Summer Foraging Recipe: Elderberry-Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

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In the woodland valleys of Central California, Elderflower trees have been in bloom all spring with their prolific, lacy white blossoms.  I've enjoyed making Elderflower syrup, candied elderflowers and sweet Elderflower Tempura.  A few days ago, I noticed that some of the trees are starting to bear fruit -- diminutive, tart little berries, deep purplish-blue growing in heavy clusters.  

Inspired by a love of biscuits and jam, foraging, and adapted from a recipe from Simply Beyond Herbs, I whipped up a simple and delicious jam made from the foraged Elderberries, fresh blueberries and using chia seeds for a perfect jammy consistency.

Enjoy and Happy Foraging!
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Elderberry-Blueberry Chia JamYield: One half-pint jarAuthor: Jenn Erickson Prep time: 10 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 20 M An easy and delicious sweet-tart jam to make from foraged Elderberries. Ingredients:1 1/2 cups elderberries, rinsedPinch of salt1 cup blueberries, rinsed2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds1/2 Tabl…

Recipe Rewind: Cool Off With An Orange Creamsicle Cooler


Cool and creamy as vanilla soft-serve and bursting with sunkissed orange, the Creamsicle is a classic summer cool-off treat!


Of course, a summer's day and frozen sunshine-on-a-stick can lead to a pretty sticky situation. So today I'm sharing this recipe for an Orange Creamsicle Cooler that I originally created for Pfister last summer. What better way to enjoy the lazy days of summer than lolling in a hammock or reclining on a lawn chair, taking long slow sips of this frosty treat?  

And when the summer swelter gives way to the crisp air of fall, it's nice to know that a sip of summertime and childhood nostalgia is only a few whirrs of the blender away .


Creamsicle Cooler 
Makes two 8 oz. glasses
  • 2 regular scoops orange sherbet
  • 1 regular scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup orange juice (we use fresh squeezed)
  • 1/2 cup lowfat milk

Combine ingredients in a blender at high speed for 10 seconds, or until frothy. Pour in a glass, top with homemade whipped cream. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!



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