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Huckleberry Delights Cookbook: A Collection of Huckleberry Recipes

by Karen Jean Matsko Hood
     
 

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For those of us living in the heart of Washington, we enjoy a deeper appreciation of the huckleberry. The Inland Northwest yields the greatest bounty of huckleberries in the country, from which author Karen Jean Matsko Hood writes and gathers her recipes for Huckleberry Delights Cookbook. Hood has brought together carefully selected huckleberry recipes with easy-to

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For those of us living in the heart of Washington, we enjoy a deeper appreciation of the huckleberry. The Inland Northwest yields the greatest bounty of huckleberries in the country, from which author Karen Jean Matsko Hood writes and gathers her recipes for Huckleberry Delights Cookbook. Hood has brought together carefully selected huckleberry recipes with easy-to-follow directions for beginner and accomplished cooks alike. These recipes are compiled with readily available ingredients as well as lots of poetry, history, and folklore for the reader to thoroughly enjoy time and time again. This would be a wonderful addition to any cook's cookbook collection. Share the health benefits of this delicious berry!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596493858
Publisher:
Whispering Pine Press International, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Huckleberry Nutrition and Health

As the interest in nutrition increases and people are becoming more and more conscious about what they eat, the interest in fruits and berries and their contents also grows. Although we still do not know much about the nutritional content of huckleberries, it is a fruit and, therefore, holds many of the same characteristics that are true for other fruits and berries.

Since the huckleberry is so closely related to the blueberry, it most likely would have very similar nutritional value. Therefore, it would be a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, as well as a good source of vitamin E.

Blueberries are the highest rated among 60 different fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capabilities. A study also found that blueberry wine delivered 38 percent more antioxidant anthocyanins than red wine, which is touted for its cardioprotective capability.

Studies of the bilberry (a cousin of the blueberry) have shown that its extract improves nighttime visual acuity. And, fruit may be even better for your eyesight than carrots!

There are many good reasons to eat huckleberries and other fresh fruits. First of all, most fruits and berries consist of mostly water, and they are 100% bad cholesterol-free. Eating food that is rich in water content makes it easier for your body to digest, so that your body can use its energy for other purposes, such as thinking. Fruit and berry juices take only about 15 minutes to digest, and raw fruits or berries take about 30 minutes to digest. A steak can take up to 8 to 10 hours to digest, especially when eaten in combination with potatoes. In comparison to fruits andberries (30 minutes), a lot of energy is lost to the digestion process of proteins, and this means that you cannot use that energy for other things like thinking or disposing of wasteful toxins in the body. Fruits and berries stimulate our brains to work clearer and smoother. In fact, it has been said that students eating fruit before an exam found that their test results were higher than when they did not.

Fruits and berries contain healthy fibers, and a diet with plenty of fiber can be helpful in the fight against high blood pressure and colon disease.

Huckleberry Wings

My sons love chicken wings, and this is an easy variation of the classic chicken wings recipes.

Ingredients:
1 1/2c. huckleberry preserves (recipe page 197)
1/3c. balsamic vinegar
3Tbs. soy sauce
1 1/2tsp. crushed red pepper
5lb. chicken wings

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.
3. In small saucepan combine preserves, vinegar, soy sauce, and red pepper; stir over medium heat until well blended, then remove from heat and cool.
4. In large bowl toss wings with half the preserves mixture, then place on baking sheets; bake for 20 minutes.
5. Turn wings and brush with remaining preserves mixture.
6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes more or until no pink remains in chicken and sauce glazes wings; serve immediately.

Yields: 6 servings.


Did You Know? . . . .

Did you know that the "garden huckleberry" is not a true huckleberry but is a member of the nightshade family, which includes not only nightshade but tomatoes and chili peppers?


Huckleberry Oven Custard Puff Pancake

Our family loves puff pancakes. The addition of huckleberries makes this a great breakfast treat.

Ingredients:

2 Tbs. butter
3 eggs
2 c. milk, divided
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. huckleberries
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Heat butter in heavy skillet in oven until bubbly.
3. While skillet and butter are heating, beat eggs, 1/4 cup milk, flour, sugar, and salt together in bowl until smooth; beat in remaining milk.
4. Pour into oven-heated skillet; bake for 20 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with berries and cinnamon.
6. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer, until knife inserted comes out clean and pancake is browned and puffed.
7. Serve immediately in pan at the table.
8. Cut into wedges to serve; sprinkle with additional fresh huckleberries.


Did You Know? . . . .

Did you know that huckleberries have pink flowers, and blueberries typically have white flowers?


Huckleberry Pineapple Relish

This is a delicious relish that is a great accompaniment to any meal. Just wait until your family gets a taste of this one! You will be making more very soon!

Ingredients:

2 c. fresh huckleberries, chopped
1 c. diced fresh pineapple
1 lg. jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely chopped
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tsp. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

1. In processor, pulse berries to coarsely chop; repeat separately to coarsely chop pineapple, then combine both in medium mixing bowl.
2. Add jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro, brown sugar, and salt; blend well.
3. Refrigerate up to 4 hours before eating if using fresh.
4. For preserving, bring to a boil in 2-quart saucepan; turn heat to simmer and cook for 8 minutes.
5. Pour into sterilized jars, and process following canning directions on page 234.

Meet the Author

Karen Jean Matsko Hood began writing as a shy author, but has now developed a voice all her own. Her writing always exhibits a unique story as well as a voice of empathy and purpose. Hood's writing is strong-minded. She is a meticulous wordsmith and combines stories with compassion. Hood has always loved children and is devoted to their needs. It is only natural that she would channel her efforts to include children's book and poetry. Hood reminds us of the importance of our links with nature and environment in our daily lives. Her writing carries the urgency and outrage with areas of current social injustice and inequality. The recurring theme in Hood's work is to provide a voice for those whose struggles cannot be heard. Hood's writing brings poignancy to the most hopeless of situations. She is romantic in her vision for a quest for dignity and social justice. Hood also writes about personal and spiritual themes. She is passionate both as a feminist and as an active children's rights advocate. Hood also works to encourage literacy for all ages. Her blend of traditionalism and modernism brings a current freshness and uniqueness to her own poetic voice. She is versatile in her writing style and is able to incorporate a wide range of themes and topics. Her poems have been published in a myriad of magazines and publications. Karen was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. In May 2001, she completed her Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Hood is working on research projects to complete her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She resides in Spokane, Washington, along with her husband, many of her sixteen children, and foster children. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, collecting, photography, indoor and outdoor gardening, farming, and the cultivation of unusual flowering plants and orchids.

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