Minted Strawberries for a Birthday Brunch


Sweet little Evie celebrated her birthday a couple weeks ago. Summer birthdays are the best – warm sunshine, windows open, cute little dresses.  I was born in January…in Chicago…and 30+ years later I still hate the winter! So, I love celebrating Evie’s special day during the warmer season.

My parents came over for a birthday brunch.  I’ve found that brunch is one of the more pleasant meals for me to host.  I can do most of the work the night before when the kids are sleeping, and guests arrive before the kids have a chance to trash the house!  For Evie’s celebration we kept the menu simple but delicious: eggs from our co-op, freshly squeezed orange juice, bagels from our favorite local shop, and strawberries from the farmers market.  I tossed them with mint plucked from our little balcony garden and it was a cooling summer treat.

As a bonus, the minted strawberries dish was simple to make with the help of 1 year old Vivian (who always wants to be held whenever I’m prepping food in the kitchen). I sliced the strawberries and tasked her with dropping them into the bowl. Such a good little helper!

Minted Strawberries

1 pound fresh strawberries, stems removed, halved

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint

1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)

Gently toss all ingredients together. Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Serve chilled.

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