Gingered Blueberry-Mulberry Crisp (GF)

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Come summertime, blueberries are royalty in North Carolina. Deep navy berries weigh down nearly every branch of these bountiful high-bush varietals. Cup your hand up and around a ripened bunch to gently, effortlessly dislodge 10 or more berries in one grab, letting them tumble down into one of your waiting baskets.

Mulberry trees, though more prevalent in our home state of Wisconsin than here, are equally as prolific. If not more so. Foraging, conversely, is very tedious. A ladder is needed, and given the limited range of which one can safely stretch atop this lofty perch, re-positioning multiple times is also required. It’s no simple task. Painstaking, even, but if you ask me, worth every minute and bead of sweat as you pluck individual berries in the early summer heat.

Turning from white to fuchsia to the darkest purple when fully ripe, mulberries resemble blackberries in both appearance and seedy texture. If you’ve never tasted one, the flavor is similar to their fig cousins, with subtle floral notes of pear and citrus in the background.

There’s also a touch of bitterness behind the layers of sweet mulberry flavor. Here, beneath a crunchy oat-nut blanket, juicy blueberries and spice notes of cinnamon + fresh and dried ginger offer balance.

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Homemade Fresh Ricotta Cheese

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Crumbly, crystalline aged cheeses and cheeses bearing that ripe, in-your-face (and up-your-nose) funk — to both I say yes, please, and thank you very much.

Then there are the light and fresh cheeses. So quintessentially summer, with simple recipes to match the laid-back warm weather vibe.

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Nutrient Spotlight on Calcium

From the Author Nutrient Spotlight

This post is part of the series Nutrient Spotlight... meant to explore the what, why, where, and how of important dietary players, with some culinary inspiration to get you started.

What is the most plentiful mineral in the human body? You guessed it – calcium.

What is it? // Why do I need it?

Predominantly found in the skeletal network, calcium is vital to strong bones and healthy teeth, essential in the prevention of osteoporosis, degenerative bone diseases, fractures, and age-related bone loss. It is also part of the framework that makes up our tissues, nerve cells, blood and other fluids wherein it helps promote a strong heart and circulatory system, proper muscle and nerve function, blood clotting, and the release of certain hormones.

During pregnancy, adequate maternal stores of calcium promote healthy development of fetal bones, muscles, teeth and heart. Deficiency may result in decreased maternal bone mass, tooth damage and increased osteoporosis risk later in life as the woman’s body will pull from her stores to strengthen those of the baby. Adequate maternal calcium is still important after delivery to enrich the baby through breastmilk and prevent depletion of maternal bone stores.

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