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June 2015



Easy Peach Cobbler
By Marc Mulcahy


Remember your first time? That first taste of Bing cherries, sugar baby watermelon, or ripe, fully-flavored summertime tomatoes? I’ll bet you do!

It’s hard to forget the memories of something that stopped us in our tracks for a few minutes on a busy day and caused us to take notice of a flavor, texture or smell so wonderfully delicious that it has stayed with us all of these years.

Have you had your first time, first bite moment again this year? I have!

My moment comes every summer when I taste my first peach of the season.

And it always brings Alice Walker’s quote to mind “Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.”

There is just something about the chin drippy, fuzzy skinned, sweet acidy experience that brings on an ahhh-filled grin.

Organic Peaches


Peach time is just beginning everywhere in the country (actually it started early this year). All of your favorites like O’Henry, Red Top, Sun Crest, or Red Haven will all be in season or just about ready soon. And even though you can eat your fill of these mouthwatering summer treats, it still may not be enough if you are a real peach lover.

Are you a cook? Yes? Then you’ll love the flavor of this recipe that helps to take advantage of the summer peach bounty. No? Then you’ll love how this easy recipe let’s you make a wonderful dessert that everyone will love without having to have gone to a culinary academy.

Try this recipe I adapted from one I found on All Recipes.

Easy Peach Cobbler

Here’s what you’ll need

12 Fresh Melissa’s Organic Peaches, pitted and sliced
1 cup Water
1 cup White Sugar
½ teaspoon Ground Organic Cinnamon
1 (18.25 ounce) package White Cake Mix (I told you this was the easy route, besides you can use Organic Cake Mix if you like)
1 (8 ounce) package Organic Cream Cheese
½ cup Organic Butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Spread peach slices evenly into a 9x13 inch-baking dish, combine water and sugar in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve, and then pour mixture over peaches.

nterSprinkle cinnamon over peach slices, followed by dry cake mix. Top cake mix with pats of cream cheese. Dot cobbler with butter or non-dairy spread.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until golden.

If you really want to make it special, add some Melissa’s huge fresh Organic Blueberries to the top before serving. And even though this is called a dessert, why not throw caution to the wind and serve as a special breakfast some hot summer morning with some cool yogurt? It will be a nice change from the norm for you and someone you love. Now that’s mmm, mmmm great!

If you still aren’t up for putting something in the oven or fussing around the kitchen, then grab two slices of whole wheat bread, toss in the toaster, then spread fresh ground almond butter over each slice and top with sliced peaches. This is a great breakfast, lunch, or on-the-go afternoon snack. Rich, healthy and so, so delectable!

Organic Peaches and the drought

Peach trees require a lot of nitrogen. Orchards whose soil is fed and managed with nitrogen-fixing cover crops such as vetch and other legumes create better soil fertility. This method opens the soil and builds organic matter, providing better water retention and greater absorption of necessary enzymes and nutrients for healthier trees.

Making sure it’s just right
When you’re choosing, smell the peach. Is it perfumey and sweet-scented? It should be! Inspect the peach's surface. The skin shouldn't be bruised in any way; it should have a soft, downy covering of white fuzz; and it should be streaked with both pink and yellow. Once ripened (NOT BEFORE), peaches can be stored in the refrigerator unwashed for up to two weeks without a loss of flavor or texture.

If you haven’t had a first time, perhaps something from Melissa’s cornucopia of summer delights will start your walk down memory lane.