Strawberry Shortcake

with cream on top….

The food gods were laughing at me today. Since I still hadn’t been to the grocery store (that’ll teach me to go away for a weekend!) I had absolutely nothing to bring for lunch today. I went down to the cafeteria and, while standing on line, I heard some staff arguing about whether something one of them was holding expired last August or if it was good until 2045. They decided it was good. Um, really? I say “if in doubt, throw it out!!” And what on Earth could possibly last until 2045? Nothing I’d want to eat!! Needless to say, I won’t be eating there anymore!

Then I got off work at 5 (I know! I can’t believe it either!) and I was so excited that I was going to get to cook. I had this really nice idea for a pork schnitzel that I was going to make. But I was out of eggs, and had nothing else I could use to adhere my breading to the chops. And since I had absolutely nothing else in the house, we went out. One order of braised lamb tacos and two pinot noirs later, I finally had my first decent meal of the day.

So. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about strawberry shortcake! I wanted something sweet but light, and since I was picking up strawberries for tomorrow’s dinner (It’ll be good- I promise! AND I have all the ingredients now!) I decided a simple strawberry shortcake was the way to go. This is a cheater’s shortcake. I didn’t have time/ energy to bake cakes, and I didn’t want to go the sponge cake route. So I used chessmen cookies. These are pretty much the best cookies ever, and they go perfectly with berries. I also used low fat cool whip. Sue me. I at least doctored it up a little. This was really easy and light, and totally hit the spot.

  • 4 large strawberries, sliced
  • pinch of sugar
  • 4 mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 T cool whip, or other whipped cream
  • splash vanilla
  • 2 chessmen cookies

Sprinkle the strawberries with sugar and set aside to mascerate for at least 10.  minutes. Stir mint into strawberries. Genly mix vanilla into cool whip.  Arrange cokies on a plate. Top with strawberries and cool whip. Garnish with a mint spring.

Comments

  1. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    I am making this for my daughter tomorrow! Yum!

  2. Oh.my.goodness!!! That is absolutely brilliant! Mmmm… it looks so good I can almost taste it…. =)

  3. What a wonderful idea for a quick dessert! I love it!

  4. Dear Lauren!
    Greetings!
    Two hours ago (9:00 a.m.) I went out to buy strawberries from a local farmer who sells them in a small hut near the local prison (!).
    Went to work (teaching) and came back home (11:00 a.m.) and I’m just readingyour posting about strawberries. talk of a coincidence! Shizuoka is the biggest producer of strawberries in Japan. Therefore we can buy them just picked fresh. So different from the supermarkets tasteless offerings!
    Cheers,
    Robert-Gilles

  5. oh my yum! 2045???? are you freaking kidding me?

  6. Even though it’s only 4 large strawberries, it looks like there a whole bunch more in there. Love it!

  7. Wow, that looks amazing. What a great idea to use those cookies instead of shortcake!

  8. That is a great idea for a quick and light dessert … and you can’t go wrong with strawberries ; )

  9. great idea with the cookies!!! I have a pack of strawberries in my fridge right now too…no chessmen cookies though.

    Everything looks yummy as always.

  10. 2045?!! are you kidding me? if it can last that long, it’s no longer even food to me. dang!
    that picture could have fooled me. it looks all gourmet and you probably only took like 3 minutes to assemble it? great idea, and I can’t wait for strawberry season! are those strawberries in-season for you right now? If so, I’m jealous!

  11. 2045 are you kidding, it must of been a twinkie or motor oil lol. I can tell you that if I have that Strawberry short cake it would never make it to 2045. I don’t think it would even be around in 5 minutes from now lol. Looks great!

  12. MMMMMMMM…That looks so delicious as breakfast, as lunch or as dinner or perhaps as dessert?!?!?!!!!
    Lovely!!!

  13. wow- y’all really like strawberry shortcake! lol

    Robert and Sophia- I can’t wait until strawberries are in season here! These were ok, but they could have been better.
    Erika, Sophia, and Chuck- I wish I was kidding! I was so grossed out. (And get this- I told everyone at work as a warning and half of them still ate there today!!)
    Jenn- I always feel like it looks like more when you slice them thin like that. I “eat with my eyes” so I’m all about presentation and making portions look bigger than they are!
    Natasha- I hope she likes it!
    Kelly, Sarah, Leslie, Heather, and Sophie- thanks!

  14. BF and I argue about whether food is good all the time. He is convinced that everything is OK unless it is growing mold or something…but I’m just like you, if I have a doubt about it, it’s going in the trash!

  15. This looks amazing – i am making this asap!

  16. Yum! Looks great. Strawberries are on sale everywhere now!

  17. Im uber jealous of your plating skills. My plating skills are lacking man.
    But that looks wonderful!

  18. Oooh, it’s that time of year when I start to crave summer foods like strawberry shortcake and a tall glass of iced tea. Your pic looks delicious. Thanks for setting off my craving! The whipped cream is one of the best parts. :)

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