From the Pantry: Instant Pectin (Strawberry Freezer Jam with Moscato)

Andrea Meyers - Strawberry Freezer Jam with Moscato

When summer rolls around and it’s time to start making jams and jellies again, I stock up on pectin. Many of the recipes I make call for regular pectin, which requires cooking the jam or jelly, but I also like instant pectin for no-cook jams. Skipping the cooking process keeps the wonderful fresh flavor of… 

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Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Andrea Meyers - Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Eight years ago we celebrated my first Mother’s Day, which for me is more important than my birthday. Builder Guy was six months old and he sat on Michael’s lap at the restaurant, trying to grab everything within reach, laughing like it was the best game ever as Michael quickly moved forks, knives, plates, and… 

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Strawberry Lavender Lemonade

Andrea Meyers - Strawberry Lavender Lemonade

We started growing culinary lavender in our garden two summers ago, then last summer had to move the plants to pots to make room for more vegetables. One of my lavenders didn’t fare well, but the other two were doing splendidly until the uber snow storms of 2010. They look rather spindly now, a mere… 

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Zabaglione with Strawberries and Moscato

Andrea Meyers - Zabaglione with Strawberries and Moscato

I can’t think of Mother’s Day without also musing on strawberries, probably because the beautiful red fruits come into season around this time and they seem like such a wonderful treat after cold winters. Strawberry season is also one of my children’s favorite food times of the year and we can’t resist celebrating with luscious… 

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado and Champagne Vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado and Champagne Vinaigrette Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We truly enjoy strawberry season, and every time I start cleaning another batch of berries the boys are at my elbow begging for some of the juicy red fruits. I have to watch Monkey Boy and Top Gun because they will sneak the berries off to a hidden corner and get the sticky juice all… 

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Strawberries and Cream with Macaroons

Strawberries and Cream with Macaroons Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Strawberries are coming in season, one of my favorite food times of the year. Here in northern Virginia we have to wait a few more weeks, but warmer areas of the country are already basking in the glow of the beautiful fresh red fruits. My boys are always excited when we come home with strawberries,… 

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Cantaloupe Strawberry Salad with Lime Syrup and Mint

Cantaloupe Strawberry Salad with Lime Syrup and Mint - Andrea Meyers

Seasonal fruit salads are perfect for light meals or desserts in the summertime, and adding lime and mint just brightens the flavors. When the temperatures start to soar, the boys and I like to pair fruit salad with fresh cheese and whole grain crackers for a healthy lunch. I don’t measure the fruit, I just… 

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Strawberry Cream Tart

Strawberry Cream Tart - Andrea Meyers

Yes, I’m on a strawberry kick. It’s too early for local strawberries, but the grocery stores are selling early berries from California, and when I walk into the store and see the lovely red berries on display I absolutely cannot resist. So yesterday I pulled out my tart pan and started working on this dessert…. 

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Strawberry Pie with Crumb Topping and Almond Whipped Cream

Strawberry Pie with Crumb Topping and Almond Whipped Cream - Andrea

May is only a few weeks away, the start of farmers market season, and I am very excited. Our new home is in an area with quite a few pick your own farms, farmers markets, and roadside stands, and we’re really looking forward to checking them out, especially with strawberry season looming. In the meantime,… 

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