The Coupon Clipper scours the specials for the best deals in New York's big grocery stores.

2007_03_strawberry2.jpgApparently a huge shipment of strawberries has just hit New York, as three of our favorite groceries are featuring them at discounted prices. So why not indulge?

The Met has them for $2.50 a pound, a fine deal, but one that’s equaled by Fairway’s 2 packs for $5. No, the winner of the strawberry showdown is Pathmark, which is selling the sweet berries for $1.50 a pound. But before you decide to go on a gluttonous strawberry rampage, remember you may only buy two packs at a time. That’s the rule.

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What to do with them? We thought briefly about making a little reduction to spoon over ice cream. But that's too much work. We’ve also been known to chop them up and toss them with 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Let them all marry in the bowl for at least a half an hour, and serve up. But really, why worry so much? Simply sprinkle with a little powdered sugar and forget about forks altogether.

Any other ideas?