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I've been all about the strawberry these past few summery weeks.
Plump and juicy, my favorite thing is to grab a big'n and eat it over the kitchen sink, its toothsome goodness dripping down the palms of my hand, the folds of my fingers, and if I'm really lucky, some of its syrup will even trickle down the insides of my wrists.
When I was a teenager, we had a huge plot of these succulent sweethearts in our backyard. My mom would beg us to wait to pick them until they were large enough for eating, ensuring that the longer we we could stave off temptation, the sweeter the reward.
But it was hard to wait. Because really, there's not a whole lot more fundamentally wonderful than picking a strawberry off the vine and biting into it. Sweet and warm, it is soft--yet substantial. Delicate and complex, it is heavy--yet light.
It is summer in one bite.
These days I do my best to buy organic strawberries. They are one of the "Dirty Dozen"--fruits and vegetables that must be organic because the pesticides seep into the actual fruit and take up residency. No sense biting into a deep red delectable morsel if you know it could give you cancer down the road.
They are more expensive, but I'm finally getting to the point where I don't enjoy eating foods I know are not good for me. Peanut M&Ms being the exception, of course.
So, in honor of this delicious delicacy, I thought I'd offer up my current strawberry recipe obsession. Share it with a strawberry lover near you.
Cath's Super Yummy Strawberry & Spinach Salad
Organic baby spinach (another one of the Dirty Dozen)
Organic strawberries, sliced
Feta cheese, crumbled
Brianna's Blush Wine Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
Toss together and enjoy.
And you, how are you feelin' about strawberries these days?