Tag: peaches

Peach Melba Pie Takes Center Stage

Peach Melba Pie Takes Center Stage

French chef and restaurateur Auguste Escoffier created the original Peach Melba dessert in honor of 1890s songbird Nellie Melba. (Melba toast is another story.) The simple, albeit spot-on fresh fruit dessert calls for the inspired pairing of raspberries and peaches, pureed and poached, respectively. I’ve made it […]

Farm to Photo: My First Photography Show

Farm to Photo: My First Photography Show

On the first Friday of each month, Vashon folk and a carload or two of intrepid off-islanders descend upon our small town to take in the latest art offerings. And this month, my friend Natalie, owner of Cafe Luna, was kind enough to grant me a wall or two in […]

Peach Macaroon Crisp: Man Does Not Live by Pie Alone

Peach Macaroon Crisp: Man Does Not Live by Pie Alone

Peach Macaroon Crisp begins with great peaches As a man who is partial to pie, I must admit my eyes have been wandering lately, gazing at the crisps, cobblers, slumps, buckles, and brown betties of summer. Just yesterday, I succumbed to some audacious flirting by a bowl of perfectly […]

Peach Sauce Sublime: Peaches Simmered in Wine

Peach Sauce Sublime: Peaches Simmered in Wine

There’s no denying I’m a man who likes to can, fruit especially. This time of year I’m directing a parade of pots and pans on my gas range, keeping track of jellying points, scorching mishaps, rapid boils and slow simmers. For me canning fruit is truly a triumph of […]

Peach Pie: How Do I Love Thee

Peach Pie: How Do I Love Thee

Slice of heaven… Peach pie how do I love thee, let me count the ways (With sincere apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning) I love thee to the depth and breadth and height of juicy fruit and tender crust. I love thee to the level of everyday’s […]

Video: The Best Way to Ripen Peaches

Video: The Best Way to Ripen Peaches

Click on image to play video. The most popular post on my blog (based on number of comments and views) is The Best Way to Ripen Peaches. I wrote it because I felt few folks understood how wonderfully peaches ripen off the tree and on […]

Jam Recipes: Five of My Favorites

Jam Recipes: Five of My Favorites

Jam recipes near and dear to my spoon… This time of year my pantry shelves buckle under the weight of stacked empty jam jars. They glistened under the light of the single bulb on the ceiling, and call to me, “Tom, Tom, get a move-on; […]

Peach Cake Recipe: A Peachy Version of Apple Cake

Peach Cake Recipe: A Peachy Version of Apple Cake

Peach Cake Recipe: moist, flavorful slices of summerMost cooks have a go-to recipe, one that never fails, one that they can make in their sleep, and one that garners rousing boo-yahs from the dinner guests (or at least happy sighs and polite acknowledgements).  For me, […]

Avalon Pride: Sweet Peach With a Nice Nose

Avalon Pride: Sweet Peach With a Nice Nose

Peach fuzz and big noses: comparative profile analysis. Peach harvest was a bust this year; of seven varieties of leaf curl resistant peach trees only one bore fruit, and for that one tree, one fruit was its maximum output. Yes, I picked one peach for […]

Every Time a Peach Is Bruised a Farmer Cries

Every Time a Peach Is Bruised a Farmer Cries

A quick press can leave a lasting and unpalatable impression Peach Perfect It’s no secret I love peaches–their rich flavor, succulent juice and heady perfume. I’m even starstruck (and foolish) enough to try to grow them in the maritime Pacific Northwest.  This year my eleven […]