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.