Strawberries before and after the thaw |

Strawberries before and after the thaw

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; You know it is really spring when the snow starts to melt and those little blossoms begin to poke their heads out of that tundra on your front lawn. Oh, thereand#8217;s the dogand#8217;s shock collar! A deflated exercise ball. An abalone shell. Your yard is virtual time capsule. But, treasures from yesteryear aside, itand#8217;s whatand#8217;s popping up at the grocery store that really signifies the change of season.

Strawberries. Get and#8217;em while you can and stock pile them for later. So easy to do, no flash freezing or fancy heat-sealed bags required. Just remove the green ends, rinse well, pat dry, put in a zip-lock bag and freeze to use at a later date in smoothies, on waffles, in yogurt and#8230; well, you get the idea. They are good to go, even in the depth of winter, after 45 seconds in the microwave.

While theyand#8217;re fresh, however, seize the moment with these two super easy dips. Again, just slice off the green ends, wash the berries, and serve with one of the following, or both, for those who insist on double dipping.


1 8-oz. brick of cream cheese, softened

1 short, fat tub of Marshmallow Cream

1 Tbls. vanilla

1 tsp. lemon juice

Place all in large bowl and mix until smooth.


3 avocados, seeded, peeled, meat, scooped out

3 Tbls. Agave (available at Safeway, Save Mart or New Moon)

3 Tbls. cocoa powder, unsweetened.


Place all in blender or food processor and mix until smooth, adding water if it gets too thick. Serve.

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