So Many Strawberries

by April 24, 2010 at 6:00 am 2,050 2 Comments

Alejandra Owens One Bite At A Time Borderstan

Click here for the strawberry mascarpone bars. (Alejandra Owens)

Editor’s note: Borderstan welcomes a new contributor, food blogger Alejandra Owens. She writes about food and restaurants in DC at One Bite At A Time. Alejandra’s bio is at the bottom of this post.

What do you do when you get 4 pints of strawberries on sale for $5 at The Teet (what I affectionately call the 17th Street Harris Teeter)? Well, you eat one pint, use the other two for a strawberry tart and leave the last one for a refrigerator experiment to see how long it’ll last. (Just for fun.)

Seriously though, I got this smokin’ deal and apparently overestimated my ability to consume strawberries. And my timing could not have been worse… I got them on a Sunday and I was leaving on a jet plane on Friday. What was I thinking? I wasn’t. Clearly. Faced with a choice: throw them away, eat them at an alarming rate (like, three pints in two days) or make something. Choice made.

Strawberry tart! Easy right? Sorta. I didn’t want to run to the grocery again and purchase a ton of ingredients. That canceled out plenty of recipes and when I finally came upon one that didn’t require massive alterations and guessing… what did I do? I didn’t buy enough of the ONE ingredient I had to get… mascarpone cheese!

It was a long week! I was tired. I was bleary eyed and completely OVER IT. I misread the instructions…I didn’t chill my tart crust…I used too much powdered sugar… I didn’t use a tart pan because I didn’t trust the recipe.

But you know what? It ended up tasting great! It’s a rectangle… I made it into bars… it’s rustic… WHATEVER. I ate nearly all of it the next day at work because it was one of thooooose days.

Want the recipe? You can get it at One Bite At A Time!

About Alejandra Owens: I am a 20-something, Arizonan living just North of Dupont Circle. By day I’m a communications/public relations gal and by night I can either be found hunting for authentic Mexican food, working out or cooking at home. What can I say? After five years of living and eating in DC I discovered a passion for cooking (often trying to recreate my most favorite meals), perusing the farmers markets and making memories over delicious food. I chronicle my cooking and eating adventures at One Bite At A Time ( and am exploring my neighborhood through food here at Borderstan. Am I missing a great hole in the wall? Is there a must-have dish somewhere? Tell me! Let’s eat through the neighborhood together!


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