Hello June! And Hello Strawberry season!

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Hello June! And Hello Strawberry season!  Although the month of May is considered the “official” month of strawberries, I have always known June to host the freshest and ripest that our Long Island farms have to offer.  Now that we have welcomed June, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of this berry in the peak of its season.

The great thing about strawberries, deliciousness, aside, is how versatile they can be.  Strawberries can be integrated in such a variety of ways.  From drinks to desserts, the possibilities are almost endless!

A refreshing strawberry cocktail can makes for a fabulous summer drink. I’m not usually one to follow recipes, so I whipped up my own drink from home. Here is one to try. Muddle sliced strawberries with mint and a squeeze of both a lemon and lime.  Pour mixture into a champagne flute and top it off the some Prosecco or sparkling white wine.  Feeling more adventurous? Add a dash of St.Germain Elderflower liquor for a fantastic floral finish.  Replace the alcohol with tonic water for an equally as delicious virgin alternative.

Strawberries can be the star of the show in an entrée as well.  A strawberry/spinach salad conveys the flavors and textures of summer.  I recently tried a recipe made by a friend of mine and thought it a light and tasty dish; perfect for BBQ’s.  It was sweet, crunchy, and very satisfying! See her recipe below.

And in the summer celebration we can also celebrate strawberries and what better way to do so than at 60th Annual Mattituck Lions Annual Strawberry Festival,.  This year the festival will be held from June 12-15.  It is time for dessert!

If in attendance, expect to find a variety of yummy treats including chocolate dipped strawberries, daiquiris, and of course; strawberry shortcake. And incase you begin to feel that you’ve eaten so many strawberries you may just turn in to one; gyros, roasted corn, and funnel cake can be found for a little something different.

 

So here’s to the summer season, and the season of strawberries!

Strawberry Salad
1 bag baby spinach
5 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp chopped red onion
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1 pint fresh strawberries
Mix spinach and sliced strawberries.  Mix rest of ingredients to make the dressing.  Pour over spinach and strawberries when ready to serve
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