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Peppered Balsamic Strawberries + scenes from late spring!

Peppered Balsamic Strawberries | @withfoodandlove

My inaugural pop-up, Late Spring was even more beautiful than I could have ever imagined, largely due to the people who helped me along in the process. Before we get to these peppered balsamic strawberries, I have a few people to thank.

Lisa, I literally could not have pulled this off without you. Like very literally, you made the night so seamless and smooth. Eckert’s, and Urban Chestnut the local berries and beer were a hit. Chris, my husband who wildly supports each one of my crazy ideas. And to the guests, it was your kindness and enthusiasm and presence that made this night the one that it was. Thank you! The menu was comprised of local produce and cheese and bread and booze and beer. And, it was perfect.

LATE SPRING – May 19, 2016

The Aperitivo
pinckney bend gin, contratto bitter, strawberry shrub, retrailer chamomile syrup

The Toast
union loafers baguette, baetje goat cheese, micro pea shoots

The Salad
fennel, kohlrabi, celery, radish, micro greens, turmeric, lemon

The Risotto
arborio rice, asparagus, radish, rosy buck farm hens egg

The Dessert
coconut panna cotta, eckert’s strawberries, saba, buckwheat groats

The Digestivo
art in the age rhubarb, amaro montenegro, rose water, retrailer rose syrup

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And now – I’m super pumped and proud to announce that my next pop-up, Midsummer will be taking place July 14 at Living Room. I’m honored and excited to be cooking in that space. The folks of the Living Room are doing some incredible things in St. Louis. It will be an evening to sip cocktails and beer and wine and coffee and eat all the very best produce that Missouri has to offer in the dogs days of summer. If you’re a purveyor and you’d like to include your goods at my next event, send me a message. I’d love to collaborate.

To check out the menu and purchase tickets to Midsummer, click here!

Now for these peppered balsamic strawberries. This season, this summer, I’m all about black pepper and balsamic and berries together. I know that basil and berries are an obvious choice, and a favorite for most, but I urge you to skip that classic and give this trio of flavors a try. They’re sweet, but not too sweet, a tad savory and are exceptionally well-balanced. They’re delicious over a variety of things, including the coconut panna cotta I made for the Late Spring dessert course.

Eat them over shortcakes.
Eat them over yogurt.
Eat them over ice cream.
Eat them over oats.
Eat them straight outta the bowl.

Local friends, I hope to see you at Midsummer. All the love, all the time, xx.

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Peppered Balsamic Strawberries
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Adapted from my Peppered Balsamic Strawberry Pots. The strawberries are ready to go after 5 minutes, but the longer they sit marinating the more flavorful they become. Feel free to prepare the strawberries the day or night before using.
Makes: 3 cups
  • 3 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
  • ¼ teaspoon himalayan or sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, and allow to sit for at least 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for future use.

This post is in partnership with Eckert’s + Urban Chestnut Brewing Company; thanks for supplying those beautiful berries and delicious beers.

28 Responses to "Peppered Balsamic Strawberries + scenes from late spring!"

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    Michelle @ Hummingbird High

    June 7, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    All of this is just gorgeous! Swooning over that tablescape and menu.

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    Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

    June 8, 2016 at 2:47 AM

    I am so utterly completely 100% jealous of anyone who got to join your first pop-up!!! I’m SO glad you pulled the trigger and did it – you’re a pro and it’s just so perfect! I’m drooling over the menu (and the menu for the Midsummer one – ugggghhhh move closer to me?)

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:50 PM

      Midwest midsummer vacay?!

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    Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow

    June 8, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    WOW! What an incredible menu, so so inspiring you’re amazing!! Good luck with it all! <3

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    Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    June 8, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Gah I was so jealous seeing Christina and Erin post pictures from your pop up, it looked amazing! Guess this means I need to get to planning a trip to St. Louis! :)

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:51 PM


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    Haley | Brewing Happiness

    June 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    OMG. That pop up looks like an absolute dream. I so wish I could have been there. It makes me tempted to drive to St. Louis for your next one! haha. Congrats, lady!

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    June 8, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Such a wonderful menu! And these strawberries look PERFECT!

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    June 8, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Gorgeous photos! Swooning at the lovely spring garden party vibes :)

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    danielle | rooting the sun

    June 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Such a beautiful scene, Sherrie! I am absolutely enamored with your pop-up concept. There is much abundance to be treasured and enjoyed, new beauty with each new seasonal phase. Your menu is divine – beautiful flavors. AND – peppered strawberries sound amazing – going to try them soon.

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:52 PM

      You should, you should! Thanks Danielle, xx.

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    June 8, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    So beautiful!!!! I wish I could attend one of these in person. Sounds amazing.

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:53 PM

      I have east coast pop-up daydreams – stay tuned Sara!

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    June 8, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    this is amazing. so many high-fives & hugs for such an amazing accomplishment! seriously, what a huge undertaking, and you can see how much love and energy went into doing this. your guests were super lucky to have such a lovely meal! wish i were closer, i would for sure snag a ticket to your next gathering! xo’s

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:55 PM

      Oh sweet Lindsey! <3 <3 <3

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    Jayme | holly & flora

    June 9, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Okay, your pop-up looks so BEAUTIFUL!! I will have to fly out to one of these to a} help you and b} devour all of the things you are making. You already know how I feel about your strawberries. ;-)

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:56 PM

      I love that you love these berries so much. They are like the easiest, tastiest thing I’ve made in a real long while. LOVE YOU! xx

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        Jayme | holly & flora

        June 16, 2016 at 3:06 AM

        Those easy-to-make recipes that really make a hit are THE best. I am eating them on rhubarb yogurt tomorrow morning, just like I did today. Just sayin’. And I’d like to make a road trip with Shelly on 7/14. I’d SO do it…. I’ll start that convo!!

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    Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    June 10, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    SO SO SO impressed with your pop-up! I can’t even imagine all the behind the scenes work that must have gone into it! Excited to hear all about your future ones!

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    amanda paa

    June 11, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    It’s so fun to watch you make your dreams a reality, and those who are on the receiving line – pretty darn special. xo

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