Fresh Strawberry Pie

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I’ve had this pie recipe drafted to share for a few months, but am just now sharing it. While the peak of strawberry season has passed us, you can still find ripe and delicious strawberries for an affordable price this time of year.

As you should know, I’m quite the pie aficionado. I love it in all forms and in all seasons, but fruit pies are definitely my favorite. When it comes to fruit pies, I like them to taste as fresh as possible. Why use fresh fruit if you’re just going to make it taste canned? This recipe really hits the mark when it comes to tasting fresh, mostly because only half of the berries are cooked.

Strawberries Summer Recipe Pie Julia Malinowski

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Serves 6-8 (or 1 if you’re me)

2 pounds fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 unbaked pie crust
Optional: vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to top

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Dice 1 pound berries or process in food processor until they reach a similarly chopped texture (my favorite shortcut).
Scoop berries into a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Add sugar to the pan along with the lemon juice and stir to combine. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water. Pour into the strawberry mixture and stir vigorously. Cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes or until mixture thickens, making sure to stir frequently to prevent lumps. Check to make sure your sauce isn’t cloudy before you remove it from the heat, so you know that the cornstarch has fully cooked.
While the sauce cools, place pie crust into 9″ or 10″ pie plate. Crimp the edges and then lightly prick the bottom and sides with fork about 30 times. Place a piece of foil inside the pie crust, lightly pressing around inside bottom edges of crust. Fill with dried beans (or pie weights if you have them) and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove beans and foil. Return it to the oven and bake for 5 minutes until edges are golden brown. Note, you can reuse these beans. I store mine with my baking supplies in a little baggie marked pie beans.
While the crust cooks, cut the remaining strawberries into halves and mix into your cooled sauce.
Let your crust cool for a few minutes and then pour the strawberry mixture into your baked pie shell. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until the pie is set. Serve topped with whipped cream or with ice cream on the side.

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The final product seconds before I attacked it with a fork. Plating a slice is for suckers.

What’s your favorite summer time pie? I’m also a big fan of blackberry or boysenberry pies, but these varieties of berries are hard to find in this area. Someone in Seattle send me a care package of berries!


The Ultimate Summer Salad

This twist on the classic caprese salad is the only recipe you'll want to make this summer

I’m a big fan of the classics, but every once in awhile I encounter a version of something that’s just as good – or dare I say it, even better – than the original. This twist on the traditional Caprese salad is one of those things. Swap out heirloom tomatoes for nectarines, add a little lime zest, and you’ve got one of the most mouth-wateringly delicious summer recipes to ever grace your taste buds.

Nectarine, mozzarella, basil, and lime zest...this salad tastes like pure summer!

Here’s what you’ll need for one serving:

  • 1 yellow nectarine
  • About 2 ounces mozzarella
  • Several large, fresh basil leaves
  • Lime (for zesting)
  • Olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste

Cut up your nectarine and mozzarella into manageable bite-size pieces and arrange artfully with torn-up basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle on some salt and freshly ground pepper, and top it all off with a bit of lime zest (the citrus is the key to that extra jolt of summery goodness). The resulting flavors will haunt your dreams for days to come!

This is the ultimate summer salad - a twist on the classic caprese

This salad takes about two minutes to throw together and tastes like the essence of summer. Seriously, I’ve made this at least four times in the past week – it’s earned itself a permanent spot in my summer repertoire! I think it would also be pretty good with peaches, but I’m a nectarine lover through and through.

Do you have a favorite summer recipe?

♥ Mil

Margarita Madness: 10 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, and that means one thing: ALL the margaritas! Jules and I love our holidays, and I’m especially enthusiastic about any holiday that aligns so perfectly with my passion for cocktails. Pineapple margs are my all-time fave, but in the interest of expanding my drinking horizons, I’ve rounded up 10 inventive margarita recipes that will take your Cinco de Mayo festivities to the next level. Made with everything from St. Germain to habanero peppers, these margs aren’t messing around. So pick a favorite below, round up some friends, and enjoy a batch of sweet, tart deliciousness. Salud!











I can’t resist a frozen marg, and that sangria swirl looks amazing! As does the chili lime mango…but I think the prickly pear margarita might be the prettiest. Which marg is calling your name?

♥ Mil

Green Smoothie Bowl

green smoothie bowlHere in North Carolina, spring is well underway with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Seattleites, don’t be jealous.

While I go crazy for cozy breakfast favorites like steel cut oats during winter, come spring my taste buds change their tune. I start craving fresh fruit and cold smoothies. As I’ve grown older, I’ve moved away from the sweeter flavors combinations, like peanut butter and banana, towards fresher and greener options. Greens pack an unbelievable punch of energy in the morning, much like a caffeine hit but without the ensuing crash. Lately I’ve been enjoying my smoothies a little thicker and from a bowl. Here’s my latest morning concoction, perfect to kick your morning off to a refreshing start.
Green Smoothing Bowl (serves 1)

Smoothie Ingredients
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 3/4 ripe banana, previously sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, preferably grass-fed
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
Topping Ideas
  • Granola
  • Raw nuts and seeds (almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.)
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Sliced fresh berries
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cocoa nibs
  • Sliced banana
  1. Add smoothie ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Start by adding a 1/2 cup milk and then slowly add more if needed. Be careful not to thin it too much. The texture should be pretty thick as you’re eating it through a spoon, not a straw.
  2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more banana or other fruit for sweetness, or more spinach (or other greens) for that extra punch of veggie power. You can also add some ice to make it a little thicker and colder. I don’t like my smoothies too intensely cold – brain freeze!
  3. For more protein, you can also add your protein powder of choice, almond butter, or if you’re adventurous an egg white.
  4. Pour into a serving bowl and top with toppings of your choosing!
  5. Smoothies are always best devoured immediately, although you can certainly keep leftovers in the fridge for a day.
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Just look at that color. Does that scream spring or what?


green smoothie bowl healthy easy breakfast low fat vegetarian

An early morning smoothie bowl selfie. I’m not wearing any makeup here, which reminds me of Karen’s post on the #YouLookDisgusting campaign.

How do you like to eat your smoothies, in a glass or in a bowl? Any favorite spring and summer breakfast recipes? While I generally don’t eat dairy, I do eat some full fat and grass-fed Greek yogurt every week to make sure my probiotics are on point. For me, a favorite breakfast treat is a big bowl of vanilla yogurt with granola and berries. It’s about as close to real ice cream as I get these days.

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