Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Berry Delicious



It's late Saturday night in the pond. What do you do when you're craving something sweet and pie-like with the smooth cool taste of ice cream? When one part of your brain desperately screams for ice cream while the other shouts for pie? You're torn you're confused, you're desperate. Wailing and screaming, you hit your knees and pray for divine inspiration.

And there it is: mixed berry cobbler.

That's right. You dig out every oven safe dessert dish/ ramekin and set about mixing and baking. After following Alton Brown's Berry Crisp recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/individual-berry-crisps-recipe/index.html), I had these to look forward to.


The recipe says you can use any type of berries, but I used raspberries and blueberries. I love blueberries and raspberries.


Crumbly topping, sweet mixture of berries, a couple of pecans for crunch...but something is missing....


That's more like it! I love ice cream. Especially cobbler and ice cream. It's like pie and ice cream together....I think it even matches my love for hamburgers. That's a big deal people. That's a big deal.


So, I could torture you some more and carry on and on about how good this is, but instead I have a offer you can't refuse.

You see, most of my Invisible Friends are talented bakers and cooks. You manage to whip up creations that leave me drooling in ecstasy. I've been getting a lot of weird looks lately at work when I visit your pages. Someone even handed me a bib once.

And you're not just cooks. You create. You tweak. You invent things that I couldn't even think of. It's such a wonderful talent, and you have all been so supportive of me and my little tales. I've visited mom blogs, artist blogs and random whiny blogs. And every single "foodie" I've befriended has been nothing but supportive and kind. You are all darling people.

Therefore, I've decided to hold Culinary Artist Appreciation Day. I'm going to give one lucky Invisible Friend the Blond Duck award for Creative Cooking.

To enter, I want you to nominate someone (it can be yourself) for the title of Pond Culinary Artist. You have to tell me why they deserve it and what your favorite thing about them as a culinary artist is. Not only will the competition appear in some kind of story, but the winner will receive a prize.

A secret prize.

Curious yet?

All entries are due Friday at 5 a.m. Central United States Time.

Let the comments begin!

Meanwhile, I'm going to have some more cobbler...

16 comments:

Marjie said...

Duckie, try my French Apple cobbler. It's very easy, and I don't even make you peel the apples (although I recommend taking the seeds out). Topped with whipped cream or ice cream, it will surely satisfy your cravings in under an hour. And you won't even have to use every ramekin in the house, because it's not fussy about its surroundings. (You can even use canned apple pie filling, and I won't tell.)

jenjen said...

Hi Duckie! Your cobbler looks delish! I would like to nominate Marie at A Year From Oak Cottage for your contest. Not only is she a wonderful cook but she is so wise and you leave her site contemplating not only yummy food but the goodness of life. Have a great day!

Oh, I got my fabric off of ebay through a seller called greenpeacherine. XOXOXOXO

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

Mmmm. That really looks good!

noble pig said...

Oh how yummy...I'll have to think about who to nominate..hmmmm...

Jewelgirl said...

Duckie this cobbler sounds way too
good right now! The pitcher full
of fruit with ice is cool. I will
nominate Lidian at Kitchen Retro,
her old recipes are fun and scary
at the same time! :)

The Apron Queen said...

Oh what yummy cobbler. I have a super easy peach cobbler recipe that uses pancake mix: http://anapronaday.blogspot.com/2008/07/easy-peach-cobbler-recipe-with-aunt.html

I've been wanting to try it with berries, but just haven't gotten around to it.

BTW, I'd be happy to be your invisible friend! :)

Emma Sanders said...

I can vouch for your love of hamburgers! LOL Your cobbler looks great, but I have to tell you about my ice cream experience now that you've brought it up.

I (or actually hubby) found the best ice cream in the world this weekend. He's trying to diet and eat better, as I am, but we were both craving ice cream and thought we deserved the break. We found Blue Bell Candy Bar ice cream! Caramel ice cream with peanut butter cups, chocolate and caramel chunks, peanut brittle and chocolate crisp pieces. I love it when they come out with new flavors. And if it's not new, well that should tell you how long it's been since we splurged on ice cream!

Margie...your apple coppler sounds nice and easy. Just my style.

Yep, I'd have to nominate Marie.

Marie said...

Oh Duckie, what a wonderful entry, wonderful contest and fantastic idea! Your cobblers look soooo delicious. You can't beat Alton Brown. I'd like to nominate one of my favourite bakers: Bunny of Bunny's Warm Oven http://wwwbunnysovencom.blogspot.com/

She has a chocolate bread on there right now that has me drooling in my slippers! ahem!!! Pass me a napkin!

Prudy said...

That looks so delicious and I love those little ice cream bowls. I second the motion for marie at Oak Cottage. I feel like I'd be well fed and cheerful if I ever made my way to her kitchen.

Grace said...

both marie and bunny are amazing bakers--can i cast a vote for both?
i, too, love blueberries and raspberries, even more when they're topped with crumbs, and even more when they're topped with crumbs and ice cream. :)

CalicoDaisy said...

That looks good. I've used a couple of recipes from the blogs but can't remember at the moment. However, I know have the craving to run through my files and figure out where I put the blueberry-something recipe made with Grands biscuits. Not nominating here, just commenting! -- Michele

CalicoDaisy said...

I want to revise my comment. There is an awesome cook out whose blog I love to read. She is so well informed and so well traveled. The site is Deep Fried Kudzu at http://www.deepfriedkudzu.com/.

I know you'll love her, too. All her recipes are down the left side of her blog.

Lore said...

That cobbler looks delicious and oh my with ice cream, have mercy duckie!!!
Hope I make it in time (after all it's friday morning here...but don't have a clue what that would translate in your time zone). I'd like to nominate Gattina of Kitchen Unplugged (http://gattinamia.blogspot.com/) because she has the skills of a chef and a talent of an artist. You can see her creativity not only in her recipes but also in her photography. I feel strangely refreshed every time I visit her site :). She's now back from a two month holiday and has started blogging again, yay!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Berry delicious indeed! I love Alton Brown! I think this event you're doing is so cute! I'll nominate my friend Prudy up there, she's the best!
Have a nice weekend dear!

Bunny said...

OH tell me I missed this! I want to nominate Marie, she makes me crazy happy with her recipes!!

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