In that space of time marking the end of spring and the beginning of summer, something magical happens: strawberries! And believe me, you gotta get ‘em while the gettin’s good because those plump little darlings ripen faster than you can pick them. That’s why as soon as strawberry season arrives Michael and I hightail it out to a local farm, snatching them up faster than a duck on a June bug. Of course, I always get in a little trouble for filling my mouth instead of my basket (my stained lips are a dead giveaway), but I just can’t help myself.
Once we get home, Michael and I come up with all sorts of ways to use ‘em before we lose ‘em. Sure we could enjoy strawberries year round by freezing them or turning them into jam, but nothing holds a candle to eating farm-fresh berries on the spot. So I whip up sweet and delicate strawberry cake for us to share while Michael mixes some refreshing strawberry lemonade to wash it all down. Then we enjoy the sweet gifts of the season by sampling our wares while sitting on our porch swing beneath a Southern sunset, thinking how our life together is, in fact, the berry best!
I hope y’all enjoy all the berry best we have to offer this week! Strawberry Recipes galore can be found in our gallery. Strawberry Crepes from our food historian, Damon Lee Fowler, and everything you could possibly want to know about strawberries in Kitchen Basics. Our Kid’s Kitchen has Strawberry Banana pops that the kids are sure to want to help with. And, an amazing old Southern shortcake biscuit recipe, The Best Ever Southern Shortcake Biscuits, to pour your fresh strawberries over from Senior Food Editor, Libbie Summers. Finally, y’all will just die laughing when you read about the Culinary Coward attemptin’ my Strawberry Pretzel Salad. Fix yourself a big old glass of strawberry lemonade and cook yourself up a mess of berries! Happy Spring Y’all!
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Inspired by her early days of selling lunches as The Bag Lady, Paula Deen will host a Box Lunch to End Hunger, presented by The Bag Lady Foundation, Springer Mountain Farms, and Hoffman Media. This grab-and-go lunch event will be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, September 16 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For a $15 donation at the door (no advanced tickets), guests will receive a box lunch prepared by Edgar’s Bakery featuring Springer Mountain Farms chicken and Golden Flake potato chips, and have the opportunity to meet Paula Deen. Grab these delicious boxed lunches and take them back to your office or share with a friend or neighbor. One hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, which serves 12 counties in our area. For the price of one lunch, 135 meals or 65 pounds of food can be distributed to the food insecure in our area.
“Since September is Hunger Action Month, the timing of this event couldn’t be more perfect,” says Brian Hart Hoffman, Chief Creative Officer at Hoffman Media. “Paula Deen’s dedication to helping those in need and positively impacting people’s lives every day makes this event ideal for getting our community involved in the fight to end hunger in Central Alabama.”
Each guest will be entered into a raffle to win front-row seats to the Paula Deen Live! show at the Alabama Theatre the same evening.
Sponsors for Paula Deen’s Box Lunch to End Hunger include Golden Flake and Edgar’s Bakery.
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are located at 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223.
Come see Paula’s live show at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts in Jacksonville, FL and get a heaping helping of Paula’s recipes, and some good old-fashioned fun and laughter!
Tickets available from Ticketmaster here!
Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms.
Join Paula at DuBois Furniture in Waco, TX for a book signing and meet and greet from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.