One of the many things I love about New England is the abundance of enormous, juicy Blueberries! We have access to blueberries here in Southern California but we don’t have cute little plants for picking blueberries anywhere that I know of here in So Cal, and it’s impossible to find the fabulous sort that are all over the place in New England. I wish I could say that our family skipped through endless blueberry fields filling our buckets with freshly picked blueberries. That sounds nice, doesn’t it? I was a bit early for the wonderful local blueberries in MA this year, but I did enjoy some from New Jersey that were pretty darn good. And when you have some good blueberries, you should always bake a batch of blueberry muffins. My choice: Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins.
There is nothing like biting into a freshly baked muffin and getting a mouthful of berries. These are topped with a cinnamony-oat mixture, and the best part is that they are a lower fat kind of muffin recipe. Lots of sugar… but less fat (if you’re concerned about that sort of thing).
And they tasted good too. Or perhaps it was the novelty of eating them while sitting on the sea wall watching the day begin with waves gently crashing upon the shore and boats streaming in and out of the harbor. It really was quite a nice way to spend our family vacation.
With nary a food processor, mixer, zester, sharp knife or even a mixing bowl in sight, it was tough to cook on this vacation. Needless to say, I had to skip the Daring Baker challenge this month! I had to bring little ziplocs of all of my own spices and bring a ‘stash’ of kitchen tools if that tells you anything. But I did manage to squeak out a few recipes and will share them over the next couple of weeks.
This muffin recipe can be found here: Blueberry- Cinnamon Muffins
For those who were wondering about our vacation location in Massachusetts, we enjoyed the South Shore. It’s less crowded there than the Cape and we enjoy the charm and the nearby relatives. Call me crazy but I came away from our month-long vacation wanting to sell everything we had in California, purchase beachfront property in Massachusetts and build our dream home. My husband laughed that idea off and told his relatives to call us when the first NorEaster hits and he’d fly me out immediately to experience “winter in New England.” Apparently he thinks I might not survive. What’d'ya think New Englanders?