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A couple of peachy recipes


Peaches grow really well here in South Carolina and we can often find some variety or another from May until October. I usually buy a bag or two each summer and we eat some fresh and I put some in the freezer. A few weeks ago I bought some and tried a couple of new recipes.

SouthernPlatePeachPie

The first recipe was for Brown Sugar Peach Pie from an old copy of Southern Living magazine. I purchased a copy of the July 2011 issue because it had an emphasis on peaches. I really like the way the different widths of lattice crust looks. It's such a simple idea but really makes a pretty pie. I had never used brown sugar in a peach pie before but we thought it made a delicious pie. *Note: The picture in the link shows a regular crust. Scroll down to the bottom of the recipe and it describes how to make the lattice of varying widths. The magazine featured this beautiful version on the cover and that's what attracted me to it.

TomatoPeachSalad

I read about the second recipe on Rene's blog. It is for a Tomato, Peach, and Burrata Salad. I wasn't too sure we would like this when I first read about it, but we did enjoy it and thought it made a beautiful salad. It would pair well with any grilled meat. I had never heard of Burrata so just substituted fresh Mozzarella. I reduced the balsamic vinegar as the recipe directs but I actually found a bottle of Balsamic glaze at Aldi a couple of weeks ago and tried it the next time I made this. The second time I made it was just for the two of us so I just made individual salads. It makes a simple, attractive, and tasty salad.

Enjoy the fruits of summer.


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A new book at the library


PutEmUpFruitBook

I often stop by the new acquisition area at the library to check out recent arrivals. The last time I stopped by I found a book called Put 'em Up! Fruit A Preserving Guide & Cookbook by Sherri Brooks Vinton.

The book is divided into sections by type of fruit and has many good ideas for preserving various types of fruits and then has recipes for utilizing the things you have preserved. There are recipes for jams, conserves, jellies, vinegars, syrups, gastriques, shrubs, cordials, and many other items.

The beginning of the book has a wealth of information about preparing fruits for canning and freezing with lots of clear pictures of the equipment needed and the techniques used for common types of food preservation. This would be a wonderful resource for someone who would like to begin canning fruits and jams.

I'm hoping to try a few of the recipes and ideas presented in the book with some of the berries from our garden. I'll try to keep you posted on the results. 🙂


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It’s a dark and stormy night


We have had unusually cold weather here the last few days. Today it was just on the verge of freezing and very windy with rain all day. We live right near a road which is slightly elevated and we heard on the news tonight that it had iced and portions of the road were closed because of downed trees. It's a good night to stay home and get some things done around the house.

I've been wanting to post this recipe for baked fruit for a while. It's a nice recipe to have on hand because it can function as a dessert or a side dish. You can make it with either regular brown sugar or the Splenda brown sugar if you are cooking for a diabetic.

picture of Baked Fruit

Pear-Apricot Bake

2 Tbsps. butter or margarine
1 16 oz. can of pear halves, drained
1 16 oz. can of apricot halves, drained
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Cream or ice cream

Melt butter or margarine in a shallow baking dish in a preheated 350 degree oven. Arrange fruit, rounded side up in the baking dish. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 30 mins. Serve warm with cream or ice cream as a dessert or plain as a meat accompaniment. Makes approximately six servings.

Enjoy and stay warm this weekend!

Becka


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