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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Millions of peaches, peaches for me!

Peaches! Nothing tastes more like summer to me than a sweet, delicious, ripe, fresh off the tree juicy peach. They are in season RIGHT NOW here in Virginia and they couldn't be any better! So, go to your famer's market and buy a whole crate of them! Eat them now, or freeze them so you can enjoy them throughout the year.

How to Freeze fresh peaches:
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Wash peaches well and cut them up (you can peel them or not, your choice. If you are going to use them in smoothies, you should peel them before you slice them)
Place the peaches on the cookie sheet in a single layer.
Sprinkle with a little orange, lemon, or lime juice.
Place flat in your freezer.
Once the peaches are frozen, you can put them in a ziplock bag and put them bag in the freezer for 6 months.

Peach Banana Smoothie recipe:
(serves 2)
2 ripe peaches (peeled) (you can use frozen, too!)
2 ripe bananas
large handful of ice
about 1 cup of “plain” yogurt
a dash of milk/apple juice

Combine ingredients in blender and liquify !

Peach Soup / Peach Creamcicles
Makes about 12 popcicles

3 cups peaches (peeled and chopped) (you can use frozen, too!)
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup water
1 cup oj
dash of cinnamon

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Consider adding a ripe banana, too! Enjoy as soup or Freeze in popcicle molds!

Black Bean and Peach Salad
Serves 4

1 peach, peeled and diced (fresh peaches work best)
2 cups black beans
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
4 -6 leaves basil, chopped
juice from 1/2 lime
salt and pepper

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Serve as a side dish or over grilled fish or chicken.

Peach Crumble
Serves 4

2 cups peaches (peeled and sliced) (you can use frozen, too!)
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 TBS vegetable oil
2 TBS brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Arrange peaches on the bottom of an 8x8 glass baking dish
In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and stir with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle topping over peaches and bake 15 – 20 minutes, until golden brown

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