I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I recently started working full-time at a bakery in Manhattan, and I’d forgotten how mentally draining it feels after a busy day at work. I interact with people all day long, and it is becoming increasingly hectic as we move into our busy season. I am really enjoying it there, and frankly I’m grateful to have a full-time job in this economy. But it’s been tricky trying to balance self-care with working full-time again. I need to get better at learning how to schedule my time. I think some people call that time management. I’ve only gone to yoga a few times this month, and recent weekends have consisted mainly of basic requirements i.e. buying groceries, picking up dry cleaning, etc. The older I get, the more I realize that perhaps I just need to accept the fact that I am the type of person who needs to keep constant lists so as not to forget what it is I need to do and/or want to do in the future. Oh right! I enjoy going to movies during the week! It takes me out of my head, and sometimes even makes me feel things.
My husband made fun of me the other night. I was telling him that I felt guilty for bailing on next month’s book for my book club. “I REALLY don’t like the book”, I whined. “And there are just SO MANY books on my reading list that I can’t be bothered to finish a book if it doesn’t grab me right away.” He smiled and responded with, “Wow, sounds like you’re grappling with a big problem there.” And that is why I love him. He has a way of finding humor in almost anything. If feeling guilty about not finishing a book is my biggest problem right now, I guess I’m doing ok in the self-care department. Until I discover a movie that I can’t get through…oh god.
I made this Blueberry Cobbler w/ Cheddar Biscuits recipe at the peak of summer when blueberries were in the ether in this part of the country. I was craving a baked fruit dessert and this looked tantalizing. I added a bit more sugar and cinnamon to the recipe, Adapted from How Sweet It is, since the original wasn’t quite sweet enough for me. The cheddar biscuits are a nice complement to the cobbler; it reminded me of when people used to put a slice of cheddar cheese on top of apple pie. If you like the combination of fruit and cheese, you will really appreciate this dessert! Overall, the cobbler is a delicious summer dessert that isn’t heavy at all. Try it and let me know what you think!
Blueberry Cobbler w/ Cheddar Biscuits
- 3 cups blueberries
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
cheddar biscuit topping
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cut into pieces
- 2 oz. sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated
- 7-8 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, toss the blueberries with the sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon and add them to a 6 or 8-inch oven-safe skillet.
- In a larger bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Add in the butter and mix with a fork, pastry blender or your fingers until the butter is in crumbs and pieces.
- Fold in the grated cheese, then stir in the milk and vanilla extract until a dough has come together but is just combined.
- Spoon the dough on top of the blueberries.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the topping is set and the blueberries are juicy and bursting.