Paint Chicago Red with California Strawberries (& Giveaway!)

Did you know:

  • 1 cup of strawberries contains only 50 calories and 8 grams of sugar?
  • Strawberries are high in potassium (helps control blood pressure and fights stroke) and fiber (helps control weight and relieves constipation)?
  • only 1 cup of strawberries will give you 160% of your daily needed Vitamin C? Bring on a healthy immune system!
  • Strawberries are known to improve healthy blood flow? Can anyone say…”hello better sex life?” Hellz yeah.

I was recently invited to the “Paint Chicago Red with California Strawberries” event at The Chopping Block in Chicago. Who knew you could make so many different sweet, savory and alcoholic dishes with delicious strawberries? Strawberry Gazpacho, Strawberry and Goat Cheese Pizza (my FAV), Strawberry Shortcake Sliders and Strawberry Basil Balsamic Mojitos – oh, the yumminess. Anything with the title of “Strawberry Shortcake Slider” is just asking to be eaten first…right? …RIGHT?

While sampling ALL of the beautiful offerings, we were given plentiful information from nutritionist, David Grotto and George Chavez (California Strawberry Grower.)During their friendly question and answer period, I asked David, “Is there a nutritional difference between conventional strawberries and organically grown strawberries?” Though he seemed to advocate eating organic when physically and financially possible, he stated there have been studies done resulting in no concrete evidence that one berry is more nutritional than the other. In other words…organic or non-organic, just eat your antioxidant filled berries!

And because I know your mouth is still watering at the words, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SLIDERS…here’s the recipe for you.

Strawberry Shortcake Sliders

Sliders are showing up in menus everywhere, but these strawberry shortcake sliders take the cake!

  1. 2 c. All-Purpose Flour
  2. 3 TB Sugar, divided
  3. 1 1/2 TB Baking Powder
  4. 1/2 t. Salt
  5. 8 TB Cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  6. 2 1/4 c. Heavy cream, divided
  7. 6 c. Stemmed fresh California strawberries, divided
  8. 1 c. simple syrup
  9. 1 t. Vanilla
  10. Confectioner’s sugar
  11. Mint Chiffonade

  1. Sift flour, 2 TB sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl. With a fork or pastry cutter, cut in butter to fine particles. Stir in 1 to 1 1/2 c. cream (enough so that dough holds together and is soft but not sticky.) On a floured surface, knead dough lightly a few times to form a ball. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick circle. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 15 minutes. Heat oven to 400 F. With a 2 inch round cutter, cut dough into 12 circles. Place on parchment lined baking sheet; bake 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  2. In a saucepan, simmer 4 c. strawberries with simple syrup until jam-like consistency; cool. Slice remaining berries. Whip 3/4 c. cream with vanilla and 1 TB sugar until soft peaks form.
  3. To serve, cut shortcakes in half horizontally. Place 3 shortcake bottoms on each of 4 plates. top with cooked strawberries, whipped cream and sliced strawberries, dividing ingredients evenly. Place tops on shortcakes; dust with confectioner’s sugar and sprinkle with mint.

*As you can tell, this is NOT a diet friendly recipe. Good thing I only ate ONE at the event. Also, simple syrup is made by boiling 1 c. of water with 1 c. of sugar and then letting to cool.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Calories: 1066

Fat: 68

Protein: 11


Just so you can experience the many ways to incorporate strawberries into your diet, California Strawberries has provided a gift pack giveaway for you! One winner will receive: “Strawberry Recipes for Everyday” 76 page. cookbook ($16.99), a strawberry patch, a strawberry pin and a reusable bag that adorably tucks away into a little strawberry!

Four ways to Enter:


    • Leave a comment telling me your favorite way to eat strawberries.
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 Leave a comment for each entry. Maximum of four entries. US only. Winner will be chosen on August 9th at 1:00 pm CST by

Honest Blogger Found Here: I was invited to this event and given product with no expectations or compensation.  As always, 100% my opinion.


Also, all of the lovely event photos were taken by Lahleyoo Photography.


43 Responses to Paint Chicago Red with California Strawberries (& Giveaway!)
  1. Kathryn
    July 27, 2011 | 1:37 PM

    I love to eat them plain, in cheerios and on ice cream!

  2. Pat
    July 27, 2011 | 9:36 PM

    At our house our favorite way to eat strawberries is straight from our back yard garden.

  3. Noreen
    July 28, 2011 | 1:39 AM

    Plain or in straw berry sponge pudding, from an old Martha Stewart magazine

  4. Hyacynth
    July 28, 2011 | 4:31 PM

    My favorite way is to eat them raw or in yogurt. :)

  5. Kat
    July 28, 2011 | 9:36 PM

    my favorite way to eat strawberries is sliced with grapes & cantaloupe :)

  6. Debra P
    July 29, 2011 | 10:15 PM

    My favorite way to eat strawberries is with cheesecake.

