So far summer has been a bit of a buzz kill around these parts. I'm still waiting for my summer to begin. Despite the brief summer-tease of 103 degrees a few weeks ago, there hasn't been much else going on around here in the way of summer. In fact, I'm a little frustrated. I had some friend's over a for a BBQ last weekend and we ended up eating in-doors because it poured rain non-stop all day. I waited and waited for the rain to stop but it never did. Heck, it's already June 25th and the days are getting shorter - if summer doesn't start pretty soon we're going to miss it altogether.
One sign that summer has arrived is that I received my first shipment of farm fresh vegetables via my CSA membership. You can read more about my experience here: http://patch.com/A-jDmn
I even met a new vegetable an icicle radish. I'm really excited to give it a try.
Here's an easy recipe for those of you that love strawberry shortcake or any other dessert that calls for whipped topping. Most people know about this already but for those that don't take the time to make your own whipped cream - you really must. I make this for everything. I find most pies, clafoutis and short cakes too dry so I always make a batch to add to any dessert that needs a little somethin' somethin'.
1 small or large container of heavy whipping cream (depending on how big of a batch you want to make)
Add powdered sugar by the 1/4 cup - one 1/4 cup at a time depending on how sweet you like it.
1 tsp vanilla
Directions: Mix heavy whipping cream in a mixer until fluffy and creamy. Add 1/4 cups of sugar until desire sweetness is reach. Add vanilla.
Now if summer would just arrive so I could make some strawberry shortcake!