Grilled Peaches

You could be the tastiest, most juiciest, most delicious peach out there in the world; there’s still going to be people out there who don’t like peaches .
— Benson Henderson

Last Days of Summer with Grilled Peaches

So question for you my loyal reader were you more a cabbage patch kid or garbage pail card collector?  Tell the truth, be honest.  Or maybe you don’t even know what I am talking about because truth be told, you had to be a kid of the 80’s.

Kid trends are kind of like that, they come, they go, some come back, some don’t, but why is that? If you know could you tell me in the comments below?

 Me, I was a garbage pail card kind of kid. Why? I think because the idea of collecting things was always such a cool idea and also because they weren't actually dolls.

 I wasn't ever much of a doll kind of kid.  Stuffed animals, now that was a different thing.  I had the polar bear, the brown bear, the dog, the horse and on and on depending upon who gave me what animal or whom I could convince to buy me the next stuffed thing. But the idea of a doll with a round face that you put in a crib and took care of, changed it's diapers etc I just couldn't get into that. 

 I am talking about baby dolls with little blue or pink plastic bottles that sometimes were filled with fake milk and when you turned it upside down the milk disappeared.  I never did understand how that worked? Again does anyone? 

 Anyway, I just never got dolls. Was it some instinctual nurture to care  human beings?  Or was it because they didn't have a little brother or sister to care for already? Or maybe they wanted to imitate their mothers and what they did?  I don't know. I still don't know.  But the difference is that now we can "google" it and find out.  So I did.... Turns out there are hundreds of articles on the topic Here is one fascinating article I found. 

 Either way, whether you liked dolls, cars, trucks, stuffed animals,or collecting garbage pail kids the idea is these things take you back.

 You made memories. Some good,  

some maybe,

 not so good.

But, your brain wants to keep hanging onto them, not because you needed another doll or another stuffed animal but because each memory is a story. Your story. 

 So whether you collected garbage pail kids, cabbage patch dolls or just played and created your memories they are yours and yours alone.  

Foods can be memories too.

 Like when I made these grilled peaches this summer.  The juice oozed and the char marks blackened.  The peach flavor melted in my mouth and my summer was complete.  

Summer ends officially in just a few days.  So before you let summer go, grill up a few and make a memory.  

Goodbye Summer, I loved you everyday. Thanks for giving me great memories. 

Peaches before they go on the Grill

Ingredients

  • 3 Peaches Halved and Pits removed
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

Step 1

Heat Grill to about 400 degrees. Using a pastry brush, brush olive oil onto flesh side of peaches.

Step 2

Place Peaches flesh side down onto grill.  Cook a few minutes until peaches begin to get warm.  Remove from grill using a metal spatula and eat.

Tips

  • Grilled peaches make a great salad with tomatoes and herbs.

  • Serve grilled peaches over vanilla ice cream.  

  • No grill? Roast peaches in oven instead.  You won't have the grill marks but they will still taste great
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How to Roast an Artichoke?


He has ‘le coeur comme un artichaud’. Eddy fumbled for her high school French. ‘A heart like an artichoke?’ ‘Oui. He has a leaf for everyone, but makes a meal for no one.
— Poppy Z Brite

Purple Artichoke

Honestly as a kid I disliked most veggies.  The list of vegetables I did not like was long when I look back now.  I was not as picky as some kids only eating mac and cheese or chicken fingers but I definitely had my staple foods and they did not include much from the garden variety.  Somehow though, I always liked artichokes.  Perhaps because it wasn't about the vegetable as much as the moment with my mom.  

They were always steamed and usually I got to eat them with mayonnaise or with melted butter.  I would eat every leaf down to the prickly center but once I reached the heart I would have my mom eat that  because for some reason I didn't like that part.  Weird kid, I know.  Especially considering the heart is not only the best part, but the center of what you had worked for in eating the leaves.  I would take a leaf dip it into the melted butter and pull the meat off with my teeth just how my mom had shown me to do.

 Artichokes were never a quick eating meal, maybe that's what I liked about it.  We didn't eat together as a family but since my mom liked them she would always sit down and eat the choke with me.  She would steam two.  One for me and one for her knowing she was going to eat my heart.  A small bowl of melted butter sat between us and I was allowed to double dip because after all it wasn't truly about the artichoke back then but more about the butter.

 As I am now doing the "adulting" thing in my life I of course eat the hearts.  I learned however from a friend that roasting instead of steaming gives a mouthwatering flavor to the artichokes and it isn't as much work.  I still like to dip choke leaves in melted butter but I have gained new skills with this beautiful vegetable that flowers, if you let it, did you know that?  I never did. One day a neighbor was growing them and I said:

"Wow, how cool you are growing artichokes."

 Her reply, "I don't actually like artichokes but the flowers are beautiful."  

And that summer they were beautiful. 

Now I watch the flowers grow in my neighbor's yard, while I eat them in my home. The best of both worlds.😄

Ingredients:

  • 3 Large Artichokes
  • 2 Tbsp Tuscan Herbed Olive Oil (Or use Olive oil and add 1 tbsp italian herbs
  • 1 tsp Maldon Sea Salt or Kosher salt

Roasted Artichokes

Instructions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. After washing artichokes cut in half lengthwise.  Remove the fuzzy part from the center that rests on top of the heart of the artichoke using a grapefruit spoon.  You can scrape the fuzz away with the teeth of the grapefruit spoon.

Step 2

After scraping away the fuzz, brush each artichoke heart with olive oil and if you do not have the herbed olive oil sprinkle the dried herbs over the olive oil on each artichoke half.  Next sprinkle using your pinched fingers the Maldon Sea Salt.  I don't use black pepper as I prefer the roasted chokes without the peppery flavor but you can choose to add that if you like it.  

Step 3

Turn the artichokes flat side down onto a sheet pan and place in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes  When removing artichokes make sure color on interior is golden brown and if not continue cooking until done.

Step 4

Tear off leaves and dip in melted butter, mayonnaise, a vinaigrette or eat without dipping.  I prefer no dip with the roasted version of artichokes but I will let you be the judge.  These are beautiful served with a steak or piece of chicken or just eat them as is, for dinner.

Enjoy! 

 

Tips:

  • Grapefruit Spoons are your best friend use them for removing fuzz from artichoke, scraping out seeds from squash or pumpkins and much much more!
  • Purple Artichokes have more nutrition than green artichokes
  • When purchasing artichokes look for tight leaves, vibrant color, heavy in size and squeaks when squeezed