I just love roadside stands, don't you? Yes, every town seems to have their
farmer's markets but there is just something that resonates with me about
being out in the country and happening upon some farmer's stand. Fresh from
the land ... homemade signs describing just what variety of vegetable or fruit
you're looking at .... produce spilling over the boundaries of the rim of their
baskets .... and the ubiquitous hanging scale for those things requiring special
Maybe the reason why I cherish these little markets is that I grew up
in a rural area of Connecticut. Stopping there for our fruits and vegetables
was a regular thing. I can even remember being on family road trips where, if
someone spied out of the corner of their eye, a simple bench lined up with
bushel baskets of corn or pints of raspberries or bins of green beans, a shout
of "LOOK!" would make all heads turn! The car would come to quick halt and
be put in reverse. Car doors would open and we'd spill out ready to see if their
produce would meet our standards. (Or in my case, it was an opportunity to be
freed from the middle of the backseat. Being the youngest in the family, that
was my designated spot with no opportunity to change my position!) That
evening, supper would be freshly shucked and boiled corn, green beans, and
fresh raspberries placed in cut glass dessert bowls... glistening with a dusting
of granulated sugar.
Resting on my kitchen counter were five fresh Michigan peaches that were
the cause of these memories coming back to life. I wanted to celebrate
these moments and knew that baking them into a dessert for dinner would
be "just the ticket" (my grandmother's expression!). Getting out my vintage
Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (another reminder of my grandmother),
I flipped through the pages and found this recipe. Let me share it with you...
Crunchy Peach Cobbler
6 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (4 cups)
1 cup of sugar ... I cut this down to 1/2 cup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 14oz. pkg. oatmeal muffin mix ...
I used a package of oatmeal cookie mix
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg ...
not necessary when using the cookie mix
1/2 cup butter
When slicing the peaches I used a potato
peeler.. who knew! I knew you could place
them in a pot of boiling water for 30 secs.
and then rinse in cold water to easily remove
the skins. But this was just as easy.
Combine peaches, sugar, and lemon juice.
Turn into 8x8x2-inch baking dish.
In mixing bowl, combine muffin mix (cookie mix)
and nutmeg; cut in butter till like coarse
crumbs. Spoon over peaches. Bake at 350
degrees for 40-45 minutes.
Serve warm or cool, topped with ice cream,
or not. Serves 6 to 8.
I know this recipe is not new to you. But there were so many things I liked
about it. Searching through my many recipe books and deciding on one from
years ago. Going to the grocery store knowing that it would be hard to find
an Oatmeal Muffin mix.. thinking I was Miss Smarty-Pants by choosing the
Oatmeal Cookie mix only to find on the back of it is how to use this product
to make a cobbler. Gesh!! A simple recipe with loads of yummy flavor....
seriously delicious! And this last photo? The spoon is from my grandmother's
silver service set and the cut glass dish, (I have only three) that holds the peach cobbler, is from my aunt! It doesn't get better than that!
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