EDITOR JULIE IMEL DISHES THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Montrose Blueberry Festival is this weekend, and as we surfed the event’s website, we noticed a recipe for Blueberry Buckle, which jogged a funny childhood memory as well as thoughts of one of our favorite TV shows growing up. (Yes, we may still be stuck in a time warp from last week’s ’80s issue; forgive us).
Remember the episode of Happy Days when Marion ended up making so much potato salad for the Leopard Lodge’s picnic that the Cunningham house was overrun with the delicious side, with containers of it even piled up in the bathtub? It was all Howard’s fault. He “volunteered” his lovely wife to peel 100 pounds of potatoes and make enough potato salad to feed an army without asking her first. Being the good wife that she was, Marion peeled her heart out, but it wasn’t without some family drama. Translation: she was peeved at Howard for not asking her before he signed her up as a volunteer.
Every time I see that show, I think of a similar scenario that unfolded in my own family every summer. During prime church picnic season, my grandpa “volunteered” grandma to make something that I believe was an original Edwards dessert concoction called Huckle Buckle. Now, to be clear, this dish had no huckleberries in it, so I have no idea why it was called Huckle Buckle. But I do know it was delicious. It had a light, flaky crust topped with some sort of cream cheesy filling and gobs of blueberries. It was sweet and light and probably really bad for you, which it made all the more appealing to me.
Grandpa would sign her up to make not one, not two, but multiple, enormous pans of Huckle Buckle for the church picnic’s bake sale. On the week of the picnic, there was Huckle Buckle in every corner of their house. It was hilarious — to everyone but grandma. I will never forget running off to line up for the annual water balloon fight (one of my favorite activities at the picnic) and seeing grandpa buy back several pans of the Huckle Buckle. Well, it was for a good cause, you know.
As I head to Montrose this weekend, I’ll be thinking of my grandparents and their Huckle Buckle. I’m also planning to try the Montrose Blueberry Festival’s official Blueberry Buckle recipe, too. If you want to try it, check it out at http://www.susqcolibrary.org and click on “help the festival.” Bakers are welcome to follow the recipe and donate pans of blueberry buckle for the Ice Cream Booth. Simply drop them off on Friday and Saturday morning, and enjoy the festival.
The Blueberry Festival will be held on the Village Green and Library Lawn in Montrose on Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration, sponsored by the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, features entertainment, food, crafts, and games raises money to help operate the county-wide library system and historical society. Admission is free. For more information, call 278-1881.
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