Saturday, June 02, 2007

Strawberry Fields Forever

Today we realized that the pick-your-own farm nearby had opened, so we spontaneously decided to go pick...

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Strawberries!!!

Here I am, picking some berries:
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Here I am with our bounty:
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So many strawberries!
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When we got home, we divided them into three purposes: 1)Berries to make lemonade. 2)Berries to dip in chocolate later while watching tv. 3)Berries to freeze to use all year 'round. We have a huge ziploc bag full of them now! I'm so excited.

We made this strawberry lemonade from Emeril Lagasse to go with dinner tonight. It took a long time and was not at all spectacular. It was yummy and we loved the strawberriness. We will not make it again, though.

Strawberry Lemonade

2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
2 cups cold sparkling water or club soda
Ice
Mint sprigs, garnish
Whole strawberries, garnish

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon peel and lemon juice, stir, and remove from the heat. Let cool completely, then strain into a clean pitcher.

In a blender, puree the pint of strawberries and add to the pitcher with the lemon juice. Stir well to combine and refrigerate until well chilled.

Add the sparkling water and stir well. Pour over glasses filled with ice and serve, garnished with mint and strawberries.

Yield: 4-6 servings

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