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Watch for this fresh produce:  Strawberries
Often times, we think of strawberries as a vehicle for sugar and whipped cream, or as a topping for ice cream or shortcakes.  And we sometimes indulge ourselves in this way.  However, we have found
such a variety of healthier ways to treat our taste buds to this spring berry.  I love to slice up some fresh berries, top them with just a little maple syrup and some finely chopped walnuts and ground flax seeds.  I also love to combine these with sliced bananas for a wonderfully filling breakfast treat.  My family also loves to have fresh berries on top of my wholegrain waffles and pancakes.  We also use strawberries in our smoothies.  We often freeze them before we include them to give our smoothies that great frozen texture.  We freeze our berries with the green tops on and then use them whole in our Vita-mix.  But none of these ideas are as delicious as the strawberry "ice-cream" I make in our Vita-Mix.

I combine 2-3 cups of frozen strawberries, a small amount of sugar, a tablespoon or two of ground flax seeds and some plain or vanilla soy milk.  Sometimes I add a little vanilla too and turn the Vita-mix on high until I have a frozen strawberry "ice cream".  I also make a wonderful strawberry sorbet by combining fresh, not frozen strawberries, and ice cubes rather than soy milk. Everything goes into the Vita-mix and I blend it until smooth.

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A fun food fact! 
  Florida Sweet Onions!

Although strawberries and onions don't sound too appetizing if served together at dinner, they are wonderful when grown together.  In Florida , large sweet onions are grown around the edges of strawberry fields to ward of pests.  When it is strawberry season in Florida , it is also Florida Sweet Onion season.  I love Vidalia onions, but they don't hold a candle to the Florida Sweet Onion.   I could never understand how someone could eat a raw onion sandwich until I tasted the Florida Sweet Onion.  Although I still don't eat my onions that way, I am onion crazy during this season.  Keep an eye out for them in your local produce markets.  The Florida Sweet Onion looks like a gigantic scallion.  They keep well in the refrigerator and nothing can compare to their taste, either fresh or sautéed.



Coming Soon!  Fresh cantaloupes from the southern US and Georgia peaches!