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Homemade Strawberry Jam

Turn those end-of-season strawberries into delicious homemade jarred jam. Other than freezing them, it’s the best way to enjoy berries year round.

Homemade Strawberry Jam

While many of your have just started picking strawberries at your local U-pick farm, in east Tennessee strawberry season is ending and we are beginning blueberry and raspberry picking season. Which means it’s the perfect time to make jam out of those end of season strawberries. While jam making is not something I normally dive in to, my dad has made jam and jelly for as long as I can remember and therefore has all the tools to do so. We actually made this jam at the same time as the strawberry syrup.

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Red, White & Blue Sangria

Let the patriotic celebrations begin with this red, white and blue white wine sangria. Complete with star-shaped apple slices.

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The USA takes on Belgium today for the final game in the round of sixteen. With the 4th of July this week I decided to mix up a white wine sangria with red (strawberries), white (apples) and blue (blueberries) fruit floating around in it. But that’s not all folks, the apples are cut into star shapes to make it even more patriotic. It appeals to taste buds and patriots! I unfortunately will be working (without a glass of this sangria in hand) but thankfully the location at which I am today has a TV within view from the front desk, so you better know what channel I will have it set on.

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Red, White & Berry Hand Pies

Red, white & berry hand-held pies are stuffed with cream cheese, strawberries, and blueberries. Perfect for any patriotic event!

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Today’s another big day for the USA soccer team, taking on Germany this afternoon in hopes of continuing on into the knockout round of 16. There are several scenarios in which this could happen: (1) USA beats Germany, (2) USA ties Germany,(3) USA loses to Germany while Portugal and Ghana tie, or (4) USA loses to Germany, Portugal or Ghana wins (therefore tying the USA) and USA scores enough goals to win the goal point differential tiebreaker. In other words the odds are decent but not solid enough to breathe easy. To make matters worse I have to DVR the game and somehow avoid all commentary from the outside world before getting home to watch it myself. I should just go ahead and stuff cotton into my ears now.

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But if you could care less about soccer or futbol, or whatever it is you want to call it, don’t worry I have a fun mini dessert for you today. These hand pies were made using a star-shaped mini pie press and are stuffed with cheesecake, strawberries, and blueberries which is why they are called red, white and berry hand pies. The star shape of the pie may have blended while baking but there’s also a star-shaped vent cut into the top and that same piece of star-shaped crust is placed on top of the crust for more flair. Patriot enough for the fourth of July, Memorial Day, or for cheering on our nation’s soccer team!

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One year ago: Creamy Chicken and Herb Skillet
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Strawberry Almond Scottish Oatmeal & Giveaway

Creamy oatmeal lovers will rejoice with this Scottish oatmeal. This stone-ground oatmeal is filled with fresh strawberries, crunchy almonds. And it’s gluten-free!

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When it comes to oats, I didn’t know there was anything besides old-fashioned rolled and quick-cooking oats until a few years ago. Since then I have been introduced to steel cut oats, gluten-free oats and now Scottish oats thanks to Bob’s Red Mill. But what the heck is Scottish oatmeal? It is in fact the original oatmeal or, as we call it in the US, porridge. The fairly fine texture (although more coarse than flour) of Scottish oatmeal is the result of grinding the kernels with stone mills and when cooked results in a creamy, thick and almost instant hot cereal. I bet these Scottish oats would also be great in baked goods, substituted for old-fashioned rolled oats.

GF Scottish Oats

Naturally the first thing I made with Scottish oatmeal was in fact oatmeal (or porridge). I used the recipe for my favorite hot cereal, my dad’s apple harvest oatmeal, and substituted the rolled oats for Scottish oats and then strawberries and almonds instead of apples and walnuts. The end result was better than I had predicted. It was perfectly creamy, not too sweet and filling. I actually made this for breakfast on Father’s Day and it was most appreciated.

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Fresh Strawberry Pie

This easy strawberry pie is made with fresh strawberries, making the most of this seasonal berry. Serve with fresh whipped cream.

Fresh Strawberry PIe

I hope you are not tired of strawberry recipes yet because I have an easy fresh strawberry pie for you today. Strawberry pie is a rarity in my family because my dad typically makes pumpkin or apple the most and occasionally blueberry. So when he decided to make a strawberry pie using the strawberries from our most recent U-picking I was super excited. Since most of the strawberries were pretty small from this last pick of the season (I know the season is just starting for many of you but in TN it’s ending), they were dumped in the pie for easy assembly. However, if you have bigger berries you could place the strawberries in pie crust, tips up, and then pour the gelatin mixture over them. This would create a more dramatic appearance if you so desire. I just desire for it to be in my belly!

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Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Homemade strawberry syrup only requires two ingredients: strawberries and sugar. Whip up a batch for breakfast this weekend.

Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Not only is my dad the king of pancakes (amongst other things), but he also makes his own syrup. Growing up in upstate NY we had the luxury of having a small patch of woods behind our house with sugar maples, which my dad would tap in the winter to collect some of their sap which would be boiled down into maple syrup. Sadly I did not appreciate it as a kid and only wanted Mrs. Butterworth’s. Since my parents moved to TN he cannot make his own maple syrup anymore but still continues to make homemade strawberry syrup which has always been my favorite anyway. I love serving it over waffles, pancakes, or French toast topped with even more strawberries. We made a huge batch from one of our strawberry picking excursions, multiplying the recipe below in order to make 5 quarts. This is one of the reasons why they own a chest freezer.

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Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream

Finish off strawberry season with this homemade strawberry ice cream. The strawberries and roasted with balsamic vinegar for an exceptional flavor!

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What a whirlwind of a week! I traveled all over the place and got to see a lot of friends, including a wedding, but I have to admit I am glad I am done driving long distances for awhile. It’d be wonderful if everyone lived in the same city or at least state but at the same time it’s awfully nice to have places to visit.

I made this ice cream before I left on my journey. The last batch of strawberries my dad and I picked were starting to look a little sad which meant they were the perfect candidates for some ice cream. I roasted them in the oven with some balsamic vinegar, pureed them and mixed into the ice cream base before churning. When it came to putting the ice cream in the freezer to harden further it took a lot of self control to not dig in right away – it was so good! Super creamy and a rich flavor thanks to the roasting and balsamic vinegar.

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Three years ago: Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie
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Fruity Sangria

Warm weather means it’s time for sangria. This red wine based sangria has oranges, lemons, strawberries, and nectarines. Drink up and then enjoy the fruit!

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You know that 1 hour and 45 minute phone interview I had last week? I just got an e-mail saying I am one of their top 10 candidates, but the earliest they can arrange the in-person interview is sometime in July so I won’t know more for a little while. I will keep you posted (btw it’s in Des Moines, Iowa). In the meantime I have reached my farthest destination on my journey, Rochester, NY. Time to enjoy not driving for a couple days and see my friend Adrienne get married!

Since I had all of these fun things to share with you today and it’s Friday, I decided it was a good day to post a cocktail recipe. I made this with Trader Joe’s Charles Schwab cabernet sauvignon. Cheap wine is always great for sangria because you don’t have to feel guilty about “ruining” it. Feel free to serve this with a splash of lemon-lime soda or another bubbly additive if you prefer such a thing in your sangria but I like mine without carbonation. Go ahead and eat the fruit floating in your drink too. You better believe I did, except for the lemons.

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Strawberry, Rhubarb & Pear Salad

Change up the way to think of strawberries and rhubarb with this strawberry, rhubarb and pear salad with balsamic-herb dressing. It just might be your favorite spring salad!

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When you hear the word “rhubarb” what is the first thing you think of? I bet most of your answered that with “strawberries” and most likely combined in a pie or crumble. Well it is time to open your horizons and welcome this strawberry-rhubarb salad into your world, tossed with pears, crumbled, goat cheese, pistachios and spring salad greens. I even made a balsamic-herb dressing to go with it. With all of those ingredients combined together, this salad quickly became one of my favorites. Sadly rhubarb has been difficult to find and may have to sit on the bench for round 2.

In other news I had a phone interview for a job the other day which lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes. I couldn’t believe it! Definitely did not feel like it took that long but at the same time was the most in depth phone interview I’ve had yet. But before all that happened I managed to screw up which time zone in which I currently reside. She told me 11:00 am central time and I reverted back to thinking I still lived in Memphis, so when 11:00 am came and went I was worried. I even sent an e-mail to check in and suggested other times I was available. Thankfully when my phone finally rang at noon eastern time she understood and we had a little laugh about it. Gotta find the humor in life!

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Parfait

If you love pb+j then you’ll love this parfait. Peanut butter yogurt is layered with strawberry jam, fresh strawberries, and peanut butter granola. Prefect for breakfast or a light dessert.

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After 4 awesome days of BBQ-festing it’s time for me to return to Knoxville. Memphis is especially fun in May and I couldn’t have picked a better weekend for which to return. I may need to detox with spinach smoothies and salads however, but in the meantime lets talk about parfaits.

Despite my love for all things peanut butter, it took me a long time to get on board with peanut butter and jelly things beyond the sandwich. For some reason it did not appeal in dessert form but that all changed when I had the peanut butter and jelly candy bar from Trader Joe’s. Then when I got my hands on the KIND peanut butter granola I decided it was time to make a peanut butter and jelly parfait! With all the fresh strawberries I’ve had on hand after picking them on three separate occasions it was an easy decision to incorporate them and the freshly homemade strawberry jam my dad and I made.

This recipe is written for one since it is Single Serving Sunday, but it’s incredibly easy to multiply for more servings. As you can see I ended up making two.

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Two years ago: Thai Chicken Pizza

Three years ago: Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
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