I have had my eye on a new cooking group for a while, I heart cooking clubs (IHCC). This group features 12 chefs. Two of the chefs that I have cookbooks for are Giada de Laurentiis and Yotam Ottolenghi. I thought I would jump in this month with their current cooking challenge, Mystery Box Madness Challenge. For this challenge I selected Marinated Strawberries over Pound Cake by Giada de Laurentiis using the mystery box ingredients of strawberries, vinegar and vanilla.
To make this extra special I made my own pound cake, it came out perfect. The strawberries are cut and macerated in balsamic vinegar and a little sugar for 20 minutes. I made my own whipped cream which included vanilla. It was a delicious dessert. I was worried my 11 year old son would think the balsamic vinegar was weird but he didn't even notice. The recipe got thumbs up around and I would make it again. This recipe can be found in Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis (page 228). Looking forward to participating in the group.