Balsamic Strawberries – An easy way to serve strawberries

Balsamic Strawberries

 

I admit, when I first heard of putting balsamic vinegar on strawberries I thought it sounded crazy at best, and disgusting at worst.

But then I tried it.  Oh my!  Somehow, the balsamic vinegar brings out all the strawberry-ness of the berries.  It doesn’t taste vinegary at all.  The strawberries are elevated to be their best selves.  Fantastic!

And it’s such an easy thing to do.  Clean and slice the berries.  Add a bit of sugar and splash of balsamic vinegar.  Stir and serve.

You need to try this!

It’s more method than recipe, but here are some measurements to get you started.

  • 3 – 4 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

Stir it all together and be amazed at how this weird sounding combo is one of the most delicious things you’ve ever eaten!

Strawberry Soup Recipe from Disney’s Grand Floridian

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I have wanted to try this soup forever, but haven’t had the chance.  I’ll be staying at the Grand Floridian Resort in about a month for the Food Blogger Forum Conference.  But I’m not sure I’ll have a chance to eat at 1900 Park Fare, where they serve this soup.

To be fair, I did not use the exact recipe from the Grand Floridian.  Here’s the original:

Strawberry Soup-1

 

The strawberries I used were sweetened, so I know our soup was much sweeter than the original.  And I decided to lighten it up a bit by subbing out the heavy cream.  I also used light sour cream in place of the regular and the yogurt.  I would have used plain yogurt instead, but I was out.  Use what you’ve got!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make Strawberry Soup:    [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Strawberries 2012

Those are the first of the strawberries from the patch in the backyard.  If I don’t get some bird netting, they may be the last too.  Anyone else having trouble with the birds eating the berries?

My family loves strawberries straight from the garden, dipped in a small dish of powdered sugar or as part of a recipe.  Here are a few of our favorite strawberry recipes: [Read more…]

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake with Strawberry Icing

Have you ever made a recipe that you just weren’t sure about?  Even while I was baking this, I didn’t know if it would be good or not.  I had the idea to change up the recipe for Tuxedo Bars and I had a strawberry cake mix in the pantry.  Chocolate and strawberries go together, right?

I asked about the cake on Facebook, just to see if others thought it sounded good.  I also wanted to know what kind of icing to put on it.  I couldn’t decide between chocolate, vanilla or strawberry.  After reading all the opinions of readers on the EaH Facebook page, I decided to go with strawberry icing.

The result was marvelous!  The fresh strawberry frosting really set off the cake and the mini chocolate chips gave it just enough chocolate flavor.  This makes a 15×10 inch sheet cake, so it’s great for a crowd.  But I think it would also freeze well, if you have more than you can eat.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Nutella and Fruit Topped Waffles

Oh my goodness.  This is beyond amazing.

Nutella slathered over malt waffles and piled high with bananas, blueberries and strawberries.  Wow!

A while back I saw a post on the Disney Food Blog about new waffle sandwiches available at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom.  I’ve vowed that we will try these on our next trip.  But I couldn’t wait that long.  I decided to make them at home.

I used malted milk powder in the waffles to make them more like Magic Kingdom waffles.  I don’t own a Belgian waffle maker, but if you have one, you’ll want to use it for this recipe.   I think thicker waffles might make them easier to fold into a sandwich.  We ate them on a plate, with a fork. [Read more…]

Things I’ve Found in My Backyard and around the Web

I found a surprise in our strawberry patch the other day.  A perfectly round nest with 3 eggs.  There are now 5 eggs in the nest.  Busy bird.

She chose a splendid little spot for her nest.  It’s well hidden and there’s a chicken wire fence around the strawberry patch to protect it.  For a while after finding the nest, we didn’t see the mama.  She skitters out of the nest and under the strawberry plants when we come near.  She’s a sparrow.

I did a little sleuthing online to find out about sparrow nests.  Apparently, they are seen as a terrible nuisance and many people destroy the nest and eggs.  It reminds me of the verse that says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one will fall to the ground apart from the will of the Father.” (Matthew 10:29)  “You are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:30b)

Even when we are an unwanted nuisance, God still loves and cherishes us.  Be encouraged!

Fun stuff around the web

I’m on Pinterest. Have you heard of it?  It’s a cool site where you can virtually pin images you find around the web to your own virtual bulletin boards.  You can use it to organize your finds for big projects (like a wedding or kitchen remodel) or just for fun (like my In a Jar board or my Rainbows board).

Special thanks to Eat at Home sponsors

I want to welcome a couple of new site sponsors.

Coupon Cookin’ offers coupons and store deals, as well as great recipes.

My Favorite Recipes Book is a great way to organize your paper-and-ink recipes.  My mom has one of these organizers and loves it.

Plan to Eat is the way to organize your digital recipes.  You can also click and drag them onto a calendar to create a menu and it will produce a grocery list automatically.  Cool!

Ingredient Spotlight: Strawberries

Who doesn’t love strawberries?

I know there are a few of you out there, like one of my brothers-in-law (brother-in-laws?).  If strawberries aren’t your thing, just turn your head.  Today we’re going all big, red berry!

I was hoping to have our own garden fresh berries for the photo, but ours are still just blooms and green, hopeful berry nubs.  We have 3 square foot boxes filled with berries.  One will produce this year.  The other two were just planted with 50 plants in each box.  Next year should be delicious!

When I went hunting for strawberry recipes on my blog, I was surprised to find just a few that used fresh berries.  I guess we usually just eat them plain.  But here are a couple of my recipes and a post on our square foot garden box of berries:

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Berry Shortcake and Monday’s Celebration

berry shortcake

My husband lucked out this year for his birthday.  His actual day was Thursday, but because our son had soccer practice we decided to celebrate Friday night instead.

Except, the kids thought we should give him his gift on Wednesday night, since it was a fancy new coffee maker.  That way he could enjoy great coffee on his birthday morning.  He has a thing for coffee and even roasts green beans.

On his actual birthday, I didn’t want him to feel we’d done nothing for him, so I made Berry Shortcake.  It’s the same recipe as Strawberry Shortcake, with the addition of blueberries.  Oh so yummy!

And on Friday he got a birthday dinner – his request of meat on the grill, corn on the cob and a variation on his favorite cake, German Chocolate Upside Down Cake.  The recipe for the cake will be coming soon.

Monday’s Celebration

Monday marks the 52nd Menu + Grocery List.  That’s a whole year of free menu planning and grocery list making that has been done for you!

To celebrate there will be a special edition of the menu.

There’s also going to be a giveaway!  You don’t want to miss it!

But first, we get a weekend.  We get to pick our oldest daughter up from the airport on Sunday evening.  She’s been in Bogota, Columbia on a mission trip for 11 days.  I can’t wait to see her again and hear her stories.

What are you doing this weekend?

Judy’s Strawberry Pie

strawberry-pie-done

My mother-in-law makes the best strawberry pie (and peach using the same recipe).  The crust reminds me of sugar cookies and the glaze enhances the flavor of the strawberries and makes the pie look as good as it tastes. 

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Salad Greens with Berries and Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

salad-greens-and-berries-done

I created this salad for a potluck dinner last week.  The combination of the berries, greens, cheese, and onion with the raspberry vinaigrette dressing was very good.  Strawberries dress up everything, don’t you think?

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