Tennessee Strawberries

I love spring and this year, we have been blessed with an abundance of local strawberries. That is not always the case thanks to those last snaps of cold weather that tends to zap the crop just as it is blooming. So I have been grabbing these luscious heart shaped berries as fast as possible. I have been friends with brothers Jon and Patrick Kelley for a couple of decades. Their berry farm in Castalian Springs is now my fruit supermarket. Right now, I’m picking strawberries, but I’ll transition to blueberries, blackberries and peaches as the summer progresses. So right up Highway 231 I will go, just as I leave Wilson County and Trousdale County begins. I have just become a very fruit happy person! Enjoy the spring!

Strawberry Butter

Yield: 3/4 cup

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed & hulled
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

Place the strawberries in a medium saucepan and crush with a potato masher. Add the honey and cinnamon and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes or until the berries are soft. Set aside to cool completely, then stir in the extract. Transfer to a food processor or blender and process until smooth. If desired, pass through a strainer to remove seeds. Combine with the softened butter and serve immediately or chill for later use.

Strawberry Butter

Strawberry Wine Cake

Yield: 12 servings

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Tennessee Strawberry Wine
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup strawberry puree

Mix all the ingredients well and pour into a well greased bundt pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes 


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Tennessee Strawberry Wine

About 5 minutes before cake is ready to come out of oven, bring sugar, and butter to boil on stove. Boil for about a minute. Remove from heat. When cake comes out of oven pour glaze onto cake and let settle down. Let cool 15 minutes then invert your cake onto plate.

Strawberry Cake

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