2011/06/23

Associations (Strawberry, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad)

This is SO totally off topic.  But whenever strawberries are around, I can only think of one thing...


"What is that one thing?" you might ask (Well, at least you ask in my imagination - and since I have to live with my imagination and imaginary conversations, I get to make the rules). 

To that question I would answer this: "Strawberry Shortcake.  As in the doll.  Not the dessert."  (Although, I am a huge fan of the dessert too). 


I know that this is pin-pointing my age bracket a little too close for my own comfort (although, I can still truthfully admit that I have yet to make friends with the big 4-0...  In a few short years, that admission won't be so truthful) - but growing up, I had the BIGGEST collection of Strawberry Shortcake dolls.  Which included Apple Dumplin' (and Tea Time Turtle).  The Purple Pie Man.  Blue Berry Muffin.  Angel Cake.  Huckleberry Pie.  Orange Blossom.  Lem and Ada.  Mint Tulip (my favorite).  Sour Grapes (with the pet snake wrapped around her neck).  And many others whose names I won't bother you with.  And they all came with their own particular theme related scent. 

I never owned a Barbie doll (at least not a "for real" one), but the Strawberry Shortcake dolls - almost every single one was in my possession.  Really. 


And I would play with them all day long...  Hey, I was like the only kid in the neighborhood, since we lived out in the country.  And this was back in the day of like three TV channels.  I could play with my toys or read (which I also did a lot of). 

Which brings me to salad.  Didn't you see that jump????  Tomato, basil & mozzarella salad - but with a twist.  Strawberries.  Who knew?  Strawberries & tomato go together.  For real.   

Slice your ingredients.  Splash with a little bit of olive oil & basalmic.  Hit with a dash of salt & pepper.  Done.  Now, my go-to TB&M salad (because we make this all the time) has become my TBM&S salad.  Which means that it now hits most of the major food groups.  The Food Pyramid people would be so proud. 

About those dolls.  I still have them.  In a box.  With their little fat heads and squat little pets.  And twenty-some odd (OK, almost thirty some-odd...) years later, most of them still have their scent.  Weird, huh???? 


This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.  Come check out everyone's most berriffic creations.  (Yes, that is made up word...)

30 comments:

  1. Strawberry and tomato together seems unusual but technically tomatoes are fruits so this is like a fruit salad with cheese!

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  2. Cher, I've been friends with the big 4-0 for a number of years now and I still like to play! I never owned a single strawberry shortcake dolls growing up, so consider yourself very lucky. Your salad looks amazing, I love how huge your strawberries are! I couldn't get a single strawberry for this recipe so I simply made a TBM&D salad instead :-).

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  3. I love this post! My oldest daughter sounds like she could be your best friend...she still has her collection and has passed a few of her treasures down to a daughter who, until their recent move, had a Strawberry Shortcake bedroom...totally. So fun. Great memories and beautiful salad.

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  4. LOL - I remember those dolls. I didn't own any, but my friend owned Huckleberry Pie. How funny that they still have their scent! The salad looks great BTW - hmmm, now getting back to those dolls ...

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  5. Like Foodiva, I also was introduced to the big 4-0 a few years back. Which explains why I didn't have a Strawberry Shortcake doll but instead was in the land of Holly Hobby dolls. Back in the day for sure. And somehow, after so many years of enjoying food with the Italian side of our family and the many tomato, mozzerella and basil combos...I can safely admit that not once was there a strawberry in the mix. I told my family that I felt strange that I couldn't even guess how this one would turn out because I could not imagine my separate favorites all cohabitating. Once again I am in debt to Dorie. Though Nana, not so much. A split decision Friday :) Great new blog design - very summery !!

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  6. I would never have put this salad together on my own, but it was delicious. I don't want to pinpoint my age, but I promised my daughter an apple dumpling doll if she slept in her own big girl bed for a week. She did it. When we moved into our new home, my mother sewed and stuffed the strawberry shortcake gang and decorated her new room.

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  7. Your dish looks delicious. And I loved Strawberry Shortcake (the doll) when I was a kid. My 5th birthday party was themed that way where I got the doll as a present. I loved the way her hair was "scented" strawberry.

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  8. Too funny about the strawberry shortcake dolls still having their scent! And now on to the star of the show...your salad looks amazing! YUM.

