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Sumptuous Summertime Blueberry Pie

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Blueberries are my favorite fruit! When I buy blueberries for baking, I need to buy twice as many to compensate for all that I eat!.  As much as I love blueberries I love to make pies. A marriage made in heaven, pie crust and blueberries.  The blueberry pie I made today is very rich and yummy. A wonderful combination of blueberries, sour cream, cream cheese with a walnut crumb topping.  Think blueberries bake in a rich custard, surrounded by pie crust topped with a cinnamon walnut crumb topping.  Rich, Rich, Rich!

Crumb Topped Blueberry Pie

Pastry
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter
2-3 tablespoon apple cider or water
1 egg, beaten

Filling
1 cup sour cream
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups blueberries, washed and dried

Crumb Topping
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup ground walnuts

Pastry
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Cooking and Gardening two of my favorite things

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Cooking and gardening just go together. I couldn't imagine doing one without the other. This year I am so excited I planted, just a few, heirloom tomatoes in my garden. I made a small kitchen garden close to my deck. I can easily pick tomatoes and herb right out of the garden to the kitchen. I love the design that I created. I placed a slate paver in the center of the garden and circled the paver with the tomato plants. Then I added a circle of basil plants. Around the edge of the garden I intermingled more herbs.  For the focal point of the garden I planted a large strawberry jar planter with annuals and herbs placing the planter in the garden on the slate paver.  More planted seasonal annuals add a cascade of beautiful colors to complete my kitchen garden combining function and beauty.
I can't wait to harvest my delicious heirloom tomatoes. Last year I purchased these tasty beauties making the thoughts of picking my own home grown tomatoes so wonderful. Heirloom tomatoes ar…