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Blueberries Make Good Neighbors

fresh blueberries

With apologies to Robert Frost, snappy fresh blueberries make for wonderful relations with one’s neighbors…namely Shirley, our friend across the hall whose generosity and good humor we appreciate so much. I enjoyed these homegrown berries from Townsend Farms in Fairview, OR this morning with steel-cut oatmeal and brown sugar.

Shirley can’t get out much anymore, but she’s always got a few crackers for Gracie, fresh fruit and ginger snaps for me, a 2015 World Wildlife Foundation calendar for us…useful things that make us treasure her friendship. And in NYC, that’s a precious thing!

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My Calling Card

In the days before the telephone, ladies would make calls to one another, actual face-to-face visits! She would leave behind, even if she’d had a chat with her friend, a calling card.

calling card

When I went to see my friend and neighbor Shirley, who’s recovering at the local rehab hospital, I left a little something.

Oatmeal scone with cinnamon-sugar topping

Oatmeal scone with cinnamon-sugar topping

Because you can’t nibble a calling card when you have a cup of tea.

 

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BEE MINE

William Morrow, 2013

William Morrow, 2013

Sometimes a romance novel does your heart good. I needed a complete rest from work, from contentious world affairs, from issues like loss and grief, bullying and life’s unfairness, so I picked up Sarah-Kate Lynch’s The Wedding Bees.

A young beekeeper moves to NYC’s Lower East Side where she and her bees and their honey make the cynical, distrusting world around them a much sweeter place. Could’ve loved it more if there were recipes included for all the mouthwatering treats she makes and shares: honey loaf, lemon honey cookies, and honey roasted chicken, to name a few.

Now that I have a jones for honey cookies, I found an enticing, quick recipe for One-Pot Honey-Oatmeal Drop Cookies in Nancy Baggett’s Simply Sensational Cookies .

simply sensational cookies

I’ll make a batch (40-45 2″ cookies) to take down to North Carolina this Thursday as a thank-you gift to my Airbnb host and energy for my nephew and his housemates as they run from one graduation event to the next. And they’ll make the perfect quick bite for breakfast on my way to the airport, a place nowadays that could always use a sweetener!

 

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Lucky Mother Hubbard Granola

You know the nursery rhyme:

Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard to get her poor dog a bone. 

When she got there, the cupboard was bare and her poor little dog had none.

Grace Goehring, champion taste tester

Grace Goehring, champion taste tester

This lucky corgi will have plenty when the latest batch of granola cools.

I went to the cupboard this morning for 1 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats and a half-cup of mixed nuts, seeds, raisins, and dried cranberries. (Don’t get excited–I pulled out the raisins and dried cranberries to add after the granola cooled. Gracie got only the “clean” mix.) I added a good shake of cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and two generous handfuls each of chopped pecans and sweetened coconut. I boiled a quarter-cup of Savannah Bee Company’s wildflower honey with one-eighth cup of vegetable oil, blended that in with the oats, and popped it in the oven for two sessions of eight minutes each. My Atomic Age Lux Minute Minder,  just rang: Blast off!

Gotta keep my kitchen accessories in a style that matches the antique linoleum.

Gotta keep my kitchen accessories in a style that matches the antique linoleum.

Now, while it’s cooling, I’ll go back to an entertaining, informative book on food trends by David Sax called The Tastemakers Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes But Fed Up With Fondue.  It comes out next May from Public Affairs (by which time, there’ll be newer trends succeeding the cro-nut and chia seeds that he’s captured so well with his sly sense of humor).

I’ll give my lunch date today a half-pint jar of this. “Hey, Audrey, do you feel lucky?”

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