Grilled Peaches

Anyone who cooks can likely share stories of recipes that just didn’t quite turn out right, or could have benefited from some tweaking. Today you get to hear one of mine! Several months ago, I spotted this recipe from The Framed Table on Pinterest and knew I had to try it!

This weekend, Bailey and I headed over to Strite’s Orchard to pick a bunch of yummy fresh peaches (stay tuned – more peachy recipes to come!), so it seemed like the perfect time to finally try my hand at grilling peaches. So here’s how to make ’em!IMG_1952

Grilled Peaches with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar

  • Peaches
  • Fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Canola oil
  • Balsamic vinegar

Step One: Pre-heat your grill to medium high. Cut each peach in half and remove pits.  Brush the cut surfaces lightly with canola oil.

Step Two: Place peach halves with their cut sides facing down and grill for 5 minutes.  Flip peaches over and grill for another 5 minutes, then remove from grill.

Step Three: Drizzle peaches with balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle with chopped rosemary.

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Sounds easy enough, right? The peaches came out looking and smelling pretty good – and even had a good flavor to them – but there are a few things I would definitely do differently next time:

  • The peaches were SUPER juicy, which is great for flavor, but made them a little challenging to eat. The excess of juice in the hole where the pit used to be also sucked up a lot of the balsamic, make that flavor less pronounced. Next time, I would grill the peaches cut side UP first, then flip the cut side down. This would allow some of that excess juice to run off.
  • Balsamic vinegar, by it’s nature, is a relatively thin, runny liquid.  Next time around, I would cook the balsamic down to make a reduction. A thicker reduction would cling to the peach better, and give the flavor a higher impact.
  • Lastly, we weren’t sure the best way to tackle eating these, so we scooped them out with a spoon. This was harder than I thought it would be, and we missed a lot of the flesh this way. If you decide to grill peaches at home, I’d recommend using a knife and fork to really get the most out of it!

I hope you enjoy these suggestions! Remember that every cooking hiccup is an opportunity to make something fantastic the next time around!

Happy Cooking!
~ Megan

Farm to Table Friday: Sweet Corn and Green Beans

Ribs, Green Beans, Corn

Welcome to the late edition of Farm to Table Friday (aka: Megan is slacker and forgot to post this last week – my bad, guys!). On the upside? You get TWO Farm to Table posts this week! We only ended up using three kinds of produce from our box this week, but we still put together a great meal!

On the menu this week:

BBQ Ribs
Sweet Corn with Cotija Cheese & Chili
Green Beans with Fennel & Feta

From Bailey
BBQ Ribs

We started with BBQ ribs which came out delicious! To make them I started by rubbing them down with BBQ dry rub (recipe coming soon!) and letting them sit refrigerated overnight. The next day I baked them at 250 for 2 hours, then moved them to the grill, slathered on some BBQ and they were ready to go!

Sweet Corn with Cotija Cheese and Chili

For the corn I mixed a traditional Mexican preparation. It’s amazing because the cheese, chili, and butter all complement the sweetness of the corn for an mouth-watering combination. Cotija cheese is a hard Mexican cheese that you crumble, much like Parmesan. It’s more pungent, like a sheep cheese, but not overpowering.

To make the corn I first boiled it quickly to get it cooked, then I put it on the grill to get some smoky flavor.

Next I took each piece, rolled it in some melted butter, then rolled it in the grated cotija. I topped it with some chili powder and it was ready to go! I served lime wedges on the side for squeezing. This is a great way to mix it up and serve corn in a non-traditional way.

Corn on the Grill Corn With Cotija

From Megan
Green Beans with Fennel and Feta

I’m a big fan of fennel, so I was super excited when I found out we’d be getting a fennel bulb in our CSA box. Fennel has a very distinctive licorice-life flavor, and a texture similar to celery. The sweet undertones of the fennel were a perfect match for the fresh green beans we got, and some crumbled feta pulled it all together for this yummy side!IMG_1775

  • 1 lb. FRESH Green Beans
  • 1 Fennel Bulb
  • 1/4 cup Feta Cheese
  • 2 tbsp  fresh chopped Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper

 

Step One: Wash green beans and trim the ends. Remove the leafy fronds from the fennel bulb, and cut the bulb into this slices.

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Step Two: Fill a saucepan half full with salted water and bring to a boil. Add the green beans and fennel slices. Cook until crisp tender (3-5 mintues). Pour into a colander to drain and run under cold water.

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Step Three: Heat Olive Oil in a pan, then add the cooked green beans and fennel. Season with the chopped basil, salt, and pepper. Cook until coated and warmed. Transfer to a serving dish and toss with feta cheese. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Warm Potato Salad with Bacon-Parsley Vinaigrette

For many years I avoided all potato salads. An aversion to excessive mayonnaise has kept me from almost all salads of the potato/macaroni picnic varieties. However, I have been introduced to vinegar based potato salads over the past few years and I have fallen in love. For dinner last weekend Megan was making a root beer pork recipe. To complement the sweetness of the pork we wanted something with a good acid and saltiness. Here is what we invented:

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon-Parsley Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

(Please note there are no quantities listed in the recipe, just get what you need for your guests.)

Small Red Potatoes

Bacon (the higher quality and thicker cut the better) I got mine from a local charcuterie called Rooster Street Provisions. We love them!

Curley Parsley

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

1. Start by slicing or dicing the red potatoes. Cutting them into small wedges would help the salad hold up a little better. I sliced mine so they would bake faster. After cutting the potatoes put them in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss the potatoes to coat them.
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2. Spread the potatoes out on a baking sheet and put into a 350 degree oven. Roast the potatoes until they are done. If you’re not sure when they are done, just poke one with a fork or take a bite.
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3. When the potatoes seem to be close, start the dressing. First dice up the bacon, then chop the parsley. Get a medium-large saute pan. Drizzle some olive oil into the saute pan and put it on medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the bacon and saute. When the bacon starts to crisp and there is a bit of dark residue on the bottom of the pan add the balsamic vinegar. Saute a for a few minutes. Add the parsley right before you remove the pan from the heat.
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4. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Put them into a heat-safe bowl. Add the dressing to the bowl and toss. You may want to add more salt, pepper, oil, or vinegar to taste.
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This salad is a delicious side at any picnic, feel free to adjust to your own tastes. Try different ingredients, we’d love to hear how you adapted this delicious salad!

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