The Dish

Summer Strawberries

While peak strawberry reason is almost done, there is still some super sweet fruit to be had and here are a few ideas on how to enjoy one of my favorite berries.

Today, at Harry’s Berries I noticed a flyer announcing dinner parties on their farm in Oxnard (really not that far from here!) in July and August. Sounds like a great way to spend a summer evening with your family. Here are the details:

Saturday, July 27th and Saturday, August 10th

Cocktails at 4:00pm inluding their signature strawberry drink with vodka and fresh lime as well as beer and local wine.

Dinner at 6:00pm. Menu includes panzanella salad, pulled pork sliders, blue lake green beans, zucchini enchiladas and more with homemade strawberry pie, ice cream and sorbet for dessert.

Activities for the evening include the dinner as well as farm tours and their junk art gallery- “recycling with a sense of humor.”

Tickets only available at the Harry’s Berries Farmers Market stands. Don’t miss out! Adults are $65, Kids 6-11 are $25 and under 5 are free. See you there!

Recently my daughters and I made Gail Simmons‘ simple Strawberry Tart. It was so perfect, easy and delicious that I thought it had to be shared. Here is the recipe that I found in People Magazine which was adapted from her book, “Talking with My Mouth Full.”

Strawberry Tart

1 Cup Flour

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

Pinch Salt

1 Stick Unsalted Butter, room temperature, plus more for coating pan

1 Cup Sugar, plus 2 Tbsp.

2 Large Eggs, Room Temperature

1 Tsp. Vanilla

8 oz. Fresh Strawberries, halved

Juice of 1 Lemon

1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 375. Butter a 9-in. springform pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

2. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Using a mixer at low speed, incorporate flour mixture until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 20 minutes.

3. Arrange strawberries in coencentric circles on top of dough- this is super fun for the kids. Pour lemon juice evenly over strawberries. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over strawberries. Bake tart until edges are golden and center is set, 45 minutes. When tart is cool, run a sharp pairing knife around the edge and then remove the sides of the pan. Slice and enjoy. Serves 6-8 and makes a great breakfast the next morning.

One of my favorite desserts in the world is also the most simple and the one my girls beg for after a dinner in our backyard. Here is the simple, sweet recipe that really isn’t anything new but just a reminder that simple is best. And, don’t just limit this to berries- it is also amazing with stone fruit!

Brown Sugar Berries

1 Pint Organic Strawberries
1/3 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
Sprinkle of Brown Sugar

Slice berries in half and place in bowl, cover with splash of cream and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Enjoy.

Serves 2.

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