Monday, December 12, 2011

I'll Have a Bluesberry....Christmas....

I always like to receive a gift that is it food or conveys comfort & love to the recipient and is endearing.  Luckily....Recipe Records is a fantastic tool to use when trying to decide on what you should make your neighbors, co-workers and loved ones.  You'll find many choices of candies, etc., that are not a lot of work which equals not a lot of time.    May I suggest wishing someone a BLUE Christmas with some fabulous blueberry topping along with a CD of blues music.

Keep in mind that Recipe Records makes a wonderful gift and now through Friday, December 16 receive FREE SHIPPING with your purchase!  You can purchase the books on our website using Pay Pal, or contact me via email (I joke to many about how I tote books around in the back of my car .... it's no joke )    The book is also available at

On page 181 of the book you'll find one of my favorite recipes, Bell Bottom Bluesberry Topping, along with stories about our love of blues music.  Bell Bottom Blues is one of my favorite songs and is by Derek and the Dominoes....  if you aren't familiar with that band... Derek = Eric Clapton .   As far as I can remember they only released one album as a band--but that was all they needed.  That album yielded "Layla" and many other what I call "crying songs" .   Eric was desperately in love with George Harrison's wife during this time period & helped to create this album with her in mind.

You still have time to whip up this super easy topping, fill up a glass jar, tie a ribbon around it and pass it along.  The topping is delicious on pancakes, pound cake, ice cream or just by the spoonful (which is how I personally prefer it) .  The recipe came from Mom and I have many fond memories of making Christmas treats for teachers, etc., at Christmas with her.  So make a memory with your family this year......

Bell Bottom Bluesberry Topping
(a tribute to the song Bell Bottom Blues by Derek & The Dominoes)

3 C. Blueberries, rinsed & drained (frozen blueberries are most economical)
3/4 C. Granulated Sugar
2 tsp. Cornstarch
1/2 C. Water
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

Combine sugar & cornstarch in saucepan. Add blueberries, water and lemon juice and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to desired thickness.  Great over ice cream, pound cake, vanilla pudding, pancakes & waffles.

Here's a few Blues suggestions for that CD to accompany the topping:

Lanea's Suggested Blues Songlist:

Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
Bell Bottom Blues - Derek & The Dominoes
Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf
Come In My Kitchen - Robert Johnson
My Man - Billie Holiday
Baby Scratch My Back - Slim Harpo
Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Sonny Boy Williamson (Jonny Lang does a mean version also)
T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker
Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King


Lanea will be at Tallulah's kitchen store, 812 E. Broadway in Columbia, Missouri, this Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.!  Looking forward to seeing old friends & making some new ones!!

As always - feel free to email with questions about the book or about preparation of any recipe!


Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records

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