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Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:53 PM

Chocolate Dipped Berries
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1 qt fresh strawberries
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
Chocolate berries with fresh, green stems. Rinse in cold water and pat dry with paper towel.
Melt chocolate in double-boiler over very hot water. Working quickly, pick up a berry by the stem and dip in chocolate, covering it about two-thirds. Remove excess chocolate; place on wax paper. Chill until chocolate sets. Store at room temperature.


Lettuce Strawberry Salad
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romaine lettuce, washed and torn up
spinach , washed and torn up
2-3 green onions , sliced
1 cup sliced celery
sugar coated pecans
strawberries
dressing:
¼ cup milk
2 tsp. poppy seed
¾ cup mayonnaise
⅓ cup sugar
2 tsp. raspberry vinegar

Toss together onions, celery, pecans and strawberries. Toss into greens. Pour over dressing, just before serving.


No-bake Strawberry Pie
9" Pie
Filling:
2 #s frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
2 packets unflavored gelatin
1 cup sugar
pinch salt
1 # fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced thin
2 tablespoons Sure-Jell for low sugar recipes
Topping:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream, chilled

Filling:
Cook frozen berries in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until berries begin to release juice, about 3 minutes. Add the Sure-Jell and increase heat to medium high and cook, stirring frequently, until thick and jamlike, about 25 minutes(mixture should measure 2 cups, cook until there is only 2 cups of berries.)
Combine lemon juice, water and gelatin in a small bowl. Let stand until gelatin is softened and mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir gelatin mixture, sugar and salt into cooked berry mixture and return to simmer, about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
Fold fresh strawberries into filling. Spread evenly in pie shell and refrigerate until set, about four hours.

Topping:
With electric hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth, about 30 seconds. With mixer running, add cream and whip until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Serve pie with topping on top or on the side.


Peppered Strawberries
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1 cup strawberries, halved
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp anisette
1 ½ tsp Grand Marnier
⅓ cup heavy cream
vanilla ice cream
Place strawberries in serving bowl. Add lots and lots of fresh ground pepper from a pepper mill. Add remaining ingredients in order, except for ice cream. Mix lightly. spoon over individual dishes of ice cream . This is a delightful dessert .


Strawberry Bread
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3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved if small, chop if large
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
4 eggs , beaten
1 cup chopped pecans, optional


Heat oven to 350. Combine flour, sugar, strawberries, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Make a deep well in the center of the flour mixture. Add oil and eggs to center of well. Mix till combined then stir in pecans. Pour into two greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 loaf pans. Bake until golden and inserted testers come out dry, approximately 1 hour 5 minutes. Cool on wire rack 30 minutes and remove from pan.


Simple Strawberry Sauce
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2 pints strawberries, washed and sliced
½ cup sugar(to taste)

Combine sugar and berries, stir gently; chill one to two hours or overnight. Use sauce on ice cream, shortcake, angel food cake, pound cake, puddings, waffles, crepes, or just enjoy with with a touch of cream.


Strawberry Cream Freeze
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1 pkg(8oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup cold milk
1 pkg(3.4 oz) vanilla flavor instant pudding
1 ½ cups cool whip, thawed
20 vanilla wafers, coarsely broken
3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced, divided
½ cup strawberry ice cream topping
1 (6 oz) Oreo pie crust


Beat cream cheese to large bowl with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in milk. Add dry pudding mix; beat 2 min. Stir in Cool Whip, wafers and 1 cup berries. Swirl in ice cream topping. Spread into crust. Freeze 6 hours or until firm. Remove dessert from freezer 15 min. before serving. Garnish with remaining berries.



Strawberry Salad
12 servings
2 bags spinach , tear into bite-size pieces
2 to 3 pints strawberries, rinsed and sliced
2 boxes fresh mushrooms, sliced

Dressing:
⅔ cup sugar
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp poppy seed
3 tbsp minced onion
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp worcestershire sauce
1 cup vegetable oil
½ cup white cider vinegar

In a large bowl combine salad ingredients. Combine all dressing ingredients in a large jar and refrigerate. Shake and toss with dressing just before serving.


Strawberry Spring Salad
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1 10 oz bag fresh spinach
3 cups fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
1 can(11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
¾ cup walnut pieces
1 head Bibb lettuce or 1/2 head of Boston lettuce
1 medium sweet onion, sliced thin

Wash spinach and lettuce, pat dry. ear into bite-sized pieces and place in a salad bowl. Reserve six to eight whole strawberries for garnish; cut remaining berries in half and add to bowl. Add drained oranges and sliced onion. Toss gently; cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until serving time. Add salad dressing of choice, a poppy seed dressing is an excellent choice. Garnish with whole strawberries and walnuts.
Note: To make this recipe into an entree, add sliced, cooked chicken breast or sliced beef tenderloin.



The Ultimate Strawberry Pie
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crust:
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp. cold milk


filling:
12 oz(1 1/2 Pkgs) cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp. sugar
1 quart strawberries, divided
2 oz semi sweet chocolate, melted
1 tbsp. pistachios, pecans & walnuts, finely chopped

Combine all crust ingredients in a 9" pie plate; mix and press into bottom and sides of plate. Do not prick. Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool. Beat together cream cheese and sugar with mixer until smooth. Add about 3/4 cup of the strawberries; beat until just bits of strawberries remain. Spread mixture into cooled pie shell. Melt chocolate over low heat; dip tips of remaining strawberries into chocolate. Arrange tips up over cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with nuts for garnish. Chill thoroughly. Cut with sharp knife.





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