Monthly Archives: August 2012

Peach Madness

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Recently, I talked about my summer addictions – peaches, tomatoes and sweet corn. I finally got to the local orchard and bought a peck of peaches the size of softballs. Seriously. I’m not sure what other measurement corresponds to a peck, but it’s a boatload for one person. (Did you think “…picked a peck of pickled peppers” was just a nursery rhyme? I did at one time, too.)

Since I’m in the midst of a peach madness frenzy, which means I’m practically eating them for every meal, I thought I’d share on of my recipes for a peach dessert. No, not pie or cobbler, although I do make those and they’re great. Here it is:

Grilled or Broiled Peaches

Slice peaches in half and remove pit. (I love recipes that either talk to you as if you’re an idiot or leave out entire steps of the process, like you’re psychic. But I pointed out the pit-removal thing, just in case. I hope you aren’t insulted.)

Melt a bit of butter (or you can skip this step – see below). Put a few T. of sugar on a small plate and spread evenly over plate. You can either brush the peach halves w/ butter, then dip in sugar or just dip: the sugar will cling to the peach’s surface. Now put under the broiler or cut side down on the grill.

If grilling, watch carefully, they burn easily. Keep an eye on the broiler, too. When peaches have started to brown and caramelize, remove from grill/broiler. Allow to cool for a sec.

Serve w/ ice cream (I’m doing sea salt caramel this time!) or a sauce. Or both!

Grilled Peach Sauce

(This is for two peaches.) Squeeze half a lime into bowl. Add a couple of tablespoons of honey and mix. I sometimes add lime zest, too. Whisk and drizzle on peach halves.

Now, why would you need anything from any other food group?

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“Slightly Used” Husband Not on the List

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I plan on talking about food and grocery lists in a sec, but must go OT to rant for a second. This is a message for married or attached women I see in my local Kroger and/or other places where you are out w/ your SO.

Trust me, I have ZERO interest in your slightly-used, refurbished, repurposed or retread husband. Of course you know I’m divorced because the pop. around here is 32, but I repeat – don’t want your hubby w/ the beer gut and the baggage! Seriously. I’m not on the prowl. I’m not lookin’ for a MAN. So focus on throwing those Twinkies in your cart and quit w/ the dagger eyes. Okay, rant over. Thanks for listening.

The Cupboard is Bare

Right now, I feel like a college kid who blew the rent or book money on a keg. Only I’m not having that much fun. Being self-employed when there’s a huge gulf between checks in the mail is not pretty. I just hope my last roll of TP gets me through till some money arrives.

I will say it makes for some creative meals, though.

Friends came over Sun., so I bought beef to cook out burgers. What else did I have on hand or make?

  • Blue cheese – Expiration date not legible, but I mixed it w/ soft cream cheese to go with…
  • Fig and olive crackers – Spread the cream cheese on these hideously expensive things ($7.99) They were wonderful, but not that wonderful…
  • Key lime juice
  • Graham cracker crust
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Whole milk…

These ingredients went into key lime pie ice cream. It’s as good as it sounds. The original recipe was from a “Light” cooking mag. Well, if you’re telling me to put in 1/2 c. of heavy cream, it makes NO sense to use reduced-fat milk and fat-free condensed milk. Not a chance – it’s full fat all the way.

While I cooked burgers, I threw some Spinach and Asiago cheese chicken sausages on the grill. Cooked an extra burger so I had meals for most of this week.

My austerity (read: poverty) program resulted in having a bagel w/ the leftover blue and cream cheese mixture. Not bad.

Chips!

I’ve also managed to make several meals of the kettle chips (reduced fat!) and white cheddar/bacon dip my pal brought Sun. Gawd! Now I remember why I don’t buy these things. Not pretty after such a long time cold-turkey.

Well, for your sake, I hope I get paid before posting again or it’s going to be meager and boring.

ATTN! Your husbands may now move freely about the universe. Not in the market. Really.