Summer Baking With Blueberries

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Did you know that blueberries are so phenomenal that an entire month is dedicated to celebrating this super fruit? That’s right – July is National Blueberry Month and we know a thing or two about how to maximize the benefits of this tiny little fruit that packs plenty of power.

Native to North America, blueberries are not just super foods, they’re super soldiers. Studies have shown blueberries can help fight cancer, improve memory, reduce the effects of aging, decrease depression and benefit nervous system and brain health. This is all due to the massive amounts of antioxidants crammed into each little blue sphere.

The super-food breakdown:

  • Around 80 calories a cup
  • 14% of your daily fiber
  • 25% of your daily Vitamin C
  • Lowers LDL (the bad cholesterol)
  • Eating one cup each week can lower your blood pressure and rev up your metabolism

Blueberries are grown all over the Americas, from Mexico to Argentina, California to Maine. The freshest blueberries can be found from May thru October, but you can freeze them and enjoy them year round. Freezing blueberries is pretty easy, but the more thought you put into your process the quicker they’ll thaw and the better they’ll taste.

Eat them by the handful, sprinkle them in yogurt or smash them up in a cocktail. Need even more inspiration? Get creative with some of our favorite recipes, like our mouth-watering Blueberry Crumble Bars or these Gluten-Free Blueberry Corn Muffins. Why not try this simple, delicious Clabber Girl Open-Faced Blueberry Pie? It’s one of our favorites for July 4th celebrations for its vibrant patriotic color. Enjoy your month full of blueberries!

Fresh Ideas for Fresh Herbs

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One of the things we love about summer is the abundance of fresh ingredients. Whether we visit the farmers’ market, or grow our own, nothing beats locally grown fruits, veggies, and herbs. Fresh herbs are a particular treat this time of year because they’re way more economical than buying a few small sprigs at the grocery store—like we had to do all winter—and they bring an intensity of flavor that simply screams summertime.

One of the most commonly used baking herbs is rosemary, and with good reason! The aroma of rosemary baked goods is enough to make us swoon, and the flavor of fresh rosemary in a savory bread is off-the-charts delicious. We combined chopped rosemary with a little lemon zest to make simple biscuits extra fresh this spring. You could also try Mani Niall’s recipe for Bacon, Gruyere and Rosemary Scones, a Clabber Girl favorite. It’s bacon, rosemary and cheese combined into golden wedges of bliss.

Chives are another summertime favorite. We love adding freshly snipped chives to some of our savory favorites like these Chive and Buttermilk Griddle Cakes. And the pretty purple blossoms make fantastic garnishes!

Though most often associated with Italian cooking, basil gives all kinds of dishes a fresh, summery flair. We love it in everything from bruschetta to pesto, but basil is also a great addition to obvious choices like focaccia, as well as these Herb Biscuits.

The rule of thumb for substituting fresh herbs in place of dried is to multiply the measurement of dried herbs by three. For instance, if the recipe calls for a tablespoon of dried basil, use three tablespoons of chopped fresh basil. But if you like your biscuits even more herby, then add a little extra! Or, double up the flavor by adding chopped fresh herbs to your butter.

Is your mouth watering yet? Same here. So make the most of the summer’s bounty of herbs!