SO HERE’S THE THING…

Unfortunately, despite our grand plans to make July an absolutely awesome food month, time just wasn’t on our side. It’s not that we didn’t share some fun recipes with you (because we totally did!) – we just gave you more Blueberry Month than Bison Month and that’s not really what we had planned.

For those who don’t know us personally, I feel like sharing that John works some crazy hours in the summer, so some nights he barely has the time (or energy) to make dinner, let alone whip up something blog-worthy. As for myself, I’ve been having a hard time battling a chronic illness/health issue that (for various reasons) limits me from being able to regularly keep up with posts, photography, and social media. Plus, on top of all that, we’ve told you before that our tiny kitchen and this ridiculous weather don’t exactly make food blogging very easy AND we have a big announcement coming up (that we can’t tell you about juuuuust yet) – so yeah, all things considered, Blueberry Bison Month was harder to undertake than we anticipated.

With that being said… since we made up the holiday to begin with, Blueberry Bison Month will live on for a little while longer. Not only do we want to share what we had in mind (including the signature dish that gave us our name), but The Blueberry Bison blog is coming up on post #100 and it only feels right for that post be part of the celebration!

It might take us a little while to get there with everything that’s going on, but we’ve always said that this blog is more about having fun and enjoying food than keeping a schedule or pandering for attention. We’re very lucky that we have such a great group of followers who understand and support our little non-traditional food blog, so thank you again and stay tuned!

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FEATURED POST: INTRODUCING THE BLOODY BISON – OUR TWIST ON A BLOODY MARY!

I don’t know how this happened, but somehow Blueberry Bison Month turned into Boozy Blueberry Bison Month because we’ve shared nothing but mixed drinks lately!

Introducing... The Bloody Bison! It's a #BlueberryBison inspired twist on the traditional Bloody Mary. Check it out at theblueberrybison.com

Actually, I take that back because I know exactly how this happened – we have the world’s smallest kitchen and a serious lack of central air. Every weekend this summer we’ve gotten ready to spend all day in the kitchen (especially for Blueberry Bison Month!) but after a few hours with the oven on, it’s almost too much to handle. An already hot day + no breeze + 400 degree oven + tiny kitchen = awful conditions for food blogging productivity.

Introducing... The Bloody Bison! It's a #BlueberryBison inspired twist on the traditional Bloody Mary. Check it out at theblueberrybison.com

Drinks, however, are quick and easy… Continue reading

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FEATURED POST: 5 RABBIT INSPIRED DECONSTRUCTED LATIN-STYLE LOBSTER ROLL

On our last post, we held a little poll to find out which 5 Rabbit Brewery pairing dish you’d like to see on the blog and you all picked the deconstructed Latin-style lobster roll!

Deconstructed Latin-Style Lobster Roll | theblueberrybison.com

Deconstructed Latin-Style Lobster Roll | theblueberrybison.com

Inspired by 5 Rabbit Brewery's 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier, check out this Deconstructed Latin-Style Lobster Roll via theblueberrybison.com #craftbeer #beerpairing

Doesn’t it look fantastic? I mean, I’m still drooling just looking at the pictures. Continue reading

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BLUEBERRY PINEAPPLE MARGARITA WITH A SWEET HONEY SALT RIM

Let me start off by saying that I grew up on crappy beer and cheap shots; we didn’t really drink mixed drinks. We might do the occasional rum and coke or maybe even a vodka cranberry, but we didn’t do the kind of drinks that get the reputation of being “girly” drinks. As some of you know, Lady J is quite a feminist and when we started dating, I started to learn more about stereotypes and realized how stupid and sexist we acted when I was younger – and that includes there being a stigma about mixed drinks among me and my friends…

Blueberry Pineapple Margarita with a Sweet Honey Salt Rim | theblueberrybison.com

…but that’s just ridiculous. They’re delicious! I’m happy to say that – as an intelligent, mature adult – I love mixed drinks. Just look at my latest creation: a blueberry pineapple margarita with a sweet honey salt rim!