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  9. I am also friends with the big 4-0 and it's not so bad. I also had Strawberry Shortcake dolls when I was little :) And yes, this is totally a food pyramid worthy dish!

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  10. I remember those dolls! I had one, but she sort of languished in favor of my Bionic Woman Doll. Yep, I am friends with the big 4-0! It grows on you ... ' )

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  11. I've never even heard of Strawberry Shortcake Dolls! Am I too old? But I didn't play with Barbie, either. My friend and I had dollhouses with a collection of little porcelain cats. We were either playing "cats" or out riding our horses ;-)

    Loved this salad for our picnic in the park!

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  12. Oh! I had a Strawberry Shortcake Doll and I remember they all had their own unique smell! They were so cool!
    Great looking salad! Enjoy your break!

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  13. I loved those dolls when I was little! And I loved this salad - delicious!

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  14. Yummy photos - the flavours were truly lovely, weren't they? I am also approaching 4-0 in a few short years, and while I never had an actual Strawberry Shortcake doll, I did have Strawberry Shortcake sneakers that initially smelled like strawberries...and I wore them even after they were too small. But only the once...

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  15. Such pretty photos. And thanks for the memories of those dolls - I'm sitting here at work and I can still smell them!! :)

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  16. Oh Cher! My sister and I had most of them... and the big strawberry trolley, the ugly Purple Pie Man, and a couple of TV specials taped from the TV (translated in Spanish). Your salad looks so pretty. Have a great time unplugging by the ocean!

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  17. I also loved Strawberry Shortcake! Lime Chiffon was my favorite character. For my third birthday, my grandmother paid this terrified-looking redheaded 13-year-old to show up, in costume, at my party. I screamed like a lunatic. A little too real, I guess. ha! The next day, a surprise gift from Lime Chiffon (aka my mom) arrived in the mail, with a note apologizing for not being able to make the party, too. Apparently, me entire family is out of its mind! LOL

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  18. I love this Summery salad from Dorie, it was a winner! I remember receiving my first Barbie doll and her sports car for Christmas many years ago(40 is a distant memory for me,lol)!

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  19. You are hilarious! Love your new blog design. :)

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  20. Like Kris…my daughter also had those dolls and like Patty 40 is a distant memory! The good news is that life is still as exciting as it was at 40! Great post and lovely salad!

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  21. That is a great presentation for a party, I'll be doing this one again!

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  22. Did you befriend Holly Hobbie? Or the Dawn doll girls? Or the locket dolls (I am really showing the years on this list, but you started it!)
    I see you used the same mozzarella as I did, I was impressed with flavor, texture, moisture, and better price than the store made version. Did you pass on your dolls to your daughters to play with when they still had an interest in playing with such stuff?

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  23. @ Kathleen - I was a friend of Holly Hobbie (I had her with those little plastic playform thingies that you could change her clothes with). The other two, sorry?
    And no. The Strawberry Shortcakes didn't come out for my gals. I am afraid that was one set of toys that I didn't know how to share :-(

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  24. I never had a strawberry shortcake doll but my friend's daughter did. That tells you something about my age! Thanks for the welcome; its good to be back.

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  25. I can only imagine all of those poor dolls stuffed in a box, emitting their heady fruity scents:) But I know that you cannot part with such a big part of your childhood:)
    I love the original Caprese salad, and this one was no exception - wonderful, sweet twist of the strawberries made it a favorite!
    Have fun on the vacation!

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  26. I'm about to say farewell to 4-0 at the end of this year so I was a Barbie fanatic, too old for Strawberry Shortcake. Such a cute post. I totally agree with you, who knew that strawberries and tomatoes would go together? I thought it captured the taste of early summer perfectly.

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  27. You're right - it's a very well-balanced meal, this salad :).

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  28. I too had a Strawberry Shortcake doll...they were like non-slutty bratz dolls, proportion-wise. I was at the toy store the other day with my daughters and they still have them, but they've changed (as have all good 80's toys) and now their heads aren't so freakishly large compared to their bodies...

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  29. I was surprised at how well the strawberry worked with the tomato, too. And I wonder if anyone's done a study on the half-life of Strawberry Shortcake doll scents? Will future archeologists be amazed?

    Have a great holiday!

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