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Savor the Flavor of Unique Berries

Originally published in Lehman’s Country Life Blog
By Dori Fritzinger

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries are the berries we commonly think of. Yet there is a wide choice of berries that are overlooked. Whether you are foraging for berries or have planted a berry patch, berries are nutritious and very versatile.

Here are helpful hints for planting and eating (my favorite part) and recipes to explore new flavors.

BOYSENBERRIES

Boysenberry Cobbler
Easy to make and awesome with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, this basic cobbler recipe is a tasty treat that works with a variety of fresh berries. (Original recipe from CDKitchen)

Berry Mixture:
1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
4 cups boysenberries or blueberries
1/8 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Batter Topping:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons soft butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a saucepan, mix cornstarch, sugar, and water. Add berries and cook on low to medium heat stirring until mixture is thickened – be sure to stir the bottom, the mixture will easily burn. Remove from heat, add butter and lemon juice. Pour into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish.

Prepare the batter by mixing all of the batter ingredients and beating with a spoon until the batter is smooth.

Drop the batter over the berry mixture. Bake 25-30 minutes.

Let cool and serve.

CRANBERRIES
The cranberry is not only for your Thanksgiving feasts. Cranberries don’t have to grow in bogs as they are commercially. There are varieties that grow happily from Canada to the Appalachian Mountains in the south of the United States. I personally have never grown them but love using them in cooking. There are many online companies to help you choose which kind of cranberry bush is the variety that is right for your area.

Fresh cranberries may be available in your local grocery seasonally – they freeze wonderfully too. Dehydrated cranberries can be used in any recipe calling for raisins. I especially like them in snack and baking recipes.

Kid Friendly Trail Mix
Purchased trail mix can be expensive and have additives. This recipe makes 8 to 10 servings and cost about less than $1.00 per serving (Original recipe from Genuis Kitchen.)

1 cup Cheerios™ toasted oat cereal
1 cup Goldfish™ crackers or 1 cup other cheese crackers
1 cup Craisins™ dried cranberries (or other favorite dried fruit)
1 cup cashews or 1 cup other favorite nuts (optional)
1 cup miniature M&M’s™ chocolate candies (or other chocolate candy)
1 cup Reese’s Pieces™ (or other peanut butter candy)
1 cup miniature pretzel twists or 1 cup pretzel stick
Throw everything together in a sealed container. Store in cool, dry area.

GOOSEBERRIES
Gooseberries are attractive plants that prosper in cool areas and under partial shade. Since they thrive under conditions that are marginal for many plants, they could be an important part of a home landscape or garden. But there is a major downside: It is illegal to grow gooseberries in many states. Be sure to check with your state agricultural department prior to purchasing plants in your location.

(Lehman’s Jams, Jellies and Fruit Butters offer a wonderful collection of flavors including gooseberry jam.)

MULBERRIES
We have wild mulberry trees growing on our property. They provide a wealth of delicious berries each year. Freeze them for a fresh berry taste in the middle of the winter. They are also ideal to use in wide range of blackberry recipes.

Mulberry Kuchen (Cake) – (Original recipe from Allrecipes)

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg (beaten)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups mulberries
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 375°F.

Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.

Beat milk, 1/2 cup white sugar, egg, and oil in a bowl. Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, and salt; mix until smooth. Pour into baking pan; sprinkle with mulberries.

Mix 3/4 cup flour, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup white sugar in a bowl; cut in butter and stir until mixture resembles crumbs, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle over cake.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

This is only the tip of the berry iceberg. Whether as jams on your morning toast or that delicious dessert, berries add flavor and fun.

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Could Tai Chi Benefit Arthritis?

The exercises of tai chi benefit many challenges face by people with arthritis as well as post-stroke, fibromyalgia and many other conditions that limit high joint pressured exercises.

If you have arthritis and suffer from frequent or constant joint pain, tai chi might be just exercise for you. Many people liken the practice of tai chi to a slow and graceful dance. With its smooth movements and stoic postures, it is a great way relax your body and mind while also getting some exercise.

Tai chi is also extremely easy to take up as a practice. You don’t need any equipment to get started other than some loose fitting, comfortable clothing and your own body. Some poses can be done with a partner, but you can practice tai chi alone or separately within a group as well.

What exactly is tai chi?
If you have ever seen a group of people moving slowly and gracefully in unison at a park or any large outdoor space, you have likely seen tai chi in action. Thai chi or Taijiquan is a form of exercise that originated in China.

Even though it was originally used for combat as a Chinese martial art, today it is used as a stress reliever and mindfulness body practice that helps practitioners center the mind and focus on deep breathing. It is a great exercise for those of an older age who may not be interested in jogging or aerobics as exercise. It is also widely used as a therapeutic practice for those with arthritis to increase mobility and strengthen muscles.

The benefits of tai chi for those with arthritis
Anyone can benefit from tai chi whether or not they have arthritis, but those who suffer from this specific joint disorders especially benefit from the smooth and graceful poses and moves that tai chi supports. Here are the most important benefits.

1. Easy postures and movements

Tai chi is very low impact, which is perfect for those with arthritis as jumps tend to negatively affect the joints and cause pain.

2. Calming results

Most people who perform tai chi for physical fitness or relaxation say that it not only helps their body, but also their mind. Some studies have shown that the stretches of tai chi help to decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and can increase serotonin, which has been linked with feelings of contentedness and happiness.

3. Safe exercise for joints

When you have arthritis and suffer from joint pain, you may be inclined to avoid exercise because of the additional pain it causes. But with tai chi, you are able to get daily exercise in without causing excessive pain at the same time.

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Father’s Day Memories

This article was originally published in “Lehman’s Country Life” blog for Father’s Day

Father’s Day Memories
By Dori Fritzinger

My Father’s garden was his passion. By December he would have all his seeds ordered and every day for a couple of weeks there would be boxes and envelopes in or by the mail boxes.

While he waited for their arrival there were many things “behind the scenes” to get ready. The large garden had to be plowed, and rotor tilled. His “Plant Room” as he called it (this room was downstairs off the finished basement), had to be prepared. The table the plants would be set on, was 2 ft x 4 ft and had been scrubbed spotless. All his growing lights, set to the correct heights, replacing bulbs if needed. Once the room was complete to his specifications, he would start planting seeds into their peat pots. Each and everyday he would check them, watering when needed and adjusting the light height as they grew.

When the plants were tall and strong he would start to harden them off in his garage, then moving them outside during the days, carried in at night. Once he was sure they were ready he would start the planting of the cold weather crops that he had prepared, in nearly every variety they could ever come in. This is while he was still caring for the multitude of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and a myriads of other kinds of plants that enjoyed warmer weather.

Daddy suddenly passed in 2011, he was unhooking his rotor tiller from his tractor. The garden was ready for us to carry on. In his “Plant Room” as well as garage were hundreds of plants waiting for our love and affection. Daddy always planted enough to supply the entire family with plants for their gardens.

Each year the family and I prepare the earth and plant the garden he loved so much. Always will it bring memories of his passion and love for me and his family. I will always miss him.

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