Red, White, & Blueberry Cobbler

Memorial Day weekend.  Sure, it’s a lot of fun, but it’s about so much more than just a backyard barbeque.  In the next day or two, we will get together with friends and family to celebrate those who protect our country, those serving, and those fallen.  Our nation has seen better days and worse, yet here we still stand, free because of the brave.  I am humbled by their sacrifices every day of my life.

In honor of the day – and because we will indeed go to a cookout, after all – I am sharing a fun and patriotic recipe that I always enjoy presenting at get togethers.  It serves many with little effort, so I can easily prepare it the day of, and it’s always an attractive crowd-pleaser.

Red, White, & Blueberry Cobbler

  • 5 cups blueberries, divided 4 & 1
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup water, if needed
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1½ cups milk
  • cinnamon or ginger, optional
  • 1-2 pints strawberries
  • Whipped Cream, recipe below, (or Cool Whip)

Preheat your oven to 350º.  Combine 4 cups of the blueberries with 1 cup of sugar, mixing well.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.  You want some syrup, and blueberries usually produce a good amount.  If they get too thick, slowly mix in the water then remove from heat.

Put the butter in a baking dish and place in oven to melt.

Mix the remaining 1 cup of sugar, flour, and milk slowly, avoiding clumps.  Pour the mixture over the melted butter, but do not stir.  Carefully spoon the fruit on top then gently pour in syrup.  If you’re using the cinnamon or ginger, sprinkle this on top.  Place back in oven.

Batter will rise during baking, about 30-45 minutes or until golden brown on top.  Allow cobbler to completely cool, about 1-2 hours.  Meanwhile, slice tops off strawberries and make whipped cream (if not using Cool Whip).

Honey Spiced Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix with electric mixer until stiff peaks form.  Keep in refrigerator until ready to use.

Once cobbler is completely cool to the touch on top, arrange fruit and whipped cream in a flag pattern.  To create the whipped cream “stars,” I used an icing gun.  You can also just use a spoon and create small dollops.

Red White Blueberry Cobbler

Enjoy your Memorial Day.  Eat good food, play in the pool, laugh and talk and toast with friends and family.  But most importantly, remember those who are without theirs so that you can be with yours.  

Dairyland Farmers with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction (An Adult Dessert)

For Mother’s Day last Sunday, I made a scrumptious breakfast for a couple of the moms in my life.  I had a variety of bagels with cream cheese, fresh strawberries, thickcut hardwood smoked bacon, coffee with fun creamers, fresh squeezed mimosas, and another fun addition: Dairyland Farmers with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction.

Mother's Day Breakfast

Not everything I post will be my own recipe or creation.  As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and sometimes you just roll with the wheel that’s already been invented.  In this case, it’s a wheel of cheese…

Lately, I’ve been visiting our local farmer’s market to peruse their goodies.  One of my favorite vendors is Chapel Hill Creamery, out of Chapel Hill, NC.  They sell an amazing selection of cheeses (as well as pork and beef), and my latest craving has been for their Dairyland Farmers Cheese.  As described on their websitethis cheese is made with pasteurized milk and is a fresh, moist cheese with a clean, vibrant flavor and tangy hint of citrus.

At their booth, they had the balsamic reduction recipe printed out for this cheese.  It said something about “An Adult Dessert.”  Ummm, okay!  So, I made it for Mother’s Day.  It was such an instant hit that I shared my success on Chapel Hill Creamery’s Facebook page and they were thrilled to get the great feedback.

If you’re local, I highly recommend checking out this farm’s amazing products.  If you’re not, you can find Farmer’s Cheese blends in many fun stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Wegman’s, etc.  Then you, too, can whip up a tasty treat for the special people in your own life…or just for yourself!

Dairyland Farmers with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction

Breakfast Smoothie

If you follow my Facebook page, (shameless plug), you may recall that last week’s TIPsy Tuesday spotlighted ground oats in place of flour or breading.  (You can also find TIPsy Tuesday in The Snack Pack on this site.)  In light of that, I wanted to share a breakfast smoothie recipe I make that uses ground oatmeal in place of protein powder.  This is such a great alternative!  Filling, healthy, and less expensive.  Breakfast.  Boom.


Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1½ cups almond or coconut milk
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon dark chocolate powder, unsweetened
  • 1-2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon agave, optional

Breakfast Smoothie

Put all ingredients in blender and blend on medium until banana and spinach are fully chopped and blended.  Blend on high for 1-2 minutes longer, to ensure oats and spinach are fully blended in.  If you are a major textural person, you may consider grinding oats into a powder in a spice grinder or food processor first, then adding to blender ingredients.  I personally find that the blender does a good enough job after being on high.  Pour over ice and get started on your day!

I have also made a smaller version of this without the banana as a “snack” drink after a workout.  Curbs that craving for something sweet and the feeling of being starved.  Cheers!

Strawberry Vinaigrette

I know how it goes.  You made some of those Strawberry & Chevre Two-Bites for dessert after that Sweet Sausage & Feta Polenta that you devoured for dinner.  Suddenly, it’s Thursday and you’re thinking that healthy eating has officially flown out the window.  But every day is a new day, a fresh start, a day to embrace what we have versus what we think we need.  And what do we have?  A lot of strawberries.  Still.  So, it’s not too late…


Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup whole fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • splash of lemon juice

Combo

Extra tip: Get an Italian dressing kit with the bottle from the grocery store (Good Seasons, etc.).  The bottles are so pretty and you can keep them for more of your own homemade dressings!

Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend away until as smooth as possible.  This recipe also works great with blueberries instead, which are not only tasty, but chock full of antioxidants!

Strawberry Vinaigrette

I put this on a fantastic salad made with the following goodies that go unexpectedly well together:

  • romaine or spinach or arugula (or all three)
  • strawberries
  • radishes
  • cucumber
  • almonds, walnuts, or peanuts
  • shredded Parmesan cheese
Strawberry Salad
Sadly, I was out of shredded Parmesan cheese this day, but I always put it on this salad and it adds a great bite of flavor!

Take back your week one day at a time and make a unique and beautiful salad that will have others looking longingly over your shoulder, I promise!

Strawberry & Chevre Two-Bites

Strawberry season is in high gear and I’ve got strawberries coming out of my ears!  Gee, what a terrible problem to have, haha.  I’ve been getting creative with mine, and recently put together a little dessert that has become a big winner!  The distinct flavors come together so nicely and really pop, plus it’s a great dinner party get together item.  Sweet indeed!


Strawberry & Chevre Two-Bites

  • Strawberry Chevre, or other such sweet flavor 
  • fresh strawberries, sliced
  • fresh tangerines, sliced
  • mint leaves, cut in half length-wise
  • graham crackers
  • ginger, optional
  • cinnamon, optional

Break apart your graham crackers and spread a liberal amount of the chevre on them.  Top with the fruit and mint, alternating.  If desired, sprinkle with a little ground ginger or cinnamon.

For the dessert pictured below, I used Cranberry Orange Chevre and tangerines.  As for the cheese, you can also use strawberry, peach, honey fig, or any other fruit/dessert flavor.  Top with your fruit of choice, preferably those that match the flavors (strawberries with strawberry, etc.) and one other that will give some contrast.  Have fun getting creative and enjoy!

Strawberry n Chevre Two Bites