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A blueberry muffin you'll go bonkers for

By Carolyn Malcoun, July 7, 2009 - 4:36am

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One of my favorite summer activities is berry picking, particularly blueberry picking (best summer fruit EVER!). A local blueberry farm has live music two nights a week, so my friends and I go to picnic and pick berries. We’re there for a few hours, and I always manage to pick way too many blueberries (even though I employ the “put-5-in-the-basket, put-handful-in-mouth” strategy).

Since my husband has high blood pressure, we eat a lot of blueberries—find out how they might help blood pressure and heart health. We freeze a bunch more and I love cooking with blueberries too. Here are a few of my favorite summer blueberry recipes.

Blueberry-Coconut-Macadamia Muffins: There are certain recipes that come out of the EatingWell Test Kitchen that the staff freaks out about. This is one of them. My co-workers would smell them baking from down the hall (mmm, coconut…) and rush the kitchen when they saw them on the counter.

Blueberry Tart with Walnut Crust: This super-easy tart comes together in a mere 30 minutes. One review on eatingwell.com says, “This was a MAJOR hit tonight. Rave reviews from our friends—amazing. Just the right balance of sweet and creamy, light and rich, simply delicious!”

Chicken & Blueberry Pasta Salad: Yes, blueberries and pasta. The addition of poached chicken and feta cheese makes this dish into a light and satisfying summer supper that's also great for a potluck. If you already have some leftover chicken, skip Step 1 and add shredded chicken in Step 4.

Old-Fashioned Fruit Crumble: Though you can use any fresh or frozen fruit in this recipe, blueberries are my favorite. Make a big batch of the crumble topping and freeze it so you can whip up dessert on the fly.

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Carolyn Malcoun
A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Carolyn pairs her long-standing love for food with writing as EatingWell's senior food editor. Carolyn’s culinary interest is rooted in her childhood; she grew up making thousands of Christmas cookies every year with her mom and picking leaves off bunches of parsley to make tabbouleh with her dad. Away from the kitchen, Carolyn enjoys seeking out rare craft beers and exploring the outdoors with her husband, 2-year-old daughter and dog.

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