I absolutely love berries. Specifically I love fresh berries during the summer months. I can put them on cereal, bake them in pies, and just eat them out of hand. Those sun-kissed beauties are only available (i.e. affordable) this time of year, and since they're in season their flavor is the absolute best.
If you've never picked them straight off the bush, get yourself to a U-Pick farm ASAP. There is nothing better than plucking a blueberry off a branch, warm from the sun, and popping it in your mouth! A few weekends ago, Rose's Berry Farm was picking both raspberries and blueberries. So Rafe and I picked our weight in both. We did our best to eat as much as we could (we froze gobs of them as well) so they would not spoil.
Normally I am a savory breakfast person, but with a kitchen overflowing with berries that were a mere 1/2 day old, I decided this was one of those rare times where I would relax my Sunday bacon and eggs breakfast mentality....and make pancakes.
Rafe was concerned that we had no 'mix'. But I knew that a quick consultation with Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything would have us well on our way to flapjacks in no time flat.
Topped with butter and real maple syrup - these pancakes were the perfect vessel to highlight our farm fresh haul.
Oh berries, I will miss you come wintertime!