Blueberry Polenta Cake

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by Chris on July 4, 2011

mirtillo/blueberry

Happy Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011 Independence Day Monday! Like many of you, I will be spending the day with celebrating July 4th with dear friends, good food, and (probably) a cold beer.  Anxious to get my party on, today’s post is a quick and to the point.

For today’s Eat. Live. Be. topic, #27, my assignment is to explain what I can’t live without and why. That’s a toughy.  The last two years have presented the toughest challenges for me both personally and professionally. Yet, the trials and tribulations have also opened my eyes to what’s important.  And, my possessions are not it.  Okay, I look at my mixers and other baking supplies and they look back at me with puppy dog eyes.  I love them.  I do!  But, as much as I hate to say it, the tools of the trade are replaceable.  What I cannot can’t live without is my memories.

My memories have become more and more prevalent in my everyday life.  And, I am not exactly sure why. Usually cooking sparks many of the remembrances.  Case in point, this Blueberry Polenta Cake.  Although the cake isn’t one I grew up with, it has a moist, dense, delightful texture that makes you wish it was around all the time. The cake kind of represents the vivid sweet personality of the matriarchs in my family, especially with the fresh berries and zing of the lemon. Its summer freshness brings about memories of playing bocce ball with my Pop Pop in the front yard of my grandparents Katonah, New York home…the one with the 200 foot hill driveway, while my brother stayed in the back shed working on his car. Or, the lemony brightness reminds me of when my mom and I walked the many gardens of various historical landmarks in Budapest, laughing and sharing moments I will forever cherish.

The smallest inkling can spark a memory, good or bad.  Even the bad are there (I think) to keep us moving forward.  Without the memories, our personal sustenance would be compromised.  So, as you build your memories today and everyday, think about what makes them special.  Then, share those thoughts with those you hold dear.

Be safe and have fun!

Other Blueberry Beauties that might interest you:

I made a Blueberry Mango Soup last month that was Marcus Samuelsson delicious!

Merry Gourmet:  Blueberry Ice Cream Pie or Oven Baked Blueberry French Toast or Blueberry Cobbler

Leite’s Culinaria: Blueberry Tea Cake

Browney Eyed Baker: Blueberry Muffins

Family Fresh Cooking:  Gluten Free Blueberry Layer Cake or Lemony Blueberry Muffins

Barbara Bakes:  Blueberry Struesel Muffins

Healthy Green Kitchen:  Blueberry Lavender Rhubarb Jam

Eggless Cooking:  Vegan Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Kalyn’s Kitchen:  Low-Sugar Double Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

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Kate July 5, 2011 at 9:26 AM

It’s great to have memories to bring you up during times that aren’t as good.

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Marge Perry July 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM

I love this post– and I love Blueberry Polenta Cake!My husband made one last year, and I remember toasting it and smearing it with butter for my son, who insisted he didn’t need to eat and then sat at the kitchen table just a little while longer…Thanks for the sweet memory.

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Maris(In Good Taste) July 5, 2011 at 8:04 PM

What an awesome combination! Healthy and so delicious!

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Rivki July 5, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Tim. Lovely holiday recipe.

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rivki July 5, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Silly auto correct. That should have said YUM.

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Chris July 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Thanks everyone!

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Cynthia July 12, 2011 at 1:34 AM

I love everything blueberry :)

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