I think my sleep is catching up with me. The past 2 weeks have been super busy. I don’t think I’ve seen this much of downtown Chicago in my life & my car will thank me for the rest after this coming weekend.
Last Thursday I went to #CaStrawberryTour at the Merchandise Mart hosted by @MJTam. They had some members of the California Strawberry Commision, a strawberry farmer and David Grotto. They gave us some very informative information on strawberries. Did you know that strawberries are packed in the picking field & put directly on the truck to ship to stores? I didn’t either. That’s why it’s important to clean them before we eat them.
They had a variety of recipes to try with strawberries. One was Strawberry Gazpacho. It was like a strawberry soup. One flavor I knew was in there was cucumber. The soup was sour & that’s how I eat my cucumbers. I peel, cut them up & add salt pepper and vinegar. We were discussing at the table what was in it & I said I taste cucumbers. They gave us a cook book with those recipes & many others. When I looked it up, there it was, cucumbers.
Another treat was David Grotto. He’s a diatician & author of numerous books. Not only does he know his stuff, he’s really funny & after Thursday I think he can make anyone eat their vegetables. I don’t know if I’ve told you all this, but I can only eat a few fruit whole. Strange, I know! I can eat grapefruit no problem. Strawberries I only eat in smoothies & yogurt. Any other fruit has to be in some form of creamy yogurt. It’s something about the texture I don’t like & makes me sick to the stomach. Anywho, he had us take a strawberry twizzler & a strawberry and do a bit of a taste test. I’ll be the first to say I was shocked the strawberry tasted better!
Lastly, they gave us a recipe book for giveaway. I’ll post the giveaway this Thursday so be sure to stay tuned. Do you all like strawberries & what’s your favorite way to eat them?