Every August I share a big juicy PEACH post full of peach perfect recipes on my blog. This year's collection is my favorite yet! We live near some of the best peach orchards ever. Palisade, Colorado, has a signature reputation for their peaches: they grow the BEST, they smell the freshest, and they taste the juiciest.. Visiting the Palisade orchards and gathering boxes of peaches at our weekly farmer's markets is a summer pastime for our family. This annual peach post has become one of my most anticipated blog posts of the year!
This year I'll share both savory and sweet recipes for your peach lust lovin'. All 4 of the following recipes get a big A+, written in red with a smiley face. I definitely want to make all of them again.
Dig into peaches!
Recipe #1: Roasted Peach Pork Chops
The Roasted Peach Pork Chops is started in a cast iron skillet on the stovetop, then transferred to the oven for an easy roast.
This aHHHH-may-zing pork chop recipe is compliments of Real Simple magazine and follows the Paleo (caveman) diet. Click HERE to see the Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches recipe.
Sliced peaches, fresh basil, red onions, and roasted pork chops...
Our entire family, 3 stair-step boys included, enjoyed every bite of this Roasted Peach Pork Chop dinner!
Recipe #2: Grilled Peach & Feta Salad
This refreshing salad tasted delicious. It takes just a few minutes to toss together. Slice peaches and carefully grill on medium heat. To a pretty plate add, spring mix, fresh baby spinach, red onions, feta cheese, peppers, grilled peaches. Finish with a few drops of oil and balsamic vinegar.
For the last two recipes, I pulled out my Pioneer Woman cookbook!Last year I celebrated the Pioneer Woman's TV show launch party with some incredible women. We had a brunch of yummy bites, including some recipes from the Pioneer Woman. This launch party was hosted by my friend, Kathy.
Kathy also had a super EXCITING surprise for us! At the party she displayed the collection of the Pioneer Woman's books. And she had a special book just.for.me. Kathy knows Ree and she arranged to have Ree autograph a cookbook for me! Every time I pull my Pioneer Woman cookbook out, I get excited all over again about her special surprise for me. Thanks Kathy!
My autographed cookbook from the Pioneer Woman!
Recipe #3: Peachy Poppers,
jalapeno poppers with a pinch of peach
Right before wrapping with bacon add a peach slice to each popper.
We used turkey bacon instead of pork bacon because our family prefers it, but either one works.
Recipe #4: Peaches & Cream Sourdough French Toast
I sliced sourdough bread. For the egg bath I added a bit of fresh ground nutmeg, milk, and vanilla sugar. I prepared the french toast as usual. For the cream sauce, I made Pioneer Woman's rich creamy maple sauce! The only difference is I served it hot. She recommends serving it cold with the recipe she paired it with. For french toast, I used it as a hot syrup instead. After I topped the french toast with the homemade maple cream sauce, I added fresh peach slices.
Peaches & Cream weekend breakfast is served ...with a slice of turkey bacon!
A quick tip if you're preparing a big batch of peaches for a meal: to quickly peel the skin off of peaches boil a large pot of water in the microwave. Gently place the peaches in the water and leave in for a minute or less. Remove with tongs. Immediately place peaches in an ice bath for a couple minutes. When you remove them,the skin will pull right off!
Maple Cream Sauce (via Pioneer Woman):
Pour 1 1/2 cup whipping cream into a saucepan. Add 5 tablespoons real maple syrup, 3 tablespoons corn syrup and stir over moderate heat until thickened and reduced by about one-third, approximately 15 minutes.
That completes the 4 peach recipes for this year, August 2012. Savoring the fresh foods derived directly from our soils is living in the simplest form. Every piece of fresh produce that grows from baby seeds each year should be elevated and celebrated. The new, colorful crops of fruits and vegetables each season are a dance of life for us to use and to love.
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Happy Peaches n' Cream August days!
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