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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Blackberry Pie

Delicious, Luscious, Fresh Blackberry Pie
5 cups blackberries, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 cup white sugar, 3/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 baked 9 or 10 inch pie shell.
Crush and sieve one cup of berries and combine the seedless juice with the cornstarch, sugar and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and clear, about 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and the rest of the berries and mix lightly. Pile into the pie shell and chill for a couple of hours. Serve with whipped cream.
My favourite pastry calls for 1/2 pound of lard, 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup orange juice. Cut the lard into the salt and flour, then mix with the orange juice until it forms a ball. Flatten into two discs and roll out for two crusts. Bake until dark brown, not just golden, for the best flavour.

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