This weekend was the perfect opportunity because I hosted a dinner party with a summer menu. What's more summer than fresh strawberries topped with cool whipped cream?
If you're the on the east coast, you'll be jealous of the ridiculously low prices for fruit in California. Boxes of strawberries have been $0.88 at the store lately. I bought ten and froze a bunch for smoothies. And they taste amazing fresh, of course.
I have to admit I was nervous about following this recipe for all three parts of the shortcake. I was most nervous about the biscuit part because they tend to be dry or hard instead of flaky and fluffy. This one could not have been better. I had to make a second batch because I rolled the dough to less than 1/2" the first time and the biscuits were thin and hard like hockey pucks. The second time was perfect, so make sure you don't over roll the dough!
My new favorite hobby is making whipped cream. It was a magical experience. So simple and pure! All you need is a cup of heavy cream, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, 2 T of powdered sugar, and then you whip until it forms peaks. For a while, nothing happens, but then it reaches this threshold and just instantly turns into whipped cream. Wow. So fun!
The strawberry shortcake was definitely my favorite part of last night's meal : ) Dessert often is my favorite part no matter what. I'm already researching and brainstorming for my next dinner party...about 20 people are coming so it will definitely be more of a balancing act in terms of preparation. But I'm more than up for it--I love dinner parties and the organizational challenge that comes with them!
Here's another good summer recipe to try. I've posted about it before but I tried a different version this time. It wasn't as good though, so I'd still recommend the old one (which I've linked here). I guess the other one just wasn't as complex (linked here) without the soy sauce and garlic.
It's definitely important not to skimp on the quality of the meat. You don't want chewy, gummy strips of beef. Ideally, you'd be able to grill it but we don't have one so it was cooked on the stove top.
I hope everyone's enjoying their summers so far! We're headed down to San Diego this weekend for a family get-together and hopefully some awesome burritos and beach time ;) I have a lot of great new recipes to share so check back soon!