Blueberry Cobbler with Cookie Dough Topping

Blueberries are the quintessential summertime fruit to me.  For as long as I can remember, my parents have had row upon row of blueberry bushes.  While I hated picking my daily quota per the summer chore chart as a kid, I certainly didn’t mind stuffing my face with them.  It’s hard to get much better than sun-warmed fruit picked at its peak and eaten right away.  Except maybe when you turn it into cobbler.  This is one of my husband’s favorites, because instead of a traditional cobbler topping, you use cookie dough to top fresh blueberries that have been tossed with a little coriander, lemon juice and sugar.  Add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream and you have summer dessert bliss.  I’ll definitely be whipping this up for Father’s Day.

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Banana Cheesecake with Gooey Peanut Crust

 

If I had to pick one food to represent my childhood summer experience, it would have to be Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches.  I remember one summer spent riding my bicycle to a friend’s house, playing in his creek and eating peanut butter sandwiches just about every single day!  If we found ourselves at my Grandmother’s house, another ingredient would be added to this simple fare…..mayonnaise.  Please tell me I am not the only one who has consumed a peanut butter, banana and mayonnaise sandwich?!  My Grandma would say that the mayo helped to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of your mouth though I didn’t mind the stickiness and would have preferred to go without the mayo. Ugh!  Don’t worry, there is no mayonnaise in today’s recipe.  With that said, I set out this summer to recreate the flavors of my childhood by creating a cool, creamy, simple cheesecake recipe.

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Sweet Potato Cakes with Lime Chive Sour Cream

 

Need a new vegetable/side item idea?  I didn’t like sweet potatoes at all until I was almost in my twenties and discovered you can do so much more with them than mash with copious amounts of butter and sugar and top with marshmallows.  Now I view them as the perfect pairing for spicy, creamy, or acidic flavors.  And since they have a healthy dose of starchiness my kid will almost always gobble them up as well.  One of my favorite spice combos for sweet potatoes is cumin and smoked paprika.  The slightly spicy smokiness of the paprika balances out the sweetness so well and the cumin brings it all together.  Pair with a little sour cream jazzed up with lime and chives and you’ll have the most unboring vegetable dish for dinner.  Or breakfast, or brunch, or….

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