Wash strawberries and thoroughly pat dry. Set on paper-towel lined tray
while preparing chocolate.
Melt chocolate and shortening in top of a double boiler over simmering water.
Stir chocolate until smooth.
Grasp each strawberry by stem end. Dip strawberry 3/4 of the way into melted
chocolate, allowing excess to drip off.
Place coated berries on foil-lined tray and immediately sprinkle lightly
with pistachios. (Use one hand to dip berries; the other to sprinkle nuts.)
When all strawberries have been dipped, refrigerate tray until chocolate
sets, about 20 minutes.
These will last about two days.
Ribbon-Laced Strawberry Basket
1 1/2 yards each of 5/8-inch wide satin ribbon in 3 different pastel colors
1-quart strawberry basket
Cut a 1/2-yard piece from each ribbon and reserve for tying cellophane. Take
1 yard of ribbon and weave in and out of one row of basket slats, starting and ending
at same corner. Repeat with 2 more ribbons and 2 more rows. Tie each row with a
Carefully remove strawberries from foil, and gently pile into basket. Braid 3
remaining 1/2-yard lengths of ribbon and knot each end. Cut braid in half, and knot
cut ends. Cut about one yard of cellophane and wrap tube-style around basket. Keep
basket centered and tape seam under basket. Seal each end piece of ribbon braid.
Trim ends of cellophane with pinking shears and spread out. Keep strawberries refrigerated.