Strawberry Seduction: a call for posts!

I’ve timidly thought of hosting a food blogging event before, but never quite followed through with it. However, as the saying goes, ’tis the season when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of…strawberries…and so, it simply was time for me to jump into the food blog event fray.

Fresh strawberries

I live in Florida, and if Florida is known for anything when it comes to food, its the oranges. However, I’m simply not a big fan of oranges–I’ll cook with them, but you won’t see me biting into an orange or drinking a glass of OJ. Sorry orange lovers, but I just don’t get it. But citrus aside, I nonetheless delight in the many other, less “famous” fruits that really shine in this quirky state, and right about now, strawberries are at their prime.

Plant City, the “winter strawberry capital,” is not terribly far from me and the growers are currently flooding the street corners, farmer’s markets, local supermarkets, and just about any other food venue with some amazing strawberries. This means I get to eat delicious, locally grown produce that is at its prime, and really, who doesn’t love a good strawberry?

I simply couldn’t help myself when I saw these delicious strawberries were very on sale (buy 3 lbs for $5), so I brought 3 lbs home, followed by the nonsensical desire for more, so I hurriedly ran out to see if the sale was still on a whole day later. What a shock! Of course it was–time to buy yet another 3 lbs! So what on earth am I to do with 6 lbs of strawberries? Being a dessert fiend, I got to baking up as many strawberry-centric treats as I could think of.

Seeing how rabidly obsessed with strawberries I had become, I wanted more. Since I can only make and eat so much dessert, I thought I would invite all of the food bloggers out there to share their strawberry lust and to celebrate the season of this seductive fruit. Whether it be starters, sides, sweets, or whatever, I’d like you to send your strawberry recipes so we can all ogle this sexy berry together.

Strawberry Seduction Logo

The rules of this event are pretty simple.

  1. Your entry must be some sort of recipe or dish that you have prepared and recently posted (roughly this month) that largely features strawberries
  2. Email me at mtm26@cornell.edu with the following:
    • The subject line should read: Strawberry Seduction Entry
    • Your name
    • Your blog’s name
    • Recipe name
    • Permalink to your post
    • Your location/country
    • Optional: a photo of your dish, no larger than 150 pixels in either dimension.
  3. All entries are due by the end of Friday, April 4th, 2008, Eastern Standard Time.
  4. You can submit more than one entry (I sure will, I mean c’mon, 6 lbs!), so get to it!
  5. Your entry should contain a link back to this page. It would also be nice if you link to the roundup when it goes online a few days later, but I’ll forgive you if you don’t. ;-)
  6. Update! Optional: per popular demand, I took a stab at making a logo for this event. Feel free to include it in your entries, but it won’t hurt my feelings if the logo doesn’t catch your fancy. ;-)

If you have any further questions, feel free to email me or post your questions in the comments below this post.

I hope to hear from you all soon and look forward to seeing what beautiful dishes you can come up with! Spread the word!

Edit: a big thanks to Andy over at Spittoon for getting this event properly announced at Is My Blog Burning.

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55 Responses to “Strawberry Seduction: a call for posts!”

  1. Bellini Valli Says:

    Local strawberries won’t be here till early June :( We are getting some nice ones at the grocers though probably from California :D

  2. Mansi Says:

    hmm..california still has some strawberries, so let me see what I can come up with!:0

    btw, I’m hosting WBB-Balanced Breakfasts event this month on my blog, and I hope you can send in something too!:)

  3. RecipeGirl Says:

    I’m starting to see strawberries on sale here in Southern California. They’re not terribly flavorful and juicy yet though! I’ll see if I can’t dig up a recipe that might enhance their flavor.

  4. Peter Says:

    Same here Mike, June is the month for our when our strawberries (Ontario) will be ripe.

  5. Deb Says:

    I have been putting strawberries in everything the past week! I cannot eat enough fruit salad!!! I am sure I can find “something” to join in your event!!!

  6. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy Says:

    I can’t believe I just posted about strawberries! Oh well, I have a few other tricks up my sleeve. I’m in!

