My food theme for this month is all about strawberries. To me, they mean the beginning of summer along with beach towels, sunblock, watermelons, and my favorite, strawberries and whipped cream. I get my berries from all over. Roadside farm stands or local grocery isles. When I purchase from the grocery store, however, I always get organic because to me it simply tastes better. I am not above picking my own from a local farm particularly on days when there is less humidity and heat.
What I love is that I generally do not have to worry about them going bad. As the berries get ripe, I just pop them in a blender along with other berries, fruit, or juice, serve them as a smoothie with honey or pour them into a popsicle mold. For the weekend, I picked Danielle Walker's strawberry lemonade popsicle recipes from her "Against all grain" blog.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It'll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they'll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields... and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?”
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