Monday, August 27, 2012

White Lady Peaches

White lady peaches!! I recently purchased a box of tree-ripened white lady peaches. I was really excited since I had purchased some last year, and they were so very sweet and fragrant. This year I am not disappointed because they are just as good! Last year I made peach cobbler, ate them just like that, and froze some.
There are just so many things that you can do with peaches if you have time, such as: pie filling, jams (pure peach, or add some brown sugar for butterscotch peach jam!), spreads, ice cream or sorbet, and you can jar them for later as well.
This year I have already made peach sorbet for my girls quickly and easily using my Vitamix. I shared some peaches with my sister and she is going to jar hers so that she can feed them to her baby in the Fall when he's ready for solids. I was surprised since most the time when fruits are jarred it is done with a sugary or honey syrup, which wouldn't be ideal for a baby. But I learned from her that you can pack them in just water. The only differences are that the fruits may not be as sweet and the colour won't quite be the same.

If I get the chance before they over ripen, I would love to dry or candy them to add to cookies.
I hope you are enjoying this season's harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables! 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Zucchini Cookies

I am always trying to sneak vegetables into cookies and other "treats" since I find it quite challenging to get my kids to eat vegetables. I figured if I made some chocolate zucchini cookies, they might actually eat them. I didn't have a zucchini cookie recipe so I used my usual oatmeal raisin cookie recipe and added chunks of zucchini in place of half the oats and chocolate instead of raisins. I also used 1 egg instead of 2.

There are a lot of zucchini recipes that I would still love to try such as zucchini muffins, zucchini bread and even zucchini cake. The key to getting my kids to actually eat them is to make the zucchini pieces as small as possible!