July is National Blueberry Month -- Did You Know?
Every month I glance over the "official" holidays, and it's official: July is National Blueberry Month. Here are some great links to resources for cooking with blueberries. Blueberries are consistently ranked as a super-food - fruit packed with nutrition and disease fighting antioxidants. If you find a "you-pick" blueberry farm near you, pick way more than you can consume fresh--blueberries freeze well. Wash them and let them drain dry. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and pour blueberries into the pan, making sure they are in one even layer and that there is a bit of space among them all. Place in freezer. Use the paper to tip them into small zip-close plastic freezer bags or any freezer-safe container. Now when you need a taste of summer six months from now, that taste will be as close as your freezer. (Have a look at this calendar for blueberry festivals across the nation.) And then check out these savory recipes so you can try something new--blueberries aren't just for muffins and pies, you know! This recipe from Oregon Blueberries includes onions, sherry, balsamic vinegar and blueberries on a pork tenderloin. Be bold--I would put this on top of a Laura's Lean Beef Tenderloin any day. WineLoversPage.com has this piece on blueberry sauce for meat and a bit of information about pairing a good wine with your dish. Eating Well puts blueberries together with sliced steak and feta cheese in a spinach salad for one of my all-time favorite combos, the trifecta of beef, spinach and cheese. Have a go at just mixing a cupful of fresh blueberries into ground beef and shaping that into burgers. Top this with something mild (such as fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves) for a twist on a simple burger. Go wild. And then? Then you should share your discoveries with us here at Laura's Lean Beef!