  7. Anali Says:

    Great idea! I have almost two containers of them and have been thinking about something different to do with them. I’ll have to work on an idea…

  8. Hélène Says:

    You guys are lucky to have nice, strawberries at this time of the year. I love strawberries. I’ll look at the market if they have the California ones. Great event.

  9. Meeta Says:

    I love strawberries but our local strawberries will be out in June!! I did succumb and bought a small container of organic strawberries from Spain – but I had a bad conscience. I’ll try to get over it for you Mike!

  10. cakewardrobe Says:

    You’re so fortunate to have such an abundance of fresh strawberries! I would eat them until my teeth and fingers were pink!

  11. Nora Says:

    Mike, you sound like during cherry season. That’s my crack cocaine. Seriously!

    Seeing that your deadline is after my thesis submission, I will do my absolute best to feed your obsession and join in the fun.

    A suggestion – how about making an event “banner”. I’ll post it on my blog and spread the word about this event if you make one :-) Plus, other bloggers who write up a post for this event can also include it as part of their post.

    Nora

    Nora

  12. pam Says:

    I’m afraid I’m with the people who won’t be seeing strawberries for a while. May is strawberry time (sometimes April if it’s warm enough).

  13. mike Says:

    Doh! Figures in my excitement to get this posted, I neglected that the seasons aren’t quite the same everywhere. :-/ Seems I jumped the gun a bit, so this means all the Floridian food bloggers have to work double time. I know you’re out there! ;-)

    Bellini — I hope you get some good ones–maybe they’ll even come from Plant City! ;-) You never know

    Mansi — Also hoping you find some good California-based berries. I’ve also got a post scheduled for your event (you beat me to it!), I’ll be sure to email you.

    RecipeGirl — I hope that the good ones find their way to you soon. If not, I look forward to seeing what tricks you have up your sleeve to dress them up.

    Peter — doh! Sorry about that one. :-/

    Deb — very glad to hear it! I’m eating them by the ton lately. I look forward to seeing what you do.

    Susan — haha, if I hadn’t seen your post, this might have been called “Strawberry Fields” ;-) I look forward to seeing what you post, and feel free to submit as many entries as you’d like! The more the merrier :-)

    Anali — very glad to hear it! I can’t wait

    Helene — thanks! I hope you have luck finding some good ones, I’d love to see what you can do.

    Meeta — doh! Sorry to cost you the bad karma, but I definitely appreciate it! I look forward to seeing it

    cakewardrobe — you and me both

    Nora — cherries are also a great one and glad to hear the end is near on the thesis! I’ll understand if you’re busy celebrating, but I’d certainly be delighted to have you join in! I’ll see if I can muster a decent looking banner/logo together some time this week and I’ll be sure to update this post to include it. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Pam –doh! Sorry to hear it. Maybe if this takes off, I can do a part two for the summer berry folks.

  14. aforkfulofspaghetti Says:

    Sadly not strawberry season over here, either, Mike! Looking forward to seeing the entries to this, though.

  15. zlamushka Says:

    Hey Mike,

    lovely event. Strawberries are sexy… rar! lets see what I can whizz up for ya!

  16. Ulrike aka ostwestwind Says:

    I could die for strawberries, but strawberries in March don’t taste… in Northern Germany

  17. shalimar Says:

    i am used to strawberries in mid summer june onwards.. when I was living in UK this meant Wimbledon time… I just happen to live in Europe that most food comes in seasons.

    To be honest once I was making asparagus soup I told my captain I can never cook such in Europe when asparagus comes May he rep;lied: WE ARE IN AMERICA EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE lol

  18. kate Says:

    Hey there Mike , i bet it was the strawberries that landed you on my post :P thanks for dropping by. This event is tempting me to make something strawberry …i’m always looking for an excuse. So lets see , we have the rest of the month , so should be able to think of something.
    Like everyone else i will have to admit , this is not the best season , even though they are available , they dont taste as good. I’m in Ghana( w africa) and the strawberries here were imported from Egypt. But not very sweet.
    Good luck with hosting….

