Vivian Howard’s Blueberry BBQ sauce

Vivian Howard’s Blueberry BBQ sauce… via Alabama website 3 quarts blueberries 6 cups cider vinegar 6 cups granulated sugar 1 cinnamon stick 3 teaspoons chili flakes 2 teaspoons kosher salt Combine the blueberries and the vinegar in a blender … Continue reading

Distinctively Louisiana: Summer Favorite Blueberry Crisp

One of my all-time favorite recipes. From one of my all-time favorite cookbook authors, Bert Greene.  When I acquired his book, Greene on Grains, it was the first time I started reading a cookbook as a bedtime book.  Goodbye novel, … Continue reading

Fresh Strawberry (or Blueberry) Buttermilk Sherbet

Buttermilk may be a good choice for the lactose intolerant and those seeking to reduce caloric intake.  Seek out the “cultured” or “Bulgarian” buttermilk for the best options.  Here is a nice summer dessert that the whole family can enjoy, guilt-free, and lactose-free.  From Southern Living.


Fresh Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbert

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (or blueberries; July is Blueberry Month!)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs


  1. 1. Process strawberries in a food processor or blender 30 seconds or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour strawberry puree through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl, pressing with back of a spoon. Discard solids. Add buttermilk, sugar, and vanilla to puree; stir until well blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  2. 2. Pour strawberry mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.) Garnish, if desired.
  3. *1 (16-oz.) package frozen strawberries, thawed, may be substituted.

source: Southern Living, MAY 2008

and, one more sherbert recipe:

Pineapple Mint Buttermilk Sherbert

2/3 cup sugar

2 cups buttermilk

3 tablespoons minced fresh mint

1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple

Add sugar to buttermilk, and stir to dissolve sugar.  Add mint and pineapple (with juice).   Begin freezing.