Blueberry Muffins

August 4th, 2011 / comments 11

Blueberries are ripe for the picking, and last Sunday was a perfect day to find a pick-your-own blueberry patch.

Vermont+Field Blueberry Muffins

I parked my car, followed the crowd to the table to get a pail and headed through the gate and down the hill. The process is simple, find a spot, pick until the pail is full, have the pail weighed, and pay the farmer. … read more

Colorful Salad – Blueberry & Corn

August 25th, 2010 / comments 5

My Nana could grow flowers anywhere; she was a skilled seamstress and a modest carpenter. Her hands were never idle.

 Colorful Salad   Blueberry & CornNana gave me my first tools – a hammer, a saw, screwdrivers and a hand-crank drill. I drilled and hammered beside her at the workbench. Although she was an enthusiastic cook, she was not a good cook. For Nana, speed and efficiency in the kitchen were most important. Her version of a pancake dinner was literally ‘a pan cake’ – a twelve-inch disc, an inch thick that was cut in quarters to serve four. The pancake was always served with a salad and the salad was always the same, the only salad she ever made, a wedge of iceberg lettuce with a puddle of bright orange French dressing poured from a bottle.

I am like my Nana in many ways. I can fix almost anything. I still have my own toolbox and my hands are rarely idle, but for me, neither speed nor efficiency in the kitchen are nearly as important as flavor and beauty. Color is important but rather than resorting to bright orange, bottled salad dressing, I use fruit to add a splash of color to a salad. In the past few weeks I have been making savory salads that combine fruits and vegetables.

b y tangle c egbert 01 Colorful Salad   Blueberry & Corn

I love the combination of blue and yellow whether I am setting a table, painting a still life, decorating a room or making a salad. When a friend told me about a salad she had made that combined corn and blueberries I knew I had to try it. Here’s how I made it: … read more

Gift from the Kitchen #1 – Blueberry Lemon Marmalade

December 10th, 2009 / comments 3

This time of the year my kitchen is a workshop for making Christmas gifts.

Ptp holly wreath Gift from the Kitchen #1   Blueberry Lemon Marmalade

Lemons are sunny, versatile fruit that can be used to create sweet and savory treats. Blueberry lemon marmalade is the first of three lemon gifts from my holiday the kitchen.

I made this marmalade for Jeanine, a baker – friend, who will appreciate this delicately tinted pink topper for her homemade scones. Here’s how I made it: … read more

Dehydrated Blueberries – WHY?

August 24th, 2009 / comments 6

Some days, nothing works. This is a perfectly normal watercolor painting of a basket of blueberries. When I painted it, and when I scanned it, the basket was shades of yellow and brown and the berries were BLUE. Somehow the upload went wrong, a promise of things to come.

blueberry+basket+ Dehydrated Blueberries – WHY?

It’s a great summer for blueberries. I have fresh blueberries in a bowl in the refrigerator, blueberry muffins on the counter, and bags of berries in the freezer. I thought that I had harvested my share until I saw a friend at a community picnic. She announced the she had picked thirty-two pounds – I had only picked six pounds. Not only had she picked more than me, she had made a blueberry pie, canned blueberry sauce and dehydrated blueberries. I don’t think of myself as competitive in the kitchen, but, if she can dehydrate blueberries why can’t I? To raise the ante, I would do it without a food dehydrator. … read more

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