Friday, July 21, 2006

Not just for organizing your life

Doesn't J rock? Seriously, back off boys, he's ALLLLL mine.

Anyhoodle, guess what I am doing this weekend? Here's a hint:

I'm picking blackberries tomorrow morning. I am getting up at half past ass but given this weather, it's worth forgoing a few hours of sleep to pick blackberries in the cool of morning. Blackberries are the fruit most worth picking yourself since htey are so fragile. Buying them in the store means that you are also paying for the cost of someone handling them gently enough to get them to the store. I love the fact I can pick 10 pounds worth for 15 dollars. I will be holding back this year because we just don't have the freezer space but it was a joy to have bags of frozen blackberries in the middle of winter.

Here's my blackberry cobbler recipe which I just brought for the neighborhood lGBT potluck where I encountered someone who knew me when I was deeply closeted and had hair. Needless to say that was a long time ago.

For filling
1/2 stick butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup sugar

For topping
1 cup self-rising flour (if you don't have self rising just add a teaspoon of baking powder to the cup of flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1/2 cup of milk
Accompaniment: Fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

To prepare the filling:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the butter in an 8 x 8-inch square glass baking dish (no substitutes), and melt the butter in the microwave. In a mixing bowl, combine lemon juice and blackberries. Add the sugar and mix well. Add the blackberry mixture to the baking dish with the melted butter. Do not stir.

Make topping:
Combine all of the topping ingredients in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over the blackberries and bake 45 minutes, or until brown. This recipe is also good for apples, blueberries, and peaches.

P.S. RANIER CHERRIES ARE IN SEASON!!!!!!! These things are so good, I put them in the candy food group and not the fruit food group.


ScottE. said...

I loved that I got to go pickin' last rewarding. Can't wait to go again. Where you going?

DC Food Blog said...

Butler's Orchard in Damascus

Barbara (Biscuit Girl) said...

Sounds like fun. When's the cobbler gonna be ready? I'll bring the ice cream. hehe

I froze strawberries last year and also got to enjoy them midwinter. What a treat.