Food on Fridays: Blueberry Mania

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Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. If you want to talk about the spinach that lodged between your teeth, that’s great. Posts like that are as welcome as menus and recipes.When your Food on Fridays contribution is ready, just grab the broccoli button (the big one above or smaller option at the bottom) to paste at the top of your post. It ties us together visually.Here’s a Mr. Linky tutorial:

Write up a post, publish, then return here and click on Mr. Linky below. A screen will pop up where you can type in your blog name and paste in the url to your own Food on Fridays post (give us the exact link to your Food on Fridays page, not just the link to your blog).You can also visit other people’s posts by clicking on Mr. Linky and then clicking participants’ names–you should be taken straight to their posts.Please note: I’ll do my best to update this post by hand. In the meantime, please click on the Mister Linky logo to view the complete list.

Food on Fridays Participants

1. Breastfeeding Moms Unite! (Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes, Garlic and Herbs)2. Alex@ amoderatelife- sourdough mistakes3. Real Fresh Food4. Italian Wedding Soup5. April@ 21st Century Housewife (Healthy Eton Mess)6. Aubree Cherie (Sugar Free Mulberry and Strawberry Jam)7. Tara @ Feels Like Home (Tangy Pan- Fried Potatoes) 8. Perfect Bread Recipe@ Penniless Parenting9. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect (mashed potatoes w/o leftovers)10. Newlyweds (Stuffed Corn Tortillas)11. Skid Road Stroganoff (The Local Cook)12. Iris of The Daily Dietribe (How to make gluten- free waffles)13. Ridiculously Healthy Burritos @ Get Healthy Cheap14. Easy To Be Gluten Free – Creamy Garlic and Herb Cauliflower 15. A New Local @ Wide Open Spaces16. Family Stamping Food (Pizza Margherita)17. Kristen (chocolate raspberry cheesecake)18. Banana Slush aka Pineapple Punch19. Odd Mom (Quick and Easy Microwave Spiced Apples)20. Sara (canteloupe sorbet)21. Beef and Broccoli @ A Few Short Cuts22. Janis@ Open My Ears23. Lauren @ Hobo Mama = Poor man’s pesto24. Carla – Homemade Ice Cream25. Shirley @ gfe (Creme Brulee Ice Cream)26. citymouse

Food on Fridays with AnnThis hasn’t been the bloggiest week for me. Sorry to be so quiet. It’s sort of ironic given all the talk of how “real” we are over at High Calling Blogs this week and last. How “real” am I, if I don’t even show up to chat here with readers?Please forgive.First there was a wedding…Last weekend my son had the honor of being a ring bearer and I had the joy of reading a passage of Scripture in the wedding of a dear friend of mine.My son took his job very seriously. His fellow ring bearer didn’t hesitate to grin, but my son felt that it was a serious occasion that called for a serious demeanor. He claims he bit the insides of his cheeks whenever he felt a smile coming on, in order to keep a straight face.Following Saturday’s nuptials, we launched a close-to-home vacation week. This week of the summer, we normally drive north to a family camp that is ten hours away, but our involvement in the wedding made it too complicated to pull off. The Belgian Wonder had already requested time off from work, however, so we planned various outings that have kept me from blogging.One of those outings took us to lower Michigan for blueberry picking; or, as one of my daughters put it, “Blueberry Mania”!We picked five buckets of blueberries. Is that crazy? We enjoy them simply because they’re delicious, but you probably know that they’re on the list of superfoods. In fact, WebMD’s article on “Superfoods” places blueberries at the top of the list. “Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids,” they claim, “these berries are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory…blueberries have a host of benefits…[so] have a serving (about 1/2 cup) every day.” (And they say that frozen are just as good as fresh.)So today’s Food on Fridays features a few snapshots of our annual blueberry stock-up:We’ll eat them fresh for the next few days, share some and freeze lots. They’re my favorite thing to mix into steel cut oatmeal or pancakes, and we add them to coffee cake, muffins, smoothies, or even another crisp.With five buckets of blueberries sitting in our kitchen, I’d have to say that blueberries will be incorporated into every meal for the next few days (and months). If I may tap into the incredible resources represented in my Friday visitors, would you share a favorite blueberry recipe before you go?

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    1. Picking blueberries is one of the most peaceful joyous activities I’ve done with my kids in the summer. I usually just eat them raw or in smoothies. I look for other people’s blueberry recipes to inspire me. :)

      • It really was fun to pick together and chat as we moved along the rows. Glad I linked you to some blueberry recipes, since you’re on the prowl!

    2. HI Annie Banani! Thanks so much for sharing the foodie love with us on this glorious friday! My article this week is all about a Bittman recipe for sourdough that I was unable to effectively “traditionalize” and the lessons learned from it! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs! Alex@amoderatelife

    3. I adore blueberries! I wish we had some wild ones nearby but I’ll have to be satisfied with getting them from our farmers market. You actually reminded me I was planning on making some blueberry cupcakes!

      Thanks for hosting!

      • We have to drive at least a couple of hours to get some nice U-Pick places. The farmer’s market is a great alternative–let them do the picking and driving! Let us know how those cupcakes turn out!

    4. This is one of my favourite blueberry recipes – White Chocolate Blueberry and Macadamia Nut Cake

      http://www.21stcenturyhousewife.com/index/Recipe_of_the_Week/Entries/2010/6/21_Entry_1.html

      Hope you like it! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

    5. Ann — I LOVE blueberry mania! When I get home, I’ll have some recipes to share. Miss you!

      • Some of the mania is tucked away in the vegetable drawer of our fridge, Charity, so we have to connect as soon as you get back so you get the freshest possible blueberries!

    6. Those blueberries look so delicious. Great photos!

      • My daughter snapped those pictures–I should have given her credit (except for the ring bearer picture, which was taken by the Belgian Wonder).

        And the blueberries ARE delicious…I can vouch for that.

    7. I bet that was a fun time with the kids, picking those blueberries. They look delicious!

    8. Oh, I love blueberries, too!

      Here’s my recipe for oatmeal pancakes with blueberry sauce: http://oddmom.net/2010/04/13/oatmeal-pancakes-with-blueberry-sauce-recipes/

      And here’s a blueberry smoothie: http://oddmom.net/2010/03/23/very-purple-smoothie-recipe/

      Both call for frozen, but I’ve used fresh, as well.

    9. Hi Ann,

      Loved the article on blueberry pickin’. When we lived in California, we would go cherry pickin’ on Father’s Day up in the Mojave Desert Area near Lancaster.

      It was a fun and tasty adventure.

      The blueberry favorites around our house include blueberry pancakes and blueberry muffins from a Better Homes and Garden Cookbook. May I e-mail it to you?

      Blessings,

      Janis

      • We love cherries, too! Blueberry pancakes, yes, and blueberry muffins sound good. Would you send the muffin recipe? I’d love to try it if you recommend it!

    10. Wow, that’s a great haul! We usually eat ours raw or in smoothies, but I don’t have any particular recipe beyond that. Then again, I’ve never had five buckets to use up.

      • The kids are loving blueberries in smoothies, so that’s partly why we went ahead and picked so many…so that this winter they can make something healthy as a snack. Those five buckets will be gone faster than you can imagine, though I do try to ration them a little by the time December comes around, thinking we won’t make it through the deepest, darkest months.

    11. Blueberry mania! Love it! :-) They are so beautiful, tasty, and great for you … who can complain about that?

      I linked up my newest creation … creme brulee ice cream. It’s amazing ice cream!

      Have a great week, Ann!

      Shrley

    12. I love blueberries. Last summer I had fun making blueberry mojitos. Now I’m craving one!

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