Sunday, February 27, 2011

Good Food: Blueberry Cobbler


Last summer I collected a large stash of blueberries.  I proceeded to wash, and then freeze large bags of these little lovelies to make use of them at some later date.  That later date is now.  I'm not exactly sure why we seem to save blueberry recipes for the warmer months.  I can tell you from personal experience that they are just as satisfying regardless of the time of year.  Yes, blueberries can be quite the winter comfort food.

This is a simple recipe to throw together.  Assuming you have some frozen berries around, you likely have everything you need among your pantry staples.  If you didn't store up your fruits for the winter, head on down to your local mega mart and grab a bag of frozen berries there.  Frozen fruit is tyically picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen to lock in the flavor and nutients.  Honestly, they're just about as good as fresh.  If you do happen to have some fresh blueberries, this recipe will work just as well with them too.  In fact, I've mixed both fresh and frozen with success.

While I might be inclined to serve cobbler with a dollop of fine vanilla ice cream, I would recommend for this cooler time of year to serve it warm, straight from the oven with some fresh whipped cream.  Sweet and satisfying to be certain.  It's also healthy.....er.  

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Healthier Choices: The Green Monster Smoothie


Let me start by saying, yes, I am aware the photo above does not technically show a 'green' smoothie, but it is representative of one of the many variations of this particular recipe.  Sometimes they're brilliant green, sometimes a muddy brown, sometimes a redish brick color.  It all depends on your personal selection of ingredients.  As I recall, this particular smoothie had some blueberry and cherries added.

Hi and welcome to Good Things.  You're viewing the inaugural post for my new blog.  I'm not new to blogging, I've been doing it on and off since about 2007.  My previous blog, Baking in Oregon, was a lot of fun, but I really felt that I wanted to cover more topics than just baking and cooking.  Things I think are really good about life - cooking and baking (obviously), photography, health, family, friends, anything that I really feel worthy of mention.  My previous blog posts are still available, just click on the "Baking in Oregon" tab and follow the links.

I thought I'd kick things off with one of my favorite quick, healthy and tasty recipes, The Green Monster Smoothie.  These have been around for awhile now, but they are somewhat newer to me.  As someone who isn't a big fan of vegetables, I'm always on the lookout for creative ways to incorporate more of the good stuff into our (my) diet.  This smoothie is a wonderful way to get a nice healthy dose of veggies and fruit all in one delicious, homemade shot.

The recipe is simple.  You can modify it in a thousand different ways, just stick with the basic proportions of each type of ingredient.  I've included some of my favorite variations below as a starting point.  One more note, smoothies such as this can be blender killers.  If you have a powerhouse blender, this recipe should give you no problems.  If you have an older or smaller blender, scale the recipe back as needed.  This recipe makes about 5-6 cups total, which, for my blender is about 2/3 full.