STRAWBERRY PIE WITH BASIL MASCARPONE WHIPPED CREAM
Strawberry Pie with Basil Mascarpone Whipped Cream
Growing up in Arizona did have it's downfalls in terms of fresh produce. I never truly understood the concept of "in season produce" as tomatoes and fruit seemed to be prevalent year round. I knew about garden's and tried my hand at growing one of my own when I was in second grade. The only thing that grew in my climate and soil were the radishes. I remember being so proud of them, that I even gave one to my teacher. In my mind, there was no difference between the radish and an apple and Ms. Moore seemed to be pretty amused by it. Besides my radish crop for one season, in my family, it's my sister who became the topic when it came to garden's. Not for her ability to grow and cultivate any sort of crops, no. She was known for what our family calls: The Strawberry Incident. You see, my sister was always curious as a child and the strawberry patch my mother had planted (and we never had since) was raided not by a mole, birds or anything of the sorts, but by my sister. She must have been around four at the time when my mother found her in the patch eating ALL of the strawberries. No, these strawberries weren't ripe but green. Some, things are just too good to wait for I guess. It wasn't until I moved to North Carolina and discovered farmer's markets that I truly embraced the concept of cooking with locally grown, in season produce. There are many things that are too good to wait for, although I have to. Strawberries would be one of those. Besides, strawberries are every little girl's favorite. Hello! Strawberry Shortcake?! What little girl didn't want to live in Strawberry Land and have a cat named Custard while working at The Berry Bake Shoppe? I thought those Strawberry Land days were behind me. That was until I visited my niece and she went ballistic when she lost her Strawberry Shortcake doll. I would have gone ballistic too. No one would get between me and Strawberry Shortcake. No one. Since moving to Richmond permanently this past week, I had one thing on my mind. The farmer's market. Usually, I just go pick out what looks best and go home and make something, anything out of whatever my treasures are. This week, part of those treasures were strawberries and herbs amongst other things. I knew that I would make my go to strawberry recipe. Strawberry Pie from the Biltmore Estate Cookbook and pair it with a basil mascarpone whipped cream from Martha Stewart's new cookbook; Pies and Tarts. If you have never been to Biltmore in Asheville, NC, you are definitely missing out. Fun winery, great mountain biking trails, amazing food and oh yeah. There is this little thing that Biltmore is known for. The mansion where the Vanderbilt's lived. Absolutely gorgeous! So, when I saw this cookbook featuring recipes that are prepared across the grounds, I jumped on it. There are so many favorites that I find myself returning to this book time and time again. Enjoy!