Saturday, June 29, 2013

Esther's Heavenly Dipped Strawberries

You are going to love me for this!

I don't very often post about recipes but when I do, it is because I've found something too good to keep to myself. Remember that Hot Fudge Crockpot Cake? There you have it.

This week I remembered something I learned years ago. I can't believe that I hadn't done this in awhile. When we were in our 20's (just a couple of years ago) our little family moved to Issaquah, Washington. Mike was going to college there and  we knew we'd be there for a couple of years.  It was a big adventure but we didn't know anyone in the area.  Not to worry. One of the first things we did was find a church home. That is one of the best places to make new friends!

It was at church that we met an older lady named Esther. Although we felt we were a long, long way from little Turner, Montana, we'd found a piece of home in our new church clear out in the Pacific Northwest. You see, as it turns out, Esther was also from Turner, Montana! She had moved away many years before but we knew her relatives and she knew Mike's relatives. That felt so good! In fact, the "shop" at Mike's family's farm had been an old schoolhouse, moved a few miles to their property when Mike was a little boy. Esther had taught in that little building...or maybe she'd been a student in it, I'm not sure I remember the story exactly but she had some sort of connection to that building. 

Anyway, considering how small Turner is, we had not expected to meet anyone in the Seattle who knew where it was. Esther became a sweet part of our time there. She gave us many gifts and had us over for supper...things like that. This "recipe" comes from one of our meals with her.

OK, are you ready for this?

Wash some pretty red strawberries. Put some sour cream in a nice little bowl (Maria, I bet vegan sour cream would work wonderfully well), along side brown sugar. hold a strawberry by it's leafy top and dip it first into the sour cream and then into the brown sugar. Taste and enjoy!  That's it! That's the recipe to delectable bliss!

On a less than healthy note, I discovered that if you have left-over sour cream and brown sugar in your bowl at the end, you can stir it up together and use it as a dip with potato chips for a wonderful sweet and salty experience. It may not be good for you in any way, but it is yummy!



Michelle said...

Wow--small world indeed. Loved the story. I can't quite picture brown sugar and sour cream mixture tasting good though. Maybe I'll try it sometime.

Sue said...

When you stir it together it tastes kind of like caramel. Delicious!

Anonymous said...

I have had a grape salad served in the Malta community many times made with sour cream and brown sugar. You mix the sour cream and brown sugar together and let them combine till the sugar is dissolved. You then put it over either red seedless grapes or green seedless grapes. (I like the red). The mixture coats the grapes beautifully and they taste great. Serve it in a bowl like a salad or put in a glass 13x9 pan. You can sprinkle a little more brown sugar on top for decoration. I have had it at many church potlucks here. Kathy Grabofsky

Sue said...

Hi Kathy! Oh, that sounds like a delicious fruit salad and I definitely will be using that idea for a future potluck. Thanks for sharing!

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