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In our neck of the woods strawberries are ripening every day. The fields yield fresh red beauties that just beg to be eaten. Grab the grandkids, pick or purchase some strawberries and you’ll be ready for these four recipes for various parts of your early summer meals. 

Heavenly Filled Strawberries


36 large fresh strawberries

2 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened

½ cup confectioner’s sugar

¼ t. almost extract

Grated chocolate


Cut a deep X into each berry and gently open. Beat the cream cheese, sugar and extract until soft. Place 2 t. of mixture into each berry and then sprinkle with grated chocolate. Chill. These are wonderful as appetizers and for special events such as wedding and baby showers.

Super Easy Spinach Strawberry Salad


5 oz package of baby spinach

6 green onions thinly sliced

1 pint of strawberries washed and sliced


¼ cup red wine vinegar

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup sugar

¼ t paprika


Remove stems from spinach. Add onions and strawberry slices. Mix and shake dressing and toss gently into salad. Serve after five or ten minutes.


Papaya Strawberry Banana Smoothie


1 sliced papaya

1 cup fresh strawberries

1 frozen banana

½ cup milk or milk substitute

Place all ingredients into blender and blend for twenty seconds. Enjoy.


Strawberry Pie


1 ½ cups flour

2 T sugar

1 t salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 T milk

2 qts fresh strawberries sliced



1 cup water

1 cups sugar

2 ½ T cornstarch

3 T dry strawberry jello


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For crust, combine flour, salt, sugar, vegetable oil and milk. Mix. Place in 9” pie pan and spread with hands to form crust. Bake for ten minutes. Make glaze in a saucepan. Combine water, sugar and cornstarch. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to thicken over medium heat. Remove from burner and add dry jello. Cool. Place berries in cooled pie crust, Add cooled glaze over the top. Refrigerate for at least one hour.


For more wonderful strawberry recipes see:

Easy Strawberry Recipes

Taste of Home

Martha Stewart