Celebrate the Taste of Summer

Blueberries are ripe for the picking right now in our neck of the woods – makes sense since it’s National Blueberry Month. I wanted to reap the benefits of those fresh summer berries and turn them into a delicious blueberry crisp! We carry a locally produced crisp mix made right here in New Hampshire in some of our gourmet breakfast gift baskets. Because the fruit to crisp ratio is so high, this dessert totally works for breakfast or as a more traditional dessert post-dinner.

This crisp was super easy to make, and the results were so delicious. All I had to do was put 6-8 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries into an 8x8 cake pan and sprinkle them lightly with flour. Then I emptied the mix into a bowl and using a fork, incorporated in some melted, unsalted butter. Simply spread this mixture over the berries and pop into the oven for a half hour! Easy as can be. Plus, this dish is just as delicious hot as it is cold – in fact, I liked it even more the next day served chilled.

A quick note about the amount of berries – my pan was CHOCK full to the brim using 6 cups. Unless your pan is super deep, I’d suggest sticking with 6 cups, which amounted to slightly more than three pints of blueberries for me.

The box had some great suggestions for variations of this crisp – you can always use a different fruit, such as peaches, pears or a combo with blueberries. I think it might also be divine with raspberries, especially if they’re freshly picked. Another great suggestion was to nix a crisp altogether and use the mix as a muffin or coffee cake topping instead.

I paired my finished crisp with some homemade blueberry ice cream – there is no such thing as a blueberry overload in case you were wondering. Want to make some yourself? I promise it was super easy! Not quite as easy as this crisp, but there was no ice cream machine required and took about 5 minutes before popping it into the freezer. As the recipe suggests, you can also use strawberries or mangoes (or really, any other frozen fruit you’d like).

This crisp would be just as delicious on its own, served on top of yogurt, or topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Get creative!


4 Fruits to Cook on the Grill

The grill isn’t just for meat and vegetables! Did you know that grilling your fruit is an ideal way to turn it into a delicious dessert or side dish? Because the grill can achieve high temperatures, the sugars in the fruit caramelize, bringing out more of its natural flavors. Here are some of our favorite fruits to put on the grill:

Low Fat Blueberry Brownies Recipe

Fresh blueberries are a wonderful summertime treat because they’re in season! July is National Blueberry Month. Why not celebrate by whipping up a batch of these blueberry brownies? Blueberry and chocolate perfectly complement each other, and bonus, this recipe is naturally low in fat, so you don’t need to worry about your waistline!

The Ultimate Wedding Season Gift-Giving Guide

It’s summertime and not only does that mean cookouts and lazy beach days, but it means that we’re deep in the throes of wedding season! Sure, many couples register for gifts, but sometimes it’s more fun to get them something truly unique, which usually means going “off registry”. We are here to help – I can promise you that no one will be upset you didn’t get them a towel or dinner plate when they open these delicious gifts.

Even if you want to choose from the registry for the wedding gift, chances are you will be invited to another party to celebrate the happy couple. I’ve broken the gift ideas down by category to make your job a little easier; if you don’t see something you like, we have so much more available on our site – poke around and have fun with it: