Jun 28, 2012

DIY Diary: Balsamic Strawberries

Remember when I mentioned that we were having multiple family birthdays this month? Xavier's was on Sunday ....

... and yesterday was Mark's.  All those years ago, we wondered if Xavier and Mark would end up sharing the same birthday but Xavier decided he needed a day just for himself (smart boy).

To celebrate Mark's day, we spent it it the city:  shopping, lunching, and walking the High Line.  Back home, we ended the evening with a small gathering of friends for an al fresco dinner and cake:  all in all, a perfect birthday, if I say so myself.

For the menu, I turned to my Pinterest boards where I try to pin yummy recipes for everyday meals and special occasions.  Recently I came across an appetizer that I had to try -- balsamic strawberries and goat cheese canapes -- and they were fun (and simple) to make and delicious. I modified the recipe just a touch for my own tastes.  These are perfect for a summer meal, so here's what you do:

Roast 9 - 10 large fresh strawberries at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.

With a fork, gently mash the roasted strawberries and then add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of Balsamic vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Blend until just combined.
Cut up one large baguette into 1-inch slices and spread with goat cheese.

 Top each slice with a 1/2 teaspoon of balsamic strawberries and voila! 
Pretty and yummy canapes!

We followed the canapes with a summery Salad Nicoise!  I love summer eating!  Let me know if you try these balsamic strawberries and what you think.  I'd love to see your photos, too!


  1. Yummy! Happy Birthday to your boys!

  2. It looks like perfect summer fare -- light and not too much oven time! Happy birthday to the fellas!

  3. Very interesting. I love finding new foods on pinterest !

  4. Evelyn, you certainly make everything you touch just a little more special.

  5. I love summer food as well! Sometimes for the color alone! :)
    I will be trying yoru balsamic Strawberries this weekend.

  6. What a delicious looking spread!! The strawberries sound amazing!

  7. That looks like the most fantastic meal (and so healthy too)! You are such an awesome mother!

  8. Wow what an awesome meal!! I can't wait for my kids to eat food like this!

  9. I love balsamic and strawberries! I haven't tried it with the goat cheese...yet :)

  10. Happy Birthday to Xavier! Looks like you baked him a delicious cake. Nicoise is one of my favourite dishes too! Thanks for sharing the day with us. :-)