I highly recommend THE PEACH TRUCK cookbook. Every recipe I’ve tried has been a keeper 😍.
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup chopped fresh peaches
3 large eggs
¾ cup whole milk
¾ cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 cups sliced fresh peaches
The author’s favorite recipe from The Peach Truck cookbook
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped peaches and 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar and cook, stirring often, until the peaches begin to brown, about 3 minutes. Remove the peaches from skillet and wipe the skillet clean. Place the skillet in the hot oven for 10 minutes.
Blend the eggs, milk, flour, remaining 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, and the salt in a blender until smooth. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter to the skillet and swirl the skillet until the butter has melted. Pour the batter over the melted butter in the hot skillet without mixing it in. Spoon the caramelized peaches on top of the batter. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and golden.
Serve immediately, topped with a dusting of powdered sugar and additional sliced fresh peaches if desired.
I source my peaches from Dickey Farms as they are the only shipper that hasn’t disappointed me. Others have arrived bruised and mealy, but not if they are shipped from Dickey Farms.
Now THIS French Dip recipe for a pressure cooker is a KEEPER! It rivaled the taste and texture of a brisket recipe I make every year at Christmas (?!?!!)
Two caveats on the time. Meat must be room temp for 15 min before starting AND there’s 25 minutes to add to cook time in the natural release (steam).
I also chilled the dipping broth so the fat rose to the top for removal. I don’t find it palatable without that step.
The meat is tender as buttah and the flavor?? To-DIE-for. Never making a chuck roast another way.
Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich ★★★★★ INSTAPOT/Pressure Cooking, Kid-Friendly, Main Dish, Meats, Sandwich Prep 15 mins ∙ Cook 1 hr 40 mins ∙ Makes Servings: 6 sandwiches ∙ Source Number-2-pencil.com INGREDIENTS
2.5 pound chuck roast 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil 2 teaspoons of kosher salt freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder 1 onion sliced 1/2 cup of red wine 1 14 oz can of low-sodium beef broth 1 dried bay leaf 6 soft rolls 3 tablespoons of butter melted 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder pinch of kosher salt 6 slices of provolone cheese DIRECTIONS
For best results, let chuck roast rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before searing.
Add vegetable oil to the Instant Pot and hit the sauté button.
Season chuck roast with 2 teaspoon of kosher salt, freshly ground pepper to taste and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder on all side.
Using a pair on long heat-proof kitchen tongs, sear roast on all sides in Instant Pot.
Remove seared roast from Instant Pot and set aside.
Add onions to pot and sauté just until they start to soften.
Add red wine to pot and let simmer until reduced by half.
Use a wooden spoon to scrape up seared bits from the bottom of the pot as it simmers.
Once wine has reduced, add low-sodium beef broth and bay leaf.
Return roast to Instant Pot, close lid and make pressure release valve is set to sealing.
Hit Meat/Stew function and increase time to 100 minutes.
Let Instant Pot natural release for 25 minutes, then turn valve to venting to release any excess pressure.
Remove lid and transfer roast to a serving plate and shred.
Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer and serve warm for dipping sandwiches.
Set oven to broil and place sandwich rolls on a baking sheet.
Combine melted butter, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder and pinch of kosher salt in a small bowl.
Brush over rolls and toast 2-3 minutes, just until gold brown.
Pile meat onto rolls and top with cheese. Return to broiler and heat just until cheese has started to melt.
Top sandwiches with freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley and serve with warm au jus for dipping.
f you’re one of those people who saw the word “pickled” in the title and said “Ugh, no, sorry, not for me,” do know, I was the same not too long ago and encourage you to fight the good fight for as long as you can, because once your tastes cross over to the vinegar side, there’s little going back.
4 to 5 cups mixed slivered or julienned* firm, raw vegetables (see above for vegetable suggestions, below for slicing tips)
Optional: Few slivers of jalapeno
Heat vinegar, sugar, salt and mustard seeds to a simmer in a small, non-reactive pot over moderate heat, stirring only until sugar and salt dissolve. Stir in water, which should bring the mixture’s temperature down significantly. Let cool to lukewarm.
Divide vegetables between jars. (I used two 3/4 liter jars.) Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables and refrigerate until needed. You’ll find the vegetables to be lightly pickled within an hour, and deliciously pickled within a day. They will get slightly more pickled as they sit, but the change shouldn’t be too dramatic from the 24 hour level.
