Saturday, September 11, 2010

Food For Thought

Back in college, my roommates and I loved to watch (and watch and watch) a silly old movie called "The Private Eyes".  It featured Don Knotts and Tim Conway as two detectives sent to investigate the murder of Lord Morley.  Don Knotts and Tim Conway, of course, are both completely incompetent and the movie essentially consists of 91 minutes of slap-stick humor and silly dialogue ... and we loved it!  One of my favorite (and oft quoted) scenes is when the two detectives are in the mansion's pantry looking for clues.  Don Knotts is carrying on this monologue of great importance, recounting what they had learned so far.  He and turns to Tim Conway for a response only to find that Conway has stuffed his mouth full of peaches from one of the many dusty canning jars on the shelves.  With a sheepish look he asks, "Pleethez?"  It still makes me laugh!  And then there are those silly non-rhyming notes ...

So ... this weekend's "Food For Thought" centers around peaches!

I would like to share with you three different ways to enjoy this summer's sweetest fruit.

Peach Crisp
(This is a recipe from my mom's cookbook.)

Ready for the topping...
2 lb. sliced peaches
1/2 cup sugar

2 cup flour (we use 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 t. salt
2 t. baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 T. cinnamon-sugar

Grease a 9x13 pan and layer fruit and 1/2 cup sugar.  In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  With a fork, cut in the eggs until it's crumbly.  Spread this mixture on top of the fruit.  Drizzle with butter and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until golden brown.

Ready for the ice cream!
We serve this warm with ice cream on top.  To tell you the honest truth, it really doesn't matter what fruit you put in (apples, berries, cherries) ... we really love it for the crust.  In fact, this week I made a crisp in an 8x8 pan, but I made the full recipe of the crust so that it was thick ... yuuuummmmmm!

Peach Salsa
(This is a little recipe I put together ... a little of this and a little of that!)

Do those go together?
5 peaches, peeled and chopped into small pieces (think about what would fit on a tortilla chip)
The juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped (only use as much as you want)
1 clove of garlic, minced

A perfect mix of hot & sweet.
In a small bowl, toss all the ingredients together.  Start with 1/2 the jalapeno and add more to taste.  You might want to add a pinch of salt, too, to help bring out the flavors.  We serve this on tacos, with chips or on taco salad.  You can also follow the same recipe with mangos - it's delicious!

This past week we came home from church with a 20 pound box of peaches ... and I didn't have time to can.  So ... I followed in my mother-in-law's footsteps and froze about half the box.  Now we can use them this winter in crisps, muffins and smoothies.

Frozen Peaches
(Not so much a recipe ... but a way to keep the fruit flies away.)

Ready for the freezer ...
Ready for another crisp!
Take a cookie sheet and cover it with waxed paper.  Slice the peaches in half, remove the pit (and any brown spots), slice into 8 pieces and spread them out on the cookie sheet.  Make sure they are in a single layer.  When you run out of room, simple cover the peaches with another piece of waxed paper and start again.  When you have processed all the peaches, place the loaded cookie sheet in the freezer over-night.  In the morning you can pop the individual peach slices off the waxed paper and store them in a ziplock freezer bag.  Then they are ready for you to grab a handful to use in your next recipe!


  1. I started giggling when I saw the title...before I even opened your blog!

    If Jock could talk, he'd give you a clue
    But now that he's dead, what can you do?
    He deserved what he got, don't regret it a bit!
    By the way, you're standing in.....
    Bull caca!!

  2. It was written with you in mind :) Aaron watched this with a friend a while back and I loved listening to him giggle about the woocalar (sp?) ... classic!

  3. I made Bill watch it....I don't think he quite appreciated it as much as he should have!

  4. You weren't giggling preemptively and saying all the lines along with them, were you :) That tends to annoy some people ... I don't know why! :) I'll watch it with you anytime!


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