Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Just Peachy!


Peaches, Peaches, get your freestone peaches!  This was the sound that could be heard echoing through the stands once upon a time.  Peach season is here.  Time to make peach ice cream, peach sorbet, peach cobbler and peach jelly (my mom's favorite)  It is also the new season of Top Chef which always invites me to be more creative in the kitchen.  Recently, I prepared a peach salsa to be served atop grilled Mahi Mahi.

2 cups peaches, 1 sweet onion or 1/2 red onion (my fav), dash of cider vinegar or lime (needs a little acid) 2 tablespoons maple syrup, a small piece of fresh ginger finely minced (or a shake of ground ginger) toss in blender and serve over fish.

*tip*  if you use the blender make sure your peaches are not overly ripe.  I prefer a chunkier consistency and may just chop everything next time rather than blending. The onions can be left out if you prefer to use it as a dessert topping.  P.S. I take full credit if your salsa is delicious...if not, well okay...it wasn't an exact recipe!

I love cookbooks, however,  I rarely follow the recipes exactly (except when baking) or I make something like the peach salsa with no recipe.  There are many fabulous websites with a variety of recipes.  I plan to can peach jelly in the next day or two.

Several, very near and dear to my heart, ladies taught me the basics of canning fruits and vegetables.  It is a labor intensive process however the sense of satisfaction over a row of freshly "canned" produce on the counter is immeasurable!

 
So thanks Betty for teaching Dot and me how to make pepper jelly and peach jelly.  Sadly, we lost Dot to ovarian cancer several years ago.  My dear Betty resides in a nearby nursing home and I am keeper of the memories. 

11 comments:

Hayden Tompkins said...

We just got a 30 lb. basket of peaches. 30 lbs! Chris was like "Think of all the peach cobbler we could make!" and I said "Sold!"

There has GOT to be a peach pie recipe somewhere. :)

stephanie said...

"peach ice cream, peach sorbet, peach cobbler and peach jelly"

Yes! Yes. YES! and yes!

Loves summers fresh fruit bounty. *drool*

Mamma has spoken said...

OOOO I would love to bake a peach cobbler or pie. Only problem is I would be the only one eating it :o(

Diana said...

Hi Connie!
Thank you for visiting my blog today. My oldest daughter used to live on Hilton Head. She has since moved to Raleigh.I don't like peaches but I love salsa so I would be willing to try this recipe! Thank you!
Love Di ♥

SE'LAH... said...

peach jam would be lovely. yum.

driving by soon. ;)

daffy said...

Peaches... love 'em. I like to rub them on my cheek. (on my face!!) Can't get enough of that texture... I like eating them too!
Connie, thank you for my super treat! I love it! Love it! oh and my hug.... just when I needed it most. xxxxxx

Anita said...

Oh, I am definitely missing the peaches in South Carolina! They just aren't the same here :P Thanks for making me drool...

Putz said...

so what's??/wit the peachers no peaches of south carolina??????

Relyn said...

I was just dropping in to wish you and yours the happiest Independence Day. May your day be full! May you enjoy laughter shared with family, great food shared with friends, fireworks to make you gasp, a lump in your throat at the anthem, and a full and grateful heart at all we have been given. Happy Fourth of July, my friend!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Oh my goodness. I love fresh peaches if they're good. So often here in the north, they are mealy. My dad's favorite pie was a peach custard that's incredibly easy to make but so rich. Now I"m hungry for it.

Jayne said...

Ah, love this picture. I know it conjures up wonderful memories for you.