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This is a perfect, simple sauce. Unlike some blueberry sauce recipes that call for a full cup of orange juice, and/or cinnamon, the focus is on the blueberries, where it should be. The addition of some fresh lemon juice and zest enhances that tangy-sweet blueberry taste. Try it on your morning yogurt, with pound cake, over waffles, or as an ice cream topping.

I’ve been using this outstanding cheesecake recipe for at least fifteen years. It appeared here three years ago, and it’s still my go-to. It’s silky-smooth and rich. You can see it looks quite elegant with some of this delicious sauce spooned over. I suggest you try both recipes!

Check out yesterday’s post about picking these gorgeous berries. One cup down, untold tens more to go.

Blueberry Sauce, a recipe from Cooking for 2, Summer 2007

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually whisk in water until smooth. Add the blueberries, lemon juice and peel; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until thickened, stirring occasionally (some berries will remain whole). Serve warm or chilled. Yield: ¾ cup.

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Sexy food

Good Lord. This was so good I could have licked my bowl. I wanted to create a beautiful dish using squid ink pasta and it was important that it taste as spectacular as it looked. Through several evening power walks I pondered how I could create a rich, transparent sauce that wouldn’t cover the pasta’s intense color. I knew that garlic, shallots and wine were a must. After some reading I decided to add clams and their juice, which was the magic ingredient that added depth and complexity. The lemon juice complemented the seafood, and a splash of half and half added richness.

I buy Rustichella brand squid ink spaghetti from Pastaworks, a great, local store here in Portland, Oregon. It’s also available online.

Squid ink pasta with shrimp and minced clams. Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound squid ink spaghetti (you can substitute squid ink linguini)
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 generous pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (6 ounce) can minced clams (drain and reserve clam juice)
  • ½ dry white wine
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • Juice from 1 juicy lemon
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ¾ pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • A nice handful of chopped, fresh Italian parsley

Directions:

Cook pasta until al dente.

While pasta’s cooking, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan or skillet. Add the minced shallot and sauté until it’s tender, stirring constantly. Add red pepper flakes and garlic. Continue to cook until garlic is fragrant. Add the reserved clam juice and white wine and turn heat to high. Cook for 2-3 minutes until sauce has reduced to half, but no more. Reduce heat and add chicken broth, lemon juice, and half and half. Simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add the shrimp and clams, cover the pan and cook for a minute or two just until the shrimp turn pink. Taste, and season with salt if needed.

Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Add parsley. Toss until pasta is coated with sauce.

Drain spaghetti. Add spaghetti and parsley to sauce and toss until pasta’s coated. Divide between four warm bowls and serve immediately. Serve with a crusty loaf of French bread.