Food for Thought: Blueberry Daze planned July 5-6 in Grandview

By Loretto J. Hulse, Tri-City HeraldJune 19, 2013 

Bill's Berry Farm in Grandview will hold a Blueberry Daze Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 5-6. There will be craft and antique vendor booths, bluegrass music and entertainment for children, including Farmer Bill's tree fort, rides on the barnyard train, a petting zoo and pony rides.

The farm is at 3674 N. County Line Road.

There is a $5 parking fee Saturday.

For more information, go to www.billsberryfarm.com.

Bake-Off voting

You're the judge.

All the recipes entered in the Pillsbury Bake-Off Simple Sweets and Starters category are displayed at www.BakeOff.com, and you and I get to choose which will go on to the next level.

Vote from now through June 27 for your favorites, and the top recipes will be judged at the Bake-Off finals Nov. 10-12 in Las Vegas. You can vote for as many recipes as you like, but can only vote once for each recipe per category.

The Amazing Doable Dinners finalists already have been selected, but beginning July 4, Pillsbury will begin accepting recipes for the Quick Rise and Shine Breakfast category.

This year, to encourage simpler recipes, submissions have been limited to seven ingredients or less and must take no more than 30 minutes to prepare.

Flowers, food and wine

The annual Fruit Loop Wine Celebration in Hood River is June 22-23. Visit the many award-winning wineries in the area, stop off at the numerous produce stands and visit the alpaca yarn store.

For a full list of participating wineries and other businesses, go to www.hoodriverfruitloop.com or call 541-386-7697.

Wine with a view

The Wenatchee Ohme Gardens Wine & Food Gala is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 13. Sip award-winning wines from 12 of North Central Washington's premium vintners, nibble on gourmet food and enjoy the view of the Columbia River Valley.

Cost is $60 per ticket if purchased by June 30; $70 after July 1. Buy online at www.wenatcheewines.com.

New read

The book: Pizza: Grill It, Bake It, Love It! by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough.

Cost: $18

Best for: The authors have included 90 recipes for oven baked and grilled pizzas, scratch dough recipes and even appetizer pies like pesto and dried cranberry pizza. They've also included three basic sauce recipes and tips for using pre-baked crusts.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com. To receive a recipe via email each Tuesday, register at tricityherald.com and click on newsletters. This exclusive recipe does not appear in the newspaper.

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