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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lemon Blueberry+Raspberry Buckle

Blueberry Lemon Buckle

having two avid cooks/bakers in one kitchen can be chaotic. usually, it's one or the other who's puttering in front of the stove. i tend to read while dw puts together a meal, and he in turn, tries to help me when i take on the duties but as he once told me, i'm usually blissfully unaware of anything and everything around me while i'm measuring and/or stirring.

it's not that i think of cooking as a solitary activity, it's just that i haven't learned to cook with anyone. also, it's a different style approach. dw talks out loud, he likes to have all the dishes washed & put away, have everything mise en place before he even turns on the stove/oven. me? i prep to a certain point, get bored and then go full speed ahead (if rachael ray and giada di laurentiis can do, damnit, so can i!). i am also capable of working with a full sink of dirty dishes & a minuscule amount of counter top space. yes, i've gotten burned, burned food and well, i see the benefit of doing it dw style, but i still prefer my method.

there's nothing wrong with either of our styles... unless both methods are being utilized in one kitchen. when i made this buckle for a dinner with friends in DC, he was in the midst of cleaning up the kitchen AND trying to come up with a dish for another dinner with another set of friends, locally. i was trudging along like no one else was in the space with me, while he was trying to accommodate my erratic movements and early morning stupor. at the time we were short on temper but now looking back, i can only roll my eyes. how many people can truly say they can cook & bake with their darling loves??

recipe adapted from food librarian, originally from the LA Times. i added red raspberries to the crumble top, because why not?


  1. I wholeheartedly agree. I don't know how to cook with someone either. If my husband helps, I prefer that he does the lot or keep away. Also, everyone has different cooking styles. I have a good idea of how I want things done. Maybe I'm a bit of a control freak in my own kitchen. Cute blueberry bowl by the way :)

  2. Oh gosh, I couldn't cook with someone if I tried in my kitchen -- you literally can't stretch both arms all the way out at the same time without bending your elbows, it's so small.

    That being said, I do love helping in other folks' kitchens, with peeling or chopping or scrubbing. I mostly like to be told what to do, like I'm on KP duty.

    Also? This buckle looks amazing. I'm on a total blueberry kick this summer. ODing on BBs!

  3. You know, I read somewhere once where you can only have one alpha dog in the kitchen or else you'll always be fighting about which way to do things and where things are stored and stuff like that. Guess that's why they have head chefs at restaurants. Everyone else is just the sous chef or line cook.

    That's how it is when I have other people in my kitchen. I direct them, but I'm alpha.

  4. I don't even like blueberries but I find them very appealing in these pics.

  5. Mmmm this looks good! In every partner situation I've seen, there's usually only room for one cook, so great you can share! I cook like you too-- some times its clean and organized... other times, it looks as if my kitchen threw up.

  6. Such a true post :) when im in the kitchen I like to be alone I have to say, baking is happy 'me time' :) Your buckle looks gorgeous too, love your little additions on the top, deelish :)

  7. Mmmm...this buckle looks incredible! I can't wait to give it a try! :)

  8. @bunnyeatsdesign, it really is quite funny to observe a couple in the kitchen. it takes years to be a smooth running machine and until we reach that point, we'll just dance around each other... the journey is what i'm interested in anyway. :)

    @meister, our respective kitchens lack proper counter space (well, space in general!) but it's always nice to have someone else in there with you, to chat, to taste etc. i also like prep duties when it's not my nite to cook.

    @chi wc, yes - as dw said to me recently, i am very dominant. this is why nuria & he are usually delegated to sous chef status when i cook! :)

    @heather, you astound me sometimes with your adversion to berries. girl, i will convert you one day! :)

    @karen, in either kitchen state, as long as the end product is yummy, who cares, right?

    @the procrastobaker, i generally reserve midnight or early morn baking as "me time", but other times, as much as it can be frustrating, i do enjoy dw underfoot... he's my tastetester ... and bestest cheerleader! :)

    @sweetpeakitchen, i hope you enjoy it, especially with this season's blueberries!

  9. Loving reading about your new relationship dynamic and the kitchen! Yeah, Chicken-Man always offers to help when I'm going buck wild in the kitchen but I'm usually in major project mode and he gets out of my space. Interestingly enough I made a buckle last year and somehow we both found the word hilarious and it's now a favorite pet name for each other :D