Blueberry Crisp and How to Freeze Blueberries

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"One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry. Hat berry, shoe berry in my canoeberry. Under the bridge and over the dam. Looking for berries.  Berries for jam!" from 'Jamberry' by Bruce Degen     It's blueberry season!  Find a local U-Pick place, grab your large kitchen bowls and get yourself some blue gold.      Blueberries are serious power food.  Not only are they delicious, but they are very low on the glycemic index, which makes it wonderful for folks battling blood sugar problems or struggling with their weight.  They're jam (ha!) packed with incredibly high levels of antioxidants, flavanoids, fiber, Vitamin C and folic acid.   In lab tests, blueberries have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, ill effects of aging (um, what are good effects of aging?), vision loss, and urinary tract infections.  They've also been proven to make you more attractive.  (Not really, just making sure you're paying attention!)   Adding to blueberries' charms is the fact that they're super simple to prepare.  You don't have to peel, pit, chop or core them.    And since this is my birthday week -because I stretch my birthday festivities out to cover an entire week*- I decided to haul the kids out to the blueberry patch for the day.  While the kids covered themselves in SPF 4000, I pulled a gallon of water, sliced a loaf of bread for power-munching with berries, grabbed a bag of chips and a container of dip and slid the lot into our cooler.  I … {Read on...}

Last non-food post. You know what I’m sayin’?

We're home safe and sound from our weekend get-away. I have to say two more unrelated food things and then I'll get back to the business at hand. It was unbelievably wonderful to spend some time alone with my husband. It was unbelievably wonderful to come home to my kids and their hugs.   Okay, one last non-food related item.  Weird Al was hilarious and I highly recommend catching one of his shows.  They combine his musicality (astonishingly good) with his humour (astonishingly juvenile.)  That's the perfect recipe for a hilarious night!  They aired this "interview" at the show on Saturday.   It was a very, very, good time!     … {Read on...}

White and Nerdy!

I am taking the weekend off!  My husband and I are going to get away for a night for the first time since we've had kids (that equals 10 years for those of you who wonder...)   I've spent the night away from the kids before, but it was when I was in the hospital having more kids, so I'm pretty sure that doesn't count as "getting away".    We're going to revel in our nerditude (New word.  I just made it up but it describes us to a tee.  When we were dating my husband's niece and nephews called us 'King and Queen Geek'.)  We're going to catch a Weird Al show.    White & Nerdy from waymoby on Vimeo.   When my husband bought these tickets for me as a Mother's Day present he told some of his co-workers about our plans.  One of them said, "Weird Al?  That's cool!"  To which my husband, The Evil Genius, replied, "No.  No it isn't.  And that's why we're going."  I love him.   We're going to get dinner at a real, honest-to-goodness restaurant where I will pay people to cook for me and clean up after me.  We will have wine with dinner and we will,   *wait for it because it's worth it*,   go home IN THE MORNING!     Thank you for the gratis babysitting, Nana.  You rock. … {Read on...}

Walking on Broken Glass

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"Lift me up and take me back Don't let me keep on walking... Walking on broken glass Walking on walking on broken glass" Annie Lennox   This song has been tearing through my head lately.  We have had an abnormally high number of broken dishes around chez us lately.  In the last two weeks someone or another has broken one plate, a pasta bowl, three drinking jars (I use them for canning, too...), and the gallon jar that was used for storing granola.  I was doing mostly fine with it.  I only freaked out a little over the gallon jar, but that's because it fell off the top of the fridge, hit a teapot and my Kitchen Aid mixer on the way down, shattered on the countertop and then the remaining pieces shattered on the floor.  That was a bit of work.  Thankfully, The Evil Genius was home and -between the two of us- we kept the kids out of the way and got the glass cleaned up thoroughly.    My eyes have had a great work-out while searching really hard for every last shard each time something broke so that I wouldn't have to dig it out of a little tootsie.  I was even okay when one of my jars lost its bottom in the canner yesterday.  I didn't even think about the fact that I lost a potential jar of pickles more than twice...   ...Then "it" happened.  Ty was spinning around on a rotating stool. (WHY did we put those near the computer desk?)  He twirled around once, kicked my favorite tea cup (the big, well-used, well-loved "One Good Woman" mug) and somehow when … {Read on...}

Home Canned Garlic Dill Pickles

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Yesterday was my first day of the year full of the manic joy that is canning season.  My garden unexpectedly delivered a colander full of pickling cucumbers.  Some of the cucumbers had been doing a good job of hiding and were pretty huge.  My job was clear.  Pickle them while they're fresh!  The large ones were sliced thin for hamburger dill slices in order to make them fit into jars. I was rewarded for my work with two quarts and four pints of Green Garlic Dill Pickles.   Two pints Hamburger Dill Slices and one quart Green Garlic Dill Pickles.  I know a lot of folks out there are intimidated by canning.  I understand it...  The food police have scared us with their constant semi-subliminal message that the only food safe to eat comes hermetically sealed in jars and boxes barely touched by human hands.  Look at all the things that can go wrong, botchulism, salmonella, mold, etc...  The truth is, though, that canning is an incredibly safe and economical way to provide outstanding food for your table.    I've put together a little primer on making garlic dill pickles; by far the easiest thing outside of jam to can.   Dill Pickle Recipe Primer   There are really only three things you need to do to ensure successful pickles.  Keep everything clean. Use the freshest produce available.  Keep your hands impeccably clean.  As in Howard Hughes clean.   For starters, you'll need intact glass canning jars that come with new two part lids.  The ones … {Read on...}