Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FIVE THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT SUMMER



Summer in Maine conjures up the most wonderful imaginings and reveries—clear, pristine rivers, spruce-lined lakes, ancient mountains, bold rocky coastlines, honest straight-talking people, simple values, and fresh, local food.  Here are five reasons why we love summer! Share your ideas with us and remember to enjoy the best that summer has to offer before it’s gone.


  1. SWIMMING – Whether it’s the lake, the ocean, or the swimming pool, we love that summer is a cascade of water.
  2. CAMPFIRES – there’s nothing more enticing than a campfire and roasted marshmallows on a warm summer night.
  3. THE ENDLESS DAYS – summer days seem to stretch endlessly into evening – even the kids get to stay up later!
  4. OUTDOOR GATHERINGS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY—summer is the season for outdoor parties and special occasions.

WILD BLUEBERRIES – well of course. For us, summer is not complete without delicious, healthy wild blueberries. If you didn’t know, they have twice the antioxidants and a more intense blueberry taste that makes summer meals just a little more special. 



 

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Red, White & Wildly Blue Dessert for July 4th


We have another wildly delicious recipe from Guest Blogger and Registered Dietitian Lindsay Livingston from The Lean Green Bean for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. Check back often all summer long as Lindsay will be sharing many more inspiring recipes using Wild Blueberries.

Growing up, 4th of July was always one of my favorite holidays. I loved it for several reasons:
1)   It’s right in the middle of summer- and what kid doesn’t love summer?
2)   Fireworks. I love them. I was never scared of the noise and I absolutely love watching the colors light up the sky. Even now, I watch them every chance I get!
3)   Good food. For me, 4th of July memories include hot dogs and ice cream. Doesn’t get any better than that!

This year I’ll be 25 weeks pregnant on 4th of July and although I’ve haven’t been feeling the best throughout this pregnancy, ice cream is one thing that ALWAYS sounds good. So, I put on my thinking cap and decided to come up with a 4th of July - themed ice cream dessert to share with friends and family at our holiday get-together!

When I’m at a party, the last thing I want to do is deal with using utensils. Finger foods are where it’s at, in my opinion. Keeping that in mind, I immediately started thinking about ice cream sandwiches because they’re easy to eat and they combine two delicious desserts - cookies & ice cream!

To make things festive, I made red velvet cookies, used vanilla ice cream and then added a layer of frozen Wild Blueberries to get the red, white & blue look I was going for!

Here’s how you make them:

Wild Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches
Yield: 12 ice cream sandwiches

1 box red velvet cake mix
½ cup plain yogurt
2 eggs
3 cups vanilla ice cream (approximately)
1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries (approximately)

Directions:
1. Combine the cake mix, eggs and yogurt in a bowl, mixing well until all cake mix is moistened. 
2. Freeze for 30 minutes.
3. Scoop onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 375 for 10 minutes (you should get 24 cookies.)
4. Let cookies cool completely.
5. Let ice cream soften slightly, then spread about 2 Tablespoons of ice cream on the bottom of a cookie.
6. Top with about 1 Tablespoon of frozen Wild Blueberries. 
7. Add another 1-2 Tablespoons of ice cream on top of blueberries and top with another cookie (bottom side down). 
8. Repeat with remaining cookies until you have 12 ice cream sandwiches. 
9. Store in the freezer, let thaw for 5-10 minute before serving. 


Notes:
- You could also make open-faced ice cream sandwiches by just using one cookie, adding ice cream and topping with frozen Wild Blueberries.
- Feel free to stick a few extra frozen Wild Blueberries into the outer edge of the ice cream for a more festive look!


Enjoy!
Lindsay

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Recipe Roundup


We are OH SO CLOSE to Wild Blueberry harvest season…so close we can almost taste the deliciously ripe little berries ready to pop off the bushes and into pancakes, sauces and (let’s be real here) directly into our mouths by the handful! 

In the meantime, we’ve drummed up a full day of summer recipes that feature the wonderful Wild Blueberry in its frozen form, available all year round all across the country. So head over to the frozen fruit section of your local grocery store, stock up on the wild ones, and then get cookin'!

Breakfast: Wild Blueberry Oat Scones with Lime Glaze

These Wild Blueberry scones are yummy enough as is, but the lime glaze adds a tangy sweetness that is just summery perfection.


Delicious, healthy and wonderfully versatile, this balsamic dressing pairs perfectly with chicken or over a crisp summer salad.


A wild twist on a traditional summer salsa. Dig in with tortilla chips or just enjoy by the spoonful!


The perfect combo of sweet, savory and tangy – this recipe is a just right for a summer get-together or dinner party. 


End the day with a sweet treat made from frozen Wild Blueberries. The lemon glaze gives this pound cake a lightness that is perfect for hot summer nights.