Blueberry Buckle

I put the word out that I needed the Worcester women buckle recipe. My niece Deb and her son Jake shared the following.This recipe yields a Worcester Family Favorite. Growing up we all looked forward to those first blueberries ripening so the first buckle of the year could be baked by my grandmother. Each August was marked by raking blueberries on family land Downeast and a fresh buckle was always a welcome reward following a hard day’s work. As good as it is a buckle never lasts long.

BB Buckle: 350 oven for about 50 minutes in 9x13x2 pan

top:3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup soft butter

bottom: 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup shortening, 2 eggs, 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 3 tsp baking powder, 3 cups either fresh or frozen blueberries (be sure to use the small wild ones)

Garlic Lovers Only

I am often asked, “how in the world did you come up with the idea of combining garlic and blueberry?”  My response: for  several years a fellow vendor at a Grange Craft Fair who sold knitted goods would talk about her garlic jelly. I thought it sounded horrible. She wore me down.She had an old garlic recipe that she had made her own and then as we all do I modified her modification.

This is a two day process. Simmer minced garlic in vinegar; pour into mason jars to cool then refrigerate over night.  Drain the garlic liquid making sure there aren’t pieces of garlic left in the mixture. Combine with our concentrated blueberry juice and you are ready to make your blueberry garlic jelly.

Blueberry Garlic Jelly is perfect over cheese and crackers. You can also use it to baste roasted or BBQ chicken or pork in the final stages of cooking. Finally, try it on Everything Bagles for an extra treat.