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Sweet strawberry season

By Hilary Meyer, May 29, 2009 - 4:36am

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I never really tasted a strawberry until I spent a summer visiting my grandmother on her family’s tiny island off the southeastern coast of Norway. Sure, I had eaten strawberries before. They usually came from a plastic container, picked out of season, underripe and shipped from some distant location. But after tasting the sweet real thing, I could hardly consider those strawberries anymore. Now, whenever berries are in season, I buy cartons of them (or pick them myself). I love to eat them fresh, but I also have a few great strawberry recipes that I go back to again and again.

Here are a few of my favorite savory and sweet strawberry recipes:

Green Salad with Strawberries & Goat Cheese: This lively salad captures the essence of early summer with ripe strawberries, chives and baby spinach. To make it a meal, top it with grilled chicken breast.

Strawberry-Orange Muffins: We love the combination of strawberry and orange in this sweet breakfast muffin with a streusel topping. For a less conventional (but equally delicious) twist, try the basil variation. The hint of basil complements the fruity berries wonderfully.

Strawberry Cream: This chilled strawberry dessert gets creaminess and a touch of tanginess from reduced-fat sour cream. Topped with some ruby-red diced strawberries, it makes a delightful ending to any meal.

Grilled Duck with Strawberry-Fig Sauce: Here we pair a luscious strawberry-fig sauce with grilled duck for a simple yet elegant main dish. Serve with rice pilaf and grilled vegetables.

Strawberry Sherbet: Buttermilk gives this sherbet tanginess and complements the fresh sweet strawberries. If you prefer a sweeter result, add a touch more sugar.

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Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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