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Celebrating National Strawberry Month

Celebrating National Strawberry Month

Strawberry lovers, this post is for you! The sweet, red berry gets a spotlight in May for National Strawberry Month. Being a strawberry lover myself, it seems wrong not to participate. Whether you want to whip something up at home or have dessert out, check out these fantastic berry-licious options to finish off the month drowning in strawberries.

Strawberry Themed Sweets @ Baker & Nosh
Get the most out of strawberry season with tasty treats at Baker & Nosh. The Uptown Bakery located on Wilson Avenue has a variety of treats to indulge your taste buds as the weather warms up in this late Chicago spring. Visit Baker & Nosh for these treats all month long and check out their website for more info.
--> Rustic Mini Rhubarb Tarts: Individual strawberry rhubarb tarts made with sugary crust and filled with fresh fruit ($5)
--> Strawberry Muffins: Made with fresh strawberries, sour cream and topped with streusel ($3)
--> Upside-Down Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake ($3/slice; $25/loaf) *loaves must be pre-ordered.

New York-Style Cheesecake @ Sullivan's Steakhouse
Finish off a decadent steak dinner with a classic dessert at Sullivan's Steakhouse. With a graham cracker crust and fresh strawberries on top, the New York-Style Cheesecake is a hard to resist dessert. Visit their website to see the menu and make a reservation at one of their many locations including Chicago, Lincolnshire and Naperville.

Strawberry Rhubarb Yoghurt by Noosa
Sweeten up your morning with Noosa's Strawberry Rhubarb Yoghurt. Sweet, succulent strawberries and tart, tangy rhubarb come together for the perfect morning treat to have alongside coffee and a bagel. Noosa yoghurt is made in small batches on a family-owned Colorado farm with wholesome ingredients. Thanks to a lovely care package I'll be sharing soon, I was able to taste the Strawberry Rhubarb Yoghurt for myself and it was delicious. Visit their website for more information and to find where you can find Noosa.

Super Simple Strawberry Conserve
Created by Yvonne Stevens, Owner and Creative Director of Penthouse Sweets

4 pounds of fresh or frozen strawberries (We prefer frozen WHOLE strawberries because they are always fresh and have extra liquid.) 
2 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice 

1. If using fresh strawberries, wash berries, cut off tops, and discard. Slice strawberries lengthwise and place in a tall pot. If using frozen berries, place directly in pot. Do not rinse or add any extra liquid.

2. Pour sugar and lemon juice over berries. Let sit for 10 minutes to bring out the natural juices.

3. Place on stove over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally and watch closely to make sure it doesn’t bubble over.  

4. After 15-20 minutes, your mixture should be clear, slightly thickened and dark red in color.

5. Remove from heat. 

6. Scrape the reduction from the top of the liquid and discard.

7. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1-2 months. 

This can be enjoyed at any meal! Try it on bagels, toast, crackers, cheese, yogurt, cake, or mixed in with your favorite oil to make a delicious berry vinaigrette! 

See below for more strawberry recipes from blogger friends:
Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes - Lattes, Life & Luggage
Copycat Chick-fil-A Grilled Market Salad - My Mommy Brain
Easy Strawberry Peach Crostata - Growing Up Gabel
Easy Summer Skillet Strawberry Cobbler - Merlot Mommy
Gluten-Free Italian Strawberry Tart - Inspiration for Moms
Heart-Shaped Strawberry Hand Pies - Lattes, Life & Luggage
Homemade Miniature Strawberry Pies - Beauty In The Mess
Lemon Berry Bread Pudding - Latte, Life & Luggage
M&M's Strawberry Fudge - Summer Scraps
Quick and Simple Strawberry Sauce - Summer Scraps
Rosemary Chicken Burgers with Strawberry Balsamic Compote - Lattes, Life & Luggage
Simple Strawberry Spinach Salad - A Simple Pantry
Spiked Strawberry Limeade - Lipgloss and Crayons
Strawberries and Cream Homemade Ice Cream - A Simple Pantry
Strawberry and White Wine Slushie - Simply Darrling
Strawberry Delight Recipe with Philly Cream Cheese - Summer Scraps
Strawberry Dream Pie - Inspiration for Moms
Strawberry Fig Jam - Simply Darrling
Strawberry Jello Poke Cake - Summer Scraps
Strawberry Limeade - Growing Up Gabel
Strawberry Mango Salsa - A Simple Pantry
Strawberry Mango Smoothie - A Simple Pantry
Strawberry Peach Galette - A Simple Pantry
The Mad Hatter: Whiskey Jalapeno Strawberry Cocktail - Merlot Mommy
White Chocolate Strawberry Trifle - Summer Scraps

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