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» Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Blueberries! - and "Boys of Summer" #2

Days 'till Memorial Day: 13

Days 'till A Little Light Magic: 14

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 40

"Boys of Summer" #2 - at the end of this post!

Summer blueberries are little bursts of sunshine!

I'm fortunate enough to live near a blueberry-growing area. Mid-to-late July, I'll be stopping at a farm market to buy a flat of blueberry pints. If the weather's been kind, they are plump and juicy and as addictive as candy!

When my oldest son was a toddler, he loved blueberries, or "blub-blubs." He's still a big fan of blueberry pie, so I'll be sure to make a couple of those for him. Blueberry pancakes are also a favorite!

I found this unusual and interesting blueberry recipe in my local newspaper a few years ago. The cornmeal flavor combines well with the blueberry sweetness. It's very easy to make and great with vanilla ice cream!

Blueberry Polenta Cake

1 cup cake flour (or 1 cup minus two tablespoons all purpose flour)
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup plain lowfat yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease bottom of 9-inch cake pan, or line with parchment and spray with cooking oil.

In small bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. In large bowl, whisk sugar, oil, egg, yogurt, lemon juice and rind. Fold in flour mixture until just combined. Fold in blueberries. Transfer to cake pan. Bake until cake springs back when gently pressed in the center, about 35 minutes.

Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen edges with a knife before inverting and (gently!) removing from pan. Cool to room temperature before serving. Serves 8.

And now something else yummy...another hot summer man!

This hammering hunk is brought to you courtesy of Emily Bryan. Somehow, she found a photo of Nick, my contractor hero from A Little Light Magic :-)

Thanks, Emily! (And I hope you're having a fantastic time on your cruise with your own man...)

Don't forget:
This week's prizes...FIVE great summer reads courtesy of the nice folks at Dorchester Publishing. Comment on any post from Monday May 11 through Saturday May 16 to enter the contest. Five winners chosen at random and posted on Sunday May 17.
  • A TASTE OF MAGIC by Tracy Madison
  • GOTCHA! by Christie Craig
  • SIREN'S SECRET by Trish Albright
  • DEEP MAGIC by Joy Nash
See ya!

Joy Nash

Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

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Blogger Unknown said...

The recipe sounds great! I love when blueberries come into season.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Booklover1335 said...

Hey Joy,
Thanks for the recipe, and the hunky man. Both look yummy :)


11:14 AM  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

Wow, great recipe! And the hunk's not half-bad, either. ;-)


12:37 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

I love blueberries and the hunk ain't bad either!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Mari said...

Hi! The blueberry polenta cake sound delish! Blueberry prices are finally going down now that summer is approaching, so I can tinker with recipes I have had stored away all winter!

5:14 PM  
Blogger traveler said...

Definitely enticing. Thanks for this lovely post.

6:47 PM  
Blogger chey said...

The blueberry cake sounds fantastic. Thanks for the recipe.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey Joy your are hitting on all of my favorited tomatos yesterday and blueberries today, because I love things made from blueberries. I will have to try this one. It sounds great!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Caffey said...

Now thats a yummy summer pic :D

Can you believe I don't like blueberries! (No throwing tomatoes!) I think its the only fruit I don't like. I may try that some day to see if I like but I didn't care for the Blueberry Muffins. I probably could use another fruit with that cuz it looks good!!

8:43 PM  
Blogger Joy Nash said...

Caffey, my mother-in-law doesn't like blueberries either. When she was a girl she spent every summer on a blueberry farm in Massachusetts picking blueberries all day long. She won't touch one now!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yummy pic! I need him to come over to my house. lol

10:15 PM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

Oh my look where the top of his shorts hit.....oh goodness, I'd have to jump in the water while he was visiting!!!!
Love the blueberries, bet this could be done with rasberries too or strawberries???
Thanks and I loved your pic with the Raggedy Anne cute!!!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

12:21 AM  
Blogger Audrey A said...

That recipe sounds really good. That picture makes me think of relaxing on the porch with a glass of iced tea and watching a hot guy hammer things. Actually I was thinking much naughtier things but that's all that's appropriate to say here.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Sue A. said...

I've been making a savory corn bread for the last couple of months and I'm ready for something sweet this sound perfect.

7:54 PM  
Blogger kimmyl said...

Great recipe and a great looking hunk.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Gaby317 said...

The recipe looks tasty - just like that contractor! Great eye candy!! None of the folks who come to work on our apartment come close!

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

3:03 AM  
Blogger Pam P said...

Cathie, I don't like blueberries either, but love raspberries and cranberries.

5:31 PM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

I'm not much of a fan of blueberries but thank you for the eye candy!


6:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Another lost comment. Left a bit about a blueberry preserve we made. It was thick and had cinnamon in it I think. Can't find the recipe. We used to go out and pick the wild ones in upstate NY and Maine. They have so much more flavor than the commercially grown ones.

12:06 AM  

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