I went to college at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley for one year, . My first taste of homesickness was a pretty tough pill to swallow, and it wasn't the most spectacular year of my life, but there were some highlights, one of whom was my wonderful roommate, Mari! Mari, an exchange student from Finland, certainly had more reason for homesickness than I, but I never saw her throw herself down or wallow in pity. She was a wonderful young lady with a great heart and a compassionate spirit.
Flash forward to a few years later, when Mari and her family returned to the U.S. for a visit. While staying with us her daughter, Lotta, had a tummy ache, and Mari asked if I had any blueberries so that she could make blueberry soup. I'd never heard of this before, so I watched curiously as she put it all together, and had to try it myself.
Over the years, this has become one of my comfort foods, and one that immediately makes me feel better if I'm sick, or just feeling low. I've lost and found several recipes through the years, but this is the best one I've seen since Mari's. It's good for what ails you! :)
4 cups frozen blueberries
3 cups water
5 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
½ teaspoons vanilla
Combine ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring well. Bring soup to a gentle boil, then reduce and simmer about 5 minutes.