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Re: “Springtime recipes for a strawberry surplus

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If you definitely know you are a procrastinator when it comes to washing your fruits and veggies the minute you get home from the store so that they are ready to use during the week, try this. Before even putting your berries into the fridge post shopping trip, just give them a quick rinse under warm water, trip off the stems, and put them onto a cookie/baking sheet. Throw the sheet directly into the freezer and forget about it. About an hour or two later, you will find your berries frozen solid, in their perfectly ripened state. Then, just put them into a Ziploc bag, and they will be ready to use when you are. You can use them to in a pie, as a homemade jam, or as a replacement for ice-cubes in your morning protein shake. (P.s. - this is also a great trick for ripe bananas)

My personal favorite is a delicious brunch salad. It's quick, healthy and delicious!

Field Greens Salad w/ Strawberries, gorgonzola & walnuts
(Serves 4)

5 cups field greens, washed (or buy the pre-washed bag)
6 oz. gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled
1 cup walnuts, chopped and lightly toasted
2 cups fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered

For the Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

2 T strawberries, mashed well with a fork
3 T balsamic vinegar
1/4 t ground pepper
A dash of salt
1/4 cup olive oil

1. Put the greens in a large salad bowl and top with walnuts and strawberries.

2. In a smaller bowl, blend the mashed strawberries, balsamic vinegar, pepper and salt. Whisk in the olive oil in a slow stream until the mixture is smooth and incorporated.

3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to mix. Top with the gorgonzola or blue cheese. Serve immediately.

Posted by avallee35 on 04/27/2011 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Springtime recipes for a strawberry surplus

cont...If you definitely know you are a procrastinator when it comes to washing your fruits and veggies the minute you get home from the store so that they are ready to use during the week, try this. Before even putting your berries into the fridge post shopping trip, just give them a quick rinse under warm water, trip off the stems, and put them onto a cookie/baking sheet. Throw the sheet directly into the freezer and forget about it. About an hour or two later, you will find your berries frozen solid, in their perfectly ripened state. Then, just put them into a Ziploc bag, and they will be ready to use when you are. You can use them to in a pie, as a homemade jam, or as a replacement for ice-cubes in your morning protein shake. (P.s. - this is also a great trick for ripe bananas)

My personal favorite is a delicious brunch salad. It's quick, healthy and delicious!

Field Greens Salad w/ Strawberries, gorgonzola & walnuts
(Serves 4)

5 cups field greens, washed (or buy the pre-washed bag)
6 oz. gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled
1 cup walnuts, chopped and lightly toasted
2 cups fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered

For the Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

2 T strawberries, mashed well with a fork
3 T balsamic vinegar
1/4 t ground pepper
A dash of salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Posted by avallee35 on 04/27/2011 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Raw Milk

I'm tired of hearing the overused cliche from the FDA. "It's like playing Russian roulette with your health." and "There are new cases every year of people becoming ill from drinking unpasteurized milk." simply not true. All they can point to is 45 cases on record since 1976. This can hardly be equated with Russian Roulette where someone would have to become ill every sixth glass of milk. At least if they are going to speak on the subject, tone down the rhetoric and use facts. There has to be another reason behind the Government's efforts to stamp out fresh from the dairy milk. Personally I believe it is money. Money from Agri-Business that simply cannot or will not clean up their operations to the point where they don't have to 'boil' the stuff to kill all the nasties they introduce.

~my two cents

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Posted by WmRJohnson on 07/01/2009 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Tomato crazy

thanks for shining light this hidden gem of fresh, local, organic produce... all wrapped up at one of the best (if not THE BEST) pizza joints in Tampa.

Now if we can get Caesar to come off some of that spinache he grows too, that would be awesome.

Posted by jj on 03/04/2008 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Catch a Buzz

great column! i would love to see more content like this.

Posted by jj on 01/29/2008 at 2:32 AM

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