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Berries, Balsamic, Brown Sugar…

Who would ever think that strawberries, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar would be a tantalizing flavor sensation? I was skeptical when I was introduced to this at a shoot a few years back.  I vividly remember an account executive, from a public relations firm representing strawberries, arriving at the studio with cases of beautiful ripe strawberries, aged balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.

She rinsed the berries, and proceeded to pour the vinegar and brown sugar into separate small bowls.  She told us to pick a berry, dip it in the vinegar, and then the sugar.  I thought to myself, there’s no way I am going to like this! I have to tell you I was more than pleasantly surprised.  The flavor combination was unbelievable.  The robust, slightly sweet zing of the vinegar combined with the sweetness of the berry and the brown sugar—well, it’s beyond yum. It’s a unique taste sensation you will not soon forget. Try it!

Hint: For the best flavor, use a good-quality aged balsamic vinegar,  turbinado sugar, which is a raw cane sugar  such as Sugar in the Raw from Hawaii, and the freshest local strawberries you can find!

Serve these as an appetizer or dessert. And let me know how you like them!

Cathy

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Mesclun Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

It’s Wednesday and I promised to have the recipe for the White Balsamic Vinaigrette. Well, here it is.

Before I give you the recipe, let me give some of my tips:

What is White Balsamic Vinegar? It is made with white wine
vinegar and grape must (sounds ghastly, but it is actually fresh
grape juice that is pressed from the skins, seeds, and stems of the
grapes.) It is usually used when the color of food will be affected
by using traditional Balsamic vinegar. White balsamic vinegar
is milder and less sweet than regular balsamic.
Can the two vinegars be interchanged? Not really, because of the color
and flavor. It is better to substitute white wine vinegar for white
balsamic vinegar.

– Adding a little prepared mustard to a vinaigrette recipe not only
enhances the flavor but it also adds body.

– An easy way to make salad dressing is to place all ingredients in
a jar with a tight fitting lid then shake away!!!

– Substitute your favorite fresh herb for the rosemary.

Here’s the recipe:
(The vinaigrette recipe will make enough for later use — and it
should because it is so good!)
Dresses 6 salad servings
Makes about 1 cup vinaigrette

Vinaigrette
1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon course black pepper
2/3 cup olive oil

1 package (5-6 oz.) mesclun salad greens or mixed baby greens,
rinsed and dried
1 small yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup dried cranberries

– For vinaigrette, combine first 6 ingredients. With wire whisk, slowly
beast in olive oil until mixture thickens slightly.
– Toss greens, pepper, onion and cranberries with a few tablespoons
of dressing.
– Refrigerate remaining dressing.

C

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