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Thursday
May262011

Fore Street's Blueberry Crisp & A Giveaway

Ok. We've got a lot to talk about today, cupcakes, so settle down and pay close attention.

First of all, if you consider yourself a foodie and you have never been to Portland, Maine, then you should be very, very sad. Yes, sad! Because outside of New York City, Portland, Maine has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States! Seriously. Can you believe it? We couldn't believe it either. 

But, then we went there and we were all "where did all these restaurants come from? why are they all amazing? and more importantly, why are they all crowded? who knew there were so many people in Maine?"

Really. Go to there. Now. Especially when it's warmer outside. Because it gets COLD in Maine, in case you hadn't heard.

But, seriously, folks. Portland has the most incredible collection of restaurants we have seen in a looooong time. Each one is better than the last! They all typically focus on farm-to-table cuisine or fresh-from-the-ocean seafood that results in creative dishes that are fresh, fresh, fresh.

Our favorites as of today are Duckfat (I mean, really, how could you not like a place with a name like that), Bresca (super mini and amazing), Five Fifty-Five (in an old fire house, get the grilled cesar salad) and Bar Lola.

Of course there is also Street & Co for fish, Standard Baking Company for everything baked, Hugo's and the Grill Room which will prolly all be our favorites tomorrow.

But, our favorite restaurant in Portland as of always is most certainly Fore Street. Like favorite as in top 5 restaurant meal experiences every time we go. The ambience is so perfectly Maine-y and the food is to-die-for and the desserts will blow you away. And we are tough dessert critics. Well, we're just tough critics period but you get the idea.

Now, very unfortunately, Fore Street doesn't have a cookbook for the home chef (WHY WHY WHY, Fore Street, please get on that) but we've uncovered a little Blueberry Crisp recipe from the blueberry capital of the country and the best restaurant in Maine (as of today). Make it.

Aaaaaaannnd, speaking of cookbooks, since you all have been such troopers this month with all our restaurant recipes, we're giving away not one, but TWO restaurant cookbooks!! YAY!! Giveaway!!!

Specifically, we're giving away Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc cookbook and Sam Beall's Blackberry Farm cookbook (featured here by yours' truly). We know. We're awesome. You love us.

So here's how you get to enter; (1) leave a comment below with your favorite restaurant or restaurant recipe (2) follow us on Twitter and let us know that too (3) link to us from your own lovely blog. Enter as many times as you like!

TWO winners will be picked at random and announced in Monday's final restaurant post. You have until 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, May 28th to enter.

Fore Street's Blueberry Crisp
Serves 8-10
Adapted from Epicurious 

Print Recipe

4 pints fresh blueberries (about 8 cups)
3/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
6 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt butter in small bowl in the microwave and set aside.

Combine 2 1/2 cups of blueberries and 3/4 cup of granulated sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat until the berries soften and release their juices, stirring frequently so they don't stick. This will take about 8 minutes and will be marked by the subtle hissing and bubbling of the berries. Mix in the remaining blueberries and turn into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and remaining 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Slowly add in the cooled, melted butter, mixing everything together with a fork until moist clumps form. Sprinkle this crumble topping over the blueberries.

Bake the dish until the topping is golden and bubbling, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool so the juices thicken a bit and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

PS- This is another recipe that could easily be made in ramekins for individual servings. 

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Reader Comments (47)

I LOVE berry crisp ~ my grandma makes them alot during the summer and I could just sit and eat them right out of the dish!

My favourite restaurant dish/recipe right now is a cheese & onion tart at the Church Key (London, Ontario) It's a tiny little pub near where I work and these little tarts are to die for!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea @ Vegvacious

This blueberry crisp looks amazing! It is so hard to pick a favorite restaurant... I'm always trying to find new places. I think the Bouchon brownies are my favorite recipe.

I follow you on Twitter:-)

ah, so fun! this crisp looks so good.

my favorite restaurant of all time (so far) is The Chop House in Harrisonburg, VA. I try to go anytime we're there.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

I love desserts!!! Especially ones made with in season Fruit.

I have many favorite restaurants, but I have to say one of my top favs is Devil's Backbone Brewery in Piney River, VA, near Wintergreen Ski Resort. Yummy!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

My favorite restaurant is Ruth's Chris. Yum!!!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

Oh this looks yummy! Hm, I have to say my favorite restaurant is izakaya gaku in Honolulu, HI. They have the best ikura!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

That blueberry crisp looks so good! Beautiful photos!

My favorite restaurant (and there are quite a few faves!) is Eddie Merlots, a fancy restaurant here in Cincinnati, it is our go-to place for anniversaries and birthdays. I love a great steakhouse!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDesi

My favorite restaurant is Uncommon Ground here in Chicago- local, organic, and yummy!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

Toast Bakery Cafe on 3rd in L.A. -- their banana pudding is something else!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEsther

Uh, I love the restaurant Pix. In Portland, OREGON. Yummy chocolate things. Lots and lots of chocolate things. Also, they're super-dee-duper fancy. But, way fun.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT Duke

This is such an awesome post because I'm a Mainer lost in the midwest and am so happy to read about people who love my home state. Fore Street is also one of my favorites. I used to work in the building next door where you could see into the steamy windows every night... tantalizing! Standard baking is my favorite bakery...oh the blueberry scones...sigh. A dear friend of mine worked at Bar Lola for awhile; delicious cocktails! And Duckfat is quite possibly heaven on Earth-fries & milkshakes!!! Thanks so much for taking me vicariously back home. I can't wait for my next visit.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Cupcake

My favorite portland restaurant the the corner room on exchange st. Its owned my the same chef at the grill room, check it out next time you're in town!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Oh, this looks yummy! Love, love, love blueberries!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLois Arnold

I love Portland, Maine too! My favorite restaurant is the Great Impasta which is not that far from Portland. Have a great weekend!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen M O

This looks amazing... so far all the recipes I have tried from you gals are awesome! Keep them coming!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison Woods

Blackberry Farm....! I am FINALLY going there this summer for 3 glorious nights. I cannot wait!! I would love to have the BF cookbook to get me even more excited about my trip.

As for my favorite restaurant, I'm not sure if I have one - but I can tell you that one place that came to mind is 'The Olde Pink House' in Savannah, GA. It's charming, and the food is delish!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin W.

Mmm, I absolutely love fruit crisps. I've actually never had blueberry crisp, but my gosh I've got to make it this summer!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

My favorite restaurant is Wildfire in Chicago!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I'm following you on Twitter

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

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