Saturday, August 30, 2008

Blueberry Bliss

One of the very best web sites for baking is the Land 'o Lakes site and their collection of blueberry recipes is outstanding. There are 52 fantastic blueberry recipes and you can access it by clicking here and typing in blueberry as the key word in the search bar!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Lemon-Blueberry Cream Pie

I got this recipe out of a Better Homes & Gardens magazine years ago before blueberries were the "favored fruit" - It is, quite honestly, one of the best pies I've ever had. Fresh blueberries are folded into a thick lemony filling that's been given a little more tang and richness with sour cream. Best eaten the day it's made, make your best pastry pie shell for this pie, but if "push comes to shove" I think that a graham cracker crust would be OK too.

(BTW, If you don't have a microplane grater, get one. If nothing more, just for grating lemon rind. Then grate all the rind off the lemons as they come in the house - put it in the freezer wrapped in plastic wrap - it will last for a month or so - put it in salad dressings, on chicken or fish - works on limes, oranges too - and although I've never used it - fresh nutmeg) Anyhow, I digress - here is the recipe for Lemon-Blueberry Cream Pie


1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 cup milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
1/4 cup butter, cut up
1 Tbsp finely grated fresh lemon peel

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 8oz. carton sour cream
2 cups fresh blueberries

1 9-inch baked pie shell

Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
Lemon slices, to garnish (optional)

To make the filling:

In a saucepan combine 1 cup sugar and cornstarch. Add milk, egg yolks, butter or margarine, and 1 tablespoon lemon peel. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Transfer to a bowl; cover with plastic wrap and cool. When cool, stir sour cream and blueberries into mixture; pour into baked pastry shell. Cover and chill at least 4 hours. If desired, stir a little lemon peel into sweetened whipped cream. Pipe or spoon atop pie. Garnish with lemon slices.

Number of servings: 8

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I found this recipe in a newsletter I subscribe to - It sounded awfully good - I tweaked it a little to suite my family's tastes. I have not tried this, but I think if you were to double the dressing recipe and use part of it to lightly brush on the salmon before it bakes, it would make a nice marinade. Make sure you keep the marinade part separate from the dressing you put on the salads though, so your salad dressing is not contaminated with unbaked fish.

Serves 4

For Dressing:
6 tablespoons Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Cranberry & Blueberry
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1 salmon filet, 20-24 ounces
1 lemon - slice into 8 slices (removing the ends first), divided
Lightly sprinkle with Garlic salt

4 cups mixed baby greens
1/4 cup blueberries


Whisk together juice, 4 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, honey, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in small bowl; set aside.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper, with enough on the ends to meet in the middle and seal. Spray with cooking spray. Place the salmon filet skin side down, in the center of the sheet. Sprinkle with garlic salt and place 4 of the lemon slices down the center. Fold the foil (or parchment) to the center and seal, folding up all edges to create a packet. Bake for about 25 minutes per pound (aprox 40-45 minutes for 24 oz. filet or until the salmon flakes easily) Slow baking at a lower temperature makes the fish stay moist. When the fish is done, replace the baked lemon slices with fresh ones (sliced 1/2 way through and twisted so they look pretty) Divide the salmon into four portions and place on dinner plates.

Divide greens between plates and drizzle greens and salmon with vinaigrette; sprinkle with blueberries.

Makes 4 servings.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Power of Blue

Blueberries rank No. 1 in antioxidant benefits compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables (USDA Human Nutrition Center). Antioxidants help neutralize harmful "free radicals" that can lead to cancer and other age-related diseases. The total antioxidant capacity of blueberries is twice that of spinach and three times that of oranges.

Blueberries are also rich in pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown in several research studies to be effective in lowering cholesterol.

Live Longer, Live Better - Eat Blueberries!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Blueberry Jello Salad

The blueberries are blooming! I'll try & get out to take some pictures of them in the next day or so - they have very pretty little bell shaped flowers. Hopefully the bees are busy too - without bees, there would be no berries (or apples, or cherries etc. etc. etc.) Blueberry honey is very good - just a very faint fruity fragrance to it.

