Ahhh…the berries are back, friends. They are BACK!
If you read my post on Tuesday, you know that I LOVE berry season. After a winter of apples, bananas, and citrus fruits, I just want to eat all the berries, all the time. My kids join me in this love affair and suffice it to say, we spend a lot of our fruit and veggie budget on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries this time of year. With that in mind, I’ve gathered up a few recipes this week all featuring my favorite fruits! I’m planning to try the Chicken and Berry Pesto Pasta Salad for lunch tomorrow and am really excited about making a batch of Joy the Baker’s Strawberry Shortcake Donuts this weekend! What are your favorite berry recipes?
Lane made this fantastic Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Tart for a friend’s party and man, is it good. It’s super easy to assemble and is a total showstopper if you’re having company. Love it with big, tart blueberries!
Not all berry recipes have to be totally sweet. Check out this one for Chicken and Berry Pesto Pasta Salad.
I just made a double chocolate cake for my husband’s birthday. If only he would eat fruit in cake (he has a strange aversion to fruit and cake – bummer!), I would definitely give this Strawberry Cake a go! Maybe for mother’s day?
Another not dessert option to use those great berries: Strawberry Cobb Salad.
This beautiful Blackberry Raspberry Lemonade would be a great treat for warm spring days.
I love how pretty these Strawberry Jam Bars are and I’ll bet they’d be especially good with fresh jam! I’m keeping this recipe tucked away for the height of the season.
I can’t even deal with how good these Strawberry Shortcake Donuts look. They definitely require a bit of work, but something tells me the reward is worth it.
A little healthier breakfast option for berry season: Blueberry Orange Oat Muffins. Would be a great, make ahead freezer project!
Another yummy berry cake: Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake.
I couldn’t pass up a cocktail option. Why not give this Strawberry Gin Lemonade a go? It would be the perfect cocktail for a summer party!
And finally, if you want something a little out of the box when it comes to berries, try these Chocolate Strawberry Eggrolls! They are crunchy, just the right amount of sweet, and a totally satisfying dessert!
That’s it for this week’s Good Food Reads. Here’s to a great weekend full of berries!