I am trying my hardest to grow most of the fresh garden produce we eat throughout the summer months. And in addition to dining on heirloom vegetables as much as possible during that time, I am also freezing much of it in the forms of fresh, blanched and sauced. My husband makes the rounds of the local shops buying our meat, much of it raised locally. With all that said, my husband was surprised when I told him I purchased a membership at Costco. Actually, he wasn't surprised, he was astonished.
I'm not beyond saving a few bucks, you see, and there are certain things that just aren't produced in Minnesota. At Costco I can get huge bags of almonds and pecans, big bottles of pure vanilla extract, and what got me really excited was when I saw the large containers of dry yeast selling for less than the jar of yeast I have been buying at the grocery store. I rarely get out of Costco without buying some European cheese, organic eggs or fingerling potatoes. What I purchased on my last visit there was an enormous bag of frozen wild blueberries (at a great price). I had been wanting to make these muffins for some time, and the recipe encouraged using wild versus regular. I love these muffins and have made them several times now. Some suggestions: If you want to cut back on the amount of sugar in these muffins, forget the last step of dipping the crowns into melted butter, followed by the sugar-cinnamon mixture. They taste very good without this topping. Also, when adding the blueberries, if using frozen, mix them first with about a tablespoon of flour which will prevent somewhat, the blueberries bleeding into the flour mixture.
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