    Cheers
    Kate

  19. Deb Says:

    Hey Mike, I have one of my recipes ready but will wait till you have a banner before I post and talk about your event. Sounds like it is coming together! I look forward to some new ways to use these lovely gems!

  20. Heather Says:

    We don’t get the greatest strawberries out here, but I might try to track some down anyways and come up with something. :)

  21. Pixie Says:

    Well you can still purchase strawberries from here at the supermarket but they’re not in season yet. Will do my very best to participate.

  22. mike Says:

    aforkful — doh! Sorry to hear it but glad to have you following the results!

    zlamushka — welcome and agreed! I look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store…

    ulrike — sorry to hear it. Next time, I’ll have to do a better job coordinating this with regards to the varying seasons…I hope you’ll stop by the roundup nonetheless!

    shalimar — rofl, great story.

    kate — haha, pure coincidence, but doesn’t mean it didn’t cross my mind! ;-) Sorry to hear about the season thing but I’d definitely be curious to see what you’re take it. Its always intriguing to see the different styles from around the globe…and thanks for the well wishes! I’m both hoping for lots of entries and not being swamped with a hundred all on the same day. ;-)

    Deb — wow, thanks! I put one together and posted it up above, so feel free to post at your leisure!

    Heather — I hope for the best and I look forward to seeing the results!

    Pixie — fingers crossed!

  23. White On Rice Couple Says:

    You’re so lucky for having strawberries now! We’re sooo jealous! We’ve still got about a month or so until the really good ones arrive. Have you tried Chandler strawberries yet? Oh gawd, they are soooo fragrant and flavorful! You must get your hands on some if you have the opportunity!

  24. shalimar Says:

    my goodness my captain came back with 3 boxes of strawberries from plant city looks like I will find something to join the fun….

  25. Your groupies Says:

    Omayra, Hong and I are sitting here after eating your strawberry rubharb pie trying to figure out what our requests for next week should be.

    Omayra is now typing. We would love to try your peach dish (do not recall name)and hong says “anything else you would like”. Thank you!

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  27. mike Says:

    WhiteOnRice — oh I’m definitely indulging! I just finally used up all of the strawberries, went grocery shopping, and discovered I have a problem: they were still on sale. lol :-/ I don’t think I’ve tried the Chandler kind before–I’ll have to keep an eye out for them!

    shalimar — very glad to hear it! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store!

    Groupies — haha, hi! Glad you guys enjoyed it! ;-)

  28. Peter Says:

    Mike, I found some half-decent yankee strawberries so I’ll sneak my entry in too!

  29. mike Says:

    Peter — very glad to hear it! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned

  30. Lemon Tartlet Says:

    Yay, strawberries! The ones I get all come from Plant City, it’s not far from me here in Tampa Bay! Would love to try this.

  31. KarmaFreeCooking Says:

    You’re soooooo lucky to get 3lbs of strawberries for $5. I am envious… but even though I pay way much for them, you’ll see some entries from me… Madelyn.

  32. katie Says:

    All I can do is watch, read and drool! I won’t see a strawberry for a couple of months yet. I looked at my plants this morning and they are just starting to grow.
    On the other hand, when they start producing I have just enough for a bowl of berries every day for lunch… I top off the strawberries with the blackberries growing wild on the path to my garden, add vanilla yogurt and that’s lunch for most of June, July and August!

  33. mike Says:

    Lemon — very glad to hear it and I look forward to seeing the results!

    Karma — oh I definitely love the price and keep on buying up more each week. It will be a tough adjustment for me once this season ends…and thank you for your entries! :-)

    katie — doh! Sounds like you’ll have me beat come summer time though–that’s quite a backyard crop! I will certainly be jealous when the tables have turned, but for now, I’ll pretend this crop in FL never ends…

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    I am definitely in for this. Will give me something to work on this weekend.

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