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Stock Up on Strawberries

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Nothing serves as better inspiration for new recipes than abundance, or if I’m the one grocery shopping, overabundance. With extra ingredients on hand, it’s easier to experiment a bit beyond your comfort zone, while still getting your fill of the classic preparations. Always wanted to try something new, but find the standby recipes irresistible? Well, you have no more excuses when piles of fresh produce are staring you down, demanding attention before they take over the kitchen. This is precisely the situation I’m expecting with strawberries as the star, because Whole Foods Markets across the country are gearing up for a blowout one-day sale tomorrow, Friday the 19th, on organic strawberries. At only $1.99 per pound, down from their regular price of $4.99, you would have to be crazy to walk out of that store without at least two or three punnets, minimum. I know I’ll be stocking up!

Maybe I’ll see you there, because at the Fairfield, CT location from noon to 2:00, I’ll be demonstrating one of my favorite pie recipes, a Roasted Strawberry Tomato Galette, along with some pie tips and tricks to help you make the most of your berries. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Whole Foods Market has very generously offered to include a voucher for 1 free pound of strawberries with the purchase of one of my books, or the pre-order of Easy as Vegan Pie. This offer is valid only at the Fairfield store, but if you’re in the area, that’s all the more reason to make a special trip and stop by.

Incredibly, that’s not the end of the exciting news. To celebrate berry season, and not just strawberries, Whole Foods Market is providing a $75 gift card for one lucky reader to go on a bonafide berry shopping spree. Just imagine- If it weren’t for volume limitations, that could cover enough strawberries to fill a small swimming pool! Since that’s more than any one person, or even a small army could consume, I’m dying to know what you would do with the cash if you won. To enter, tell me what you plan to buy with the gift card, and what recipes you’d like to make from the windfall. Simply enter your name and a valid email address in the appropriate boxes before midnight (EST) on July 25th. You must be a resident of the US to enter.

The almighty random number generator has spoken, and chosen commenter #3 as the winner of the $75 Whole Foods gift card!

That means gaiantlc, congratulations: You’re the lucky shopper about to be that much richer in bulk beans, grains, and nooch!

This is the perfect opportunity to use vast quantities of strawberries and create a stunning summer pie, which is why I know I won’t be able to stop rolling out the dough when I get home. My Strawberry-Kiwi Pie from Vegan Desserts has been a rare treat throughout the years, only emerging periodically, as the strawberries tend to be quite a splurge. Finally, I don’t need an excuse to indulge!

Though currently out of print, Vegan Desserts is being refreshed in paperback format as we speak, due for a triumphant return to bookstores this coming November. Since I would hate to leave you hanging without a copy, at the height of this strawberry sale, consider this pie a small taste of what’s to come.

Strawberry-Kiwi Pie
From Vegan Desserts

Crust:

2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Margarine, Chilled
1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
4 to 6 Tablespoons Ice-Cold water

Strawberry-Kiwi Filling:

3 Medium Kiwis
2 Cups Fresh Strawberries, Sliced
1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 Cup Tapioca Flour
Pinch Salt

The crust for this pie is made like an traditional pie crust; Start by combining the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut the margarine into small cubes and add it into the dry mix, tossing to coat. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the margarine into the flour until you achieve a dry, crumbly mixture with lumps about the size of pebbles or peas. You can also pulse all of these ingredients in your food processor to speed the process along, if desired. Pour in the vinegar, and add the water one tablespoon at a time, continuing to mix or pulse until it just comes together into a cohesive ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for about 30 minutes before working with it further.

Divide the dough into two pieces, returning half to the fridge for the time being and placing the other half onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle additional flour over the top to prevent it from sticking, and roll it out to a thickness of about 1/8 inch, making it into a round shape at least 10 – 11 inches in diameter. Carefully fold it into quarters, without pressing down, and quickly move it into a lightly grease pin tin. Place the point of the folded dough in the center, and very gently unfold the sides so that it fills the pan, using your fingers to press it in evenly. Cut the excess dough away from the sides and add it into the second half sitting in the fridge. Place the whole pan in the fridge as well.

