One of the things I love most about living in Alabama is taking advantage of in-season produce. Nothing tastes as good as when it’s fresh from the garden, and Alabama is blessed with many U-pick farms where you can visit and pick your fruits and veggies right from the plants. Strawberries are one of the many delicious crops you can go and pick yourself. Having said that, May is National Strawberry Month, so you know I had to bring a few of my favorite strawberry recipes to this issue.
Leading the pack is my simple recipe for Strawberry Delight. With a homemade shortbread crust and layers of light whipped topping combined with the burst of fresh strawberries, this is the taste of summer we’ve all been craving.
Strawberry Chess Bars take us a little further down memory lane to the days when grandmas had freshly baked chess pies waiting on company to arrive. Of course, I don’t mind one bit taking a shortcut courtesy of a cake mix.
Last, but not least, is a recipe from a beloved member of the Alabama Farmers Federation family, Millie Hawes. Millie spent 37 years at the Federation working across departments. Her amazing Fruit Salsa combines several flavors in each scoop, with strawberries being one of the stars. This is often served up with cinnamon pita chips and is perfect for parties and get-togethers. I loved it so much, my family has already used this recipe to dress up a frozen Sara Lee pound cake.
While strawberries are in abundance, I want to encourage you to get out your old family recipes or try new ones like these and bake up some memories. Life moves far too fast for us not to take every chance we get to slow down and enjoy time with the blessings around us.
Speaking of blessings, I want to thank the entire Farmers Federation family for being one of the blessings in my life. See y’all next month!