Several weeks ago, my sister was kind enough to water our plants and bring in our mail while we were gone for a conference. This past week, I returned the favor while she vacationed.
Of the two of us, I got the sweet end of that deal.
When I house-sat last summer, I was inundated with fresh veggies from my sister and brother-in-law?s amazing garden. This year, the veggies weren?t ready yet, but there was a pint of beautiful strawberries in their fridge that they asked me to take home, since it probably wouldn?t last until they got back.
I decided these strawberries should find life in a cobbler, and a recipe from the blog ?Chocolate, Chocolate and More? (this must be from the ?more? category) seemed to fit nicely. You can find the original at http://chocolatechocolateandmore.com/fresh-strawberry-cobbler/.
4 to 5 cups fresh strawberries, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
4 teaspoons cold water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, softened
Stir together the strawberries and the sugar in a small saucepan, but don?t turn on the heat yet. Let them sit together for about half an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Completely dissolve the cornstarch in the cold water and then stir it into the saucepan.
Put the saucepan on medium heat until the strawberries start to boil, stirring occasionally.
When they?re at a low boil, remove the strawberries from the heat.
In a small bowl, cut together the brown sugar, oats, flour and softened butter until the mixture is nice and crumbly.
Pour the strawberries into an eight-inch baking dish, making sure to get all the juices off the sides of the pan.
Top evenly with the brown sugar crumble, and bake for 25 minutes.
Let it sit for an agonizing 10 minutes or so before serving.
I can say from experience that eating this warm over top of vanilla ice cream is one of the greatest ideas ever conceived.
Also, this is a beautiful cobbler that should be shared with people. You?re sure to get lots of ?Ooo?s? and ?Aw?s? out of it.
In addition, I can?t say enough about the benefits of house-sitting when you get the chance. Unless, of course, you?re house-sitting for Joey and me?we have no garden and the fridge was bare.
Sorry, sis. Maybe next time.
When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at email@example.com.