Happy 60th Birthday Strawberry Bruschetta

On the Cape, with the tourist season, summer officially starts on Memorial Day. This year it has been rainy and cold — more than I ever remember. It is so wet that we have not been able to get into one garden to plant it, a record late date for this!! In spite of that, the strawberries are pouring in a tubful at a time, sometimes 2 tubfuls at a time in spite of the fact that they are sometimes literally under water.

On Fridays we do projects in the kitchen — jams, cookies, or prepping for retreats or events. It is a good-sized crew, and very faithful. Last week one of the sisters was celebrating a 60th birthday. I asked one of the sisters to put something together, so we had this wonderful spread of cheese dip, cheese ball, crispy tortilla strips and… strawberry bruschetta — surprisingly delicious! Another way to enjoy those juicy jewels from the garden (or grocery store!)

Happy 60th Birthday Strawberry Bruschetta

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut baguette into 1/2 inch slices.
  3. Butter one side of each slice.
  4. Place on baking sheet, and bake 4 to 5 minutes until toasty and golden.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Combine strawberries with vinegar and sugar, let sit while preparing cream cheese mixture.
  7. Beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth.
  8. Add zest and beat again to combine.
  9. Spread this onto baguette slices.
  10. Top each with strawberry mixture, and finish off with the chopped mint.

Strawberry Whipped Cream Rolls

It is strawberry time!  And the sight of those tubs full of beautiful juicy red berries that the sisters are bringing in every morning is a joyful one to behold.  It makes me so happy just to look at them and I see a smile come over the face of each person who sees them.

This week we will celebrate the 80th birthday of one of the sisters with old fashioned fresh strawberry shortcake made with traditional biscuits and whipped cream. In the days ahead different sisters will volunteer to make their favorite strawberry desserts and I am making a request right now for my mother’s special strawberry whipped cream rolls. Helping her make them is one of my most pleasant childhood memories.

 Strawberry Whipped Cream Rolls

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Sponge cake:
  1. Combine flour and baking powder, set aside.
  2. In a bowl beat eggs with an electric mixer on high speed about 4 minutes or until thick.
  3. Gradually add sugar; beat at medium speed for 4 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the flour mixture; beat at low to medium speed just until combined.
  5. In a saucepan heat and stir the milk and butter until butter melts; remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
  6. Add milk mixture to the batter, beating until combined.
  7. Pour into a greased, wax-papered jelly roll pan.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden but not dry.
To assemble:
  1. Cool and cut into 4 ½ inch squares.
  2. Spread with sweetened whipped cream.
  3. Place sliced strawberries on whip cream, roll up and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
  4. Wrap tightly in waxed paper and refrigerate until serving.
  5. Great to pack in lunches or picnic baskets–fancier dressed up with extra sliced berries and cream as a plated dessert.

Summer Smoothie

What’s cool, fun, beautiful to look at, satisfying, refreshing, easy to eat, pleasing to young and old alike, simple to make, nutritious and delicious?

A smoothie of course! They have definitely established themselves in our normal everyday diet. No longer unusual as they originally were.

Recently a group of friends wanted to do a little something more than just give a gift to someone on their 60th birthday. This “someone”, having many friends and well wishes had already received a number of invitations to lunch, dinner, tea and coffee hours.  What would be an appropriate way to enhance the giving of their gift?  Aha!  A “smoothie break”.  Just right. Perfect in every way.

They knew their birthday girl loved fresh fruit so they arranged a beautiful basketful as a center piece. Then they blended up a tray full of assorted smoothies. For hers, they combined strawberries, bananas, mangoes and peaches, all her favorites.  It was a tremendous success!  She loved everything about it and made it very clear that it pleased her as much, if not more, than some of her more elaborate expressions of care.  What a rewarding experience for all.

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  1. Add ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  2. You will have to turn the blender on and off intermittently and stir to help the blending process.
  3. For variety: You can add any amount of yogurt, ice cream, mint, orange zest, honey or mint in any combination that you desire.
  4. Also fruit can be fresh if you prefer.