Surely strawberries, and especially Louisiana strawberries, are one of your favorite fruits. I know they’re mine.

The first ones of the season I always eat plain — not a thing on them. There’s nothing I enjoy more than biting into a fresh, perfectly sweet berry.

Even better, one cup of plain strawberries is only 49-55 calories. Plus, strawberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium and folate. So they’re good for you, too.

When the berries really start coming in and are plentiful, I add them to everything from cereal to salads, pies to lemonade, as in my recipe.

We’re able to get strawberries year-round, but the Louisiana berries are generally available from November to May.

These recipes are ones I’ve made recently for guests and my family that are our favorites.

Corinne Cook is a columnist for The Advocate. Reach her at