It’s a Berry Nice Time of the Year

Aside from photos of my grandkids and my husband Bill, I’ll bet the photo most often featured on Nana’s Whimsies is that of some sort of pie. In fact, as I looked back to see just how often I posted a picture of a pie, I realized that my very first post of Nana’s Whimsies offered a photo of a peach pie and my mother’s recipe for that pie…..

The reason I post so many pictures of pies is two-fold: 1) Pie is probably my favorite dessert. I will be more specific: peach pie is probably my favorite dessert, especially if it’s made from Colorado’s Palisade peaches — the best in the world. (Take that, Georgia!) 2. This is going to sound like hyperbole, but I think that there is almost nothing prettier — at least from a cook’s perspective — than a homemade pie. The operative word is homemade. Don’t even offer me a piece of pie from a store or a restaurant — you know, those things with the perfect edges on the crust. No, thank you.

By the way, while Bill will not turn up his nose at a piece of homemade pie, especially if it’s blueberry, given the choice between a piece of pie and a piece of chocolate cake, the chocolate cake would win every single time. Even if the pie was chocolate. That’s how he rolls. Cake v. pie — cake wins.

All this is to say that I was very happy Sunday when I was doing a bit of grocery shopping to see that apparently berries must be in season. I say this because King Soopers was offering big containers of fresh blueberries for $2.99. Enough blueberries for a pie! Yay!

So yesterday morning, I arose at the crack of dawn and made a pie crust even before I had my first cup of coffee. That says something. If you don’t believe me, ask Bill. I am just this side of shy of being able to function without coffee. Still, there I was, preparing my pie crust. And I have to confess that it is actually my sister Bec’s recipe, which she cajoled out of her crabby grandmother-in-law many years ago. It’s a good one and it was hard-earned. Click here if you are interested in the recipe. That post will also show you how to freeze an unbaked pie.

Anyhoo, once I had a couple of cups of joe in me, I headed off to the store to purchase one of those big containers of blueberries so that I could make a pie to offer to guests we were feeding yesterday evening. I used my own version of Ina Garten’s blueberry pie recipe. I changed it up a bit, if for no other reason than that she annoys the heck out of me, what with her make sure you use good olive oil and good European butter and good red wine vinegar and whatnot. You’re not the boss of me. But her recipe calls for Cassis liqueur, which makes the pie utterly delicious. I added a quarter of a cup more sugar than she suggests just because she annoys me so much. That’ll show her.

The pie was delicious. Prepare yourself for yet another photo of a beautiful, homemade pie…..

Doesn’t it make you just want to cry for joy?

I love when the berries are on sale. Strawberries have been quite affordable too. That was why a friend of mine posted this photo on Facebook, saying it was she and her husband’s dinner…..

And just to show you that blueberries are yummy in something other than pie, I present a blueberry breakfast cake…..

This is a wonderful time of year. The Olathe sweet corn and Palisade peaches are also showing up in the grocery stores. We can look forward to delicious sweet corn and peaches for a couple of months.

I leave you with a photo — not of a pie — but of my two Vermont grands picking berries for their own pie…..



3 thoughts on “It’s a Berry Nice Time of the Year

  1. The fresh produce this time of year is wonderful!
    I forgot where that blueberry pie recipe came from. And now I want a piece of that blueberry coffee cake for breakfast with my coffee.

  2. The best pie I ever baked, according to my children, was made with blackberries we picked from a bush in the vacant lot next to our house in Tuscaloosa.

  3. And because Randy and I got to be the beneficiaries of that specific pie last night….I just gotta say, the prettiest and yummiest ever! No brag, just fact.

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