Monday, June 13, 2011

Marguerite's Strawberry Delights + Bayou Boogie

There's nothing quite as delicious as fresh strawberries and we've had a bumper crop of them in Louisiana this year. My produce market had them on sale, so I bought a flat and have been in strawberry heaven all weekend. Here's one of my favorite recipes that is wonderful for breakfast or for just when you're in the mood for a little something sweet. They melt in your mouth and are even more fab when topped with my homemade whipped cream. Cest bon, cher! Enjoy!

Strawberry Shortcake Muffins

2 cups flour
2 tsp.'s baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup fresh  strawberries, rinsed, drained, and diced
1 cup whipped cream, (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups or use paper liners. In large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and sugar. Cut in butter until it is in small  pieces. I small bowl, whisk egg, vanilla, and cream, then add to flour mixture. Stir until well blended. Gently mix in strawberries. Spoon into muffin cups and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely and top with whip cream and garnish with a strawberry. Divine!

Whipped Cream

1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Place the whipping cream and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Stir in the powdered sugar and mix on low, with an electric hand mixer until peaks form. ( about 3 to 4 minutes)

More Strawberry Delights

And since I still had a lot of strawberries left, I made my heavenly Croissant French Toast w/ Strawberry Syrup, for breakfast.  Click here to see recipe.

And for dinner guests last night, I made this wonderful Strawberry Shortcake that was my dear godmother's recipe. Click here to see recipe.

 And after dinner I whipped up a batch of these sinfully delicious Strawberry Daiquiris.
Click here to see recipe.

And I still had enough strawberries left to put a good stash in the freezer! Bon appetit!

I'll be sharing these at  Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Tasty Tuesdays
Delectable Tuesdays, What's Cooking Wednesday, What I Whipped Up Wednesday
Cast Party Wednesday, It's a Blog Party,  Full Plate Thursday, These Chicks Cooked, 

Bayou Boogie

Here's a little clip that I took of the High Performance Band playing a Sunday afternoon dance at Whiskey River Landing in Henderson, Louisiana. This was before the "flood that wasn't", with most places getting a few inches of water or none at all! Most everyone is moved back in now, on the levee in Henderson,  and in Butte Larose.  The Army Corps of Engineers are at a total loss as to how to explain why the Atchafalaya Basin didn't have a flood of mammoth proportions, as they had predicted. But even after spending thousands of dollars evacuating and imagining that their homes and businesses would be ruined, everyone was just happy that they were wrong. As they say, better safe than sorry. Let the good times roll, cher!

The High Performance Band

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Merci beaucoup for coming by!


ellen abbott said...

I wish we could get some locally grown (and Louisiana is local) strawberries. All we get out here are those bionic giant ones that are hard and tasteless. But they are big and red and can travel long distances.

Some very luscious stuff you posted.

hidden art of homemaking said...

oh my goodness..I had almost gotten tired of all the strawberries this year UNTIL I saw your blog. these look sooooo good. I just love your blog..makes me wish I lived in cajun country..

Kittie Howard said...

When word came in about the flood that wasn't, I said uh? Then I read that the soil was so parched it sucked up water that would've flooded. But, yes, better safe than sorry - this is one of those times when the money spent didn't come close to what would've been lost.

My grandfather used to grow strawberries in the family garden - so sweet - can taste them still - nothing like Louisiana strawberries for juicy taste, yum. I'd love to dive into that strawberry shortcake, but I've got a toothache *holds up glass* can sip from the left side!

Ali said...

Strawberry heaven! I love that croissant french toast Marguerite. I will bookmark that and make it this Summer. :)

Eddie Bluelights said...

Strawberries are something we can grow in the garden here in UK - love 'em. Also love rasperries which I have grown as well.
Bet your strawberry delights are fantastic.
Very pleased to read that the floods did not materialise. Very worrying for the local folk with the evacuation but what a relief it must be for them that their properties are intact.

Seaside Style said...

I can't get enough strawberries! I love our home grown, wonderful recipes i am saving these.!

Michelle B said...

I can see why these strawberry shortcake muffins are one of your favorites. Talk about look good, girl! My goodness.

Love the picture of Creola Cafe in your header. You know, I pass by once a week and have never eaten there!

Joanne said...

We're just getting into strawberry season here, but it's a short season! A few weeks, and those delicious fresh-picked berries will be only a memory ...

kitchen flavours said...

Everything looks delicious! Wish I have that much strawberries!

Linda Starr said...

Oh those all look so wonderful, the other night I fixed just vanila ice cream with strawberries on top, strawberries are so refreshing in hot weather.

Arlee Bird said...

The hotter days of summer is when I don't crave chocolate as much and start wanting sweet fruity desserts. Strawberries are excellent and any of these yummies would do the trick for me.


Tossing It Out

The Harried Cook said...

A strawberry feast! Yummy... I've been eating a lot of strawberries too... Those cupcakes look fabulous! thanks for sharing, Marguerite!

Drick said...

strawberry heaven - or induced red coma, both world be absolutely great to experience with these fab foods, thanks for sharing... esp like the muffin recipe...

Marguerite said...

ellen- It's hard to believe that you can't get La. strawberries, being so close. Thanks, hope you try them!

Mona- Thanks so much for your lovely comment! It's a great place to live and I wish that you lived here, too!

Kittie- The drought probably accounted for some of it, but to be so far off in their prediction is strange. Hope you're feeling better!

