Seasonal Sundays (Week 19) Strawberry Season

Seven strawberry recipes to send all your spring senses soaring with the spirit of the season ...

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

As ever, thank you for welcoming me into your InBox and RSS feed reader. It's your kitchens, your lives, I conjure while writing ...

Strawberries are special around here. Meet Strawberry Bill, my great-grandfather whose home-grown strawberries sold for a dime a quart ... and for many, then, even that was "too dear". Twas another time.

Interesting, though ... adjusted for inflation, $.10 is now $1.66.

In Praise Of ...

  • ... the dozens of wild canaries we hope take up summer residence instead of migrating on north, they swoop in and around the bird feeders in formation, turning the air almost golden, we think they're l-o-v-i-n-g the whole sunflower hearts, our summer bird food, no shells to clog up the pool
  • ... the Carolina wren whose l-o-u-d and l-o-n-g dark-early calls wakened me in time to watch yesterday's coronation (sound off in order to hear the dawn chorus outside) ... what a spectacle ... with no sense of joyous occasion ... anyone else wish Charles had abdicated for Will?
  • the Merlin bird ID & sound ID app – Such fun, sitting near the feeders in the backyard, identifying the birds by sight and oh wow, especially sound when you can't always see the birds themselves. Very eye- and ear-opening!
  • BirdCast migration app – Save it to your phone, then every day, enter your city or county or state for an estimate of how many birds migrated overhead overnight, whoah, last night here in the Mississippi flyway. Just imagine the long journeys these tiny creatures make, up and down the planet. Amazing.

Democracy Matters

The country needs calm, thoughtful and assertive voices amid the chaos inflicted by a minority hellbent on taking/retaining generational power by strangling democratic principles and equal rights. None of us have to personally change the world. We just have to do our part.

And it's time for Dianne Feinstein to resign ...

Leave it to James Fallows to explain it all so well, On Knowing When to Go.

Help her make the decision? I suggest even non-constituents call, since the implications of her staying are national, not state.

Let’s call her office again, at ‭(310) 914-7300‬ or ‭(202) 224-3841‬ or ‭(415) 393-0707‬ or‭ (559) 485-7430,‬ and say something like:

My name is ____ and my zip code is ____. I’m calling as a constituent to say that while I really appreciate the work that Senator Feinstein has done for California, she needs to do the right thing now by stepping down. Her absence is hurting us badly. Please ask her not to ruin her good legacy by sabotaging our progress at a time we need it the most. She needs to resign immediately. Thanks.

(Actions/scrips provided by the indefatigable Chop Wood, Carry Water)

May I Suggest ... a Link?

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.


Seven-Layer Strawberry Salad with Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing, another show-stopping salad ♥, a strawberry riff on the classic seven-layer salad.

Strawberry Salsa with Sweet-Cinnamon Baked Tortilla Chips ♥, a quick fruit salsa, just strawberries, kiwi and apple, served with easy-baked tortilla chips sprinkled with a little cinnamon sugar.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler ♥, classic spring recipe, strawberries and rhubarb with a buttery cornmeal crumble topping.

Chocolate Cream Puffs Stuffed with Strawberries & Cream ♥, barely sweet little desserts just two bites big, perfect finger food.

Fresh Strawberry Pie ♥, with a homemade chocolate cookie crumb crust, cool, light and refreshing. Only 200 Calories. Weight Watchers Friendly. Make It Today, Serve It Tomorrow. Low Cal. Low Carb.

Mojito Strawberries ♥, a quick and simple strawberry dessert inspired by the Cuban cocktail called the mojito.

Strawberry Recipes ♥, sweet to savory. Pies, crumbles, milks, cobblers, salads and more.

Looking Ahead ...

Looking Back ...

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week, not including the oatmeal, salad dressing and sautéed greens on repeat this time of year.

How to Transform Your Morning Oatmeal with Creamy Oatmeal ♥, half steel-cut oats and half old-fashioned rolled oats cooked in part milk, part water. Great texture. Great for meal prep. Weight Watchers Friendly.
  • THIS WEEK Day One of our second Deep Mexico, I googled "Mexican oatmeal" and, well, zilch. It was pre-coffee early, so my only thought was to drop a couple of cinnamon sticks into the pot while the oats cooked. My husband loved even the subtle outcome! Perhaps no wonder, since he nearly always douses oatmeal with ground cinnamon and chopped fruit. I was less excited, since my usual morning tack is to add an egg. But maybe ground cumin seeds? Something else savory? It was a simple switch-up, worth experimenting with.
  • THE RECIPE Creamy Oatmeal Three tricks for the very best oatmeal, all easy! (PIN This)

Microwave Creamy Oatmeal with Peanut Butter ♥, my morning ritual, oatmeal cooked in the microwave with a swirlful of peanut butter.
  • THIS WEEK ... so I returned to an old favorite, cooking oats in the microwave and stirring in a little peanut butter. Swoon ...
  • THE RECIPE Microwave Creamy Oatmeal with Peanut Butter My long-time morning ritual ... nearly every single day.

How to Cook Dried Beans from Scratch Mexican-Style in a Slow Cooker or Slow-Cooked in the Oven ♥, easy, healthy and delicious.

Just Updated!

Mexican Rice ♥, an easy addition to taco parties, fajita nights or easy lunch-time quesadillas. Vegan.

Afghan Chicken & Rice Casserole ♥, rotisserie chicken, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, great for feeding a crowd. Budget Friendly. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. High Protein.

My Favorite Graham Cracker Crust ♥ Just two ingredients for a crisp, sturdy crust that's not too sweet, not too buttery.

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