Simple Strawberry Dip

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By Liz
This is the easiest strawberry dip you will ever make and is wonderful to serve during strawberry season.

There is no shortage of summer seasonal produce in New England, and when I lived there, every summer I would take the kids strawberry picking at one of the local farms. Needless to say, we would wind up with an abundance of strawberries.

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Even after making several containers of strawberry freezer jam, strawberry muffins, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry pancakes, it always seemed like we would barely put a dent in this wonderful, summer fruit and I would have to eventually throw out this summer splendor.

Then I came up with this recipe when I was hosting one of my kid’s birthday parties at the house and thankfully, it was a huge hit with kids and adults and just like that…the rest of my strawberries disappeared.

Don’t be fooled by the name though, you could use this dip with any berry: raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, or any combination of those mentioned.

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So here is my simple and delicious recipe:
1 cup Marshmallow Fluff
1 cup whipped cream cheese

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1. Combine both ingredients in a medium bowl and blend until well combined.
2. Chill, serve and enjoy!

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You could also use this recipe, spread on some graham crackers and sprinkle on your favorite fruit, serve open faced or sandwich style.  Please enjoy the printable recipe card below.

Simple Strawberry Dip
Serves 12
The easiest and most delicious fruit dip you will ever want to make.
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26 calories
4 g
4 g
1 g
0 g
1 g
9 g
4 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
9g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26
Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 4mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 4g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of Marshmallow Fluff
  2. 1 cup of whipped cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine both ingredients in a medium bowl and blend until well combined.
  2. Chill and serve.
Notes
  1. Use with any kind of summer berry or summer berry medley.
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calories
26
fat
1g
protein
0g
carbs
4g
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Drunken Strawberries for Two

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So what to do with all of those strawberries this summer? Here is a decadent recipe if you will be entertaining (recipe can easily scaled for more than 2 people) or if you just want a nice, uncomplicated dessert for the just the two of you.

*Please note, this recipe is not recommended for anyone under the age of 21.

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Ingredients:

½ pound of strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced in half

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier

1 ½ teaspoon Imperial Granulated Sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoons Confectioners Sugar

1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract or Almond Extract

Fresh lemon or orange zest, optional

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Directions:

1. In a medium sized bowl, combine strawberries, lemon juice, Grand Marnier and sugar.

2. Gently toss to coat evenly, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 24 hours (gently tossing occasionally).

3. While chilling prepare the whip cream. Pour the cream into a well-chilled bowl and add the sugar and vanilla. Using an electric hand mixer or balloon whisk beat the cream to the desired consistency.

4. When ready to serve, using slotted spoon to retrieve strawberries,  spoon an  even amount into 2 cups, bowls or glasses. Top with approximately 2 tablespoons of whip cream on top of each and garnish with fresh lemon or orange zest.

* Note: the key to really good whip cream that holds its consistency is that it needs to be really cold. I highly recommend pre chilling the bowl you will be using to whip it in and make sure the cream has been sufficiently chilled.

Drunken Strawberries for Two
Serves 2
A light, simple and elegant dessert.
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306 calories
23 g
82 g
22 g
2 g
14 g
221 g
26 g
16 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
221g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306
Calories from Fat 197
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
35%
Saturated Fat 14g
69%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 82mg
27%
Sodium 26mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
138%
Calcium
6%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ pound of strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced in half
  2. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  3. 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  4. 1 ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  5. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  6. 1 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  7. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  8. Fresh lemon or orange zest, optional
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine strawberries, lemon juice, Grand Marnier and sugar.
  2. Gently toss to coat evenly, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 24 hours (gently tossing occasionally).
  3. While chilling prepare the whip cream. Pour the cream into a well-chilled bowl and add the sugar and vanilla. Using an electric hand mixer or balloon whisk beat the cream to the desired consistency.
  4. When ready to serve, using slotted spoon to retrieve strawberries, spoon an even amount into 2 cups, bowls or glasses. Top with approximately 2 tablespoons of whip cream on top of each and garnish with fresh lemon or orange zest.
Notes
  1. Not intended for anyone under 21 years of age.
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fat
22g
protein
2g
carbs
23g
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Proper

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By Liz

This article is really a miscellaneous article for me, because, let’s face it…it’s peanut butter and jelly, who doesn’t know how to make this age old, beloved sandwich?

I had recently gathered one evening with a group at my church that gets together once a month to make sandwiches for a local homeless shelter. I watched this well oiled machine of about 20 people make up almost a five hundred sandwiches in about 20 minutes. One of the sandwiches they make is PB &J, I noticed however, they were not making this simple sandwich correctly.



When I came home that evening I happened to be watching the news and during one of the breaks was a commercial for a kitchen design store…I think, and the well, cinematographed ad depicted a girl in this beautiful kitchen making a PB &J sandwich for her mother. As the camera looked down on her making the sandwich, I noticed again, it was being made incorrectly.

This may sound like rantings of a crazy woman, who has nothing better to do with her time than obsess over how one makes a PB &J sandwich, but in today’s world of “foodies” and endless streams of reality cooking shows, I figure the least society can do is learn to make a proper Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.

What you need:

A clean, dry flat surface.

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Two clean butter knives.  You don’t want to “cross contaminate” your condiments.

Your favorite creamy peanut butter.  You could use chunky, but it tends to be harder to spread and you are more apt to rip the bread while spreading.

Your favorite jelly. Grape is best and the most traditional, but you could use strawberry as well.

Sandwich bread. Plain old white bread is customary. Wheat, sandwich bread is acceptable too, but please, no tortillas, bagels or any fancy shmancy artisanal bread, let’s not re-invent the wheel here people…it’s PB&J for pity’s sake!

Directions:

1. Place 2 slices of bread on your clean, flat surface.

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2. Take 1 clean butter knife and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and spread on one slice of bread. Repeat with other slice of bread. (This creates a barrier so the jelly won’t soak through the bread, making your sandwich really soggy, really quickly).

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3. Take the other clean knife and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of jelly and spread on which ever slice of bread you desire.

4. Close sandwich by marrying the condiment sides together.

5. Eat, and enjoy this childhood favorite!

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And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen; Peanut Butter and Jelly Proper.

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*Just a side note to my New England peeps…the same application is to be applied to a Fluffernutter sandwich as well. Just replace Marshmallow Fluff for the jelly.