Summer strawberries deserve special treatment, and it doesn't take much to turn them into the showstoppers of backyard entertaining. You can raise them to new heights with an easy-to-make pedestal and six simple, flavorful dips.
TIME: 30 minutes
COST: About $15 (not including strawberries)
DESIGN: Françoise Kirkman
WHAT YOU NEED
- Terra-cotta flowerpot
- Large plastic foam ball (from a craft store) to fit the top of the pot
- Roll of florist's tape (from a floral supply store)
- Grape, fig, or other nontoxic leaves to cover ball
- Box of toothpicks
- Crate of large strawberries, washed
PEAK-EXPERIENCE BERRY DIPS
Chocolate-hazelnut cream: Mix 1 part chocolate-hazelnut spread, 3 parts sour cream, and a dash of cinnamon.
Honey-balsamic: Mix equal parts honey and balsamic vinegar; add minced fresh ginger to taste.
Maple-cardamom: Add a dash of ground cardamom to maple syrup.
Mint cream: In a blender, whirl 1 part chopped fresh mint leaves with 3 parts powdered sugar. Stir into 6 parts sour cream.
Orange-pepper: Mix equal parts hot-pepper jelly and orange marmalade.
Whipped cream-coconut-orange: Fold toasted shredded coconut and grated orange peel to taste into sweetened whipped cream. - Andrew Baker