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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Cooking Up a Story
By Maureen Metzger
"Murder, She Wrote"
(Domestic Malice is #38 in the series)
Hi Murder, She Wrote fans,
Maureen Metzger here. Haven’t heard of me? I’m Sheriff Mort Metzger’s wife. His second wife, I should add. He was married to a nice lady named Adele before me. Adele liked Cabot Cove—it’s such a cute little town; you can’t help but like it—but she missed the bright lights of the big city. Mort had been a member of the NYPD before he moved up to Maine. So after a time in what she liked to call “the country,” Adele decided to move back home to Queens. Mort was miserable. He thought he was a one-woman man, but then he met me. He calls me his favorite redhead. (Not that he knows that many.) We were married by the mayor of Cabot Cove, and have lived happily ever after, if I do say so myself.
Needless to say, I didn’t win a ribbon. Jessica did, however. She took third place with her recipe for Aunt Edna’s Whortleberry Pie. “Whortleberry” is just another Maine word for blueberry. There’s also hurtleberry, huckleberry, and bilberry. You can go crazy with the names, but they’re all different kinds of blueberries, some of them wild, some of them cultivated. Most people think “lobster” when they hear you’re from Maine. But did you know that Maine is the number one exporter of low bush blueberries, the wild kind?
I won’t give you my secret recipe—I’m still working on it. But Jessica shared her recipe for Aunt Edna’s Whortleberry Pie. You can use blueberries, if you can’t find whortleberries. Whortleberries have dark red flesh and can stain your fingers, teeth, and tongue a delightful purple.
Aunt Edna’s Whortleberry Pie
Have your favorite pastry crust ready. Take 2 cups of whortleberries and cook them down for ten minutes with 2-3 TBS of honey (preferably from Maine) and 1 ½ TBS of cornstarch and a pinch of salt. Let cool and add some fresh berries to the mix before spooning it into the crust. Chill thoroughly.
If, like me, you like to experiment, you can try adding vanilla or cinnamon and nutmeg or lemon zest or butter or sour cream or ice cream or whipped cream. ;-)
Anyway, I’ll keep on experimenting with recipes. Mort’s a pretty good sport about my cooking. He eats everything I make even when he doesn’t like it. He thinks I don’t see it when he sneaks the rest of his dish into the garbage, but I’m not discouraged. I’ll keep trying and maybe one day, I’ll have a cooking show of my own. Wouldn’t that be fun?
2014 marks 25 years of “Murder, She Wrote” in print. There are 40 books in the series with three more under contract. The books are bylined by Jessica Fletcher, a fictional character, and Donald Bain, a non-fictional character. “Murder, She Wrote” is published by Obsidian, a division of NAL/Penguin.
Do you have a favorite recipe for Whortleberry Pie?