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Red, White, & Blue Quinoa Berry Salad

Red, White, & Blue Quinoa Berry Salad

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Quinoa has an almost neutral flavor, so it just soaks up all the deliciousness of the easy honey-lime dressing, which complements the bright bursts of berries perfectly. I went with blueberries, strawberries, and red currants, but just about any fresh fruit combo will do wonderfully.
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Strawberry Streusel Muffins

Strawberry Streusel Muffins

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Getting a house ready to sell is a pain in the butt.

I knew it, but I didn’t know it. What I do know is that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The open house, the showings, the finding and hopefully buying of the perfect new place and all that goes along with that whole sordid process. I’m … kind of scared.

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Strawberry Lime Rosé Sangria

Strawberry Lime Rosé Sangria

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Beverages

I have to wonder if my family is a little worried about me. At just about every family gathering for the last six months or more, I’ve had some sort of new sangria for them to test. I toted jars of it over to my niece’s birthday party. I broke it out it after dinner at a Mother’s Day gathering. I hadn’t gotten around to making a dessert, but sangria? Of course I did.

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Lava Flow Smoothie (Vegan Strawberry Coconut Smoothie)

Lava Flow Smoothie (Vegan Strawberry Coconut Smoothie)

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Beverages

Today, I have no story. The kid and the dog are playing on the floor, sort of throwing the tennis ball back and forth. It’s cute. My guy and I have just started house shopping and my brain is reeling a bit from our first excursion out looking yesterday evening. We’ve started packing up this house and it’s already mayhem. And then the daycare I had just started taking my little one to a couple of mornings per week – the daycare that took me months to find, that took me even longer to wrap my brain around, the daycare that my little one was loving, the daycare that allowed me to have a few blessed uninterrupted hours to work on Kitchen Treaty – just fell through.

And so I’m processing. Lots of processing. No story, but there is a smoothie.

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Balsamic Strawberry & Brie Grilled Cheese Sliders

Balsamic Strawberry & Brie Grilled Cheese Sliders

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

“Is it okay if Hailey has a couple of strawberries from your garden?” My sister asked. My adorable niece turned around and grinned up at me, twinkling robin’s-egg-blue eyes, tousled blonde hair, and red juice staining her chin. Another telltale streak ran down the front of her yellow tank top.

“I guess it better be, huh?” I laughed. Inside, my heart swelled. My garden is finally at the place where it lures little ones (in the most non-creepy way) with its perfectly-ripe veggies and berries, and they can’t help but pluck and snack to their little hearts’ content.

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Individual White Berry Lemon Sangrias (Yes, Sangria in a Jar!)

Individual White Berry Lemon Sangrias (Yes, Sangria in a Jar!)

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Beverages

I am way, way too excited about this foolproof way to make sure everyone gets their fair share of fruit in every single glass of sangria. Bonus: this method is perfect for parties (it doesn’t get much easier for the host or hostess). Double bonus: it’s freakin’ delicious, of course, because it’s sangria. In a jar!

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Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 in Beverages

Chocolate and strawberries. Strawberries and chocolate. A natural pair. MFEO. Peas in a pod. And perfect for today.

I think you’re looking at the perfect breakfast to whip up for your Valentine this morning. Or any morning, really. It’s chocolatey – oh, so chocolatey – but it also boasts a nice, big dose of healthy, juicy strawberries along with vanilla yogurt, a little orange juice, and a dash of vanilla.

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 in Happy Endings

My garden is a sad sight this year, as summer started just a tad too late for me to have much confidence in all the things I wanted to plant. Happily, though, the peas are thriving – and so are the strawberries.

Big, red, perfect, plump, juicy strawberries. I’ll run out there to snag a couple to slice atop my yogurt for breakfast or a handful to enjoy whole after dinner. Or, like the other day, I’ll just start picking and soon I’ll have a nice bowlful, and then I get to dreaming all about what kinds of creations I can make with these delicious scarlet goodies.

Say, for instance, strawberry shortcake cupcakes.

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Fresh Strawberry Lemonade by the Glass

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade by the Glass

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 in Beverages

It’s July 5, and Seattleites like myself know what that means: summer is finally here! Sure enough, the sun showed its ever-so-scarce face yesterday and, according to the forecast, might just stick around for awhile. Woo hoo!

So I thought I’d bid adieu to “June-uary” and usher in the official Seattle summer with a glass of the ideal easy summer sipper: strawberry lemonade.

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White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria

White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 in Beverages

Some might argue that a true sangria is red.

Me, I don’t care either way. It’s sangria. When you’re drinking sangria – regardless of the hue – life is automatically good. Who would want to argue with that?

This sangria in particular has become a fast fave in our house. It’s sweet, but not sickeningly sweet. It’s just-right sweet. The strawberries lend their signature summery taste while the sour lemon keeps everything in check. Lemon-lime soda tops it off and, I think, makes this sangria particularly drinkable – in a bit of a dangerous way, actually.

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Strawberry Feta Salad with Balsamic-Basil Grilled Chicken (or Not)

Strawberry Feta Salad with Balsamic-Basil Grilled Chicken (or Not)

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

Say hello to my new favorite salad – and my guy’s new favorite chicken recipe.

This amazing salad combines sweet strawberries with salty feta along with the zip of red onions and the nice crunch of toasted almonds. The vinaigrette makes it, though. The honey and balsamic vinegar set off the flavors of the salad just so. The optional balsamic-and-fresh-basil marinated and grilled chicken is tender, moist, and full of flavors that complement the dish perfectly – and it’ll make the carnivores in your life happy.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

When it comes to rhubarb, I’m usually a purist. No need to mix it with any other fruits – just a little sugar and we’re good to go. Why futz with that deliciously unique tart-sweet flavor? We don’t need strawberries or raspberries or any kind of berries to sweeten the pot, or the pie. Bring on the rhubarb and only the rhubarb and I’m one happy camper.

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Fourth of July Sangria

Fourth of July Sangria

Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 in Drinks, Entertaining, Food, Fruit, Holidays

I’m kind of into the dorky over-the-top holiday themed stuff.

I know I’m a dork. I own it, for the most part. Sometimes I think it would be cooler to be, well, cool – but then I look in the mirror or hear the words coming out of my mouth and I laugh at myself. I am what I am. May as well embrace it.

But enough about me. How about America, and freedom, and liberty, and justice for all? And how about celebrating the day of independence with a tasty, dorkily themed beverage like Fourth of July Sangria?

That’s right, my friends. We’ve got a nice refreshing white sangria with star fruit. And strawberries and blueberries and wine and deliciousness and good times. So how about getting dorky with me for your very own Fourth of July celebration? Jump on in to the uncool pool with me. The water is, actually, pretty fine.

Fourth of July Sangria

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle dry white wine (I use pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc would probably work nicely as well)
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 medium star fruit, sliced
  • 15 maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate schnapps
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Club soda

Directions:

  1. Add the strawberries, blueberries, star fruit, and cherries to a pitcher.
  2. Pour in the wine and the pomegranate schnapps.
  3. Gently stir in the sugar.
  4. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours – or, preferably, overnight.
  5. To serve, fill a glass about 2/3 of the way full with ice cubes. Pour the sangria in about 2/3 full, and add a few pieces of the fruit. Top off with club soda.

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