Posted: June 14, 2011

Meals Using Deals takes deals each week and makes a dinner for under $10 for a family of 4. We use whichever store has the best deals out of: Walmart, Target, Kroger/Smiths, or Maceys. I will try to post several during the week.

Blueberry Madness!
by: L.A. O’Neil

When I was growing up in Montana, we lived ‘out in the sticks’ and Mom grew most of our fresh fruit, including strawberries, red and black raspberries – and, huckleberries! She’d make muffins and the best flapjacks that were loaded with these fabulous gems, and I’m pretty sure she got tired of our asking for pancakes with homemade huckleberry syrup every Saturday morning. But, alas – when we moved, we no longer had our own fruit stand in our back yard and Mom was relegated to baking with blueberries instead of huckleberries. They’re so similar, we couldn’t tell the difference and the memories of picking huckleberries quickly became an
opaque memory.

This week, Kroger’s Deals and Smith’s features 12 ounces of blueberries for only $2.99 – start stocking up now, because you’ll love to freeze these babies and have them ready for a wonderful taste of summer when the snow is a foot deep on your front yard! I just checked my freezer, and I have about three pounds of blueberries hanging out, just waiting for their moment of blueberry glory! This past weekend, I made homemade blueberry blintzes with homemade ricotta cheese in the filling – what would have cost me a small fortune to buy at a restaurant, I made for about a buck each! You gotta admit – you can’t beat it!

Here’s a quick blueberry sauce recipe that you will use for a bunch of different treats – from blintzes to topping flapjacks!

2 tablespoons butter
2 pints blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 lemon, juiced

Combine the butter, blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a small pot over medium-highheat. Bring to a low boil and stir gently until the berries break down and release their natural juices. The consistency should remain a bit chunky, and it will thicken when it cools.

I like the blueberry sauce to be a little on the thicker side – so, if you make this recipe and you’d like to thicken the sauce a little, just increase the amount of cornstarch. Remember, it will thicken as it cools, so add more cornstarch a little at a time. It’s about 8:00 A.M. right now – I think I’m ready for a blueberry smoothie! And, yes – of
course I’ll be using this blueberry sauce!

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