Eat with/on sandwiches, aside grilled food and pack it along for picnics — it goes with almost anything. Then make more, because this stuff is habit-forming.
Do ahead: Mine have kept in the fridge for a month without any change in taste or appearance. Updated to add (thanks, Erika!) that you’ll want to make sure that your vegetables are submerged in the brine for them to keep this long.
* I used a mix of a sharp knife, a simple mandoline (that includes julienne blades) and a julienne peeler (the Kuhn one), which I was embarrassed to admit I bought last year until I realized how much easier it makes getting juliennes from long, thin vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, parsnips and zucchini). Don’t fret if you don’t have a fancy peeler or mandoline; you can cut thin strips with your knife, then slice them into skinny matchsticks quite easily.
Marked one off the travel bucket list this week. Mount Rushmore is everything I heard it would be, and more. MUCH more.
I don’t know if it’s because what our country and countrymen are going through (and have BEEN through) but it was quite the emotional experience for me.
Got some good close-ups too:
And some extreme closeups:
The Meaning of Mount Rushmore
The four American Presidents carved into the granite of Mount Rushmore were chosen by the sculptor to commemorate the founding, growth, preservation, and development of the United States. They symbolize the principles of liberty and freedom on which the nation was founded. George Washington signifies the struggle for independence and the birth of the Republic; Thomas Jefferson the territorial expansion of the country; Abraham Lincoln the permanent union of the States, and equality for all citizens, and Theodore Roosevelt, the 20th century role of the United States in world affairs and the rights of common man.
Well, I did my best to bring the Mount Rushmore experience TO you. Have you been? Are you planning to go? My family and I cannot wait to go back. There is SO much to see & do in South Dakota!
2 cups + 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with a knife
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries (if using frozen blueberries, do not defrost)
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
FOR THE GLAZE:
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest, packed
1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Begin by zesting the lemons.
In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Let sit for at least 10 minutes while you proceed with the recipe. (It will curdle; that’s okay.)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the 2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with the remaining teaspoon of flour. Set both aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or beaters), combine the butter and sugar.
Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
With the mixer on low speed, beat in a third of the flour mixture.
Next, beat in half of the milk mixture.
Beat in another third of the flour mixture, then the remaining milk mixture, followed by the remaining flour mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix briefly to make sure the batter is evenly combined.
Add the flour-dusted blueberries to the batter and, using a spatula, fold until evenly combined.
Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and a tester comes out clean.
Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
When the cake is cool, transfer it to a serving platter and make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
Add more confectioners’ sugar or lemon juice as necessary to make a thick but pourable glaze (it should be a little thicker than you’d think, about the consistency of molasses or honey).
Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides.
Let the glaze set for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Slice with a serrated knife. The cake will keep on the countertop for up to 3 days; store in a covered container or wrap in plastic wrap.
Wrap it securely with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place it in heavy-duty freezer bag. Thaw overnight on the countertop before serving. (Add the glaze after the cake is thawed.)
Note: You’ll need 2 large lemons for the entire recipe. Be sure to zest them before you juice them.
I know my way around cooking shellfish, but cooking fish in general, intimidates me. That’s why I joined an Alaskan co-op of fisherman last year. You don’t get more land locked than living in Nebraska 😉. Sitka Salmon shares not only sells you the fish, they provide great (easy!) recipes. Tonight I made Teriyaki Wild Alaskan Black Cod (Sablefish) from the vessel known as the Bella Dawn. I’m hooked 🎣😍
1 lb sablefish (black cod) fillets, cut into 4 pieces
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon water
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced to a paste
1/4 cup mirin
MAKE TERIYAKI SAUCE
Combine water and cornstarch in a small bowl to create a slurry. In a small saucepan over medium-low, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and mirin. Stir in cornstarch slurry and simmer until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Let cool completely.
In a large resealable bag, place sablefish fillets with teriyaki sauce. Marinate for at least 2 hours—overnight is preferable.
Preheat a gas or charcoal grill over medium heat. Place marinated sablefish fillets skin-side down on the grates. Cover and cook for approximately 12–15 minutes or until the fish begins to flake. Serve immediately!
Note: You can use 3/4 cup of your favorite teriyaki sauce mixed with 1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger and 4 finely minced garlic cloves to make this even easier.