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  • Writer's pictureTeresa Conway

Maine - The Pine Tree State

Official Slogan: Dirigo (I lead)

Suggested Slogan: Mainly White Pines and White People

Two Truths and a Lie

The Recipe - Blueberry Muffin Tops

Maine is famous for its rugged beauty. Along the coast, misty harbors feature picturesque lighthouses. Pine forests cover most of the interior and ancient mountains stretch across the landscape. These wonders attract so many tourists that Maine is also called Vacationland. Sadly, I have not enjoyed a trip to this gorgeous state. All I can say firsthand is that the state grows some delicious blueberries.

Wild blueberries grow as low shrubs. They took root in plains left by retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago. Maine’s brutal winters force the fruit to store extra antioxidants which creates the strong flavor and color in these tiny berries. Come summer the berries are harvested; many growers still use hand rakes instead of machines. I buy them flash-frozen in bulk and enjoy them year-round.

One of my favorite go-to recipes is blueberry muffins. I decided to mess with the ratios and bake them as muffin-top cookies. I used half the amount of yogurt and left out an egg to make a thicker batter. I had to chill the batter to prevent excessive spreading. I mixed in a half cup of blueberries, then popped more on top of each cookie before baking to ensure every cookie had adequate berries.

These baked well and tasted great. Some may quibble that they are more cake than cookie, but the distinction was cemented by my daughter. She is a picky eater and has flat-out refused to try any homemade muffins these past three years. She saw these “cookies” and sunk her teeth in. She says they’re yummy and the blueberries are the best part. If anyone reading this has picky children, you will understand what a profound victory that statement represents. I’m making them again!

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Kerplink Kerplank Kerplunk! I absolutely love Robert McCloskey’s “Blueberries for Sal.” I read it to my daughter last night. I really hope I visit the state in person in the next five years, but for now, I have only book knowledge.

Time for the whole truth

2D maps are deceptive, Maine lies south of the 48th parallel meaning Washington, Idaho, Montanna, North Dakota, and Minnesota are farther north than the Pine Tree State.

(By the way, you can click on any of the 2 truths and a lie statements to visit the source of the trivia)

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