"Mer, what are we having for dinner?"-BJH
"Whatever is on sale!"-me
There's no doubt that we're in the middle of the recession, so cooking frugally is necessary-and very simple, I might add. Pay attention to what is on sale at the grocery and by all means, friends, get creative with what is available and affordable! If Bartlett pears are on sale, think out of the box and try a new recipe; perhaps a pear tart!
I shop 80% of the time at Fresh Market in Coconut Grove. It's a variation of Whole Foods, but much smaller. Fresh Market has FABULOUS sales everyday on everything from fruits and vegetables, to fresh cheese and fish. Daily, they have $.98 per pound specials on fruits and vegetables (mostly organic), so I'm always well stocked with VERY affordable items that are becoming increasingly expensive-compared to the old days at least. It keeps us eating well too!
I happened upon blackberries for $.98 per container the other day. In typical Okie fashion, I immediately put 10 containers in my cart. The thought of a delicious blackberry cobbler popped in my head and I thought, "I'LL MAKE MY MAN A COBBLER!"
I picked up this habit of packing the fridge full of berries from my mother. When I was little and berry season began, I would come home to find our entire refrigerator packed full of the freshest berries-all with Mama's intention of making fruit preserve, pie, or better yet, freezing them until needed. I remember helping her make enough strawberry preserve to last through the year. Smucker's will never compare...
The cobbler turned out to be a success, was very easy and it was a product of using what was on sale! This recipe made more of a cake texture, and when served warm with a touch of milk, whipped cream or ice cream, it was divine! The best part of all though, my sweet one loved it! Ladies, MAKE YOUR MAN A COBBLER!
1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup melted cutter
2.5 cups blackberries
1/2-1 cup sugar
preheat oven to 375 degrees
1) mix blackberries and sugar-let stand 20 minutes or until fruit syrup forms
2) mix together flour, baking powder, salt and milk in an ungreased dish/pan
3) stir in butter to flour mixture until blended and spread evenly in dish
4) drop blackberries evenly in to mixture
5) bake for 45-55 minutes, or until dough rises and is golden
serve warm with ice cream, milk or fresh whipped cream!