Now you’re ready to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

The filling is very easy to make and comes together quickly. In a large bowl, combine the kiwis, sliced strawberries, and lemon zest. Sprinkle on the sugar, tapioca flour, and salt over the top and toss to combine, thoroughly coating the fruit. Move all of the fruit filling into your prepared crust and set aside.

Take the remaining dough out and roll it out to the same thickness, cutting it into 1/2 inch wide strips. Arrange it in a lattice design over the top of the pie and crimp it by pinching it to the edges. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 55 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling away. Let cool completely before slicing or else the juices will run out.

Serves 8 – 10

*To easily peel kiwi fruits, cut off both ends with a paring knife and starting from one of the cut sides, insert a spoon just under the skin and twist the kiwi so that the spoon goes all the way around the circumference of the fruit. Repeat the process on the other end, and the “meat” of the fruit will simply pop out.

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

56 thoughts on “Stock Up on Strawberries

  1. Beautiful strawberry pie! Perfect for summertime. Best of luck at the demonstration!

  2. I’ll be going to Whole Foods tomorrow for the strawberries…..Thanks for the tip

  3. Thanks for the chance to win a WF gift card! My financial situation is bleak at the moment, so I would use the windfall to stock up on bulk-bin essentials like beans, grains, nooch plus lots of produce. I would use those items to make plenty of smoothies and salads because it’s too darn hot to cook!

  4. With 75.00 at Wholefoods I could afford to go completely Vegan and Organic with EVERYTHING (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for an entire week!! That would jump start me into the reality that I really CAN do this lifestyle! I’d love the opportunity to give it a 100% Go instead of having to pick and choose what Organic or meat-free items I can afford. As a stay-at-home, homeschooling momma, our budget is crazy tight but we make it work :-) Enjoy the berries tomorrow everyone!!! I know I will :-)

  5. I would stock up on bulk items like quinoa, beans, and nuts. And I would splurge on daiya slices since whole foods is the only place that sells them near me.

  6. Oh how I wish I could be there for that demo!

    Well, first, I’d make that pie GF for Tony :) With the rest of the gift card, I would load up on some summer produce and a few new-to-me veggies. Oh, and I’d have to throw in some nut butter!

  7. I would stock up on Sophie’s Seafood and Field Roast for super quick dinners. Along with of course, bulk flours, grains and beans! I can’t bear to do anything with the strawberries other than eat them fresh out if the box.

  8. Strawberries!! I love this time of year just for strawberries. We got through them so fast in this house just eating them plain that I never really get to try them out in recipes. I’d love to make a simple, raw strawberry piece with them!

  9. Thanks for the heads-up on the berries!! I’ll get over there early, although I wish I were close enough to catch your demo and say hi. Although I doubt I’ll win, based on past experience, I’d most likely stock up on some things, use some for weekly needs, and add a few indulgences.

    Keep cool, Hannah.

    janet

  10. Can you do the Whole Foods in Danbury next? I’d love to come see it, but Fairfield is over an hour from me and impossible during the work day! Congrats on the gig though sounds like it’s going to be a blast!

  11. I would buy so much cheese. And also strawberries and rhubarb for a crumble!

  12. It is so hard to choose at Whole Foods. They offer so many wonderful products. Fruits and veggies for sure. Looking forward to making delicious salads with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.

  13. Wow, thanks for the heads-up on the strawberry sale!
    With a $75 WF gift card, I’d buy a ton of fruit (it’s summer, after all), and probably refresh my stores of bulk foods (oats, rice, raisins, dried beans, etc.). Recipes to make? I can’t even begin to guess yet, but surely something sweet would be in the mix.

  14. wish i was a little closer to Fairfield! good luck with the demo :) fabulous pie, too- such a great pair!

