To pick up everything I needed, I trekked out to Fresh Market and stocked up on vegetables, herbs and items from the butcher. Armed with a list and some ideas of what I wanted, my entire plan changed when I saw their gorgeous array of in-season strawberries at a fantastic price. I bought nearly 3 pounds and headed home to research what I was going to make with all those berries.
Turns out, the net is filled with ways to savor the strawberry. Simple things like tossing a few slices into a spinach salad or serving with whipped cream are a given, but I was feeling more adventurous. I found a fun recipe for a sparkling strawberry limeade in my latest edition of Cooking Light and another for an old-school strawberry cake with butter cream icing on Southern Living's website. I also found these 25 ideas for strawberries so the leftovers won't go to waste. I chose just two recipes for the day and then sliced up a few of the ripest berries, sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and black pepper (delicious) to snack on while I worked.