Welcome to Red Couch Recipes Day Four of Blueberry Week! Today is Literary Feast Day's: "Book and Cook Day"! The instructions are simple. Snuggle up with a little loved one, your child or grandchild and read the book "Blueberries for Sal," then make the blueberry soup! Even better, read the book, go blueberry picking, and then make the soup! This soup is easy enough for little hands to help!
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The first time I was served a fruit soup I fell in love! I was at Girl's Camp, of ALL places! Didn't they know that Camp food is supposed to be bad? The addition of this cranberry juice in this soup makes it SMASHING!
"Blueberries for Sal," was written by Robert McCloskey in 1948 and won the prestigious "Caldecott Award." In the book, Sal and her mother go pick blueberries on "Blueberry Hill."
"Little Sal picked three berries and dropped them in her little tin pail...kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!" She picked three more berries and ate them. Then she picked more berries and dropped one in the pail-kuplunk. And the rest she ate. Then Little Sal ate all four blueberries out of her pail!."
In this picture, Little Sal begins to eat blueberries out of her mother's pail.
The adventure goes on and Little Sal and his mother meet up with a mother bear and her cub who are eating blueberries too and the mothers and "cubs" get a bit mixed up! It is a fun, short read! Bears really do like blueberries!
Years ago when my son, who is now 16, was about one we used to go to Apple Hill in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas to a wonderful place called Apple Hill. There at the Bolster's Hilltop Ranch we picked blueberries. My husband and I picked them and he ATE them! This book reminds me of picking blueberries with my own son. Though hard to tell, he has blueberries clenched in his hands. Like Sal, he ate and ate!
I really hope you make this soup! All of us loved it sooo much. If you are leery of the cream, read Pattie's post, from the blog Bramasole yesterday...it's the portion size! Eat smaller portions! I served the soup in little ramekins.
Recipe for Blueberry Soup
This is not a Red Couch Recipes Original Recipe; I have had this recipe for years, but do not know the source.
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries -- Of course I used fresh!
3/4 cups lemon juice -- I wimped and used bottled.
1-1/4cup cranberry juice -- I used 100 percent, no sugar added.
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream, additional for decorating
Put blueberries in a blender and puree until smooth. In a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries, lemon juice, cranberry juice, and sugar. Stir until mixed together. Simmer on low heat, covered, for 10 minutes. Turn heat off and let cool for about 20 minutes. Gently stir in the whipped cream. Put the pan in the refrigerator and chill for three hours. Pour the soup into bowls and decorate with additional whipping cream. Notes: I put my cream in a ziploc bag and cut a small hole at the end. I then put dots of cream on the soup and dragged it with a skewer to get the design. You could have fun with this and make more complicated designs.
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