Foodbuzz 24 24 24: We be jammin'
Eating local has become all the rage, so why not make it truly local and go pick your own food from the farm!? This is what I proposed to Foodbuzz and they happily agreed to play along! Rochester NY has the best of both worlds, a decent sized city with tons of great places to eat, and farms just outside of town. With so many small farms near by it was hard to choose! We ended up at Green Acre farms where they had two varieties of strawberries to pick.
Big juicy ones (Cabot), and smaller sweeter ones (Early Dawn). We had to give both a little try!
Once loaded up with lbs upon lbs of strawberries (I on my own came home with 10 lbs!) we hit the road back to our kitchens to see what we could come up with for a mellow brunch celebrating strawberries.
perfect weather, sunny, no too hot or humid... much better then the hail storms that happened on friday!
We started things off with some strawberry pancakes. Strawberries inside and out! We got the recipe from Baking Bites here. A few changes were made, like the use of 1 Tbs apple sauce instead of the butter and a little vanilla extract added in for good measure. They were wicked good, although a bit on the flat side, but oh so tasty!
Next we moved onto some strawberry muffins! (because come on, we all know I love carbs!) My blueberry muffin recipe was used and then whole strawberries were pushed into the center of each muffin once it was in the pan. The strawberries cooked and turned into a fun jam center!
From here we traveled onto dessert with a strawberry pie made by John! I'd tell you what's in it but John wants to do a guest blog about it! So stay tuned :)
If you didn't have enough sweets by this point feel free to have a sip of my deliciously refreshing strawberry amaretto twister. It's made with a combo of strawberries, breyers slow churn vanilla ice cream, amaretto, and some ice. Toss it all in the blender and it's GO TIME!! What's that you say... it's brunch... I shouldn't be drinking yet... whooops.
Oh and how did I almost forget about the jam!!! Seriously now! It's making home made strawberry jam that was the initial inspiration for this!! A "how to" is going to come later this week so stay tuned! Jam is the perfect parting gift for a party like this. Everyone goes home with a little bit of the party with them :)
While you wait for the jam recipe check out the deliciously luscious jam foam in action... a topper for a little oatmeal perhaps?? YUM! Because why waste all that lovely foam you skim off the top of your boiling jam?
Thank you again Foodbuzz for making this all possible! As you can see, we all had a blast and can't wait to do it again!