The further we get into summer, the juicier and juicier the strawberries start to get. Only recently have I started to notice the strawberries actually having hints of flavor in them… a sign of some amazing produce in our near future.
Other things that are popping up in the garden right now that just happen to go great with strawberries; basil and mint! I think about those three ingredients and I see my future full of great salads, homemade lemonades, cocktails, desserts. I can also see myself making this again for a summer party or just for myself when I’m in need of a treat!
I’m all about coming up with new, exciting ways to enjoy a warm piece of toast in the morning. Just start at the basics with some really high quality, whole wheat bread and then you can go in a number of different directions with this concept! Sweet, savory… a mix of both maybe?
Here is my most recent idea. I’m calling it Tropical Fruit Toast… although the fruits I used aren’t too “out there”. The shaved coconut and mango remind me of my vacations to Mexico!
This is yet another one of those “recipes” that I came up with completely on accident. I was in my kitchen around lunch time last weekend making something entirely different using strawberries and basil, and I realized that I have never eaten bacon with strawberries. I knew that I had some bacon in the freezer and it started to sound really, really good.
The combination of sweet strawberries, fragrant fresh basil, acidic balsamic vinegar and salty bacon makes this salad quite the experience! It’s pretty, it’s unique and I am honored to share the idea with you.
We Jews like to eat a lot of bread. Each holiday has it’s own special type of bread or tradition involving bread.
Sometimes it’s unleavened, sometimes it’s marbled and sometimes we make it into pudding. Often it’s part of a hot sandwich of some sort and served alongside some good gnosh.
And sometimes if you’re lucky, it’s braided.
I like to buy big bags of bulk, raw nuts to keep around the house because they come in handy for cooking so many different things. If you buy them raw, that leaves the possibility open for preparing them in a variety of different ways, like the other morning, when I was in the mood for some oatmeal that packed with fresh strawberries, oven-toasted nuts and topped with raw honey.
You’ll never want to buy another fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt once you realize how much better it tastes to create one using fresh chopped fruit. Not to knock those convenient little snacks… they have their place in society too.
Take the extra 5 minutes to taste the freshly chopped strawberries and ground, spiced pistachios and I’m sure you love it.
Also, make sure to serve it in a cute bowl