Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Berries, berries, everywhere

Everything's coming up berries around here.
Last week we snagged 18 pounds of olallieberries at the nearby you-pick farm.
After four batches of jam;

one batch of olallieberry syrup;

one (ill-received) berries-in-the-ice cube experiment
(note to self: family members do not like being surprised by unfamiliar floating objects in their evening water glasses);
one batch of berry shortcake (that in my tizzy over the ice cube failure, I forgot to photograph);

several berry smoothies;

one batch of berry ice;

two batches of fruit leather;

half a batch of cute little berry tartlets (a Rachael Ray recipe made on the back of muffin tins);

I can now say . . . Operation Berries: complete.

Except, of course, for all of this we still have to eat . . .
Note: for more food ideas, check out Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays at Blessed with Grace.



Blogger Mikki said...

Hi there!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love what you did with all these berries.

I grew up in MD and I really really miss the vegetable and fruits from up there. Here in FL, I'm still getting a hang of when to garden and what grows best in sandy soil. I haven't been too impressed as to what FL has to offer when it comes to gardening, but I'm hoping to get better.

Happy canning!!

June 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger VK said...

Yum, I want some Olaliberry's (I just read your blog and can't spell it already)
Great ideas!

June 30, 2009 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

I have to be honest, I never heard of that berry, but, man, everything looks good

June 30, 2009 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

You picked 18 pounds of *what kind* of berries??? Olallie?? I have never...in all my born days...heard of an olallie berry. It looks really good, whatever it is. :)
I'm so sorry about the ice cube failure. :( I know that must've hurt you to the core that it wasn't well received. :( But time heals and you'll be able to move forward. LOL!
All in all, Operation Berry appears to have been a complete success!! :) You've been one busy little beaver.
Happy Eating! :) Thanks for the smiles and good ideas!

June 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Carpool Queen said...

I hate it when my experiments are ill-received.


I personally would have been delighted with floating berries in my drink.

Since I'm fairly new to your blog, have you done anything on freezer cooking? I'm inspired to stock my freezer for later use.

June 30, 2009 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Denise, Lori -- Sorry, guess not everyone is familiar with olallieberries. Here are your fun facts of the day, taken straight from the Gizdich Ranch (Watsonville, CA) information sheet:
"The olallieberry originated at Corvallis, Oregon by George Waldo of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Olallie is the result of a cross between Black Logan and Young berry. It was released commercially in Jan. 1950. The Olallieberry got its name from the Chinook Indians of the Columbia River who called all blackberries 'Olallie.'"

I don't know about you, but I feel smarter already :)

June 30, 2009 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Carpoolqueen, I haven't written much here about freezer cooking. Most of what I freeze are baked goods (breads, rolls, pizza crusts), extra quiches made on purpose, seasonal stuff like peach nectar or tomato soup that I process when the produce is ripe (olallieberry syrup, for example ;)). I also like to freeze cookie dough, already shaped into balls (though it doesn't last long). I'd love to hear more about what you decide to freeze. That's a great topic.

June 30, 2009 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Heather S-G said...

Holy cow...can I come to your house!? Amazing...all of it! And I don't even know what an ollalieberry (sorry about that spelling) is!!

June 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

I am not familiar with this type of berry but I know what looks delicious to me and this certainly does.

July 1, 2009 at 4:31 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Those tartlets are so cute. I've never seen them before.

July 1, 2009 at 4:55 AM  
Blogger PheMom said...

How fun is it to have so many berries to work with that you experiment to your heart's content though? Beautiful!

July 1, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Faith said...

Thanks for stopping by my site! I've actually never had olallieberries -- do they taste like blackberries? I'm jealous, I LOVE homemade jam!

July 1, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Never heard of that berry, but it sure looks yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing your berry special adventure! Thanks for linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

July 1, 2009 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

I'm loving that tartlet idea...yummy! My family loves when it's berry season.

July 1, 2009 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

I popped in to say that I'd never heard of olallieberries, but now I know from reading your reply. How clever I feel!!

I can't wait until it is berry time around here. I love loganberries - and raspberries - and blackberries and olallieberries...well I'm sure I would love olallieberries...I think I would, wouldn't I?


Love your blog. Delicious!

July 7, 2009 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Nicole Feliciano said...

Love those ice cubes! I tried my hand at Soft Shell crabs this week. I hope you'll stop by my recipe exchange. http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2009/07/friday-feasts-soft-shell-crab.html

July 10, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Wowe I would have to say that you were berry busy. Get it? Ha, I crack myself up. Okay but seriously I am so impressed here!

I particularly love the muffin tin tartlet idea!

July 20, 2009 at 5:19 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Lori -- Ha! Pretty punny :) And the tartlets were berry good.

July 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM  

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