I've always been a "transitional season" kind of eater. As a child of the Midwest, I love the thawing of the snow and the emergence of ramps, morels and peas, as much as I do the first chill in the air, and the presence of butternut squash and sage on menus. Early June is one of my favorite times of the year, though, because it means strawberry season. Most people probably think it's a year round season, thanks to the horrible "strawberries" that are sold under the Driscoll label in local markets. Ever cut into one of these so-called strawberries? The outside may be ruby red, but look at how white the inside is. These are faux berries in my opinion. Cardboard cut-outs for the real thing. Hit any market over the next two weeks, and cut into one of the local beauties: soft, ripe and completely red, these are authentic, honest berries grown within 50 miles of Chicago.