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WHEN I married in 1946, my sister-in-law was a big help in sharing her recipes and cooking expertise and I aspired to be as good a cook as she was. Many of her recipes are still our favorites. Although I've tried a few other recipes for strawberry shortcake over the years, I always come back to this one.
--Janice Mitchell, Aurora, Colorado
In our farmhouse kitchen, I grew up helping my mom make soup and pies.
My husband's a doctor, and we live on a "hobby farm" here in the Skagit Valley. Through the years, we've raised everything from turkeys to horses. Right now, there are steers in the pasture.
Larry and I have four children. The eldest was married last summer...the youngest is finishing kindergarten!
Here's a quick-and-easy summertime classic. The shortcake layer in this Lemon-Berry Shortcake recipe is tender and not overly sweet. Add some blueberries to the top for an extra-pretty finish to patriotic celebrations. —Meryl Herr, Overland Park, Kansas
This recipe was given to me by a co-worker, and it gets rave reviews every time. I've tried it with other fruits, including blueberries, cherries, and peaches. All work out great. — Michele Trachier, Pasadena, Texas
For a tasty twist at dessert time, this special spring shortcake dessert has a bountiful berry layer on the bottom. The moist and tempting cake is a treat our family has savored for years.
-Debra Falkiner, St. Charles, Missouri
Plump fresh strawberries should have a place of honor on the plate, and shortcake makes an inviting base on which to present them. Show off the bounty of berries in late spring and early summer—with a swirl of whipped cream on top for the crowning touch. —Jennifer Mastnick-Cook, Hartville, Ohio