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Blueberry season in full bloom



Published: Wed, August 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


What gives you the blues and makes you happy at the same time? Blueberries, of course! Pick-your-own blueberry farms flourish with families gathering together to pick berries for family fun and delicious munching.
CHICKEN PASTA SALAD WITH BLUEBERRIES
Dressing
1 cup red wine vinegar dressing
Salad
3 cups spiral pasta
2 cups (about 1 pound) cooked chicken, cubed
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup pea pods, trimmed, cut-in-half
1/2cup finely chopped red pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup red wine vinegar dressing
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to directions on package. About 1 minute before it is cooked, add the pea pods. Drain and rinse with cold water. To a large bowl, add pasta and pea pods along with the remaining salad ingredients, except Parmesan cheese. Toss with 1/2 cup red wine vinegar dressing. Cover; refrigerate several hours or overnight to blend flavors. Before serving, toss with remaining dressing and Parmesan cheese.
Yield: 12 (1 cup) servings
FRESH BLUEBERRY-STRAWBERRY MOUSSE PIE
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup fresh blueberries, finely chopped
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries, hulled and finely chopped
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 (8 ounce) container lite whipped topping
1 (9-inch) prepared graham cracker crumb crust
In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand 1 minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved (about 1 minute). Stir in lemon juice; set aside to cool. In a large bowl, add blueberries, strawberries and confectioners' sugar; toss to coat. Stir in dissolved gelatin. Fold in whipped topping; spoon pie mixture into crust. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours or until firm. Garnish suggestions; whipped topping, additional fresh fruit or serve with blueberry sauce (see recipe below).
Yield: 8 servings
Blueberry Sauce
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes or until thickened.
Yield: about 2 cups
BLUEBERRY FRUIT SMOOTHIE
1 cup low-fat vanilla ice cream
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)
1/2 cup light peaches, packed in water or natural juices, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
Place all ingredients in a blender. Cover and mix until smooth, about 30 to 45 seconds.
Yield: 2 servings; about 2-1/2 cups
RED WHITE AND BLUEBERRY CHEESE SPREAD
2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/3 cup Great American Dried Blueberries
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
Beat cream cheese in mixing bowl. Add all ingredients except chopped red peppers, mix well.
Place cheese mixture on center of a piece of plastic wrap. Bring corners up to meet and seal around cheese, molding mixture into a ball. Refrigerate overnight.
Remove from refrigerator and form once again into a ball. Mixture will be stiff and easy to form. Roll cheese ball in finely copped red peppers to cover.
Garnish with fresh herbs and blueberries, serve with crackers.
Yield: one 16 ounce ball
GLAZED BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST ROLLS
1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
Vegetable cooking spray
flour
Blueberry filling:
3/4 cup blueberries, finely chopped
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
Preheat oven to 375 & deg;F. Coat 12 muffin cups with vegetable cooking spray. In a small saucepan, combine blueberry filling ingredients, stirring to dissolve cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick and bubbly (about 3 minutes). Set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Unroll pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface; pat into a 12 x 9-inch rectangle. Spread blueberry filling over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border along the sides. Beginning with a long side, roll up jelly-roll fashion; pinch seam to seal (do not seal ends of roll). Cut roll into 12 (1-inch) slices. Place slices, cut sides up, in coated muffin cups. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove rolls from pan; cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before adding glaze.
For glaze: Combine powdered sugar, milk and grated orange peel, stirring until smooth. Drizzle icing over rolls.
Yield: 12 rolls


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