Saturday, July 3, 2010
This year, I will have MAJOR help! No hints, yet, but stay tuned. I will tell you one thing, when harvest dates are released, make your reservation!
You absolutely MUST!
I'm anxious to hear what the Judge thinks of them...his ideas are always a HOOT! Actually, what he sees when he looks at a painting is WILD!
Balsamic Vinegar-Strawberry Jam
1 cup balsamic vinegar
4 cups crushed strawberries
1/2 cup honey
1 pkg Ball® Simple Creations® Freezer Jam Fruit Pectin (1.59 oz)
5 Plastic Ball® (8 oz) Freezer Jars
PLACE balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until reduced to 3/4 cup. Chill until cool.
MIX strawberries, honey and cooled balsamic vinegar in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes. Add pectin. Stir 3 minutes.
LADLE jam into clean jars to fill line. Twist on lids. Let stand until thickened, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 1 year.
Strawberries and Balsamic vinegar are so good together. Here is a dessert using them together in a
1/2 a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
1 cup large fresh strawberries, cut into quarters
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
Heat the oven to 400°F. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 10-inch square. Cut the pastry sheet into 4 (5-inch) squares. Place the pastry squares onto a baking sheet. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.
Stir the jam and vinegar in a medium bowl with a fork or whisk. Add the strawberries and black pepper and toss to coat. Spoon about 1/4 cup strawberry mixture in the center of each pastry square. Fold the pastry corners over the filling to the center and twist the points firmly to seal. Brush with the egg mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Serve each with a spoonful or two of homemade Ricotta cheese! Ever heard the phrase "To Die For!"?
Finally, Let me take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a Happy Fourth of July! On this day,remember what it has taken to make America the PROUD, STRONG, Much LOVED country that she is! Our INDEPENDENCE is our heritage! Protect it! Stand up for America!