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I love these simple blueberry buckles

My local Stop & Shop had a buy one get one deal on pints of blueberries, so I got inspired to make a family favorite for Sunday night dinner dessert.  This may be one of the easiest recipe’s but these buckles are simply delightful.

Individual Blueberry Buckles, from the fine folks at Cooks Illustrated.

  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of pecans
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups of blueberries
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °
  2. In a food processor mix the sugar, pecans and salt together until pecans are finely chopped
  3. Add the eggs, butter and vanilla to the processor and mix for 5 seconds
  4. Add the flour and baking powder to the food processor and pulse five times until well mixed
  5. Pour batter evenly into 5 ramekins and top with blue berries (the berries will sink while they bake
  6. Bake on a rimmed cookie sheet for 25-30 minute or until the edges begin to pull away from the ramekins
  7. Cool on a wire rake and eat.  Top with vanilla ice cream, homemade whipped cream or eat them as is.

I cooked Polenta that you’re grandmother would eat

As a fan of Top Chef on Bravo, I wanted to try making Polenta after seeing how well received Fabio’s Polenta and chicken was two weeks ago.  Never having made this corn-based dish before, I hit the books and found two different receipes.  One that called for water and the other for milk to be mixed with the coarsely ground cornmeal. Not sure which to use, I sought the fable insights of a Sicilian Nona and used her suggestion of chicken broth. Continue reading