Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Strawberry Moon

Listening to Vermont Public Radio on my way to work this morning, I heard the newscaster mention that we would have a strawberry moon tonight. Only in New England have I heard anyone refer to June's full moon as a "strawberry moon". What a lovely phrase.

Google tells us that some parts of the world are having a dramatic eclipse of the moon tonight. Alas, we in the northeast United States won't be able to see it. But where skies are clear, we will be able to see this full moon that comes when strawberries are ripening in our part of the world.

When our children were small, I liked to take them strawberry picking in Granville, NY, near the Vermont border. We'd make jam, sometimes to put up in jars, or sometimes just make freezer jam. Freezer jam is so much easier and tastes fresher, I think.

A very simple but sophisticated June dessert is fresh strawberries marinated in orange liqueur. Just wash and slice the berries  and pour over them a generous dash of Cointreau or Grand Marnier and let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Serve them by themselves in a pretty dish or ladle them over ice cream or a light pound cake.  Voila! An elegant warm-weather dessert with almost no work. It's the perfect thing to savor as you watch the Strawberry moon rise tonight...