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For this Monday’s edition of Magazine Mondays, I bring you not one but two desserts with strawberries!

Is there anything better than a locally grown, perfectly ripe strawberry? I would argue that among all the gifts that the garden gives us, the strawberry ranks as one of the very best.

We’ve been indulging in fresh strawberries for a few weeks now and I finally got to try two recipes that were begging for fresh strawberries.

The first is from the May 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living. It’s a Strawberry Galette served with Basil Cream and Fried Basil (that’s also sugared). While I skipped the fried and sugared basil leaves, I did make the galette and basil cream (twice) and both times it was a huge hit.

The pastry is a very standard butter dough made in the food processor so it comes together in a snap. The hardest part of this recipe is trying not to eat all the strawberries as you slice them. I must say, though, that I think the basil cream was even more popular than the galette. A mixture of heavy cream and mascarpone with a hint of basil to it is really captivating. Overall, a very successful dessert that’s worth the effort of trying to create perfect strawberry slices!

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The second recipe is one that I’ve wanted to try for a very long time: Lattice-Topped Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie from the 1997 issue of Bon Appétit magazine!

Again, this is another winner. The pastry is a combination of vegetable shortening and butter so it’s both tasty and tender. The filling is pure strawberry and rhubarb heaven. The only caution for this recipe is that you definitely want to let the pie cool completely before serving as you may get a lot of juice running out otherwise.

All in all, I’ve had two lovely experiences with magazine recipes featuring strawberries.

Here’s hoping everyone out there has a lovely week!

Ciao!

Click here for the recipe for the Strawberry Galette.

Click here for the recipe for the Lattice-Topped Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie.

Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies sent me her own contribution. She made a gorgeous Zucchini Tart with Feta and Mint. Thanks so much, Natasha! Remember, send me your posts about recipes from magazines and I’ll link to them in my posts!