  15. I plan to buy grass fed meat and produce.

  16. Well that would do about 3 weeks worth of grocery shopping for me! But for something fun, I’m planning to enter a recipe contest, so this could fuel my fire with some ingredients!! Think unconventional ravioli with summertime succotash salsa. :)

  17. This is a beautiful pie! I should definitely purchase some strawberries!

  18. I’m a SUCKER for Whole Foods’ produce. It’s all SO beautiful and varied; even when I don’t need anything (or have ROOM for it in the fridge!), I ALWAYS end up buying, AT LEAST, two bunches of something over there.
    On another note, I love it when Whole Foods does their Friday only deals. I stocked up on the organic blueberries about a month ago; it was worth the 50 mile round trip!

  19. That is such a gorgeous pie Hannah! I love strawberries and I just bought close to a kilo of them at the market today. They’re so cheap right now that I cannot resist! Love this!

  20. Beautiful strawberries! I am doing the same thing with mangoes which are in season here.

  21. Hee, I’ve so noted that sale! I must admit I’ll probably sample one before I buy a pack (or five), since the ones from the local farms here can be so much sweeter. That said, I love the touch of tart that kiwi must give your pie – I’m in!

  22. I just went to Whole Foods today and saw the sale advertised. I just might have to go back tomorrow because I love strawberries!

  23. I’d get figs if they were available. Then maybe some coconut water and a green juice.

  24. I would love to just have the opportunity to GO to a Whole Foods! I’ve never been and have only heard amazing things. Unfortunately the closest one is 4 hours away.

    Gorgeous pie Hannah! Good luck with your demonstration. I am excited for your book to come out as well.

  25. The strawberry pie looks delicious! I plan on picking up strawberries tomorrow and make some Jam & Strawberry Shortcake with my berries.

  26. I would probably just spend it on tea and fruit and maybe a Go Max Go bar or two. Grocery money goes so quickly!

  27. Oh, I’d eat a bunch of them raw (that’s the best way for berries, right?!) and definitely try out some really fruity new recipes, like a pie or something similar. Always wanted to try that.

  28. I would love to stock up on a wide variety of fresh produce for eating and juicing. I am planning to go tot WF in the morning as we use a lot of strawberries in smoothies, but we love to just eat them as well!

    Thanks!

  29. G’day! I love strawberries, true!
    Your recipe and photo looks lovely and can’t wait to read what else you do!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://www.facebook.com/whatsonthelist

  30. That pie looks great! I’d love to make some strawberry jam. I also just love to eat them plain as a snack.

  31. We eat a lot of strawberries here, and have definitely been planning a trip to WF tomorrow! We like them in salads, macerated with yogurt, in smoothies, made into jam, etc.

    Our local Whole Foods has only been open since April, so there are lots of staples we’d love to stock up on, as well as non-foods such as essential oils and cleaners we’d like to try.

  32. With a gift card to Whole Foods, I think I’d like to try a few more products in the section for health and beauty. I’ve started to replace some of the beauty and cleaning products I use with more natural, environmental friendly ones. Wish I lived close enough to come to your food demo. but thanks for the heads up about the strawberry sale!

  33. With $75 from Whole Foods, I would stock up on stuff like nuts and grains, and splurge on a few items like vegan ice cream.

  34. Oh man, that is an amazing sale. Also good luck with the demo, that sounds like fun!

  35. Oooh, thanks for the heads up on the sale! The pie looks perfect!

  36. I love my copy of Vegan Desserts, but I have never tried the strawberry kiwi pie before! Thank you for the reminder!

  37. Definitely went to Whole Foods today because of your tip! Yay berries! If I had a shopping spree, I’d probably buy even more berries….and make jam, and syrup, and pie filling, and stuff the freezer, and a hundred more uses :)

  38. I hate to disappoint, but I’d probably splurge on things that I don’t normally buy because of their price point…Synergy kombucha, pricey Traditional Medicinals nettle tea, raw prepared desserts, maybe a vegan cheese I haven’t tasted yet. Thank you for the giveaway and the recipe!

