Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Adventures in my Kitchen...

I heart strawberries ...do you?

I love everything about them...


How they taste....



...and how they look. Aren't they just the cutest little things?


One way we like to eat them around here is like this...


With just a dollop of daisy (sour cream) and sprinkled with brown sugar.
Try it...you'll like it.
I promise.


Every bite tastes like a little bit of heaven.


Another way we like to eat them is in pie....
So put your apron on girls...we're gonna make us a Strawberry Pie...okay...you got one on?...let's begin.
First thing I should say is technically it's cheesecake but we've always called this recipe strawberry pie .... and no...the rolling pin is not for rolling out crust, it's for smashing grahm crackers!


So for the crust....place one sleeve of grahms in a zip lock and smash the heck out of em with a rolling pin. You should end up with about 1 1/2 cups of crumbs.


Place them in your mixing bowl with 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter...
Mix it up....

...and press into your oven-proof dish. This one is about 9 x 13.
Bake in a 350* oven for 2 minutes only. Set aside while you make the filling.

Whoops...this picture is out of order...this is the part where you pick out your mixing bowl. I chose a teal one by Martha Stewart today because it contrasted nicely with my red spatula!...lol.


For the filling you will need three 8 ounce packages of cream cheese.... 1 cup of white sugar and 2 cups of whipping cream.
Don't whip the cream girls...just pour it in straight!


You will need to juice a fresh lemon and pour 2 Tablespoons into the mixture.



Then you give each half to your daughter and her friend to finish up....and listen to thier squeels of delight while you use the leftover juice to make this...


A nice glass of fresh lemonade...just add sugar to taste along with water and ice.
Enjoy it's refreshing taste while you continue on.


Mix until smooth....take a sip of lemonade...now wipe your hands on your apron and...


Very gently spread the mixture evenly over the crust.

Place it in your fridge so that it can get a good head start on setting up while you make the topping.


You will need 1 box of Danish Dessert. I'm using raspberry because the strawberry is a little too tart for my taste.

Cook according to the instructions on the package. Take a good long sip of lemonade again.


Set it on the backburner to cool a bit while you slice up them yummy strawberries!

First, hull them with a cute little red strawberry huller. I got mine for Mothers Day a few years back.


It's by jo!e...


You want about 4 cups of sliced strawberries.


Wash your spatula and bowl....(my Mom always taught me to use the same bowl instead of dirtying every bowl in the cupboard)...thanks Mom...good advice.


And use your cute little red strawberry slicer to slice em up! It's also by jo!e and came with the huller.




Cute huh? It really makes them nice and uniform in a jiffy.





Pour the Danish Dessert over your sliced strawberries....

This also makes a delicious homemade ice cream topping....but anyhoo...back to the pie....oh!.. and have some more lemonade too.


Spoon it over the filling....



Place it in your fridge to set up for approximately 4 - 6 hours....and resist the urge to clean out your refridgerator....I did!
Go check out a few blogs while you're finishing up your lemonade.


After a nice long break...and several quilt blocks later...make "Hawaiian Haystacks" for dinner. The perfect summer meal and it goes wonderfully with the strawberry pie.
(recipe to be shared at a later time)


For dessert...enjoy some pie.
P.S. While I was making my pie... Nanette
and I were texting back and forth on our iphones...yes I'm an apron wearin multi-tasker...I can bake, take pictures and text at the same time!...anyhoo...She said it sounded delicious... so Nanette...this first piece is for you!

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28 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh, my! And it is early morning and I don't have any strawberries in the house. Thanks for those lovely photos.

Nancy said...

I just looked at the pictures of your studio. I want to come and sew there. It's a goal

Carol said...

YUMMY! OMG...my mouth is watering!

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Yummy. I have never heard of putting sour cream on top of strawberries. I will have to give that a try.
Teresa

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow! Does that ever look delicious. We LOVE strawberries too, especially when they are in season. Such a sweet treat!

