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Berries bite back

IMG_1887One of the things I love about traveling is that it forces me to try new foods and new combinations of familiar foods.  I am forever grateful for Italy for introducing me to a surprising combo that stole my heart, fragole con aceto balsamico — fresh strawberries drizzled in balsamic vinegar.  Most of the time, it’s served as a dessert, but paired with the peppery bite of arugula and the amazingly tangy taste of plum tomatoes, it makes a wonderfully simple lunch on a summer day or a stunning accompaniment to grilled steak or chicken.

Strawberry and Tomato Salad

Strawberries and Shortcake Forever

By late June, plump, juicy strawberries, are at their peak – the perfect combination of tangy, tart, and sweet that makes you want to eat one after another until your fingers are died red with the juices.  Since they’re native to the US, it’s more than likely our founding fathers enjoyed them.  And, while strawberry shortcake wouldn’t be created until nearly a century after the Declaration of Independence, when I think of treats to celebrate the 4th of July, I always go back to the simplicity of strawberry shortcake.  I like to think Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin would understand.

Strawberry Shortcake

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