Thunder Cake

Thunder storms are now an exciting, anticipate phenomenon in our home, thanks to the lovely book by Patricia Polacco, Thunder Cake. Ingredients: 1 cup shortening (we use butter) 1 3⁄4 cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 eggs, separated 1 cup cold water 1⁄3 cup tomato puree 2 1⁄2 cups cake flour 1⁄2 cup cocoa powder…

Strawberries

Arguably the most beloved of all the soft fruits, Strawberries belong to the rose family. They are the only fruit whose seeds grow around the exterior rather than interior. Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges. A good source of potassium and folic acid, they also contain ellagic adic, a compound that guards against cancer….

Strawberry Lime Vinaigrette

This recipe is originally for two people, but it is easily expanded to make a larger amount, and it stores well in the fridge. If you don’t have fresh strawberries available, use strawberry preserves or jam. Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 2 teaspoons fresh strawberries, lightly smashed with a fork •…

Muffin Tin Strawberry Shortcake

An easy take on a summer classic! Ingredients: 1¼ cups white whole-wheat flour 1¼ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter 1 large egg 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray….

Rhubarb Orange Refresher

Welcome Summer! A perfect way to cool off during the hot summer months! Ingredients: • 3 cups fresh rhubarb, cut crosswise in 1/2-inch slices, about 3/4 lb. • 4 cups cold water • 1 cup strawberries, frozen (or fresh) • 1 cup orange juice • 4 mint sprigs, for garnish Directions: 1. In large, stainless…

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Rhubarb, a spring tonic for vitamin C and calcium, is an easy and versatile fruit to use. One of the drawbacks is that because it is so tart, most recipes call for more sugar than most other desserts. By combining the stalks with sweeter fruits, like strawberries, the sugar content in recipes can be lowered…