I love that berry blend too, I have made some jams/jelly in the midst of winter using them… Shhhh don’t tell my friends they were impressed that I made some during the summer and would share it with them… little did they know it was only about 2 weeks old. [;)]
My mom doesn’t like blackberries, but she did make a mean apple crisp 2 wednesdays ago, apples came from a cousins tree. Warm with a bit of milk over it.
I get a chance to eat with her on wednesday evening, a real mom home cooked meal, she even sends the leftovers home with me. YUMMMMMMM
This past wednesday we had, meatloaf, fresh corn, fresh green beans with new potatoes, and cooked S-F chocolate pudding for dessert.
My local orchard still has their blackberry sign up, but it is the end of the season.[:(]
I am looking forward to fall though, I am an apple guy, apple cider, apple butter, apple sauce with chunks, baked apples, apple crisp, and just plain eating a nice crisp juicy apple (I like them tart and sweet too)
My grandmother always made blackberry cobbler just for me. Other members of the family liked it, but I LOVED IT. [:p] To this day, I’ll tell anyone that it was my all-time favorite dessert.
The crust she made top and bottom was like pie crust, and there was about 2" of blackberry filling.
That was when I lived in Missouri. Down here in Tejas, they can’t do cobbler for sh*t. Cobbler down here is like biscuit mix with some peaches thrown in. I learned long ago not to order "cobbler" in Texas.
It’s still wonderful up in mid-America, though…
My sainted mother still loves hugs but doesn’t cook so much anymore. I now have been passed the recipe for her cherry crisp. If you can’t get fresh fruit, the frozen berries suggested by the Mayor really are good. We’re pickin blueberries up her now. Fred
We still have blackberries here in Hinton, Va., but I figure this is about
the last week. I eat more than I pick.
Paul, your mom sounds like my mom, a sweet giving lady.
But my mom’s speciality is cherry cobbler. UMMMMMM
Be sure and tell her you love her and hug her, (which I’m sure you do.)
As I get older, I still love her cobbler, but the hugs are sweeter.
Paul—i really am jelous!!! Not only do you still have Mom!!—but she makes you7 Blackberry Cobbler! You indeed Blessed, my friend!! —and i know you appreciate it!—-btw—i know that lots of folks like ice cream with tht warm cobbler and almost everyone use vanilla ice cream—but –please—try making a little home made ginger ice cream. Its awesome as an "Ala’ mode" pairing with anything. I have a litle counter top uniot my bother and sister in llaw gave me that makes a pint at a time- flavor the m ix with a simple syrup that you make with grated feash ginger that you add to the suger and water to make the syrup. It’s REALLY good and was a favorite of my paternal grandmother–Gram T![:p] she was partial to serving it with warm apple pie that was sweetened with maple syrup!
Of the frozen berries available at the store I like the "3 Berry Combo" that COSTCO sells in 3 lb bags. A good mix of Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries. I seldom let the berries get beyond the "eat’em semi-thawed" stage![:p]
Blackberry cobbler is my favorite cobbler of all. I too, have a hard time picking the berries (when I can find them), and find the cost to high to purchase. I was desperate for a blackberry cobbler and tried Mrs. Smith’s Blackberry Cobbler from the frozen dept. at Wal-Mart (I know, I know! don’t beat me, don’t beat me! – remember I said I was desperate!). And I loved it. Have bought it about 5 times since then and the family deviores them as fast as I can cook them and for less than $3 it’s a good deal. They even have a large family size for around $6. The blackberries are large, juicy and plump. If you can find it, try it.
Here in piedmont NC blackberries are gone. I have a tradition of spending most of July fourth picking berries. I look rather comical in my berry picking outfit. Combat boots, upland hunting pants. long sleeve shirt, gloves w/ the forefinger and thumb cut off, boonie hat and enough DEET sprayed on my clothes (not my skin) to choke a horse.
We make triffles, pancakes and especially cobblers w/ the berries. They freeze so well we hve them all year. Blueberries are now coming in and NC has a huge production of them. They also freeze very well.
For anyone wanting to plant some blackberry plants be warned that the thornless plants have the tasteless character Sundancer described. Why plant a weed when they’re beside every road in the South?
Al, blackberry season is over here and the berries we enjoyed were picked a couple of weeks ago. Mamaw Smith froze them. They tolerate that very well.
I am still spitting seeds but it was tasty. The folks working here tought so also.
The taste makes me think back when I was very young which I guess was about eight years old. I picked blackberries every day for several weeks during the summer. I got ticks on me as well as chiggers and saw lotsa snakes. I felt really good coming home with several gallons of the berries which Mamaw quickly froze. I sure did enjoy those days. I can never go back.
Paul E. Smith
Our blackberry season is just ending. We probably will not pick more as the heat is really difficult to contend with even in the late evenings.
We managed to take in about 12 quarts of Blackberries for use later in the year, and Janet made a couple of cobblers in the past couple of weeks from fresh berries. We like to add strawberries and the few raspberries that are available in the garden this time of year to the blackberry cobbler.
Mamaw Smith just brought over a hot and fresh blackberry cobbler. It was tasty and full of seeds and just like I always envisoned what a cobbler should taste like. Nice and sweet and slightly tart.
She has a hard time picking blackberries due to her injury a year ago but she picked several gallons a few weeks ago which were growing prevalent along side the highway not too far from where we reside.
I saw blackberries at the grocery store the other day at $6.00 per pint. They were farm grown. I ask the manager for a taste and he gave me a couple. They were tasteless. I was greatful for the taste and I told him so but I would not purchase.
I got a crew here power washing the house and another crew cleaning the windows inside and out. I gabe each of them a bowl full of the wonderful concoction. They sure did enjoy.
Paul E. Smith
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