While there are so many things I look forward to each spring and summer, local berries certainly make the top of the list. Right now it's strawberry season here, and we're lucky to have a few strawberry farmers nearby. You really can't even compare a locally grown strawberry to what you can buy at the grocery store - they are so delicious.
(The chickens love it when I hull the strawberries!)
After we enjoyed a few quarts of berries, I asked my husband to pick up a bucket when he had to run into town on an errand. I could hardly wait to get in the kitchen and experiment with some new strawberry jam recipes, all using the pectin naturally found in the fruit.
The strawberry-cherry combination was pretty good...
But we all agreed the black pepper and balsamic vinegar version is possibly the best jam we have ever had. (A combination I was very skeptical about!)
For Mother's Day, we enjoyed a simple dessert of ice cream, sliced strawberries and a chocolate chip cookie - so perfectly good!
And when strawberry season ends, I'm so glad we can look forward to blueberries in June, blackberries in July...
Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!