Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just Peachy

I've had an up-and-down last few weeks with small health upsets and the loss of a long lost love, so I went into the kitchen looking for comfort. You'd be proud - I bypassed the Hershey Kisses. Instead, I put together a terrific peach cobbler that was less like cobbler and much more like a custardy thing. I can't explain it other than it was divine.

Peach Cobbler
2 lb. peaches
1 c. sugar, divided
1/2 c. flour
1 stick butter, cut into bits
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a square pan (I used a glass one). Slice peaches and mix them with half the sugar.

In a food processor, mix together flour butter, baking powder, and sugar. Stir in egg and vanilla.

Spread a small amount of the dough on the bottom of the pan. Put peaches on top. Drop remaining dough onto the top without spreading it. Bake for about 45 minutes.

Cool and eat.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Be A Pepper

The weather here is still hot, but with that late-August dryness that makes evenings gloriously cool. The farmer's market is loaded with choices, and peppers are looking fantastic. So, stuffed peppers!

Meatless Stuffed Peppers
4 large peppers
1 package Smart Ground veggie crumbles
1 cup cooked couscous
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. fresh chopped basil
2 cans diced tomatoes
Ketchup for the top

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Either cut the tops of the peppers or slice them in half - whichever way you like to stuff them.

In a bowl, combine all but one can of diced tomatoes. Stuff into peppers. Top with a little ketchup. Place peppers in covered dish, dump the second can of tomatoes inside the dish, then cover and cook 20-25 minutes. Spoon some of the tomatoes onto the peppers and serve.