Barbara said...

Oh YUM!!!!
Guess I need to add a few items to my grocery list.
Thanks Lori.

randi said...

strawberries are the best! so sweet and cute!

Thimbleanna said...

Isn't it fun to have a texting friend while you're baking or sewing? That dessert looks delicious! And Hawaiian Haystacks -- I haven't thought of those since I was in Utah last time and my aunt served them -- thanks for the reminder!!!

The Nielson Family said...

This is such a cute post! I love strawberries, I love your colorful kitchen, and I love that little strawberry set! Your polka dot glass of lemonade is adorable, but you forgot one thing--to show us your apron! :)

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

Oh my! This looks delicious indeed. It will be hard to wait for market in the morning. ~Kelly

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(un)Deniably Domestic said...

And....I ordered the gadgets. Hmmmm...you might be a bad influence. ~Kelly

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Kim Walus said...

Yum! Yummy! Yum! I will have to try this version. I have a wonderful Strawberry Trifle recipe that my family just loves. I made it not too long ago.

Rae Ann said...

I SEE YOU STANDING HERE BY ME AND ALL I CAN SAY...

I LOVE THIS POST TO DEATH!!! IT IS TO DIE FOR... YOU CUTE GIRLER!!!

Lauren said...

Looks delish! Definitely looking forward to the Hawaiian haystack recipe too.

Sandra Henderson said...

Strawberries always remind me of my great granny and her sister. They'd have quilts on their clothesline in the spring when everyone came out to the country to pick strawberries. They'd sell the quilts they'd made that winter. Well, what was left that they hadn't given to their family.
Great recipe! thank you.

a little bit biased said...

O.K. Why does everything you own have to be so stinkin cute!?! Your polka dot glasses, your cute strawberry slicer...dang girl!

The pie and the hawaiian haystacks and the way you eat strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar sounds sooo good right now. I will definitely try those recipes next time. Thanks!

Carrie P. said...

Yummy fun!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Num! Great photos!

Jan Marie said...

Love the strawberry pie but I had to laugh at the hawaiian haystacks. My daughter came home from college this year and had had them for the first time. She fixes them every chance she gets says she craves them. can't wait for your recipe.

Dawn said...

I just made strawberry freezer jam! Fun post...thanks for the recipe too.

Trisha said...

I am drooling! That Strawberry Pie looks so delicious! And yum on the Hawaiian Haystacks. We love those. They are my daughter's favorite. Thanks for sharing the pie recipe!

Jan said...

Ohhhhhhh yum!!!!!!!!! That looks awesome ... something my honey would really like :) I adore that little "strawberry slicer" too! Tks so much for sharing :)

Darlene B said...

This looks wonderful! Where would I find Danish Dessert? Is it basically a gelatin? I don't think I've ever heard of this before. dsb448@att.net

Nedra said...

Oh, yum!!
By the way, we made it home safe and sound. It was wonderful seeing you!

Beth Brohl said...

Hi Lori,

Just read your love for strawberries. I loooove them too I am making a quilt with strawberries on it and will bring to show at yo yo mamas. I might wait till next month though so that it will be quilted. We'll see. I also have a prize for you all too. See you soon.

Rosina said...

Now I'm really wishing I had some fresh strawberries on hand! I have a recipe that is very similar but yours looks delicious to, plus I must get one of those super cut strawberry slicers. That is adorable :)

Pots and Pins said...

I've heard of Hawaiian Haystacks before but I just can't get past the sauce AND mandarin oranges! I have a friend who swears it's great but I'm afraid I'll have to wait to try this in my NEXT life! However, that pie of yours is on the docket for this week! Sounds divine...now, if only I can find the Danish stuff! It's 7:30 am and I'm already drooling...thanks, I think! xo, Nan PS: I LOVE your penny candy block - TOO, TOO CUTE!

Betty said...

yum! great recipe, esp the lemon faces!

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