Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Blueberry coolness

It has been so, so hot here. We are full into the summer weather pattern of hot humid days, with afternoon thunderstorms popping up, giving a breath or two of cooler air before the sun comes back out and outdoors turns into a steam bath. Thank goodness for air-conditioning is all I can say! The sheep have got the answer for this kind of weather. They just lay low all during the day and when the sun goes down, they get about the business of grazing.

I have been without internet for most of the last week (again!) and finally had a "go-to-pieces" with the people at Windstream. (I suggested to them that maybe I would just start paying for my internet service only when it worked, which would cut the bill at least in half. They didn't think that was an option.) The result was a very nice technician showed up this morning and spent about an hour trying to make things work the way they are supposed to work. So, I'm holding my breath, and I imagine he is too because he gave me his cell phone number to call him directly, should it start to malfunction again.

So what have I been doing with myself? I've been making a little summertime food again. Blueberry Crumble is an easy, light dessert that is mostly guilt-free. It's a recipe from Cooking Light and, at this time of year when blueberries are in season, it's cool, fresh and refreshing.

Here's the recipe-

5 cups fresh blueberries
9" low fat graham cracker crust (make your own or buy ready made)
8 oz low fat sour cream
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 Tablespoon flour

crumble topping-
1 Tablespoon melted butter
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs (I make my own from leftover bread)

Place blueberries in crust. Mix brown sugar, vanilla, flour, lemon rind and sour cream. Pour over berries. Mix breadcrumbs, melted butter and sugar. Sprinkle over top of pie. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes or until top is browned. Cool before serving.

We like this chilled (and it's good with a dollop of whipped cream-if it won't make you feel too guilty!) I don't think I have ever served this without getting a request for the recipe. It's a great hot weather treat.


  1. May I send you some Pacific Northwest coolness...as in, I have honestly thought about building a fire in the wood stove today?
    That blueberry dish sounds wonderful. Unfortunately, the chickens have discovered mine and my Newfoundland dogs are too sweet (or too asleep) to bark at them through the window.
    I hope you have a cool spell soon!
    Ellen Kelley

  2. Oh Dianne ....
    We are just melting also !!!! What happened to spring :0( And tonight on the weather on 18, Bill Meck said we would get a break ... but it is in the 90's !!!! What is he talking about !!!! Ugh :0(
    Anyway, Thank you for the blueberry crumble recipe :0) Just the thing on these hot nights !!! I can't wait to try it !!!!
    And BTW, your studio looks wonderful !!!!!
    Stay cooooool !!!! :0)

  3. Ah, Ellen-just a cool breeze now and then would do wonders for my frame of mind. These 90 degree temperatures are not appreciated this early in the summer.