  39. I would buy lots of potatoes and root veggies to cook my host child from Ukraine lots of Eastern European dishes!

  40. I’m a sucker for summer strawberries for sure! I rarely make big pies with strawberries or blueberries because they’re so spendy but I might just have to with a $75 windfall.

  41. Thank you! I would use the gift card to buy ingredients to make pies! Apple pies, blueberry pies, and berry cheesecakes!! – all vegan of course 😃

  42. There’s so much I could make! I would buy lots and lots of blackberries and raspberries, but not for a recipe – just because I love them but can’t afford them normally. Then I’d have to stock up on some staples – quinoa, oatmeal, rice, and beans – for the rest of the year. And don’t forget nuts! It’s not very exciting, but when times are tough I have to get my calories from cheap nuts.

    And thanks for the tip! When I paired a coupon with this deal, I was able to get organic strawberries cheaper than non-organic ones at super-saver stores.

  43. As a poor college student who is also vegan and gluten-free, I would use the gift card to stock up my minimal dorm kitchen! Oatmeal, frozen fruit, canned beans, and lots of nut butters!
    First, however, I would whip up this raw strawberry pie I’ve been eyeing –> http://www.addictedtoveggies.com/2012/04/strawberry-cream-pie-with-chocolate.html

  44. Hi! My name’s Alice, and I was wondering that since this has become one of my favorite blogs, can I please put a link to it on my blog; http://panacheandpastiche.wordpress.com/

    It’s a very new blog and I just want to recommend this as a good site for vegans/vegetarians (I’m an aspiring vegetarian).

    Thanks!

    ♥ Alice

  45. So glad to see Vegan Desserts going to be available again! One of my favorite cookbooks!
    I work a ton as a vet in an animal hospital ER so I do lots of batch cooking to bring in healthy foods to work. With $75 I’d be able to stock up on lots of pantry staples for yummy foods!

  46. Ooh, what a wonderful giveaway! I was just dreaming of their bulk foods section the other day… so many beans and grains! :)

  47. Sweet giveaway! I’m like a kid in a candy store at WF, so who knows what I would end up buying? Definitely fruit (I love fruit) and probably some interesting beans or grains from that magical bulk section…but, again, who knows? :-)

  48. Nut butters! They’re at the top of my list of things to stock up on the next time I make it to Whole Foods. :) I have several raw “ball” recipes that I want to try out, which call for nut butters, and something other than peanut butter would be awesome. (Not to say I don’t love peanut butter, but I want to branch out! :])

  49. Oh, I agree….I can’t resist those sweet and juicy strawberries. I always get extras when they are in season. That’s an unbeatable price at Whole Foods, especially with their wonderful quality. :) If I win, I’ll stock up on their wonderful produces, and maybe get some juicy steaks for grilling too. Oh…and I love Whole Foods’ fresh seafood! Strawberry and Kiwi is one of my favorite combination and I can’t wait to try your Strawberry-Kiwi Pie!! Thank you so much for sharing and hosting the giveaway.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  50. I definitely hit up Whole Foods and stocked up! It’s CRAZY how low those prices were. I foresee this pie in my future!

  51. Absolutely drop dead scrumptious Hannah :). I sometimes think I should be paying you to read these posts :)

  52. When I was younger, I lived for strawberry kiwi juice. This seems like the adult version of that obsession. Just beautiful! Congrats on the paperback version of your book :)

  53. A clever cook will always serve ingredients that are in season when they are fresh, juicy and not costly! :) Love your post! And that strawberry kiwi pie is just too gorgeous!

  54. Love strawberries and this pie sounds incredible :-)

  55. I made this! It did not come out as pretty as yours, but it tastes divine. Thanks!

  56. I would definitely buy some fresh summer fruit

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