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You might recognize famed chef Curtis Stone from his show "Take Home Chef" that appears on TLC. His new book, "Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone" is full of feel-good meals including this one entitled, "A Berry Good Start to the [Wedding] Day" (recipe below). Use his new line of kitchen tools and gadgets available at Williams-Sonoma to ensure each dish is perfection:

Berries have so much inherent sweetness that they are the perfect thing to get you going in the a.m. because they give you a burst of natural energy. It takes just seconds to turn them into a drink, and you don't even need to get out the blender. I often hear people say, "Berries don't taste the way they used to." Just-picked ripe berries are fantastic; those that are grown in a hothouse and flown halfway around the world are not. Try to find berries that have been grown locally, are organic, preferable, and most important, are in season. —Curtis Stone

A Berry Good Start to the [Wedding] Day
3/4 cup (3 ounces) fresh blackberries
3/4 cup (3 ounces) fresh raspberries
2/3 cup (3 ounces) fresh blueberries
5 fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 lime, quartered
Crushed ice
2/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail

Combine all the berries and the lime in the "Bump and Grind", and gently middle with the pestle until the berries are coarsely smashed and exuding their juices. Fill 2 glasses halfway with crushed ice, and spoon the berry mixture over the ice. Pour the cranberry juice over the berry mixture, and serve.

See tips from other celebrity chefs like Tyler Florence and Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman.

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