Menu Plan Monday: Summer Strawberry Recipes

menuplanmondayThis week’s menu plan Monday wasn’t looking too exciting. One night I have a mystery shop so I (thankfully) don’t have to cook. Much of the rest of the week, we’re on vacation. So, I decided to do something different today. My mom visited about a week ago and brought 9 quarts of strawberries. This was awesome, since strawberries are my favorite fruit. Also, I’ve just planted a new strawberry patch, so we won’t get berries from it until next year.

Yet, what to do with 9 quarts all at once? Here are some great summer strawberry recipes to try.

Here is my mom’s favorite strawberry shortcake recipe:
3 c. flour
1 t. salt
1/2 c (plus) sugar
1 1/2 t. baking powder    Mix those 4 ingredients in bowl.  Add:
1 c. shortening (I use canola oil)
1/2 c. milk
Press into 2 pie plates.  Sprinkle sugar on the top.  Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.
strawberry shortcake
Here’s a recipe for strawberry bar cookies that Mom got from a friend. I haven’t tried them yet, but I will.
Strawberry Bars
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. quick oats (she said she’s used the old fashioned oats sometimes, instead)
1 c. brown sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 sticks COLD butter cut in cubes
She combines all the above ingredients in her food processor until it crumbles.
Put 1/2 of the above mixture in a greased 9 x 13 pan. She says she pats it down with her hands.  Cover that with 10-12 oz. strawberry jam.  Cover with the rest of the mixture.
Bake 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
(of course, make your own strawberry jam easily to use in the recipe!)
And finally, here’s a recipe that Mom said a restaurant in southern Indiana makes:
Strawberry Salad
Cream:  1-8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
3/4 c. sugar
Add:  1-10 oz. container cool whip
1-10 oz. pkg. frozen strawberries, thawed
Fold in:  1 can crushed pineapple, drained
2 bananas, diced
Put in a 9 x 13 pan.  Freeze.  Cut before it becomes completely solid.
What are your favorite summer strawberry recipes?
More Menu Plan Monday ideas (and actual dinner recipes :)) at OrgJunkie‘s.

2 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday: Summer Strawberry Recipes

  1. The strawberry shortcake recipe belonged to Mary Black. She was the first wife of the late doctor who delivered Susan. Mary died of cancer while in the prime of life.
    The strawberry cookie bars recipe I just received from a wonderful lady, Janice, who works at my bank PNC. Janice said she got this from The Pioneer Woman, a TV Show I have never seen. Janice says they are WONDERFUL and healthy!
    The final recipe comes from a marvelous Salem Restaurant – Christies. This is one recipe they are famous for. Actually a Salem friend supplied the recipe to me. Her daughter formerly worked there. My friend said she was not sure Christies used the bananas in their version – so if you want to leave them out – go for it.
    Do YOU watch the Pioneer Woman?
    Have you ever eaten at Christies?
    Enjoy every morsel. I do!

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