Sunday, July 6, 2014

Just Peachy!

by Leann

When we lived in Texas, there were certain fruits I discovered that were the best ever. Sort of like when we visit the kids in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy their raspberries and blueberries. Yum! In Texas it was the
avocados, cantaloupe and grapefruit from the Rio Grande Valley. I have never tasted cantaloupe like what I had there--and though I cannot eat grapefruit, my husband was in love with those. You cannot get a better avocado than in Texas and the season is long.

The window for the other fruits was fairly narrow, however. Only a few weeks and they were gone. But here in South Carolina, the delicious peaches have begun to come in and the season lasts until early
September. I've made my first cobbler and once we are in the new house, I will make peach pie. If the raspberries are decent, peach melba pie will be on the menu.

There was a time I baked and cooked all
the time. My grandfather was a chef and my grandmother was a "baker," as it says on the census form from her decade. I have loved cooking since I was a kid and have plenty of family recipes. I grew up in New York, however, and though peaches did come in, they never tasted like they do here. So now, I have to find recipes for peaches--although the Bisquick cobbler I made yesterday is mostly gone. De-lish!

So, if you have some wonderful peach recipes, I'd love if you could share them! I need to take advantage of this long long  summer fruit season!

17 comments:

SueAnn said...

There was one on FB and darned if I can find it now, Sue Ross liked it too...it is using the canned crescent rolls...take 2 peaches..peel, slice them into 8 slices, roll each slice up in the crescent roll...place in a greased 9x13 pan...aww..the juice to drizzle over....hmmm then you pour a can of Mountain Dew all along the edges of the inside of the pan- bake 375 degrees...40-45 mins..it seemed..could be less..may be less...rats! If I can locate it tomorrow I will re-post it..seemed really simple to do...then just scoop out of pan and cover with ice cream.ALMOST remembered it....

Nancy said...

The peaches and tomatoes I remember as the best were from Ontario, Canada, fresh from the Farmers Market. I notice that peaches are on sale now. Peach Bisquick Cobbler sounds good.

Irene McKenna said...

I hope to go peach picking soon. I don't have any great recipes, but cobbler is a great idea.

mary kennedy said...

Leann, these look wonderful--you've inspired me to go get some peaches today! I used to can peaches and also made ginger-peach jam when we lived in North Carolina.

Leann Sweeney said...

that sounds easy---and delicious! Thanks SueAnn!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Nancy. When the peaches came in in Western NY--and they weren't there for a long--I would get a bushel and can them. Best canned peaches ever!

Leann Sweeney said...

Pretty easy, Irene. Except for the peeling. Hate that part.

Leann Sweeney said...

Yup, I canned peaches too. A little labor intensive but worth every minute. Ginger peach jam sounds wonderful!

Rita Crabb said...

My Mom made pickled peaches and canned them. I have made them a few times but it's hard to find good peaches in AZ. If i can get my hands on Utah or Colorado peaches they don't last long enough to can. Enjoy! I am happy we are having rain.

Leann Sweeney said...

Pickled peaches does sound good! So glad you are getting rain in Arizona! I'm hoping for NO RAIN so they can finish our driveway this week!

Duffy Brown said...

Making triple-berry pie for Sunday dinner with the kids. Uses raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Next week I’ll do a peach pie. Yummmm. Also using glut-free curst for the first time.

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, I want to come to your house!! Let me know how that gluten free crust works. I know it can be difficult. My kids in NYC (vegetarians) tried vegan for a year. It was an interesting Thanksgiving! Now they have returned to vegetarian.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a tasty post, Leann! My mouth was watering as I read. Will send you a peach recipe. Ours don't come until late August.

XO

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ! I think the pictures do it. When I was younger, I used to just page through cookbooks looking at the pictures. Picture books for grown-ups! :-) Yes, please send the peachy recipe!

Kate Collins said...

I just saw a BBQ segment on THE CHEW that featured grilled peaches as the dessert. It was almost too simple! Cut a peach in half, take out the pit, place both halves on the grill on low heat, let it grill for an hour. It will turn so sweet and syrupy, you'd swear you were eating peach pie (without the calorie dense crust.) Put a dollop of cream on top, either ice or whipped for a garnish. Yum!

Lynn in Texas said...

Hi Leann~ Yum, we love peaches and the East Texas crop is in right now! Here are URLS for 3 favorites, besides eating out of hand, grilling and making preserves, cobblers and pies. All are easy and delicious!

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pepper-jack-chicken-peach-quesadillas-10000002001878/

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pear-Clafoutis-1809

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/fresh-peach-cake-recipe2.html

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lynn! I've saved the URLs to my computer for when I have a REAL kitchen to cook in! :-)