Kay Wheeler Moore

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The Newfangled Country Gardener is for anyone who has a garden, would like to have a garden, or who simply enjoys eating the garden-fresh way. I don't claim to be an expert; in this blog I'm simply sharing some of the experiences my husband and I have in preparing food that is home-grown.

About the author

Kay Wheeler Moore is the author of a new cookbook, Way Back in the Country Garden, that features six generations of recipes that call for ingredients that are fresh from the garden. With home gardening surging in popularity as frugal people become more resourceful, this recipe collection and the stories that accompany it ideally will inspire others to cook the garden-fresh way and to preserve their own family food stories as well. The stories in this book center around the Three Red-Haired Miller Girls (Kay's mother and aunts) who grew up in Delta County, TX, with their own backyard garden so lavish that they felt as though they were royalty after their Mama wielded her kitchen magic on all that was homegrown. Introduced in Kay's previous book, Way Back in the Country, the lively Miller Girls again draw readers into their growing-up world, in which a stringent economic era--not unlike today's tight times--saw people turn to the earth to put food on the table for their loved ones. The rollicking yarns (all with recipes attached) have love, family, and faith as common denominators and show how food evocatively bonds us to our life experiences.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Queen of Desserts—this Blackberry Cobbler gets my vote

Homemade blackberry cobbler—quadruple yum! Am I livin’ the dream, or what? . . . walking out to my own blackberry vines, hosing down those fresh berries in my own kitchen sink, laying them out on the bottom of an oiled dish, dusting on the sugar mixture, and lacing a lattice crust over the top. It made a beautiful cobbler on which we’ve been feasting for days.

This recipe, I’m proud to report, is from my very own cookbook—Way Back in the Country Garden. It’s the dessert that my cousins Bill and Jana brought to the meal served before Aunt Frances’ funeral three years ago. An absolutely superb and fail-proof recipe. I really think that Blackberry Cobbler must be the queen of desserts, rivaled only by homemade Peach Cobbler, which is upcoming soon on this blog.

It has reigned around our house for several days—best news yet, I divided the cobbler into two square pans and managed to squire one away for the days in which those vines of summer are a memory.

Blackberry Cobbler

2 quarts blackberries
2 cups sugar (or sugar substitute)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick butter
1 purchased pie crust, or crust made from your favorite recipe
melted butter for brushing crust
extra sugar (or sugar substitute) for sprinkling over crust

Spray with cooking oil a 13-by-9-inch baking dish (or two square baking dishes). Spread the blackberries into the dish. Mix sugar and flour; then sprinkle mixture over berries. Slice the stick of butter into 1/2-inch slices; then dot the butter pats over berries, sugar, and flour. Place pie crust strips in a crisscross pattern over the berries. Brush the crust with melted butter; sprinkle with extra sugar. Bake at 350 degrees until the cobbler is golden brown. Makes 6 servings.

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