Quick! Quick! Get to your local grocer, farmer's market, Eckert's, anywhere and buy berries! They are still in season (well most of them anyway) and can be found ripe and relatively cheap this time of year. When you get some...you must try this!
Berry Compote (from epicurious.com)
2 1/2 cups fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries...you get to pick!)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
Bring 1 1/2 cups berries, sugar, and water to a boil and simmer over medium heat until berries burst or begin to mush. (Blueberries will burst, others will mush.) Be sure to stir frequently to avoid burning. Add remaining berries and continue simmering until compote begins to coat the spoon. About an additional 10 minutes. Serve warm over ice cream or pound cake (see tomorrow's post!) or chill to serve later (warm it up, it's better that way!)
You can also try this over pancakes...mmm...pancakes...