Look for fresh blueberries that are firm, dry, plump and smooth-skinned and relatively free from leaves and stems. Berries should be deep purple-blue to blue-black; reddish berries aren’t ripe, but may be used in cooking.
For a quick breakfast, Norna makes the pancake while fixing supper the night before, then cuts it into squares. The next morning, she tops them with butter and syrup before placing them in the microwave. This innovative way to make pancakes takes most of the fuss out of making breakfast. Norna Detig - Lindenwood, Illinois
“Summer berry season is a real treat for me,” says Patricia Schroedl of Jefferson, Wisconsin. “It’s an easy way to enjoy cheesecake and a refreshing changes from traditional pudding and fruit parfaits.”