1. Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies aka Volcano Cookies - I got some raspberries from a local farm and decided to cook them down with a little water and sugar. I used some to make raspberry thumbprint cookies (based on this recipe), which Boo re-named Volcano Cookies. The rest of the raspberry "jam" was put in a jar and eaten by yours truly on toast for breakfast the rest of the week. It would have been great on plain yogurt as well.
2. U Pick Queen Anne Cherries - Cherries my parents and Boo picked from a local U Pick while my parents were visiting. We ate handfuls, but cherries don't last too long. I cooked them down too with less success (they brown a bit, which makes them less inviting to eat).
3. U Pick Blueberries - We've been U Picking blueberries and raspberries (which all started from the U Pick my parents and Boo found when they were here). I've been freezing what we don't eat in a few days and then getting more. I think the U Pick is closed now which is a bummer, but at least I've got several canning jars in the freezer of frozen berries. Boo's been requesting frozen blueberries...little treats.
4. Blueberry Crisp - I love ramakins for individual portions. I decided to make a crisp one night on a whim and put some blueberries in a bowl, squeezed a lemon on them, a sprikling of sugar (I think...if so, just a wee bit), and a bit of cornstarch. I put this mixture in the ramakins to the top (since I knew it would cook down), then made the topping. I mixed thick rolled oats, a little sugar, chopped up some cold butter, and mixed it all together, then piled it on the top of the blueberries. Cooked them in the toaster oven and topped with vanilla ice cream. Perfect.
So, I suppose Oregon is known for berries for a reason. Just when you think berry season is over, another type ripens. Last of which (I think) are blackberries. Most of ours are still small and green, but Boo found the first ripe one yesterday...here we go!
I hope you're enjoying the fruits of the season as well.