Celebrate National Tequila Day! Try this delicious Blueberry Pineapple Margarita with a Sweet Honey Salt Rim from theblueberrybison.com Continue reading

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BLUEBERRY MANGO CHIPOTLE DAIQUIRI

We mentioned yesterday that simple syrups are great for drinks, so what better way to put our batch of organic blueberry mint simple syrup into action than with a daiquiri? Not only do daiquiris regularly use simple syrup, but it’s also National Daiquiri Day this weekend! Perfect, right? Two birds, one stone and all that – actually I guess it’s three “birds” because we kept with the National Blueberry Month theme as well:

Blueberry Mango Chipotle Daiquiri | theblueberrybison.com

Celebrate National Daiquiri Day with a Blueberry Mango Chipotle Daiquiri! | theblueberrybison.com Continue reading

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BISON BASICS: ORGANIC BLUEBERRY MINT SIMPLE SYRUP

To me, simple syrups are key not only in any bar or restaurant, but in any kitchen period. They’re literally so simple to make (it’s just equal parts sugar and water along with whatever flavors you want to add), they last a long time, and they’re great to have on hand as quick and ready flavor enhancers.

Bison Basics: Organic Blueberry Mint Simple Syrup | theblueberrybison.com

The obvious use for simple syrup, of course, is in drinks. Simple syrups are great for not only alcoholic drinks, but things like teas and coffees as well because you don’t have to wait for anything to dissolve (like you would if you used regular sugar to sweeten your drink).

Beyond that though, simple syrups can be used in a multitude of ways: in soups, in stocks, in sauces, with sautéed vegetables or grilled meats… you name it.

The complex flavors that you can add to a simple syrup are infinite too. You could do something like a coriander mango pasilla pepper simple syrup or a mushroom blackberry rosemary simple syrup. Those are just two examples, but they show how you can take completely different flavor profiles and bring them together in one single product.

Sure, you could flavor your dish with all of those ingredients individually, but simple syrups act like a one-stop shop and really do all the work for you. By creating a simple syrup, it helps to really blend and marry all of the components, which makes for a stronger simple syrup and, of course, a more flavorful dish.

Simple syrups are also a lot smoother, so if you’re using a simple syrup like the coriander mango pasilla pepper to baste grilled meat, you won’t have the chunks of mango or pepper that you might if you just did a basic puree. There’s also the added bonus of saving yourself some time and energy as well: next time you want to make a mushroom blackberry rosemary chicken for dinner, you can just use your simple syrup instead of going through the steps to buy, prep, and season individually with all of those ingredients.

In the spirit of Bison Basics (our unintentional theme this week), we wanted to start off our first simple syrup lesson with a simple variation — pun intended.

Organic Blueberry Mint Simple Syrup | theblueberrybison.com Continue reading

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BISON BASICS: HOMEMADE BLUEBERRY KETCHUP

So here’s the thing about condiments. They’re actually great vehicles for getting really creative, but a lot of people are quick to just grab something store-bought because it’s fast and easy. Unfortunately, fast and easy doesn’t always open the door for creativity. Fortunately for you, though, a delicious and easy homemade ketchup recipe is perfect for Bison Basics!

Be sure to add this #BisonBasics recipe for Homemade Blueberry Ketchup to your collection! | theblueberrybison.com Continue reading

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BLUEBERRY HONEYDEW BEERJITO

So, here’s the deal. There’s a reason John pretty much makes all the awesome things in this house, including mixed drinks. He wrote out this amazingly delicious recipe for a blueberry honeydew beerjito and all I had to do was recreate it the next day (aka, when there was some lovely natural light for food photography). Simple task, right?

Blueberry Honeydew Beerjito | theblueberrybison.com

Blueberry Honeydew Beer Mojito | theblueberrybison.com

Well, don’t let the pictures fool you. Continue reading

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BLUEBERRY BEANS AND BISON FRANKS

As you know from our last post, it’s blueberry bison month (as far as we’re concerned). We wanted to literally make this month all about blueberry and/or bison recipes, but we needed a jumping off point, so we looked at our food calendar. This weekend, Sunday is apparently Beans and Franks Day, so… what better than a Blueberry Bison twist on a classic?

Happy Blueberry Bison Month! To start things off, check out this #recipe for Blueberry Beans and Bison Franks via theblueberrybison.com Continue reading

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