It’s strawberry time! A sure sign that Summer has arrived is the smell of fresh strawberries at the grocery store or farmer’s market. and the best tool for finding fresh strawberries–your nose. Many farmed strawberries, even in season, are picked while they are still green in order to help them while shipping. Although these will continue to get redder and softer once they have been picked, they will not get any sweeter (although an overnight refrigerated bath in honey may help in that department–that’s cheating though!). The real test is in their smell. If you can’t detect a whiff of strawberries, you probably won’t get the taste of them either. If at all possible, buy locally grown strawberries.
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 scraped vanilla bean
1/4 cup dark rum (or 1/2 teaspoon rum extract)
1/4 cup Amaretto liqueur (or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 ounces sour cream
1 quart fresh, cleaned strawberries
Dark brown sugar
Mix one of the desired spices into sour cream. To serve, place sour cream mixture, sugar and strawberries in individual serving bowls. With fork or toothpick, dip strawberries into sour cream, then brown sugar.