Blueberry Vanilla Shrub

WHAT THE HECK IS A SHRUB?

In short, a shrub is a flavored drinking vinegar.

In the days before refrigeration, keeping healthy during the long winter months was a challenge. Shrubs were invented in colonial America to preserve the nutrients and flavor of fresh fruit from harvest until the next growing season. Shrubs were also used on long ocean voyages as a source of vitamin C. Lost for centuries, shrubs have been making a comeback in the craft cocktail scene, although as bottled they are non-alcoholic. Try mixing it with club soda for a tasty fruit soda, or add some spirits for an evening drink. Drinking vinegars are perfect for any time of day.

BLUEBERRY & VANILLA SHRUB
The blueberry & vanilla shrub is dark-colored and lush. Its flavor is strong and complex - not at all what you might expect. You need to sample it! This wonderful fermented drink is packed with anti-oxidants and great for mixing on a summer afternoon or fall evening. As you sip, know that your pro-biotic laced libation is really good for you.

Double Berry Almond Galette

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 Minutes
Cooling Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 8

 

INGREDIENTS: Crust

1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening, cubed
3 tablespoons ice-cold water
3 tablespoons vodka, chilled

 Blueberry Cobbler

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 Minutes
Cooling Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: 12

 

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 c. vegetable oil

Balsamic Blueberry Mascarpone Crostinis

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Cooling Time: N/A
Servings: 18 Crostinis

 

INGREDIENTS

TOAST

18 (1/4-inch thick) french baguette slices
1 Tbs. olive oil

Blueberry Buckle

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Cooling Time: N/A
Servings: 12

 

BUCKLE INGREDIENTS

1/2 c. butter
2 eggs
1 c. milk
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tbsp. salt
2-3 cups blueberries

TOPPING INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2/3 c. flour
1/4 c. butter

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix all buckle ingredients, fold in berries carefully at the end which have been sprinkled with some of the flour.
  • Mix all topping ingredients with fork til crumbly.
  • Place in a 11 x 17 Cookie Sheet.
  • Heat oven to 375.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of the John Maloney family.  Thanks John!
 
Lemon Blueberry Cheese Tart

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: N/A
Cooling Time: 3.5 hours
Servings: 12

 

INGREDIENTS

ALMOND CRUST

½ c. slivered almonds
¼ c. packed light brown sugar
1 c. all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
6 tbsp. cold butter
1 tbsp. cold water

Blueberry Pineapple Parfaits

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: N/A
Cooling Time: N/A
Servings: 4

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain Greek style yogurt
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granola
1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted (optional)

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