Plated + Served: Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar


Strawberries. Keep it simple.

A dollop of whipped cream. A dip in chocolate. Or, my favorite, strawberries with a splash of balsamic vinegar.

The rich, slightly biting flavor of a really good aged balsamic vinegar pairs beautifully with the gentle sweetness of fresh strawberries (especially if they are locally grown).

This is a really different kind of appetizer (but incredibly easy). If you want to really step out, call it an amuse bouche and serve it at the beginning of your next dinner party. 

Easy. Delicious. Simple. Three go-to words for strawberries (and the summer).

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar CU

Plated + Served: Grilled Gorgonzola Cheese and Bacon Sandwich


This is a grilled cheese built for adults.No Children

Lots of strong flavors, a bite of vinegar and dark earthy rye… a sandwich with smoldering sex appeal.

Okay, perhaps I’m being a tad dramatic, but this grilled cheese is full of delicious character.

April is National Grilled Cheese Month so step it up and out with a sandwich that fills your mouth with bold, unabashed flavors.

And remember, no children allowed.

Grilled Gorgonzola





I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: