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Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:53 PM

Chocolate Dipped Berries
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
romaine lettuce, washed and torn up
spinach , washed and torn up
2-3 green onions , sliced
1 cup sliced celery
sugar coated pecans
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
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
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream, chilled

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.

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
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
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
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
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

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
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
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp. cold milk

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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