Flavor of the Month: Blueberries
Well another month has passed and I have to say I think blueberries has been one of my favorite Flavors of the Month so far! I don’t know if it’s because I picked the blueberries myself or because they are super tasty in the summer, but I really loved the stuff I made this month! We learned a few things about blueberries:
- They work well with fresh herbs like mint and basil
- Citrus and blueberries are a great pair!
- Blueberries pair well with balsamic vinegar
- Spirits that work best with blueberries are gin and Bourbon
- This is the best way to handle your berries
Here’s the rundown of what I share this month:
Blueberry Balsamic Old-Fashioned – This was the bridge between Bourbon, last month’s Flavor of the Month, and blueberries. The sweet balsamic vinegar adds a nice element or tartness to this cocktail and the blueberries really shine. I also love that chocolate after-taste this drink has also (not sure how that happened, but I like it).
Pickled Blueberries – I am really excited about this use of blueberries. I keep fining more and more ways to use them! They are great as a pop of freshness on a cheese board and make a fun garnish for a cocktail. They’re also great on sandwiches or tacos.
Blueberry Lemonade – I think many of you are already aware how well blueberry and lemon pair. This is just capitalizing on that pairing using a blueberry syrup in lemonade. This syrup is another thing you will find all kinds of uses for! It’s great on pancakes, in yogurt or as a flavoring for soda. I’d love to hear other ways you’d found to use it!
Blueberry Corn Muffins – Corn muffins are made extra special with fresh blueberries added as a nice pop. The sweet crumble on top is dual purpose because it adds some crunch to the top and seeps into the muffins for some added gooeyness. These are perfect for breakfast or your next picnic!
Blueberry Goat Cheese – This is right on the edge between sweet and savory. The blueberries are cooked to bring out their flavor and juices and the goat cheese adds a lovely tang. I like some of this with crackers for a light lunch.
Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie – This smoothie is a take on the classic peanut butter and jelly flavor combo. The peanut butter and Greek yogurt also make this a protein-packed option for breakfast or a heavy snack.
Blueberry Wine Pop-tail – This pop-tail will make you feel like a kid again when you drink it! Deciding if you want to let the blueberry pop slowly melt or break it off into chunks in your sparkling wine is a fun choose your own adventure. The blueberry lime frozen pops are also tasty on their own, made with not much more than fresh blueberries and lime juice!
Have you tried any of these blueberry recipes? How is your summer going? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
The Flavor of the Month for September will be….tomatoes! We have a ton growing in our garden right now that I cannot wait to use!