Archive for June, 2011

Oven Dried Blueberries

If there’s one health-conscious blogger I always admire, it’s Lesley of Homemade Grits. She shared this super simple and healthy blueberry recipe.

Toss the berries with honey and spread them on a baking sheet…

Pop them in the oven on low heat and bake. Told you it was simple!

These dried berries are delicious sprinkled over yogurt or cereal, but also make a sweet snack just by themselves.

Too bad the leftover parchment paper is super sticky, it could pass for a funky piece of modern art. Don’t you think?

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

Oven Dried Blueberries
from Whole Living

What you will need:

1 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon honey

Heat oven to 225 degrees. Toss blueberries with honey in a bowl. Bake berries on a parchment-lined baking sheet until shriveled but still supple, about 2 hours. Let cool. Berries will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 month. This recipe yields 1/2 cup of berries.

Tip: Do not place too many berries in the oven at once. The amount of moisture released will cause the drying process to take FOREVER.

Posted 6/30/11, Topic: Eats

Blueberry Mixology

Photo by {Blue Eyed Yonder}
When I asked everyone to share their favorite blueberry recipe, I can pretty much guarantee you I didn’t think I’d have to bring out the rum! Lucky for us, Terri reminded me of her delicious blueberry mojitos
Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder was grilling some delicious ginger-teriyaki glazed chicken skewers so I thought I would try this unique twist – Blueberry Ginger Mojitos. Yum!

Blueberry Ginger Mojito
adapted from Food Network

What you will need:

For the Ginger Simple Syrup:
1/4 cup fresh grated ginger
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold water

For the Mojito:
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 lime, cut into wedges
20-24 fresh mint leaves
4 ounces ginger simple syrup
4 ounces Rum
5 ounces club soda
ice cubes
blueberries, for garnish
mint sprigs, for garnish

For the Ginger Simple Syrup:

Peel and grate the ginger and add it, together with the sugar and cold water, to a saucepan. Bring it to the boil and stir until the sugar dissolves. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain and cool in the refrigerator when done.

For the Mojito:

Add the blueberries, lime wedges and fresh mint leaves to the glass (or pitcher). Muddle with a wooden spoon so the blueberries are broken and the mint and lime release their juices and flavor. If assembling pitchers you can cover them at this stage and leave in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, add the simple syrup, vodka and top off with club soda. Give it a quick stir and then pour into glasses with ice cubes. Garnish with a handful of fresh blueberries and a sprig of mint.

The recipe outlined above is for 2 tall glasses, but you can use the ratio to make pitchers (depending on how big your pitcher is double or quadruple the recipe).

Posted 6/29/11, Topic: Eats

Blueberry Buckle

To kick off this week of Blueberry Bliss, Natalie shared one of her favorite blueberry recipes: Blueberry Buckle. Why is it called a “buckle”? Some say it’s because of the way the crumb topping buckles as it bakes and others say it’s because you have to loosen your belt buckle after having a couple of pieces. Either way, the recipe sounded too good not to try.
When we were little Mom use to make us Martha White blueberry muffins in the mornings before school. I’m not sure where we picked up this hankering, but we would always beg her to leave the muffins a little bit raw in the middle. We’re definitely “gooey” people when it comes to desserts. If the world were full of only crumbly desserts we’d all be quite a bit thinner.
As soon as I started mixing the batter for this Blueberry Buckle, the smell of it reminded me of those early morning muffins. We use to dip our little fingers in the empty mixing bowl and scrape out what was left of the batter. I do believe the batter was better than the muffins, but again, I think that’s true for most desserts. 

As the batter baked, the house smelled like there were a thousand blueberry muffins baking in the oven. This buckle took the Martha White muffins out back and smacked them around a little bit. The smell was so delicious and buttery. 

This loaf baked very similar to a muffin. It was moist, warm and cake-like in the middle and the topping was sugary with a soft, crumbly texture.

A cup of coffee or a scoop of vanilla – your pick. I think it’s excellent for breakfast or dessert. Thanks again for the awesome recipe Natalie!

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

Blueberry Buckle
from MommyCoddle

What you will need:

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cup blueberries

Cream sugar and butter. Add egg. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients and stir into the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk. Fold in berries, and pour into a greased or parchment-lined 8 x 8 inch pan or loaf pan.

Crumble :

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
4 tbsp butter, softened

Mix together and sprinkle over top of buckle. Bake at 375˚ for approximately 25-30 minutes.

Posted 6/28/11, Topic: Eats

Season’s Harvest: Blueberry

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It’s here! Blue Eyed Yonder’s week of Blueberry Bliss. With all of these blueberries I am starting to feel a little like Violet on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. “Violet! You’re turning violet, Violet!” Classic.
Thanks so much for all of the fabulous blueberry recipes you shared! I’ve got some of your favorites lined up for the week. Stay tuned!

Posted 6/27/11, Topic: Eats

Love all

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I can’t believe it’s Friday already. This week has really flown by. 
I always look forward to weekends, but I love them even better when company’s coming to town. My Mom and littlest sister will be here this weekend and as a double bonus, Kameryn is staying with us all next week too! She’s going to Georgia Tech’s Summer Tennis Camp. I guess there’s a little perk to your big sister living in Atlanta, you don’t have to spend the night at camp in a grungy dorm room.
I don’t know who is more excited. Just reading all the camp details makes me get all giddy. I can’t wait to hear how she likes it.

So, we’ll be getting into “camp gear” for next week AND we’ll be trying out lots of your blueberry recipes for next week’s Blueberry Bliss. It’s not to late to send your favorite recipe my way, we’d love to give it a try!

Happy Weekend!

Posted 6/24/11, Topic: Blog

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