher, use a handheld blender to get it smoother or serve chunky for kids!

Strawberry Basil Infused Warm Milk

October 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 strawberry
2 cups of milk
fresh basil

1-2 spoons of sugar.

PREPARATION

Puree 1 Strawberry with 2 cups of milk, and put in a saucepan with some fresh basil, simmer for about 5 minutes, do not boil.  Strain and add 1-2 spoons of sugar.

Strawberry Shortcake With Orange-Basil Biscuits and Sweet Pesto Cream

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the Strawberry Filling…

3 cups strawberries, de-stemmed and sliced thick
½ cup turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped fine

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and gently stir.  Let soak for at least 30 minutes.

For the Orange Basil Biscuits…

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, cold & cut into cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, sliced into thin strips

PREPARATION

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl and gently mix.  Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several times in a food processor.) Combine the cream, zest, orange juice and basil in a measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, ¾ to 1 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment, cover with plastic and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Heat the oven to 425ºF. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 6-10 even shapes of your choice, circles, squares, triangles, etc. and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet. Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

For the Pesto Sweet Cream…

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup fresh basil leaves
½ cup heavy cream
1-2 tablespoons sugar

PREPARATION

In a blender or with a hand held food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth, strain mixture with cheesecloth for fine pesto cream or use as is for a chunky, denser sweet cream.

To assemble biscuits…

Slice baked biscuits in half, spoon strawberry mixture on one half, cover with other half and drizzle with sweet pesto cream.

Strawberry Buckwheat Crepes With Lemon Thyme Sweet Cream

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

For the Crepes…

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
3 eggs
Juice of ½ lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup buckwheat flour
¾ cup all purpose white flour

PREPARATION

Whisk together all ingredients until smooth, or use a blender to blend, until very smooth.  Chill batter overnight.  Before frying the batter, whisk again and make sure the consistency is that of heavy cream.  Heat a non stick skillet or a crepe pan on medium high heat, grease pan with a tiny amount of butter and rub it around the pan until the pan is coated with the butter.  Pour about 1 /4 cup of the batter in the pan and swirl the batter around in the pan until it is distributed evenly and thinly.  Cook for about one minute and flip over when it is lightly browned.  Cook on both sides.  Fill crepes with filling and roll, drizzling some filling on top as well.

For the Strawberry Lemon Thyme Cream Filling…

INGREDIENTS

½ cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ tablespoon lemon thyme leaves
1 cup strawberries, cleaned and sliced

PREPARATION

Gently mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and allow to sit for at least one hour.

Strawberry Basil Tart

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Crust

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1¼ sticks of unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons tequila blanco

Filling

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs. strawberries, de-stemmed and cut in half
½ cup sugar
½ cup Cointreau
Juice and zest of 1 orange
1 cup fresh basil leaves, sliced thin

PREPARATION

Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl until combined well. Using your hands, add butter and crumble into the flour (a food processor can also be used) until the crust mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the egg yolk and the tequila, and mix together gently until dough is moist. Form dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.

Meanwhile mix together strawberries, sugar, Cointreau, orange zest and juice and the basil leaves. Let soak for at least an hour.

Roll out dough on a floured surface until it forms a large circle about 16 inches in diameter. Place rolled dough on a large, thick, greased cookie sheet with sides or, better yet, a large, greased cast iron pan. Place berries in a big pile in the center of the dough, reserving liquid. Fold dough up all around the pile of berries leaving a big hole at the top like a shallow volcano. Pour a little of the liquid in the top and reserve a little for the end. Bake in a preheated oven 375° for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and crispy. Drizzle finished tart with the remainder of the juice from the berries.

Serve with avocado ice cream. Avocado Ice Cream is extremely rich and decadent and really is a special treat. It is not as easy to find in supermarkets but many specialty restaurants that make their own ice cream will make it for you. Our local restaurant, Applewood, made it for us.

Strawberry Basil Champagne Vinaigrette

November 9th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approx ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

2 strawberries, cleaned and destemmed, and chopped finely
½ cup champagne vinaigrette
2 tablespoons hazelnut oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped fine

PREPARATION

Serve with a spinach & strawberry salad with almonds

Strawberry Mango Basil Salsa

November 4th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups chopped strawberries
1 cup chopped mango
2 T honey
juice and zest of 1 lime
¼ cup chopped basil

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Serve room temperature over ice cream, chocolate cake, or cheesecake.

Strawberry Basil Salsa

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups chopped strawberries
2 T honey
&frac14 cup chopped basil

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Serve warmed over ice cream or over cheesecake.

Strawberries in Basil Syrup

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
a pint of fresh washed and hulled strawberries
basil

PREPARATION

Dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water. Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes (longer if you would like the syrup stronger). Take out the basil and add a pint of fresh washed and hulled strawberries.

Fresh Strawberry Mint Ice Cream

November 2nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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 (with tops removed)
1 cup chopped mint plus ½ cup mint
strawberries and mint for garnish

PREPARATION

Make simple syrup by placing ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in heavy sauce pan with 1 cup chopped mint. Bring to boil until sugar is totally dissolved. Let steep on simmer for five minutes, then strain and set syrup aside. Combine milk and cream in a heavy saucepan. Bring to just about boil but do not let it boil. Remove from heat and set aside for about an hour. Bring milk mixture back to simmer. Whisk egg yolks and ½ cup sugar in a mixing bowl and then mix eggs into saucepan. A double boiler helps to ensure that the milk product does not boil. Stir over medium low heat until the mixture thickens into a custard. Usually about 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. In the meantime, mix strawberries and mint simple syrup in a food processor until smooth. Mix pureed strawberries in with the custard mix, add chopped fresh mint if desired and use ice cream maker according to instructions.

Strawberry Ginger Basil Cava Spritzer

November 2nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

½ cup strawberries with tops removed
2 T honey
1 T chopped ginger
¼ cup chopped basil
juice and zest of 2 limes
1 bottle of cava

PREPARATION

With a handheld mixer, mix the strawberries, honey, ginger zest, juice and basil until well blended. Pour a bit of the mixture at the bottom of a champagne glass and fill with the cava. Garnish with a strawberry.

Mint Strawberry Ice Cream with Parsley Syrup

October 29th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds fresh sliced strawberry
1 c sugar
2 c heavy cream
2 c light cream
1 t vanilla extract
¾ t peppermint extract
¼ c chopped mint
Parsley syrup
1 c parsley
1 c sugar
1 c water

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, stir together strawberries, sugar and mint until combined well. Cover mixture and chill overnight, stirring occasionally. Drain strawberry mixture in a sieve set over a bowl pushing all the strawberries through. Mix with creams and stir well. Freeze mixture in an ice cream maker following directions on the maker.

In a thick pan, add 1 c sugar, parsley and water and bring to a boil. Boil for about ten minutes until mixture is very thick and green. Strain, cool and drizzle over strawberry mint ice cream for an earthy treat.

Basil Peppered Strawberries with Crème Fraiche

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 c strawberries cleaned, hulled and cut in half
½ c water
juice and zest of 1 tangerine
½ c sugar
2 T cracked blacked pepper
½ c chopped basil
crème fraiche

PREPARATION

Place the strawberries, sugar, water, zest and juice in a small saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 2-3 minutes until the sugar is totally dissolved and the mixture is a little thick. Take off of heat and add basil. Let stand for about 30 minutes and serve chilled over crème fraiche or at room temperature over crème fraiche.

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