Friday, June 14, 2013

Michigan Strawberries = strawberry shortcake for dinner

This is the time of year when so many of us are cheering that summer is here. Well, of course, we are.

But, this is the best time of the year for the most delicious strawberries in your life. The spring Michigan strawberries.

They are marvels of intense flavor, the best we've ever had, anywhere. And all the more precious because the season isn't that long. We take every advantage of getting these beauties home whenever we can. (Plus MI asparagus is almost as good and we do the same for these lovely stalks.)

So what else would you have for dinner, other than strawberry shortcake?

These are the beautiful berries --

So we start with macerating the berries with just a touch of sugar

Bake up some real biscuits -- these are from the original "American Cookery" by James Beard (with just a touch of sugar added.)

Beat your real heavy whipping cream with a touch of vanilla.

Pile the fresh berries, the macerated berries with juice on a fresh biscuit and dollop fresh whipped cream on top.

Perfect for lunch, dinner, breakfast, midnight snack, mid-afternoon meal. The food of the gods who probably only eat Michigan strawberries.

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