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Blueberry Yuzu Preserves

Blueberry week overfloweth. One week has quickly become two. But who’s counting? I know I don’t have a problem with two weeks worth of blueberry recipes. Do you? I wasn’t kidding when I told you we picked a lot of blueberries… the fact that only 2 1/2 pounds of them ended up as jam though,...

Blueberry Crème Fraîche Cheesecake

Taylor is not cheesecake’s biggest fan. He says that even the best cheesecake is only a C+ dessert (whereas even a bad chocolate cake is more enjoyable in his mind). And I’ll admit that I will always turn to the chocolate desserts on restaurant menus over the cheesecake. But when I got an inkling to...

Muscovado Roasted Blueberry Ice Cream

Blueberry ice cream is one thing (believe me, it’s delicious!) But roasted blueberry ice cream? That’s on an entirely different wavelength altogether. There’s something about the act of roasting berries that intensifies every aspect: flavor, sweetness, aroma, color. To make it even more interesting I tossed these berries with a bit of balsamic vinegar and...

Fresh Blueberry Margaritas

Funny thing, blueberries. Because they’re really not very blue at all. On the outside their skins ripen to a reverse sunset of shades, from fuchsia to deep indigo so dark it’s almost black. Quite stunning if you really look at them up close. When crushed, blended, or mixed into something, however, that color transforms, staining...

Kitchen Basics: How to Freeze Blueberries

I hereby declare this officially unofficial blueberry week. Our lips might be stained permanently purple by the end of it. Not that that’s a problem or anything. It’s become part of our summer tradition to make the 40 minute drive outside of the city, braving the heat and the sun and the massive bugs to...

Clips & Quips: Cats, Kittens, and Cat-shaped Pastries

Sometimes I want to talk about things OTHER than food (I know, shocker!) I figured I’d give myself an outlet to do so in what I’m calling Clips & Quips. This won’t be a regular feature, maybe something I throw up here and there every few weeks, but in it I’ll share my random thoughts...

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Blondies

Yes, I put these in the breakfast category. So sue me. Technically these snack-worthy bars fall somewhere between a traditional blondie and a loaf of banana bread. We’ll just say that before 11am they lean towards the banana bread side of the spectrum, a perfectly suitable breakfast in my opinion. But after lunch they’re equally...

European Adventure Part V: Barcelona Eats

Barcelona: land of fresh seafood, churros, horchata and ham. Where modern mingles with traditional cuisine and the result is truly delicious. We ate our way through the city like our lives depended on it. I’ve done my best to highlight our favorites, so be sure to click through and read the entire post. I’ve also...

Tart Cherry Fondant Creams

(This is a sponsored post in partnership with the Cherry Marketing Institute) I’ve been dreaming of these candies. Ever since I got back from Victoria with two of Rogers’ famous Victoria creams, promptly devouring them and wishing I had bought more. Without plans to return to Victoria in the near future, I set out to...

European Adventure Part IV: Barcelona, Spain

After 5 days in Paris we made our way via high-speed train along the Mediterranean and through the Pyrenees into Spain. We could have flown, but the 6 1/2 hour train ride allowed us to see the countryside transform before our eyes, the voice over the train loudpseaker slowly transitioning from French to Spanish and...