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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Luscious Orbs of Delight!

     Well, after such a long hiatus, enjoying time seeing my daughter go to Prom... and other things... I am back at trying to get my blogging on... So, here I am...  


     These delightful orbs of fuzz are the first for me to harvest this year.  From May through August, will be the special time to enjoy... We have nip and pinched ones that needed to be and it was hard, but thinking how wonderfully huge the rest will be didn't make me feel bad at all.

Florida Prince

     To ensure you bite into a juicy, sweet peach when you get home, look for these qualities when selecting peaches:
  • An even background color of golden yellow for yellow peaches, and creamy yellow for white flesh peaches. Note that the red blush characteristic of some peaches does not indicate ripeness.
  • A well-defined crease.
  • A slight give to the flesh—neither rock-hard nor mushy.
  • Avoid fruit with green around the stem (they aren’t fully ripe) or that have shriveled skin (they’re old).
  • Most importantly, find fruit that smells how you hope it will taste.
     ***Note: Peaches bruise easily, so don’t use your fingertips to check for firmness. Instead, hold the peach in your whole hand.


Strawberry Anticipation....

     I think I have glorious little berries coming to my awaiting culinary needs!


I have come come across a few cocktails that these babies will be used in!

Cocktail Tangent Time

So a non-alcohol cocktail works for those days that you worked to hard and just do not want to pass out... ;)



 Strawberry Crush

Strawberry Crush - Cocktail
The Strawberry Crush Cocktail
Type: Non-Alcoholic
Served: On the Rocks
Difficulty: Medium
Flavor Profile: Fruity/Citrus-forward, Sweet

About the Strawberry Crush Cocktail

Forget crush, this has turned into a full-blown love affair.

Ingredients in the Strawberry Crush Cocktail

  • 3 to 4 Fresh strawberries, cut in half
  • 3 Fresh mint sprigs
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • Ginger beer
Garnish: Strawberry and mint sprig
Glass: Collins

How to make the Strawberry Crush Cocktail

In a shaker, muddle the strawberries, mint, lime juice and simple syrup to a juicy pulp. Pour (unstrained) into a tall Collins glass. Fill with crushed ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with an additional strawberry and mint sprig.


How about a slight detour from Appetizers too.....
Tangent  Dessert
Easy Peach Cobbler

Recipe adapted from Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen by Trisha Yearwood (c) Clarkson Potter 2008
Serves: 8 servings
Two 15-ounce cans sliced peaches in syrup
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
Homemade Whipped Cream, recipe follows
Cook's Note: If you don't have self-rising flour, substitute 1 cup all-purpose flour mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Drain 1 can of peaches; reserve the syrup from the other. Place the butter in a 9- by 12-inch oven proof baking dish. Heat the butter on the stove or in the oven until it's melted. In a medium bowl, mix the flour and sugar. Stir in the milk and the reserved syrup. Pour the batter over the melted butter in the baking dish. Arrange the peaches over the batter. Bake for 1 hour. The cobbler is done when the batter rises around the peaches and the crust is thick and golden brown. Serve warm with fresh whipped cream
Homemade Whipped Cream:

2 cups whipping cream, chilled in the fridge
4 tablespoons sugar

Chill a large metal mixing bowl and the wire beater attachment in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Pour the chilled cream and sugar into the cold mixing bowl and beat until it forms soft peaks, about 5 minutes. The mixture should hold its shape when dropped from a spoon. Don't over-beat or you'll have sweetened butter! Yield: 4 cups.

         Haven't tried these recipes yet, Please let me know your results... 

Happy eats and gardening!


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