8.09.2014

the good kinda blues








oh yes, it's blueberry time.  by the handful, the mouthful, in our yogurt and our oats, gobbled here and there and cooked down into jam and pies...... mmmm mmmmm.

so far, a couple bowlfuls from the house next door and two gallons from our favorite local picking spot.
a batch of jam, a blueberry galette and a couple bags in the freezer happened pretty immediately.  I feel it worthy to note that minutes after I pulled the galette out of the oven I found myself on a blanket at the park listening to music, two blankets down from the author of the pie book I used!  it wasn't incredibly surprising to find myself in such close proximity to local homestead-y author Ashley English~ after all, she lives nearby and we'd met a few weeks earlier at the very same park.  she participated in my previous blog swap, so we'd communicated in the past a bit.  but still, it seemed pretty serendipitous, what with the pie and all.  so I plopped down next to her for a few and told her so.

breakfast the following morning for the little one and I was blueberry pie and tea.  because of course that's what you eat for breakfast when you wake up and it's all cinnamon-y and delicious and practically screaming to you from the countertop.  and then there was toast smeared heavily with still-warm jam later that afternoon.

I'm hoping for a couple more gallons before the season is over.  we shall see.

27 comments:

  1. That blueberry galette looks delicious. We are knee deep in blueberries too, and enjoying every minute of it. Blueberry jam is on the to do list today. Enjoy!

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    1. it was very tasty, and we've been enjoying the jam (muffins, pancakes..) as well. hope your jam making was fun!

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  2. Love, love, love your pie story.

    Blueberry season here is over but we did pretty well for our first summer in a new spot - 18 lbs picked at a local farm. In general we've had a tougher time finding the food we love to eat but don't grow, compared to the other places we've lived, but this was awesome. Would love to pick double or even triple that next year though: we can eat some berries, man.

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    1. 18 pounds sounds pretty good to me! but I agree, berries are one of those 'the more the better' kinda things, because it's not like they won't get eaten. someone shared a blueberry/serrano pepper sauce recipe to use on roasted veggies and meats the other day and that made me look at blueberries in a whole new light.

      you left a farm in NY and are on the mid-Atlantic coast now, right? hey, at least the seafood options are good! seafood, berries..... that can get one pretty far in the world, yes?

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  3. Oh! That is the best pie story ever!

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  4. I do love some fresh picked blueberries. Enjoy!

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    1. indeed. who doesn't love a blueberry?

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  6. I took my granddaughters fruit picking on their visit a real treat for us all.

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    1. lovely! what did you pick? I always love going berry and apple picking with Claire...

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  7. Sounds wonderful! I've just finished up freezing, jam-ing and baking my blueberries for this year. Now, I have even more reason to look forward to the chill of February!

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    1. it does feel good knowing there are bags of frozen berries and jars of jam to enjoy through the winter, definitely.

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  8. yum! and they are the good kind of blues :)

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    1. yes indeed! can't get enough of those blueberries.

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  9. oh my! i think i need some blueberry pie for breakfast.... yuummm!! i love how perfectly that all worked out with pie and pie author and all... just gotta love those small world moments :)

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    1. I highly recommend pie for breakfast. In fact, maybe I'll make another soon so I can eat it for breakfast again sometime soon.

      yes!

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  10. YUM - looks delicious
    I envy you - I cant wait - a couple a years or 5 - to go pick my own :-)
    Here in DK they talk about fake blueberries - blue outside and white inside - have you ever heard that before?
    Oh well I still have to wait :-)
    Enjoy.

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    1. I find that some are a bit lighter in color on the inside than others, but I've never heard reference to a 'fake blueberry'. wonder what that is?

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    2. Me too - must be a danish thing ;-)

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  11. kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk. i bet your kitchen looked like the inner cover of Blueberries for Sal. If it did, that's not a bad look at all!! I was wondering if you knew of A. English! :) How fun!

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    1. as far as the mess, I'd say yes it resembled the inner cover. and of course the canning equipment and such. the mama however was far less respectable homemaker-y looking ;) and my stove/oven isn't nearly as cool as Sal's mom's.

      she is local, just on the other side of Asheville from us, and she participated in that first blogger swap, so we'd had a bit of communication. it was fun to meet in person!

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  12. Isn't this blogging/homesteading/good food world a small place sometimes? I have seen Ashley's articles in Taproot magazine. Blueberry pie for breakfast sounds darn healthy! I had chocolate zucchini cake for brunch today - that's okay right?

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    1. a small world, for sure.

      I just bookmarked (okay, I 'pinned' it- but somehow that sounds weird to me so I still say "I bookmarked it") a chocolate zucchini cake recipe. from some blog/website called chocolate and zucchini. same one? yummy?

      and heck yeah it's okay! pshaw!

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