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Balsamic Strawberries with Shattered Almonds

Balsamic Strawberries with Shattered Almonds

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It's too much!

This picture is too much for me. My childhood was dreamy, on account of my family is dope. May I introduce you to the people picking strawberries in the photo above?

The little boy eating strawberries, that's my older brother Newton. Despite the fact that he used to tell me there were alligators living in my bedroom, we were great pals growing up. He taught me everything I know about the Higgs boson (admittedly very little, but still) and his artistic inspiration is the reason you are greeted by this delightful dinosaur when your Chrome browser can't connect to the internet. 

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The little girl showcasing her strawberries is my older sister Sarah. She is on task in this picture, and she has been on task her whole life. Mark my words, she will solve all of humanity's problems.  She has always been my #1 role model. Everything Sarah did, I did too...with less finesse but with equal enthusiasm. Gymnastics? I'll do that too. Diving? Sign me up. Scrapbooking? I'm game. Wearing all her clothes when she left for college? It may have happened.  

And then of course, there's my mother (with Sarah's shoes in her back pockets). From the get-go, she taught us that bare feet were the happiest feet and that fruit was the loveliest food. She built our picnic table, our porch swing, and even the playground in the park across the street. Our yard was always a kid-friendly woodshop or science lab. And when occasionally the sandwich bread in our pantry turned blue and moldy, she taught us that this was a science experiment too. 

My father recently dug up this picture, and I can. not. get. over. it. Maybe it's the nostalgia talking, but I swear the strawberries in this photo were redder and sweeter than any I have tasted since. 

Strawberry season begins

As May marches on, we're getting closer and closer to high strawberry season here in New York. It's still early (they'll be properly ripe come mid-June), but I couldn't resist buying a few. One of my favorite desserts is strawberries drizzled with balsamic reduction and topped with a good nut. I'm certain it's insulting to proper food bloggers to call this a "recipe," but please do see the recipe below.

If you can find the right strawberries, it nearly tastes like childhood. 

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Balsamic Strawberries with Shattered Almonds

Servings: 2 | Prep Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box strawberries
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • balsamic reduction, for to drizzle 

Preparation

  • Wash strawberries and slice into fourths.
  • Roughly chop almonds. (For increased fun, instead of chopping, you could place almonds in a baggie and smash them with a hammer.) 
  • Top strawberries with shattered almonds and drizzle with balsamic. 
  • Eat slowly, appreciatively, and immediately.

Nutrition

Serving Size: 1/2 recipe | Calories: 162 | Total Fat: 7g | Carbohydrate: 25g | Sugar: 15g | Dietary Fiber: 6g | Protein: 4g | Vitamin A: 1% | Vitamin C: 223% | Calcium: 7% | Iron: 8%

Balsamic Strawberries with Shattered Almonds
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