This is the cobbler your family and guests will remember.


  •  10-12 cups blackberries (3 quarts)  
  •  3 cups sugar
  •  1 tsp. cinnamon
  •  2 tsp. vanilla
  •  1-cup flour, or use instant tapioca as a thickener.

Mix together and let rest while making pie dough.

Pie Dough, enough for 2 double-crust pies

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups shortening
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup very cold water
  • Butter for top of berry filling

Mix flour and salt together with a fork. Cut shortening into flour with two knives. Handle lightly and make into pea-sized crumbs. Add water gradually and mix with a fork until dough barely sticks together. Divide the dough into two balls.

Roll out 2/3 of dough on a lightly floured surface. Turn once. Roll thin. Roll onto rolling pin and place it over a 9 x 13-glass pan. Fit the dough into the pan, pressing lightly to fit it into the corners. Be careful not to puncture dough.

Roll out last 1/3 piece of dough and set aside.

Add blackberry filling to pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar if desired. Add dollops of butter. Place second piece of rolled-out dough over the berry mixture. Bring sides of bottom crust onto top and cut off excess. Top should be solidly covered with dough. Make slits or designs so cobbler breathes while baking. Sprinkle top with brown or white sugar and cinnamon.

Bake at 425-degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350-degrees and bake another 30-40 minutes until crust is golden brown and berries bubble up through slits in the top.

Cool thoroughly on a rack.  Serve with vanilla ice cream. Accept compliments graciously.

And let me know how it turned out, okay?

Just for fun . . .

 I feel like flying since I gave up borrowing unauthorized media.

I feel like flying since I gave up borrowing unauthorized media.



Jodi Lea Stewart was born in Texas to an “Okie” mom and a Texan dad. Her younger years were spent in Texas and Oklahoma; hence, she knows all about biscuits and gravy, blackberry picking, chiggers, and snipe hunting. At the age of eight, she moved to a cattle ranch in the White Mountains of Arizona. As a teen, she left her studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson to move to San Francisco, where she learned about peace, love, and exactly what she DIDN’T want to do with her life. Since then, Jodi graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Management, raised three children, worked as an electro-mechanical drafter, penned humor columns for a college periodical, wrote regional western articles, and served as managing editor of a Fortune 500 corporate newsletter.

She is the author of a contemporary trilogy set in the Navajo Nation featuring a sassy Navajo protagonist, as well as three #historicalfiction novels. Her current novels include Triumph, a Novel of the Human Spirit (launching in September 2020), Blackberry Road, and The Accidental Road. She currently resides in Arizona with her husband, her delightful 90+-year-old mother, a teenager, a one-year-old ninja granddaughter who loves to dance, a crazy Standard poodle named Jazz, two rescue cats, and numerous gigantic, bossy houseplants. No wonder she’s a little crazy, right?

1956 . . .


– Historical Fiction

It’s 1956, and teenager Kat and her mother escape an abusive situation only to stumble into the epicenter of crime peddlers invading Arizona and Nevada in the 1950s. Kat is a serious girl who buries herself in novels and movies and tries to be as inconspicuous as possible. Fading into the background is impossible, however, with a beautiful social butterfly of a mother who just happens to resemble Marilyn Monroe. It’s embarrassing, and the unwanted attention her mother garners could be the downfall of their plan to take Route 66 to the freedom of a new life.

Print and eBook available on Amazon.

1934 . . .


– Historical Fiction

Trouble sneaks in one Oklahoma afternoon in 1934 like an oily twister. A beloved neighbor is murdered, and a single piece of evidence sends the sheriff to arrest a black man that a sharecropper’s daughter knows is innocent. Hauntingly terrifying sounds seeping from the woods lead Biddy into even deeper mysteries and despair and finally into the shocking truths of that fateful summer.

Audible, Print, and eBook available on Amazon, etc.


A beautiful display of culture . . . I thoroughly enjoyed Silki, The Girl of Many Scarves. As a Middle School Spanish teacher, I am always excited to find culturally and linguistically relevant literature for our youth. You will fall in love with the characters, and appreciate how authentically the Navajo language and traditions are conveyed. This trilogy is a must read! ~ Tara Moore