For a quick and nonperishable snack, fruit leathers are perfect for keeping in your gym bag or purse. But costing almost a dollar, fueling up on these can quickly add up. With a food processor, an oven, and a lazy afternoon, it's easy to whip up a batch of fresh-tasting fruit leathers for a fraction of the cost. And bonus — these homemade fruit leathers contain 15 calories instead of the 45 in most store-bought brands.
If you love strawberries, you'll definitely be a fan of this easy sipper. I combined vodka with lemon juice, muddled strawberries, and simple syrup. The whole thing is shaken and then strained into a chilled glass.
It's a seasonal, slightly girlie drink that's delightfully balanced and ends up neither too sweet nor too potent. This strawberry vodka cocktail is just the thing to kick-start your weekend, so cheers! Grab a glass and get the recipe.
Japanese restaurant Benihana may be known for its teppanyaki grill masters, but it also boasts some solid signature cocktails, among them a strawberry saketini. We learned how to make the drink, which melds unfiltered sake with fresh strawberry puree for a drink that's refreshing for Summer (we'd try pairing it with the chain's chicken fried rice!). Watch how it's done, and then get the recipe.
For my latest dinner party, I was on the hunt for a showstopping, seasonally focused dessert that didn't require turning on the oven. The first thing that came to mind? A semifreddo. The dessert, which translates to "half-frozen" in Italian, can really refer to anything that's been somewhat chilled or frozen, but this version, from New York restaurateur Donatella Arpaia, is stunningly simple, with little more than strawberries, a pinch of sugar and liqueur, and cream. Serve in dramatic fashion — sliced uniformly with strawberries and sauce for garnish — and your guests will be duly impressed. Ready for the season's best no-cook dessert? Then get the recipe here.
Pizza on the barbecue makes a great Summer meal: it's fast and easily customizable to your guests — and, let's be honest, who doesn't love pizza fresh off the grill? So after your guests have finished their savory pizza pie, satisfy everyone's sweet tooth with a strawberry and chocolate pizza à la mode.
To make it easy, pick up premade pizza dough at your local market and chocolate chips since they melt so easily. Right before grilling your pizza, intensify the flavor of the strawberries by lightly sautéing them in a pan with a pat of butter.
Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and watch everyone gobble up this delicious treat. If you're feeling even more adventurous, let your guests select their topping like peaches, nectarines, or other berries, and try Nutella or other varieties of chocolate chips for your pizza topping.
These delectable berries are so simple to throw together, yet make a very elegant and beautiful presentation for your bridal shower or Summer party. The rich and creamy mascarpone cheese is slightly sweetened and pairs beautifully with the berries for a healthier, sweet treat. The dark chocolate drizzle and the crunch of the hazelnuts add the special touch that makes them simply irresistible!
If your kitchen is overflowing with a bounty of berries courtesy of your local farmers market — or a particularly lush produce department — then we've got 12 great ideas for you. Summer calls for meals that are light, bright, and refreshing, and strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are just the thing to highlight. We've rounded up 12 of our favorite Summer berry recipes that the whole family is sure to love — morning, noon, and night!
This fruity concoction is light, refreshing, and easy to drink. The pureness of sweet strawberries is the defining flavor, but fresh lime juice provides a balancing tartness. Because the vodka is not overpowering, it's the perfect cocktail to enjoy on a hot day. If strawberries are in season at your farmers market, I strongly suggest you give this drink a try — trust me, you won't be disappointed! Read more to get the redhead in bed recipe.