What's In Season: Strawberries

We are proud members of a CSA this year, Miracle Mountain Farms.  For my fellow shareholders and anyone else who wants to eat local produce in season I thought I'd share some recipes for the goodies we're getting from Miracle Mountain, so follow this blog if you're interested in what's cooking.

For starters, my amazing homemade waffle recipe that you can top with fresh strawberries from your CSA, local farm or farmer's market.  If you're in Tennessee, check Pick TN Products for somewhere to get them locally, and if not, try Local Harvest

Belgian Waffles with Strawberry Topping

2 egg yolks
5 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups self-rising flour
2 cups warm milk
2 egg whites

Beat together yolks and sugar, then butter, vanilla and salt.  Alternately mix in flour and milk until the mixture is smooth.

In a separate bowl beat egg whites until they form soft peaks, then gently fold into batter.  Let stand 40 minutes to rise - it's a long wait but it's worth it, they're so fluffy!

Cook on your waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions.

Strawberry Topping for Waffles

1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch or potato starch
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch.  Stir in OJ until smooth, then add strawberries.  Bring to a boil and stir for 2 minutes until thickened.  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and let cool slightly.  Store in the fridge.

Of course, whipped cream is necessary in our house. I really recommend you either whip your own or at the very least use Redi-Whip, not Cool Whip.