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It’s National Blueberry Month…and we’re celebrating with the famous Blueberry Muffin recipe from Jordan Marsh and Stern’s Department Stores

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Truth be told, it’s National Blueberry Month in Canada! My homeland loves to differentiate itself from its neighbor to the south.  In the US, National Blueberry Month is held in July.  Well, it’s colder up north and perhaps their crop doesn’t come into its own until now.  And come to think of it, Andrew actually made both of this salute to Blueberries in July!  But this recipe is so good, you could make them any month of the year and they’d be a celebration of the wonderful taste of Blueberries. And there’s this:  You can freeze summer blueberries for three to six months, without any loss of the antioxidants Blueberries are famous for.  (By the way, if you can’t find fresh blueberries to freeze, the ones you will find in the frozen food section have all the health benefits of the home-frozen variety. And there’s even better news:  Research shows that the antioxidants in blueberries not only benefit the nervous system and brain health, there’s new evidence that blueberries improve memory. And the more you eat, the greater the results: 12 weeks of eating ¾ lbs. of blueberries daily improved cognitive function in two different tests. What a wonderful thought!  Preserving your memory with a Blueberry Muffin.  But this is not just any old blueberry muffin.

 When our dear friend Mary was here last month, she and Andrew were comparing notes on blueberry muffins.  Both Andrew and Mary were waxing nostalgic about some Department Store Blueberry Muffins, that, for years, they went out of their way to buy.  Andrew remembered Wednesday night dinners with his sister and her then-husband when Blueberry Muffins from Stern’s, where he was then working, stood in for dessert.  Mary remembered the blueberry muffins from another department store, Jordan Marsh. This was an age when bake shops in Department stores often the birthplace of great baked goods.  Who can forget Neiman-Marcus’ Chocolate Chip cookies? Both Sterns and Jordan Marsh are history: both absorbed into the Macy’s brand.  But their blueberry muffins live on in memory and, fortunately, in a recipe which Mary, a googler beyond compare, managed to find and send to Andrew who promptly baked two dozen of these incredibly moist, blueberry-filled, sugar-coated treats which we seemed to eat mornings, noon and after dinner.  Talk about good!

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