It’s strawberry season!
Strawberries are one of my all-time favorite fruits no matter what time of year, but in the summertime they are extra delicious! I love to pick them, cook with them and to eat them!
Strawberries are great whether cooked or fresh, and of course, there is nothing like a great Strawberry Shortcake to top off any summer meal!
Last year, my friend Sue brought a book over to my house called “Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!” and it’s a perfect story for this time of year. The story is by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel and is illustrated by Janet Stevens.
In the story, the rooster is on a mission to find something better to eat than chicken feed. He enlists the help of several of his animal friends to cook his granny’s Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake.
Through many twists and turns in the kitchen, the group, who is new to cooking and baking, maneuvers through the recipe’s instructions, learning the true meaning behind such things as beating eggs and cutting butter.
One thing that I love about the story is the fact that in the margins of the pages these terms are explained for the young readers so that they can understand more about the ingredients and how they are used. As cute and humorous as the story is, it’s a learning experience for the reader as well.
But the best part of all? At the end of this fabulous story is the recipe for Rooster’s “Great-Granny’s Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake” and it’s a perfect way to end the story, by baking together with the kids, and of course, by eating the fruits of your labor!
I won’t give away the rest of the story, nor will I give away the recipe here. I hope that you’ll gather your family, your ingredients, and get a hold of “Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!” so that you can enjoy some good times in the kitchen this summer!