Blueberry Bliss

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I can attest to the fact that this recipe is absolutely outstanding–a friend served it at a dinner party she and her husband hosted last week. Barbequed Steak (even though it was cold as cold can be, Dave braved the outdoors for us), baked potatoes, asparagus and this dressing on a baby spinach salad with roasted walnuts, dried cranberries, blueberries and red onion:

BLUEBERRY SALAD DRESSING
1 cup of blueberries
2/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Refridgerate until serving time. This recipe accents a spinach salad well. Use up dressing within a week.
By the way, I brought garlic butter buns–that was my safe contribution. And we were served a chocolate cake celebrating the upcoming birthdays of my husband and I. Within a month of each other we are turning the big 3~0 x 2.
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But the big news of the night was that Debbie and Dave (our hosts) got married. They have been together for well over a quarter of a century and decided to take the plunge in a private ceremony. They broke the wonderful news to my husband and I, and our other good friends, Lee and Rhonda (who were married the same day a year later than we were) after they had celebrated our birthdays. Talk about humble hosts. I did not notice the flowers in the kitchen from their small but elegant wedding, nor the beautiful ring on her finger, (or Dave’s finger for that matter)–which makes me wonder: what kind of a reporter am I?

Anyway–it was a blissful night of food and friends.
Do you have some blissful moments shared with friends?
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  1. It would never occur to me to use blueberries in salad DRESSING. Brilliant! Happy birthdays to you and your husband. And why would you notice your friends got married? It seems they’ve been blissful for a quarter century already, they just kicked it up a notch! xoxoM

  2. I despise berries, however, this recipe is perfect for the next time I have to take a dish to work! They will think I’m a genius…and I like that!

    • it is always good to be looked upon as a genius at work — so what is it about berries you do not like?

      • I think it’s all in my mind. Strawberries look like red tongues, so all berries must therefore be yucky.

      • There are some people who have trouble eating various foods–my youngest son is like that — nothing wrong just the way he computes them

      • I love to cook with them, though. Especially desserts. So pretty.

  3. Tenth wedding anniversary on a beach in Goa with only Goans, ourselves, and one other English couple. The Goans treated us like friends, and things didn’t end till well after sun up. Lots of food, lots of music, lots of singing, lots of fun and comradeship.

    • what a wonderful anniversary – I would like mine there

      • Never forgotten it, even now i’m not married any longer. A very precious evening with some very precious people. We went back next year for my 40th birthday. We didn’t stay in the same place, but trekked over and arranged to be with our friends again.
        did I mention the fireworks? And the cards and the presents, and the little play they staged?

      • wow – and the fact that you remember it despite no longer being married means it was extra memorable

      • Once in a lifetime, I’d say. ;-)

  4. I love blueberries. Blueberry anything is happily consumed by me … but I never, ever even heard of blueberry dressing. Oh, boy! On my list of things to try. :)

    • I am glad I provided something new and blueberry for you — this was so good–you will love it!

  5. haha! I wouldn’t have noticed either. I never look at people’s hands. Good for them! I imagine that after a quarter of a century, they know each other fairly well. :D
    I’m keeping this recipe. It sounds easy, delicious and I can impress people with very little effort – that’s really what it’s all about, right? LOL!

    • Yes, I think they gave it a good trial run.
      This is an impressive but easy recipe — and so good–and you are right –that is what it is all about — we are always on the same wavelength

  6. I am hosting book club next month, and I will serve this dressing over spinach. Sounds delicious.

    Had some blissful moments with friends yesterday. Good friends are a blessing and any time spent with them is golden.

    • I could not have said it better–do the toasted walnuts too — they were so delicious!

  7. I love anything blueberry. I’ll definitely try this recipe soon. Your evening sounds delightful all round. Happy birthday to you both!

    • thanks Joan – John’s birthday is next week but he is older than me for a month and I kid him about it incessantly, until my birthday in April

  8. The gig last night was bliss!
    Love the blueberry dressing. Love to you and your friends – there’s nothing quite like good friends! :)

    • who could ask for more than a blissful gig–and you are right–there is quite like good friends

  9. What a great group of friends you have.

    And that dressing looks wonderful. I have the three blueberry bushes we planted in our backyard last year that produced bunches before they were even in our soil. They are just starting to poke green buds forth and I can taste the berries in my mind. I will copy your recipe and save it for when the berries return.

  10. It all sounds lovely.

  11. Can’t wait to try the dressing and congrats on your birthdays! My daughter and her husband will be thirty next week. Good times…

    • well I will be twice that much — thanks for the congrats

      • LOL AHHH ha! Have a great day! Missed that on completely!!! Grandma brain I have!

      • Grandma brain is good — I don’t have any grandchildren yet but my younger sister does and she just loves it

      • She is the absolute love of my life…

      • how sweet!

  12. I love salads like that with fresh blueberry dressing — one of our favorite spots up the NorthShore has a very similar salad to what you posted. Bliss with friends is some of the best — we treasure the 20+ years of our quarterly dinner club gatherings, which I have written about periodically in my blog. Three couples, adding 6 kids between us over the years, and never missing a gathering because of the “bliss” we enjoy!

    • friendship is so important and you have proven it by never missing a gathering and adding children to the mix — a tradition I hope you have forever

  13. Congrats all around, Lou Ann — it sounds like a wonderful evening with much to celebrate. That’s the good stuff (bliss) in life! And that blueberry dressing sounds divine. I’m printing it out. I just happen to have some blueberries in the fridge. :)

    • that is handy — I have to get some more balsamic vinegar too–yes we had a big surprise to celebrate that night with close friends

  14. Wonderful :)

  15. What a lovely night–and a lovely reporting of it!–even though you may have missed some key signs in the excitement of your evening. ;) This morning was actually going through old photos of picking blueberries so will keep this recipe until next summer because it looks really good!

    • it is really good
      going through old photos can be such fun and a wonderful walk down memory lane (don’t I sound old?)

      • Not old at all! Don’t you say so… grin…

      • :)

  16. I have a soft spot for blueberries my friend, this sounds great :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  17. Wow, what a delicious sounding salad dressing, and blueberries are so good for you aren’t they, so I say it’s a winner! I must make this. And how lovely that the dinner was a multi-celebration! :)

  18. I have five blueberry bushes in my yard and I always need recipes to use for the berries. My waistline can only handle so many muffins and bread :)
    Lovely evening. Why did they decide to marry after being together so long? They were pretty much done deal already? ( that sounds so romantic– done deal haaa) I am curious though , respectfully of course.

  19. Happy Happy News – Congratulations to Debbie & Dave!
    Time with friends can be far & few between. But – always nice when we get a chance to meet & catch up.

  20. What a delightful evening. And the salad dressing recipe does sound like Bliss. I have copied and saved it for future reference! Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Friendship should never be taken for granted and celebrating with friends is one of the best things I know–plus the food was wonderful!


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