I love May! It’s one of my favorite seasons because the rain has stopped, everything is blooming, and it’s not hot enough yet to close the windows and turn on the AC.
The other thing I love about May are the fresh, local strawberries. They’re huge and sweet and delicious and I add them to everything: salads, cereal, yogurt, and ice cream.
My favorite way to eat strawberries, besides being covered in whipped cream, is in Strawberry Pie. The recipe below is a conglomeration of three recipes: one from my grandmother, one from a young woman who used to babysit my twins, and a 1973 Forum Feasts Cookbook.
It takes a little bit more work than the average gelatin-set strawberry pie, but it’s worth it!!
And here’s to the last few weeks of Spring!
1 9” pre-baked pie shell
2 pints fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
1 envelope plus 1 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin
¼ cup cold water
¾ cup warm water
1 cup sugar
¼ cup kirsch
1 Tablespoon Cointreau
Slice each berry into 3-4 lengthwise slices. Blend enough of the berries to make 1 cup of berry puree. Chill remaining berry slices.
In a small bowl, combine gelatin and cold water, stirring to dissolve. Set aside.
In a saucepan, add ¾ cup warm water and berry puree. Stir until mixture boils. Add sugar until dissolved and transfer puree to a medium bowl.
Add gelatin/water mixture to berry puree and stir until dissolved.
Strain berry puree through a fine-meshed strainer to remove seeds.
Partly fill a large bowl with ice and put medium bowl on top. Stir until mixture thickens into a syrup.
Stir in Kirsch, Cointreau, and the remaining chilled berry slices.
Mix well but gently and turn into the prepared pie shell. Chill for at least 4 hours.
Serve with whipped cream.
One Dark Wish
September 24, 2019
Military ~ Romantic Suspense/Thriller
"Sexy Green Berets, dark secrets, and sizzling chemistry."—Cherry Adair, New York Times bestselling author
Her life must be forfeit for his to be redeemed
Historian Sarah Munro is not used to being shot at, but that's just what happens while she's poking around cemeteries on Georgia's Isle of Grace, searching for the key to a centuries-old cipher. Her quest has unwittingly drawn the attention of two deadly enemies intent on destroying each other—and anyone who gets in their way.
Ex–Green Beret Major Nate Walker is on a mission of his own: to restore the honor of his men. To do that, he is required to stop Sarah—or one of his own men will die. Caught in the middle of a deadly rivalry, Nate can't afford to trust the woman standing in his way. But his heart says he can't afford not to...
Sharon is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes of novels of suspense, adventure, and love. A wife, mother of twins, and caretaker of Donut the one-eyed dog, she’s addicted to snapping photos and eating Oreos. She writes about the men in her Deadly Force romantic suspense series where ex-Green Berets and their smart, sexy heroines retell Shakespeare’s greatest love stories.