My grandma instilled in me the love of cooking. She taught me that there is a magic in food. That it brings people together. That it comforts and that it can bind a family together.
When I was little summers tasted like blueberries…and family smelled like fresh baked blueberry pie.
Grandma never had central air conditioning. At 80-something, she still doesn’t… turning on the window A/C is a sign of weakness. I don’t remember minding it when I was little, but now it seems hotter, and I worry that she will over heat. I tell her to turn on the A/C… I tell her that I worry…. but she is pig-headed. I can call her that, because I love her…. and because sometimes I catch a glimpse of what I might be like at 80-something…. heaven help the nieces and nephews who are left to deal with me. Hopefully by then I too will have filled their memories with blueberries, comfort and love…. and they will find themselves as I find myself now…. Blessed, worried, aggravated and amused… in equal parts.
Grandma’s Blueberry Cream Pie
- 1 c. – Sugar
- 3 c. – Blueberries
- 1 tsp. – Cinnamon
- 3 tbls. – Corn Starch
- 8 oz – Cream Cheese
- 1 can – Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/3 c. – Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp. – Vanilla
- ¼ tsp. – Cinnamon
Heat blueberries with a dash of water over medium heat; add ¾ cup sugar and cinnamon. Mix ¼ cup sugar with corn starch. Slowly add mixture to boiling berries. Stir until thickened.
Combine cream filling ingredients in a large bowl, blending well.
Pour cream mixture into already prepared crust; top with blueberry mixture.
Refrigerate before serving.