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Peach Galette

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

I’ve been in a mood lately.  A mood to take it easy.  To relax.  To enjoy life’s simpler pleasures.  To me, that includes baked goods.  You too?  

A recent trip to the market reminded me it was peach season, so I brought a dozen home, and contemplated what I could create with them.  I’m often caught up in the idea of trying something new, hence the recent quest for the perfect pie crust.  The attraction to baked goodies continues, pulling me yet again to attempt something both simple and gastronomically wonderful in the kitchen made with ripe fruit and dough.

Enter, the peach galette.

peach galette cg

What the heck is a galette you might ask?  For those who don’t know, a galette is just a fancy French label for a rustic fruit tart.  The kind of tart filled with seasonal fruit and formed with a less than perfectly shaped crust, folded over by hand and baked in the oven.  Less than perfect?  That I can handle. 

Ever since I made my summer list, I’m obsessed with baking with summer fruit, whatever is in season and of the moment.   In May, it was rhubarb crumble, June brought mini cherry pies.  Lately, I’m craving peaches which are in season and readily available everywhere. 

How to make a peach galette?  It’s not difficult. 

First grab yourself a bowl of these. 

bowl of peaches

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Lavender Lemonade

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Yes, there is another reason why I love June.  June is when the bees start buzzing because like me, they are drawn to nature’s perfect perennial: lavender.  June is the month when (at last!) my French lavender plants are finally ready for harvest.  

bee on french lavender

I wait patiently all year for these few weeks in June, and I do my best each season to create something new with my two dozen French lavender plants.  I’ve baked cakes and stitched linen eye pillows in the past.  This week, I made lavender lemonade and a summer wreath.   More on the wreath next week, but meanwhile . . .    

Don’t you love lemonade? 

Could anything define summer more than this beverage?  I think only iced tea could compete, but there is something about that taste of citrus poured over ice that forces one to pause and appreciate the simple pleasures of summer.

lavender lemonade cg

 

How to Make Lavender Lemonade

Combine ¾ cup of water with ½ cup of sugar in a saucepan.  Bring to a low boil and stir until sugar dissolves, remove from heat.  Add 3-4 organic lavender buds to heated sugar water mixture and allow to cool for 10 minutes. 

Prepare frozen lemonade as directed, minus 1 cup of water.  Remove lavender buds from sugar mixture, then pour sugar water into prepared lemonade and add fresh slices of lemon.  

For color (optional), mix ¼ cup of water with one drop of blue food coloring and one drop of red food coloring. 

 

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Cheese Course Essentials

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I’m on a bit of a food kick lately, so if you’ll indulge me, today I feel like talking about cheese yet again. I’ll be back to painting something soon I assure you, but today I need to talk about one of the most important things in my life and that is cheese.  Not just any cheese, or your ordinary mass produced American chunks of cheddar, no I’m talking about the cheeses that come from the artisans.  Gather round friends, because I’m about to share with you the secrets to serving a perfect cheese course.

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