Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hey, Peaches!!


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

weighing




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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34 comments:

  1. I love fresh fruit and vegtables and we are lucky to have the all kinds of farm stands and markets here... My favourite stand I found though, was two years ago during our vacation in Prince Edward County, Ont, there was this little table standing next to a country road and it had home made jams and some berrie baskets, and all there with a little bowl next to them and a note saying how much for each... Love your pictures!!

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    1. That just gives me chills... so sweet! I remember running across a few of those myself and I was amazed at the trust that individual had in knowing that people would be so honest.

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  2. We are slap in the middle of Georgia peach farms here and love peaches too. I am lazy and make peach crumbles but have made none this. That makes me really lazy. Your cobbler looks fabulous. I have put you on my roll to keep up with you:} Olive

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  3. Yes, there is nothing like a Georgia peach, too! It's just up in this area they speak highly of the Michigan peaches. Do try this recipe as it's super easy! The crumble was made from a Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie mix and trust me, you will have plenty of crumble left over. Freeze it and then you can make individual cobblers or crumbles on a whim!! You know, when that sweet tooth hits you! Thanks for putting me on your blog roll... so very nice of you!!

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  4. Hi Kadee! I just bounced over here after reading your intro post on the Full Tilt Boogie group. Looking forward to seeing your journal results. (I have yet to complete one myself.)
    Your peach cobbler looks devine and you can hardly go wrong with the BHG recipes. I make a (altered) Fruit Crisp from a newer version (1989) of BHG and it is similar to this peach recipe. No muffin/cookie mix for this one though but no special trip to the store either as flour, brown sugar, and oatmeal are typically on-hand in this house. It's also delicious made with blueberries or blackberries.

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  5. Yes, that is the recipe I usually use, too! Simple to do, as well! Thanks so much for dropping on by my blog... and leaving such a nice comment. I truly appreciate that! As I mentioned to another member of the group, perhaps that ol' bed skirt that I need to finish, should continue to be on hold. You all are making me sooo excited to get busy creating my first journal from this class!

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  6. Kadee,
    THANK YOU for stopping by BlueSkies...I'm following you right back, and it looks like it will be a lot of fun. Wish I could join you on some of your flea market hunts!!
    xo
    lynn

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    1. Woohooo!! Thanks so much, Lynn! You just never know. Maybe someday it could. Do I hear "road trip"?? LOL

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  7. YUM!!! I'm going to try this! We just picked the last peaches off our trees in the backyard. The squirrels have had a hey day! The little buggers will eat them right on the back porch & leave the seeds! :) But, I will use these last ones for YOUR recipe. Thanks for sharing & most of all the peeler idea! HUGS!
    Charlene

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  8. Wow... lucky you! And you mean these trees can grow in a backyard and not on some farmer's property??? LOL Yes, those squirrels can become quite brazen... just like our resident chipmunk. By the way, I mentioned to another reader this little additional note ~ by using the cookie mix, you will find you have more than enough to cover the top. Put the extra in a freezer bag. Then, when you have a craving for a sweet treat, just slice up one peach or one apple and take the extra and sprinkle on top.... put in the oven to bake and voila! Dessert for one!

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  9. oh, i love peaches! thanks for sharing the yummy recipe, kadee:) your family pieces are lovely:)

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    1. You're more than welcome! And thanks for dropping by my blog! Hope to see you soon!

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  10. I knew I wasn't the only one who's had a bad haircut.

    In season peaches are just the best. I have never made peach cobbler but I am going to borrow your recipe this year to try. This weekend is always the last fireman's parade and on the way home we always stop by a neighboring farm to get some fresh vegetables and fruit, can't wait.

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    1. As I said, I could go on for hours about the bad hair issue... didn't even get to the part about trying on wigs! Your weekend sounds like fun! I can't wait to read about it!

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  11. Hi Kadee, Thanks for stopping by my blog. Its always nice to hear that its liked. I am so sorry, but I can't remember where I saw the chart. I have been making sugar cookies for @ 30 years and have tried finding the right colors for years, when I saw this I just had to share it, in my excitement I didn't write down where I found it. Oops. But I googled it, and found it on this blog, http://annaandblue.blogspot.com/2012/04/frost-by-numbers-how-to-make-frosting.html# and because of your inquiry, I found an even bigger chart. Yeah!!! I pinned it to my milk and cookies board so I wouldn't lose it. I LOVE the Willows. They are so creative in their displays and products. Hope you find the chart useful.

