Blackberry Jam [RECIPE]

When blackberries are in season, make this versatile jam recipe in a matter of minutes! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Why buy a tiny, expensive jar of blackberry jam when it is so easy to make? All it takes is three ingredients to make a pint of homemade goodness that goes great on your favorite breakfast bread, including pancakes and waffles. Use it to make a delicious PB and J. Or, spoon it over a bowl of vanilla ice cream as a yummy dessert. This also makes a great gift for someone special. Just pack it in a glass Ball jar and tie a bow around it to make it look festive!

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Berries with Mascarpone [RECIPE]

Heather first made this dish for my college graduation party many years ago, and I have loved it ever since. Nothing says summer like this light, buoyant dessert. Easy to prepare, but oh so delicious, this is the perfect finish to a special meal. It’s so easy to make, she even taught two of my interns, Jordan Tidwell and Rachel Breitfeller, how to prepare it! Read more of this post

Breakfast Week: Tropical Smoothie

Heather drinks a tropical smoothie

For a quick and tasty breakfast on the go, few things top a delicious, fruity smoothie.

Smoothies have always been popular in our house. Filled with nutritious berries and fresh fruit, they are delicious, simple and satisfying, especially on a hot day! We particularly love their portability.

This recipe rises above the rest, however, because it adds a powerful ingredient which delivers an extra boost of energy and staves off hunger pangs until lunch. What’s the secret? Oatmeal!

PREP: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 banana, cut up
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
DIRECTIONS
  1. Place ice and berries in the bottom of blender, then add all other ingredients on top. Blend until completely smooth. Serve.

YIELDS: 2 – 4 servings

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