Posted by Cara
on Wednesday Aug 3rd, 2011
You know that feeling when you have shelves of cookbooks, piles of food mags, and oodles of bookmarks to blogs, and you remember a recipe and then, for the life of you, you cannot find it, no matter how many times you scroll through your masses of cookbooks, mags, and bookmarks? Welcome to the Blueberry Cornmeal Cake from Sheila Lukins’ magnificent USA Cookbook. It’s a great cake, but it has this way of running for the hills when you explicitly go to look for it. Every few summers, my mom and I have stumbled on the recipe and made it for someone’s birthday or a dinner party. But in intervening summers, when we craved the cake, we were simply at a loss. We’d browse our way through our collection, at times sure we were getting closer to the source, but alas, that cake’s formula would stay hidden.
This must have been an “on” summer: I uncovered the recipe early as I was browsing through, getting ideas for ice cream. I ripped off a piece of paper, physically bookmarked the recipe, and just a few days later I turned to it easily, ready to get baking.
This time around, though, I kept on pushing my luck.