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  12. Thanks, Petie! That was so very sweet of you to go to the trouble to find the source... what a gem! and thanks for becoming my newest follower!

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  13. Nothing better than a fresh peach cobbler, in fact I'm off to get the necessary ingredients. Too long working on my storage room and I need a yummy food break. Thanks for sharing. Summer markets are always great. And your photos are tempting.

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    1. You won't be disappointed, Sylvia! So simple and yet ever so satisfying! And thanks for you kind remarks about the photos. Always so much to learn but I am having fun with it!

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  14. Totally yum-city! Thank you for your lovely comments on my bloggy.... yours is dreamy!

    I picked up that silver metal tape at the hardware store. It cost under $10 for the "tape"... its pretty fun to play with.
    big hugs,
    Cheryl

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  15. Ohhhh... fabulous! I will head out to the hardware store tomorrow and try to find it! Yippeee!! Playtime! And thanks for your comments and becoming a follower! Truly appreciate both!!!

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  16. What a great post! I have similar memories of road trips with my family. Nothing seemed better than a fresh peach or apple for the road! I am still a sucker for roadside markets.
    My peach tree produced very small peaches this year, (I think last year's drought had something to do with that!) But I still have enough to make this yoummy recipe! Thanks for posting it!
    Cindy

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    1. I loved that you shared your memories with me, Cindy! I have reached an age where suddenly, out of the blue, a memory that was tucked far away suddenly becomes alive! And the road stands that are simple are the best.. not the ones that are all commercial. Although, I still stop at those, too!

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  17. I am a sucker for roadside stands too! They are just so quaint. I especially love the ones that are on the honor system and you just slide your money in a tin can. Your peach cobbler looks yummy. I may have to run and get some peaches this afternoon!

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    1. You and me, too! As a kid, we would drive by sweet little benches in front yards where the owner had left bouquets of flowers in canning jars.. and that tin can you mentioned! I just love that, too! Thanks for dropping by, Pam!

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  18. Hi Kadee, so nice to meet you, I'm your newest follower! This looks absolutely delish, I love anything, peachy!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Debra.... this will be fun checking out each other's blogs!!!

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  19. Sounds yummy. Thanks for visiting my blog. I live in Beaufort, SC. I love peaches, have so many here since I live so close to GA.

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    1. Who knows? We might be neighbors someday... well, at least close. Right now we are looking at Charleston. My husband and I have fond memories of it as that is where we honeymooned! Thanks for dropping by!

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  20. Peach cobbler is one of my favorite desserts, this looks so yummy. There really is no comparing fresh fruit and vegetables bought from road side stands and farmers markets...the only way to go. Produce bought in grocery stores can't come close.

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    1. Is that not the truth! Even though I love Whole Foods, the produce just doesn't compare!

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  21. I love this post, Kadee--we used to live in Eastern Washington State, just a few miles from a farm that had a roadside stand, and boy, did we make use of it! We bought cases of the most amazing tomatoes, and watermelon--so good, so I can certainly relate to your post. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and leaving a sweet comment--I'm glad you like the sweet cherry pie!

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    1. That must have been so much fun! Did you hop on your bike to get there? I can just imagine a country road where the farmer's stand was. I would have been riding my bike all the time to get there as nothing beats being on those country roads! And those tomatoes and watermelon... you're making my mouth water!!!

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  22. Hello Kadee,

    Your photos are amazing! Are you a professional photographer?

    Your writing about your grandmother brought memories of my own grandmother. How wonderful grandmothers are! Imagining being one someday is my delight. (At my age, I should be one already. However, I don't even have any married children yet, so let's not rush things, right?)

    I so enjoyed reading this story, and I have copied your peach recipe to use as soon as I get the chance.

    :) Hope

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    1. Oh, my gosh... did you just make my day, or what??!! Thanks for the sweet comment about my photos! Like a line in an old movie said... "sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't". My boys are still single, too, so I know what you mean. I just savor this time with them as I know when they get married their attention will rightly be towards their wife and family. Just had this discussion with some lovely women I met in line at Junk Bonanza!

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