Strawberry Shortcake with Pie Crust

Well, it’s official. It is summer here in Michigan. Even though I know it’s not officially summer until June 21, when I can find strawberries ripe enough to make strawberry shortcake, then it’s close enough to call it. Being in Michigan has its upsides and downsides. Downside-we are about 2-3 weeks behind in the fresh produce department. Upside-we have SO MANY options when it comes to fresh produce. Especially in the berry and cherry department. There are lots of berries, along with different types of cherries, that grow well in the not too hot Northern climates. As soon as those incredible, tiny (when compared with grocery store types), and super sweet strawberries appeared in my CSA basket, I couldn’t wait to make this classic pie crust strawberry shortcake.

Something else that is official? I think I am officially a Northerner. I have lived in Michigan for close to five years now. I own a home. I married a native Michigander. BUT, until now it hasn’t been official. Until now, I have never, not once, felt like it was TOO HOT. Northerners, or at least Michiganders, are babies when it comes to the heat. Taste Tester complains about the heat ALL THE TIME. To which I would say something along the lines of, “you don’t even know what hot is.” (sidenote:Have I become my father?). BUT, this year, whew, it’s been hot. And I have felt that, perhaps, it was indeed TOO hot. And it wasn’t really that hot when I said it was too hot. Which means, I am officially a baby about the HEAT. And it’s only June. But it has been a particularly dry and hot summer thus far. The upside of my northerner-ness is that I am now pretty tough when it comes to the cold. Just ask anyone who has been to my house in winter. So, upsides and downsides. Read more

Key Lime Pie

For some people, the biggest social nightmare imaginable is showing up at an event wearing the same outfit as someone else. Granted, these people are women, because most men at any event tend to be wearing some variation of the same outfit anyway. This has never really been an issue or fear for me, probably because I don’t tend to have an adventurous fashion sense and therefore do not put a lot of creativity into my clothing choices.

Key Lime Pie

However, the food blogger equivalent of this scenario happened to me last weekend. I made this key lime pie for a Memorial Day BBQ, which I thought was a safe choice because key lime pie is not the type of thing that shows up very often. Well, wouldn’t it be my luck that someone would show up with the EXACT SAME PIE, but luckily, theirs was purchased from Costco so no one was put in the unfortunate position of having to judge who was the better cook. I was nervous, however, that the bakery at a big-box store would show up the pie I spent a couple hours baking the day before. Read more

White Bean Feta Dip

I’m not sure if you all realize this, but Memorial Day is this weekend! That means summer is like four days away. You might not be aware of this if you, like me, live in the frozen tundra Michigan where for some reason it was 30 degrees last night. Yesterday the high was 50. Fifty degrees feels just swell in March, but in May? Not so much.

Side Note: One thing this blog has made me realize is I complain about the weather A LOT. BUT, I live in Michigan, so I am entitled. If you live farther south and you want to complain to me about the rain/snow/sleet/cold, I have no patience for you. Read more