Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie

This is another one of my mom’s recipes. Such a great way to use fresh strawberries.  You can use a store bought crust to make this super simple or a homemade crust just makes this even more irresistible!

This is a great treat for your Memorial Day BBQ.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Fresh Strawberry Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 4 cups strawberries
  • 1 prepared pie crust (we usually use a graham cracker crust, but a pastry crust would work well, too)
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 oz. package strawberry jello
  • Freshly whipped cream
  1. Cut stems off strawberries and leave whole or at least in large pieces. Place in pie shell.
  2. Combine water, sugar and cornstarch and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Continue on low heat for 2 minutes until it thickens and is clear.
  3. Add jello to mixture. Stir and pour, while hot, evenly over strawberries. Chill until set.
  4. Serve with freshly whipped cream


French Potato Salad

This is the potato salad that my mom makes and it’s the one that made me realize that not all potato salads had to have mayonnaise or sour cream in order to be good. As a matter of fact, I prefer my potato salads this way. I posted Julia Child’s French Potato Salad a while back and while I will probably keep making that recipe (because I always have the ingredients on hand,) this is the recipe that I will always ask my mom to make. They taste pretty similar, but this particular recipe uses beef consomme which gives it a slightly different deeper flavor than Julia’s which uses chicken broth….or as Jim and I like to joke “the broth of a chicken…” Sorry, inside joke:-).

If you have never tried a vinegar based potato salad – you must try either one of these recipes! You can serve this at room temperature or cold. You won’t need to worry about taking these to a picnic because no mayo means a lot fewer worries over spoiling in the hot summer sun. It’s going to be in the 90’s here in NC this weekend so that will definitely be something to think about!

Here are a few more fun recipes for the holiday…I have a few more that I will try to post before the weekend, too!

Picnic Chicken

Picnic Chicken – mom’s recipe

Texas Sheet Cake

Feta Pepperoncini Dip

Htipiti – Feta Pepperoncini Dip

italian Breeze

Italian Breeze


French Potato Salad
  • 9 medium potatoes
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¼ cup tarragon vinegar
  • ¼ cup beef consomme
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 2 tablespoons snipped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  1. Cook potatoes covered in boiling salted water until tender. Cool slightly. Peel and slice. Combine oil, vinegar, consomme, green onions, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss gently. Cover and chill.
  2. Enjoy!