Country Cook News – August 1, 2014

Hi Everyone!

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Apples, grapes, grapefruit and blueberries all help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Of the four fruits, which fruit is the top performer in reducing Type 2 diabetes? Send your answer to books@porkchopsandapplesauce.net.

Answer the QUESTION OF THE WEEK and win a signed copy of any one of my books. Here’s a link to the “Books” page to see which books you can win: https://www.cynthiabriggsblog.com/books/ .

Our June winner was Linda Lipinski of Nokomis, Florida with the correct answer, “northeast or Pee Dee region of South Carolina.” She chose a signed copy of CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: DIVORCE AND RECOVERY.

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RECIPE OF THE WEEK:

Excerpt from PORK CHOPS & APPLESAUCE, titled SUMMER AND BLUEBERRIES GO HAND-IN-HAND

EEK! RUN! THERE’S A SNAKE!” I screamed throwing my bucket of carefully chosen blueberries. I sprinted at breakneck speed toward the car, pausing just long enough to take the kids with me. Quickly jumping into the driver’s seat of the car, I reached around to open the back doors so the kids could scramble to safety…

…I wondered what kind of new adventure they’d have to report after being on an early morning secret mission with their dad. Perhaps, I thought, a “Blueberry Almond Tart” was in order for everyone to enjoy while they reported the morning’s events.

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BLOG OF THE WEEK

Acai berries come predominately from Mainland China. Oregon is the frontrunner for growing/producing blackberries. Top U.S. producer of blueberries is Michigan. Maine is the largest producer of what’s called low bush or wild blueberries. Wisconsin grows the most cranberries. Washington State leads in the production of raspberries. California and Florida are the leaders in providing strawberries to the U.S.

Berries grow throughout the United States so choosing this month’s blog left me a bit perplexed. I finally settled on Sunshine Valley Berry Farm in Rochester, Vermont because their berries are organic and they focus largely on the healthy benefits of berries. Friends and Neighbors thrive in Rochester and they have a lot more going on than growing and picking berries. The Berry Farm offers Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program where locals pay ahead for their berries and then pick all they want during peak season…check it out.

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60 AMAZING STRAWBERRY RECIPES

I can’t focus on berries in the Country Cook News without mentioning strawberries. It’s a tad late but strawberries are still available in produce markets and they don’t look half-bad. Check out Family Fresh Cooking for 60 Amazing Strawberry Recipes.

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CB’s KITCHEN TIP

Berries will last longer if they’re gently run through a salad spinner after they’re washed to remove excess water.

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CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: THE DOG DID WHAT?

This is really a charming book for all you dog lovers. It’s sure to make you laugh, cry, or make a bee-line to the dog rescue to find a furry best friend.

The book isn’t officially available until August 8, but I’ve ordered ahead for anyone who’s interested in pre-purchasing. Signed copies are $16, which includes postage. Order at books@porkchopsandapplesauce.net.

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ASK CYNTHIA A QUESTION – July 30, 2014

Dorine asked: My homemade berry pies generally turn out runny even after leaving them in the refrigerator overnight. It’s very discouraging. What am I doing wrong?
My answer: Here are a few suggestions you might try. 1) For berry and cherry pies, use Minute Tapioca instead of flour. The conversion from flour to tapioca is on the box. 2) Vent the bottom crust with lots of fork pricks and cut large vents into the top crust so the liquid can evaporate. 3) Don’t cut the pie until it is completely cool, preferably refrigerated overnight. 4) Bake the pie longer, and 5) if you live at a high altitude, getting things to thicken properly might prove to be challenging. Good luck Dorine, and thanks for your question.

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Till next time…

CB

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