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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

daily bliss: strawberries

Strawberries are my favorite fruit, and I eagerly await the short season every year. Supermarket berries simply cannot compare to luscious, local fruits, and I eschew fresh berries the rest of the year in anticipation of the goodness of a ripe berry just plucked from the fields.

When I was in Michigan visiting family last weekend, Mom and I took a trip over to the DeLange red berry farm to buy some berries. I also bought a pint of organic berries at the farmers' market. Laden with 2 quarts and 1 pint of berries, I returned home to Wisconsin with visions of berry wonders dancing in my head...

Dorie's Perfect Party Cake. La Pallette's Strawberry tart. Old fashioned shortcake.

I made the layers for the cake, and then promptly followed another kind of bliss to a day at the beach, leaving it unfinished.

I bought whipped cream for the tart and the shortcake...and may make them tomorrow...after I finish the cake.

What ever will I do with all these berry and butter and sugar and cream concoctions?!?

Eat them! Share them! Love them!

Strawberry season is fleeting, the berries at peak ripeness and flavor for such a brief moment of the year, that I eat them with abandon.

This morning, I ate a berry breakfast of yogurt with raw sugar and sliced berries, and a toasted english muffin with last summer's jam and local butter. Delicious.

To begin and end a day with strawberries...in June...this is happiness.


  1. I've just had an amazing piece of toast with strawberry jam for breakfast. Delicious! I love strawberries too and everything that comes with them. From the weather, the end of final semester, memories of carefree childhood, their colour!... The knowing that you will go to the garden, pick the first ones from the plant and time will become slow and meaningful. Becuase that's what exactly happened when I was ten: a strawberry was the promise of a long, free, exciting new summer ahead. Eating strawberries: Good meditation practice. Magic!

  2. Anonymous11:55 AM

    YUM! I love fresh summer berries. Everything looks delicious!

  3. hi vienna! thanks for stopping by! i love your idea of strawberries and meditation. it's so true--their brief sweetness is great food for thought:)

    thanks, pinkstripes!