Author Notes: I don't even know where to begin. If you have ever been to the House of Clicquot in the champagne region of France and then found a strawberry patch heated by the summer French sun then you get my drift. I recreate this, with my amazing and wonderful wife every late spring with my own strawberries and sometimes I even invite the La Grande Dame. It is totally about the time, place and the quality of the strawberries. And, yes, I have a sink in my Orchard Garden. Just one last note, if you don't have a strawberry patch get your better half to skip out on work on a Friday afternoon, grab a blanket to sit on and go to a you-pick. Take some champagne and anything else you might enjoy and get yourself out of the kitchen, office or whatever rut you may be in. I have eaten strawberries in about every recipe and at about every restaurant around the world and it doesn't get any better than sun baked berries, a late afternoon, someone you like, love and really care about and a great bottle of champagne. If you give it a try I really think you will agree. And I challenge those at food52 to disagree. —thirschfeld
- 1 strawberry patch or u-pick strawberry patch on a hot afternoon
- 1 or more bottles of champagne, I like Clicquot but Moet Chandon is usually more yeasty and adds a great shortbread note. Over the top go with La Grande Dame or Dom Pérignon
- If you need instructions you should probably just stay at home by yourself.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Strawberries