Bursting with flavor that far exceeds their tiny size, blueberries make for a delicious add-in to cakes, cobblers, blintzes and pies. And what better time to use these compact and antioxidant-rich fruits than when they are at their peak of juiciness during the summer? Experiment with their versatility and play up the way their vibrant indigo color can transform a classic recipe, like in Ree Drummond’s Blueberry Lemonade. Keep reading below for more summer staples, and see how Food Network stars incorporate blueberries into their favorite desserts and breakfast treats.
Blueberries are the Disney version of summer fruit, round and gentle like a bouncing sing-along ball. They bring to mind fingers stained purple-blue, fruity tarts, pies and cobblers, and warm, fresh-from-the-oven muffins. I love eating them fresh out of hand as a snack, with creamy, healthful yogurt to start my day — or perhaps topped indulgently with freshly whipped cream to end it! Blueberries are good and good for you, a veritable summer delight. Read more
FN Dish is teaming up with HGTV and the Design Happens Blog over color inspiration. Every month, HGTV’s color team brings you Color of the Month, complete with entertaining ideas, home decor recommendations and so much more. This month indigo is in the spotlight, and readers are calling it “calming,” “pretty,” “lovely” and “organic.” Here on FN Dish, we’re taking the color of the month and treating your eyes to eye-opening recipes.
The inviting, refreshing taste of blueberries calls to mind the tranquility of the color indigo. In late summer when I was a kid, we used to pile in the family van for a day of blueberry picking at a farm an hour away. We’d tie empty gallon milk jugs with the top half cut off onto our belts for hands-free picking. Belt secure, I’d go running under the bushes, grabbing double fistfuls of the indigo orbs, but I’d skip the bucket and stuff my face — then get scolded later for eating more than picking.
Celebrate summer this weekend with an easy blueberry crumble from Food Network Magazine that only takes 15 minutes to prep. Toss fresh blueberries with sugar, almonds, flour and lemon juice in a bowl and crumble a mixture of cornmeal and brown sugar on top. Baked in the oven for 45 minutes, it comes out bubbly and golden brown.
Take it one step further: Let it sit 10 minutes and then add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Get the recipe: Blueberry Crumble With Cornmeal-Almond Topping
Since I work on FoodNetwork.com’s healthy features: Winter Ideas from Eating Well, Easy Meals, Good Deals , 30 Days of Healthy Recipes, and Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day, I love the idea of eating healthy. As I also like balance in these recipes, I seem to gravitate to Ellie Krieger’s choices. Good for you but still taste great, which is why they always sneak onto my “to-make” list.
Confession — my biggest weakness is sweets. I love to bake — cookies and cupcakes every day if I had time! I’m not afraid to use obscene amounts of cream, butter and sugar.
Sweets lie ahead. Read more.