July means peach season in Ohio! And while it can be hard to find peaches grown locally (except at Quarry Hill Orchards, which is fantastic!), I always know when peaches are in season as the markets are full. Those beautiful fruits filling up the racks are just begging to be used in an infinite number of recipes. Today I’m sharing 3 of my favorite ways to use fresh peaches. First, I’m always up for trying a new cocktail so I concocted this Bourbon Peach-Tea Cooler. Second, I got hooked on this peach burrata salad I had a few weeks ago so I am making it again. And third, one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make is a rustic tart with whatever fresh fruit is available – in this case, peaches! You could make any or all of these in one day. I dare say if you make them all at once it will be a veritable “peach feast”. 🙂 Let’s get started…
Is summer here yet? I’m ready for it. We just got a cottage up near Lake Erie and have been going up to do some cleanup and get it ready for the season. I’m determined to enjoy it right now, even with 3 space heaters going and sweatshirt and socks on most times, ha! But I’m really reminded of what summer has in store when I see the farmer’s markets start to popup in Ohio to share the bounty of the season. There are several throughout the city and surroundings, but the one I most attend is in the middle of the Cuyahoga Valley State Park at Howe Meadow, sponsored by the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy
Hi, friends. It’s the first week of spring, and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for it! I can see my star magnolia bursting through the buds and the other trees in the neighborhood gradually turning green. The promise of spring is growth and awakening – how awesome that nature can remind us of all there is to love in the world.
As we ring in the new year, we can’t help but reflect on the past and think about our futures. It is like closing one chapter in a book and opening another. We think about what went right, what went wrong, what we completed, where we could do better, who we loved, who we lost, etc. And I probably think about these things more than most, as I am a self-proclaimed analyzer – constantly seeking to understand and improve myself and my connection to others.
Today would have been my mom’s 76th birthday, she passed away in June. I’m so sad I can’t talk to her anymore, and I miss her like crazy. But I know she lives on in my heart and in my memories of her. And this week I wanted to feel especially close to her memory, and I often do that through cooking. She never thought of herself as a good cook, but there are certain dishes she made that were unique to her and my dad’s heritage and she made them even more special to us by adjusting to our tastes.