This delicious Homemade Strawberry Sauce post and the following scrumptious recipe was written by my daughter, Lauren Dezenski who was in Cuba in this photo. Lauren works in advertising, loves good food and wine and is always on the lookout for her next travel adventure!
I love ice cream. Love. Ice cream. While it’s popularity spikes during the warm months, we don’t have a seasonal relationship and I don’t discriminate on flavor. I do, however have a slight obsession with strawberry sundaes – something my dad and I have in common. When it comes to food my dad has a very traditional palate. I on the other hand tend be much more adventurous. Strawberry sundaes with Homemade Strawberry Sauce are one dish that continues to bond us.
Some of the best Key Lime Pie I’ve ever eaten is from Publix in Florida. Seriously. It’s made in their bakery and it’s smooth and creamy with just the right amount of tangy lime flavor, real whipped cream and slivered almonds around the edge. We escape to Florida every winter to relax with family, soak up some sun, swim in the Gulf and probably eat more Key Lime Pie than should be legal. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Publix within several states of me, but whenever I get the chance to have a slice, it reminds me of warm breezes, swaying palm trees, Jimmy Buffett music, salty air and the sun on my face.
I don’t necessarily rely on a calendar tell me when it’s fall. Oh no. . .I lie in wait for my local grocery store to stock Nestle´ Coffee-mate Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer. Now that may sound
a little totally crazy to you, but when that yummy pumpkin creamer shows its gorgeous face I just know it won’t be long before I bust out snuggly warm sweaters, tall leather boots and scarves and eat warm donuts dipped in tangy cider at one of several nearby cider mills. I am only slightly ashamed of my behavior one day last fall when I couldn’t find the pumpkin creamer at my local market. It was only October — they couldn’t be phasing into Christmastime peppermint yet!! Hopefully that stock boy is no longer in therapy. But this whole pumpkin thing got me thinking — what else can I pumpkinize? Hmmm. . .how about. . .Pumpkin Monkey Bread Muffins? Hello? Can we really put two amaaaaazing fall flavors together — pumpkin AND monkey bread?