  7. angie
    July 30, 2011 | 10:42 PM

    My favorite is with whipped cream.

  8. Tarah
    August 2, 2011 | 2:11 PM

    In cereal! Or on top of vanilla ice cream

  9. Audrey
    August 4, 2011 | 2:08 PM

    I love strawberries with whipped cream. Thanks

  10. amanda
    August 5, 2011 | 8:39 PM

    chocolate covered! or just straight off the vine/bush

  11. monte
    August 6, 2011 | 11:29 PM

    I love to eat them in melted chocolate

  12. katfam
    August 7, 2011 | 10:48 AM

    I love macerated strawberries over vanilla ice cream with real whipped cream!

  13. Pat
    August 7, 2011 | 5:15 PM

    I like strawberries just plain.

  14. Lorena Keech
    August 7, 2011 | 5:55 PM

    My favorite way to eat strawberries is mixed in with vanilla ice cream.

  15. Heather B
    August 7, 2011 | 7:08 PM

    i love my strawberries fresh!

  16. Kristie
    August 7, 2011 | 8:15 PM

    My favorite way to eat strawberries is with whipped cream on angel food cake.

  17. Vicki Wurgler
    August 7, 2011 | 8:45 PM

    with cream and sugar!

  18. Leanne Hill
    August 8, 2011 | 10:41 AM

    My favorite way to eat strawberries is mash them up in a bowl, put sugar in it and let it sit in the fridge for a few hrs, take it our and put it over dessert cakes!

  19. Leanne Hill
    August 8, 2011 | 10:42 AM

    Liked you on facebook

  20. Leanne Hill
    August 8, 2011 | 10:42 AM

    Your RSS feed button is not working for me :(

  21. Leanne Hill
    August 8, 2011 | 10:44 AM
  22. Diane Baum
    August 8, 2011 | 11:04 AM

    I love to eat the plain or on top of vanilla ice cream -yum

  23. Samantha
    August 8, 2011 | 1:05 PM

    I love strawberries dipped in chocolate and in popsicles!

  24. Samantha
    August 8, 2011 | 1:06 PM

    FB fan! Samantha M.

  25. Samantha
    August 8, 2011 | 1:07 PM
  26. Ericka
    August 8, 2011 | 4:56 PM

    My favorite way to eat strawberries is either strawberry short cake or I love making strawberry cake.

    ericka082 AT gmail DOT com

  27. Ed Nemmers
    August 8, 2011 | 7:58 PM

    I like strawberries with angel food cake!

  28. Jammie
    August 8, 2011 | 8:46 PM

    I love eating them with honey! Wanna hear something funny, I talked my husband into going to pick strawberries with me, we got out in the field, got what we wanted, went to pay and had 20# in strawberries! $40 LOL So we have a freezer full right now.

  29. Jammie
    August 8, 2011 | 8:47 PM

    I like you on fb Jammie M

  30. Storm
    August 8, 2011 | 10:51 PM

    I love them fresh from my own garden! They are wonderful in fresh muffins too.

  31. Storm
    August 8, 2011 | 10:52 PM
  32. Gianna
    August 9, 2011 | 1:56 AM

    Strawberry whipped cream cake.

  33. Crystal
    August 9, 2011 | 1:59 AM

    I like eating strawberries plain and in yogurt.Strawberry Sundaes are great too!

  34. Veronica Garrett
    August 9, 2011 | 5:44 AM

    My favorite way to eat strawberries is in Strawberry Shortcake.

  35. susan smoaks
    August 9, 2011 | 7:54 AM

    i love strawberry shortcake

  36. kathy pease
    August 9, 2011 | 11:24 AM

    i love them on vanilla icecream

  37. kathy pease
    August 9, 2011 | 11:24 AM

    rss google feed subscriber

  38. kathy pease
    August 9, 2011 | 11:26 AM
  39. Sand
    August 9, 2011 | 11:52 AM

    I love strawberries in my cereal.

  40. heather c
    August 9, 2011 | 12:08 PM

    I do love strawberry shortcake, but I also just love them plain. Okay, twist my arm: plain dunked in chocolate. 😀

  41. heather c
    August 9, 2011 | 12:09 PM
  42. heather c
    August 9, 2011 | 12:10 PM

    I subscribe to this blog through an RSS feed.

  43. Toni
    August 25, 2011 | 11:17 AM

    “Hi Toni,

    it came it came :) Thank you soooooooooooo very much everything is just awesome..I love it and cant wait to try some recipes :)
    Thank you,

    -Yipee!!!! Hope you enjoy it!! – Toni

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