What are Red and Green with Seeds all Over?


Strawberries of course! They are delicious, nutritious and bursting with flavor. They are juicy and sweet eaten fresh from the vine or made it to a refreshing summer dessert. Combining a tender crust made with pecans and oats with freshly glazed ripe strawberries in this Fresh Strawberry Pie, seems the perfect way to enjoy strawberries in season.

Whether I've served this pie at family meals or club luncheons, I have never met a person who didn't enjoy it. It is easy to prepare, tasty and very pretty. I'm a widow with six married children and 20 grandchildren. -Florence Robinson, Lenox, Iowa

Whether I’ve served this pie at family meals or club luncheons, I have never met a person who didn’t enjoy it. It is easy to prepare, tasty and very pretty. I’m a widow with six married children and 20 grandchildren. -Florence Robinson, Lenox, Iowa

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

FILLING:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry gelatin powder
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, pecans, sugar and salt; stir in the butter until blended. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. pie plate. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Gradually stir in water and corn syrup; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
  • Arrange berries in the crust. Carefully pour gelatin mixture over berries. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.

But how can we preserve these fresh flavors long after the vine has ceased to bloom? The answer has to be a wonderful Strawberry Rhubarb Jam that can be frozen and is bursting with fresh flavors.

This tangy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam recipe is a favorite with my family. They'll put it on almost anything, but especially like it on muffins or buttermilk biscuits. —Deb Kooistra, Kitchener, Ontario

This tangy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam recipe is a favorite with my family. They’ll put it on almost anything, but especially like it on muffins or buttermilk biscuits. —Deb Kooistra, Kitchener, Ontario

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, crushed
  • 1-1/2 cups finely diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (8 ounces) DOLE® Crushed Pineapple in 100% Pineapple Juice, undrained
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin

Directions

  • In a large kettle, combine strawberries, rhubarb, sugar and pineapple. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Pour into refrigerator containers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Let stand until cooled to room temperature. Top with lids. Refrigerate for 3-4 weeks. Yield: 5-1/2 cups.

This recipe was shared by Deb Kooistra, Kitchener, Ontario who says that her family loves to put this tangy spread on muffins, biscuits and just about anything! The recipe makes a fairly small batch and can be keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks or frozen for up to a year.

Have a relaxing fun filled summer and don’t forget to store up a few of the fresh summer foods for your culinary endeavors during the winter months.

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