Ali- Thanks, so glad you like it! It's fab and the strawberry syrup is sinful and so good on ice cream and pancakes, too! Enjoy!

eddie- You're lucky to have a strawberry patch in your garden! They are all fantastic and I hope you try them. It's a big relief, for sure! So serious, today! lol

Seaside- I can't either! Thanks, so glad you like them and hope you give them a try! They're all fab!

Trish said...

Oh, YUM! Now I'm hungry and have to go raid the fridge!

Pam said...

Yum! Can't wait until our local berries are ripe here! This recipe is a keeper for sure, thanks! It's just really strange what they predicted with the flooding and then thankfully it didn't happen. Better safe than sorry for sure!

Anonymous said...

Okay so I guess I'll be picking up strawberries tomorrow. All your strawberry recipes look mouthwatering. I'm having my first link party tomorrow Cast Party Wednesday. Would you be willing to come over and share your amazing strawberry recipes with us?
I hope to see you there!

Cloudia said...

A sweet bunch of berries here, Cheri!

Aloha from Waikiki :)

Comfort Spiral




Chris and Amy said...

The strawberry crop is booming here in CT right now as well. Thank you for all the wonderful recipe ideas!

Katherines Corner said...

Yummy, I love strawberries. I can't wait to start picking them from my garden. Hugs!

Honey at 2805 said...

Strawberries are my second love to chocolate! I'm becoming addicted to the boogies! How fun!

Marguerite said...

MM- Merci beaucoup for the sweet compliment, cher! It was my Nanny's recipe, an oldie, but goodie! I love the Creola Cafe. I used to work in Sunset, on Wednesdays, and would eat there often. Fab, you should try it!

Joanne- Then you'd better hurry and make all of these! :) Thanks for stopping by, cher!

kf- Thanks, these are all fab and I hope you can try at least one of them! I know, we are lucky to have such an abundance.

Linda- Thanks, and I hope you try them! I love them on ice cream, too. Yes they are! Enjoy!

Lee- They are the perfect summer dessert! Thanks, so glad you like them and hope you give them a try!

HC- I can't resist them, either! Thanks, they are wonderful and I hope you try them! You're welcome!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Thoe little strawberry shortcakes are making my mouth water. I bet they are extra delicious with the homemade whipped cream :) I wanted to invite you over to show off your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day!

Rosaria Williams said...

O.k. I'm officially jealous!~
Wait, if i make a daikiri I'll get over that feeling. Right?

Chef Dennis Littley said...

I'd be doin the bayou boogie all teh way down to the Pontchartrain for one of those croissant french toast treats! So many strawberries and so little time!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning!
You know it doesn't get better than fresh strawberries....until they meet your recipes and toss in some great music! I hope you have a wonderful week!
Take care,

Joey said...

I have some strawberries in the fridge. Just a few, but I am dying for something sweet.

I love your blog. I haven't left a comment until now, but I think you're wonderful.


Miriam said...

Excellent recipes, I love this blog! Have a fun weekend :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Bronzi said...

Marguerite, I love your blog! The recipes all look fabulous. Can't waite to start some of them. And thanks for coming by on my blog.

nanny said...

You are in strawberry heaven!!! All of those dishes look delicious!!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Marguerite,
Yummy, I don't know which one to choose so I will have to have them all. Great Strawberry dishes and a great boogie, now what more could a girl want. You know how to give us a great party! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!
Miz Helen

Pat Tillett said...

It all looks good, but I'm wanting a strawberry dacquiri right about now!

Pat Tillett said...

daiquiri that is...

Marguerite said...

Drick- lol, But just think of all those anti-oxidents you're getting! Thanks, it's a keeper and I hope you try it! You're welcome, cher! Have a Happy Father's Day!

Trish- Great to hear from you! Thanks, guess you forgot to eat first! lol Thanks for coming by and have a great weekend!

Pam- Thanks, they're all fab and I hope you try them! You're welcome, cher! Very strange, but all's well that ends well.

lady- Hi and welcome! Thanks, so glad you like them! I would be happy to, and thanks so much for the invitation and for stopping by!

Cloudia- Thanks, you got that right, cher! Have a great weekend!

Chris and Amy- It's so nice to hear from you! Great that strawberries are plentiful in your area! You're very welcome, and thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

Kim McCallie said...

Loving your strawberry shortcake muffins. So perfect for summer desserts. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

Jill | Dulce Dough said...

So you made so many wonderful creations! Strawberries are one of the reasons I love summer so much!

Magic of Spice said...

I was so happy to hear that the flooding did not turn out anywhere near what was expected, still a terrible experience during the time of expectation.
All of your strawberry treats look amazing, wish I were not allergic...especially those gorgeous muffing :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this yummy cupcake recipe with us. I hope you will come over tomorrow and share more of your delicious recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday.
I hope to see you there!

Unknown said...

those all look wonderful

Kathryn said...

These look and sound fabulous! I must make these! Thanks so much for linking your delicious recipe up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday! Hope to see you again soon.

Nicole Feliciano said...

I found you from the Muffin Monday swap. These cupcakes enticed me. I just posted about a contest Duncan Hines is running for cupcakes--the winner get a trip to the Emmy's in LA. Hope you'll swing by Momtrends and link this up on our delish Friday Food page:

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

Looking back on my first party. Please come back over to Cast Party Wednesday and share any new recipes you might have. Thanks, I hope to see you there, ---Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain---