Beginning with Blueberry

As a newlywed, I was changed from a city cook into a country cook in an 11 hour drive. I remember my married friends taking a long time to figure out what to cook for dinner. Menu planning, coupon clipping, and themed dinner parties were all new to me and it was all a little overwhelming. I liked being able to just walk out of my apartment to buy the handful of ingredients I needed for that evening or next day. But in the new home I was sharing with my husband, you had to drive 20 minutes to get to the only grocery store around. It was a complete shift. While baking off the Blueberry Cobbler with Buttered Pecans that we are featuring in this roundup of some of our best blueberry recipes, I couldn’t help but recall this time in life and how blueberry cobbler became the talk of the military base we were living at.

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Being the spouse of someone in the military whose last name begins with a “W” brings with it certain military duties. For those of you who are already smiling, you know what I am referring to. The folks at the end of the alphabet are always responsible for bringing dessert.  Although I love to cook, baking isn’t my jam—too many rules, too precise, and too finicky for a woman who lacks patience.

This easy, delicious cobbler recipe made me almost famous on base. It flew around in circles among most of my neighbors, who I am lucky to still call good friends to this day. They still make this recipe and call it their own. I think it’s hilarious that I was known for being a good baker because quite frankly, all I really knew how to bake was this cobbler and some mediocre cookies.

It’s such a nice way to use all of those luscious blueberries in season right now. I spruced it up a bit by adding the buttered pecans over the years, but it is delicious on its own.

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