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Brown Butter Blueberry Poppy Seed Cake

Lucky for me, our summer vacation to visit my Aunt and Uncle in North Truro coincided with blueberry season. I was delighted to go wild blueberry picking near the dunes with their friend, Ira. We let some air out of the tires, and Ira drove us to his secret location. We were quickly enveloped in curtains of blueberry bushes the size of redwood trees. I entered “the zone” and began to pluck the large, vibrant berries from the bushes with methodical precision. Too much pressure and you could rupture the berry in your fingers. It was an artful dance to procure the ripest blueberries for pancakes and muffins. At the end of the morning, my stomach was almost as full of berries as my bucket.

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White Cake (aka the Cake Mix Hack)

Let’s face it. We are all busy. You know, there is something about a cake mix that takes the pressure off of making a scratch cake. But, we still want it to taste like scratch. It is easy enough to “doctor up” a cake mix, as my grandmother would say. Real butter and buttermilk make everything taste better. Even the crust is more authentic with this hack. We had the trimmings for breakfast with coffee just this weekend. It was good even plain!

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Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Meyer Lemons are special. They are a hybrid of a common lemon and mandarin orange. They become ripe around December in the South and can be difficult to find in grocery stores because their delicate skin bruised easily during shipping. But, boy are they delicious! They have a more complex floral flavor which is sweeter and less acidic than the common lemon. I think this classic pound cake showcases the sophisticated flavor.

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