Winter Blues

Winter really gets to me sometimes. The darkness, the winds, the cold… I love to ski but it’s not enough. I just want to burrow under my down comforter and sleep the days away. Luckily, today is one of those sunshine-y days that helps ward off the blues.

blueberry cake

Not all blues are bad, though. Blueberries bring to mind summer days spent at my grandparents’ cottage. We’d take the fishing boat out to the bog and pick to our hearts’ content from the wild bushes, filling buckets and bellies with late summer’s glory. The warmth of August is a mere memory, but these kinds of blues are a welcome visitor on a cold winter’s day.

Christmas this year brought me a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble, which I promptly spent on more cookbooks for the arsenal. Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: from My Home to Yours was high on my list after drooling over the various TasteSpotting and foodgawker submissions from Tuesdays with Dorie, so I picked it up–all 4.5 pounds of it. This cookbook is a whopper! I’ve only browsed a few of the recipes so far but it looks very promising. Today, I selected Blueberry Crumb Cake from Dorie’s wealth of recipes, a great compliment to these unexpected summer visitors gracing us with their presence.

blueberry cake

 

The cake itself is not very sweet, but the crumb topping makes up for it. Even though it shared a table with cheesecake, brownies, pie, and cookies, the Blueberry Crumb Cake held its own at my grandmother’s birthday party, enjoyed by all. Smiles all around and the promise that summer is not that far away, after all.

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