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May 17, 2008

The strawberry festival

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I didn't get to the market in time to buy strawberries, so I stopped by the First English Lutheran's Strawberry Festival. Eastern Shore strawberries were going for the market price of $5.

There was a bake sale as well, with these charming strawberry iced cookies. They didn't seem to be selling very well considering the festival was going to end in half an hour. I felt like telling them the secret to successful bake sales -- gee, they would have really appreciated that. I learned it in my daughter's toddler co-op. ...

We all love the idea of bake sales that sell interesting homemade goodies like mocha cake with caramel icing. But what the autocratic ruler of our co-op insisted on was that everyone bake either chocolate chip cookies or brownies and package them in threes. She believed those two sweets were the only ones that were guaranteed sellers. It used to drive me crazy because it was so boring, but she was absolutely right. We never had a crumb left over.

Also they were selling strawberry shortcake at the festival. I like the proportion of whipped cream to strawberries. And I think the sprinkles are an interesting innovation.

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Posted by Elizabeth Large at 1:29 PM | | Comments (3)
        

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Jimmies? On strawberry shortcake? The next thing you'll be telling me is that they used fake non-dairy whipped "cream".

Oh, I'd have bought the cookies if I had only known. I love things like that.

But the packing in lots of three is a well known device to push sales.

I hate to have to miss even a day on the blog because upon return there is so much good stuff to catch up on. Wanted you to know about my experience with local strawberries. Was on the shore for about a week and bought strawberries at a pick your own site in Selbyville, Delaware and from a Harrie Tweeter. They were both terrible. They looked and smelled wonderful but both were watery and tasteless. I guess this is not the year for local berries.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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