I found the following recipe in "The Church Supper Cookbook" It is a collection of over 375 great potluck recipes from families and churches across the country. It was originally published in 1980 as "The Yankee Church Supper Cookbook" and was edited by David Joachim. It has a lot of those recipes like Four Bean Salad that you can't find in cookbooks today (trust me, I have a LOT of cookbooks and one day I looked & looked for that recipe - finally found it in a homemade cookbook from the UU church in Bellingham - aptly named "The Garden of Eatin") - anyhow, there are a half dozen blueberry recipes in this cookbook, so I'll share some of them with you in the coming weeks. I haven't made this recipe, but it looks awfully good. (of course you have to remember I come from a little town in Eastern Washington and a Scandanavian background - no potluck was complete without at least 3 or 4 jello salads)

I would think that you could save out a little of the gelatin mixture and mix it in with the cream cheese mixture for a very lovely shade of lavendar. Wouldn't that be pretty?


2 ea (3 oz each) packages black raspberry gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 ea (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
½ cup water

8 oz. package cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts

Mix gelatin with a little bit of cold water for 3-5 minutes, then add boiling water and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add pineapple (with juice) and fresh blueberries with the half cup of water. Pour into a 9” x 13” pan and chill until set. Beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla, and spread over the gelatin and fruit mixture. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Refrigerate until time to serve.

From “The Church Supper Cookbook” Edited by David Joachim copy write 1980
Marcia Fletcher, St Anne’s Episcopal Church, Calais, Maine

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

Although I don't have any pictures of this cake, I've made it and remember that it was delicious. It is made in a spring form pan So it is somewhat like a coffee cake but more a dessert, I think.

BLUEBERRY SOUR CREAM CAKE - serves 8 - from the kitchen of M.T.

1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter, soft(room temp)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups fresh blueberries, picked clean of any stems, etc. Rinse if they are dusty (**do not confuse dust with the white, waxy coating on the outside of blueberries which is called "bloom." This is part of the berry's natural defense mechanism, which protects the berries from sunlight, holding in valuable moisture and extending their shelf life. Bloom is completely natural and not at all harmful. You should not try to wash it off your berries. Raspberries sometimes have bloom as well, though it's not as prevalent as with blueberries.)

2 cups sour cream (I would NOT use fat free)
2 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (with butter) a 9 or 10 inch springform pan.

1. Combine flour and baking powder - set aside.
2. In a medium size bowl, cream the butter & sugar until smooth. Blend in the egg and vanilla, then blend in the flour mixture.
3. Pour the batter into your springform pan.
4. Top the batter with the blueberries
5. Make your custard topping by combining the sour cream, eggs, 1/2 cup of sugar and the tsp of vanilla. Blend well; pour over the blueberries.
6. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees or until the edges are lightly browned. Let it sit for at least an hour at room temperature before you remove the outer ring of your springform pan.

** Info on the white coating on blueberries came from where you can search for over 5,000,000 questions and answers - quite the neat site, I think.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Vickie's Blueberry Upside Down Cake

This recipe is from the blog The Moveable Feast. Vickie is a personal chef, a teacher, a spinner & knitter. I always enjoy reading her blog. She kindly agreed that I could share her Blueberry Upside Down Cake with you.

"The recipe came from one of my old faithful books Farm Journal's Country Cookbook. I have had this book for years and years. The recipes in the book are pretty simple and I do think that sometimes that less is more and simple is right. There is a reason for KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Cake mix makes this a quickie dessert"

-Blueberry Upside-Down Cake Serves 9
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries, thawed
2 tsp grated lemon peel (divided in half)
1 (8 1/2 oz) pkg. yellow cake mix
1/2 cup heavy cream (whipped)

Melt butter in 8" square baking pan. Sprinkle sugar evenly over butter.
Mix blueberries and 1 tsp lemon peel; sprinkle over sugar. Prepare yellow cake mix according to package directions, stirring in 1 tsp of lemon peel at end of mixing. Spread batter over berries. Bake in moderate oven (375) for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Let stand 10 minutes. Turn out on platter. Serve warm. Top with whipped cream at the table if you wish.

Editor's note - your standard box cake mix is anywhere from 16-18 ounces, so if you're going to use all of a "regular" cake mix, I would think that you should double your fruit, butter & sugar AND use two 8" baking pans or a standard 9x13 cake pan.