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Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry season is in full swing in most midwestern Amish communities. U-pick patches are full of bonnet-clad women harvesting the blue gems by the bushel.  Blueberry jam, cobbler, and pie are favorites this time of year.  Try Lovina's recipe for homemade blueberry cobbler!

1 stick oleo
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. cloves
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup blueberry juice

Cream butter and sugar together.Add eggs and beat until fluffy. Sift flour and measure. Sift dry ingredients and add juice and vinegar. Beat thoroughly after each addition. Add berries and stir just enough to blend into dough. Bake for about 40 minutes in 350 degrees oven

Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

Oleomargarine, called oleo, came in a sealed plastic bag, with a small dark orange coloring tablet.   It was the job of children to squeeze this until an even yellow color was achieved.   Impossible!   The younger the child, the streakier the oleo.   At the dinner table, fathers were displeased with the results.  [Think of eating white margarine with orange streaks on white bread----used in most homes at the time----felt like eating shortning.]  In time, oleomargarine was packaged in sticks like butter, & because the word, oleo, had such negative connotations, it was called margarine.  Didn't know when we were squeezing that bag, we were making history, albeit, brief.  ~CS~

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we cannot see."                                                              ~J. W. Whitehead~


Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

My mom tells stories of going to pick up oleo during the war.  Apparently, it was white...but came with a blob of yellow food coloring that you could mix into it to make it look a little more (appealing) like butter.  She even still writes "oleo" on her shopping list for groceries.  (And means margarine when she does.)  [Edited to add:]  Mom was over the day the website went down and let me know that I was a bit off with my story.  LOL  I'd originally written they went to pick up oleo rations, but it was butter that was rationed, and oleo was what was widely available in the stores as an alternative for butter.  As another poster mentioned, it came in a plastic - what mom called a "heavy cellophane" - bag.  Smile

And speaking of blueberries...I had the pleasure of eating some wild blueberries this past weekend and they were delicious!  Best I've ever tasted!  I had taken my daughters to visit a dear friend from college and her family.  While there, we all went canoeing and, while out on the river, one of the guides (a gentleman from the nature conservancy) pointed out to us that the blueberries were growing on several of the "islands" - really just bushy brambles sprouting out of the water.  We pulled alongside one such island and had ourselves a little treat!  The kids thought it was the highlight of the day! 


Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

Oleo is margarine, not butter. Oleomargarine is the full name for the butter substitute that became popular during the Second World War. Of course, now most people call it margarine, but at first it was called oleo for short. Susan

Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

Sue is right. For a full explanation, see

However, I'm also "right" (I love having my own website, because I can call myself  "right" even if I'm wrong!Smile) because honestly I use butter, margarine, oleo, I Can't Believe It's Butter, Country Crock, (Whatever happened to Shedd Spread?) all interchangably, to me if I slather it on a good piece of corn on the cob, it all tastes alike...but my palate is awful...I'm sure my Grandmother or some you with more astute palates could tell the difference, but not me....

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Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

The problem comes in if you try to use some of the different ones you named off in baking.  They generally have water added in and so will change the baking - not always for the better.


Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

Yes, Cindy, good, good points.....For the palate-free toast-spreader like me, butter-is-margarine-is-oleo-is-Country Crock....but for baking, you're right, it does matter then....

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Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Definitely!  I have found that out the hard way :P  Now I always have real butter in the fridge.

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Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Country Crock is Shedd's Spread, I believe... wasn't it called Shedd's Country Crock at one time?

I love butter... I just wish eating a stick of salted, sweet cream butter as though it were a candy bar was socially accepted Wink

Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

Went to the store several times and looked for Oleo.  Couldn't find it in the dairy case with all the other margines.  Is this just a name brand that is available in certain areas or is there something special about it?

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Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

It isn't a brand name, it is just an older term for stick margarine... like Blue Bonnet or something like that.  My grandparents always called it oleo Smile

Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

LuvM, is right.  I was puzzled by the term oleo when I first heard it from Lovina's Mom years really isn't used anymore and I usually just edit it out when I see it in one of her recipes...stick butter is the same as oleo

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Re: Lovina's Blueberry Cobbler

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

I will definitely try this with all of the blueberries I froze Laughing

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