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June 3, 2012
Bernice Volkens , Reinbeck Courier

As I write this it doesn't feel like lovely day in June. However, it is the season when strawberries are back in town. That wonderful season of that tasty little red berry. The large imported strawberries have been in the stores the last six weeks and they have been remarkably good, but the homegrown ones are still sweeter and juicier. I went by one patch over the weekend and there seemed to be plenty of strawberry lovers out in the field picking their boxes full. I can just picture all the shortcakes, jams and jellies that the berries will supply. I like to serve strawberries every possible way. The best thing there is, is homemade strawberry ice cream. I have one of those small tabletop yogurt and ice cream makers so you can have that tasty treat in a quart and not the gallon size.

I could be called an ardent admirer of this attractive and tasty fruit though I'm not smitten enough to decorate my house with strawberry accessories. I know some who are so taken with the little fruit that they use the strawberry motif as the central theme for their kitchen decor. Strawberry accessories can be found just about anywhere, right down to the wallpaper. It can make a very pretty and inviting place to work and dine. The strawberry theme I'm sure will always be popular.

There are so many ways to use this attractive and tasty fruit. If I have any freshly picked strawberries, I know I'm lucky if half of my picked berries ever make it to the kitchen to be used in the many recipes I have for this luscious fruit. My favorite way to eat strawberries is strawberry shortcake. Everyone has their own shortcake recipe, but I use the recipe that is on the bisquick mix box. Another good dessert is one I received many years ago from Ruth Paton and has always been a favorite at our house whenever we need a special dessert.


1 Pkg. Strawberry

Danish Dessert junket

(found close to the jello

in the grocery store)

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 1/3 cup water

1 pint strawberries

1 pkg. Dream Whip

1 (3-oz or 4 oz). pkg.

cream cheese

2 Tablespoons powdered


Pinch of salt

1 cup miniature


Prepared Graham cracker


Mix together first 3 ingredients (use juice from strawberries as part of the water) and boil one minute, remove from heat ,cool slightly and add pint of strawberries set aside. Mix prepared Dream Whip, cream cheese, sugar, salt and marshmallows mixed well, put in graham cracker crust. Then add strawberry mixture on top. Cool before serving.

"In June-a song sings itself."



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