Peaches and Honey


It’s peach season and what better time to create some beautiful meals using them. This dish is delicious and also versatile, it is equally good with fish, or ice cream or as a treat by itself. The peaches can also be made ahead and re-heated at mealtime. I recommend using peaches that are fairly firm (not hard) otherwise they won’t hold together when cooked.

peaches salmon

4-5 firm peaches
1 small piece of ginger, minced
1/2 cup honey
Juice of 1 lemon

Pit and slice the peaches into 8 pieces each. Peel the ginger and dice it into small minced pieces. Heat 1 tbs. of canola oil in a saute pan add the ginger and cook for about 1 minute add the peaches, honey and lemon juice. Saute for several minutes until the peaches begin to soften. Place the pan in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes until the peaches have softened and the sauce has thickened. Serve immediately or reserve and re-heat prior to serving.

sangria-peach

I thought the idea of incorporating peaches into a cocktail would be really fun. I’m not a cocktail person, usually, when I have a drink I stick to wine, or beer. However, this seemed light and summery. It’s easy to make and would be a great accompaniment to a summer barbecue.

Peach Sangria with Rasberry

3-4 peaches (off season use frozen fruit)
1 tsp ginger (optional)
1 pint rasberries
1/2 cup peach schnapps
1/4 cup simple syrup
1/2 cup sparkling water or club soda
1 bottle sparkling white wine, chilled

Peel and dice the peaches into segments, set aside 10 peach slices to incorporate in the sangria. Mince the ginger and lightly saute it in olive oil for 1-2 minutes. In a blender, puree the peaches, ginger and simple syrup. Place in a pitcher or bowl and chill. When you’re ready to serve add wine, club soda and fruit. If you desire, add sliced lemons and limes to make this a little fruitier.

New Arrival and June in Chicago


I am thrilled to write about my trip to Chicago and my new grandson, Leo. He is adorable and so good natured. I have spent the past week in Chicago with my daughter Abbie, her husband Punky and baby Leo. It is so easy to forget how tiny a new baby is but the memories come back quickly.

baby leo

Chicago, is a beautiful, vibrant city the Buhr family lives just north of Lincoln Park in East Lakeview by Wrigley Field. Unofficially, the neighborhood is called Boystown, home to many gay couples, and was the first officially recognized gay village in the United States.

boystown

Chicago also has the best pizza ever. Bricks, in Lincoln Park is a favorite. The sauce is incredible, which makes all the difference between good pizza and great pizza.

The kids apartment in Chicago is in a Greystone from the 1890’s. Chicago’s Greystones define historic Chicago neighborhoods in a manner similar to way Brownstones define neighborhoods in Brooklyn, N.Y. Abbie and I added a little garden color to their front porch.

greystones

My son-in-law, Punky is a virtual baby whisperer. He has an uncanny ability to calm a fussy Leo!

punky leo

It was difficult to leave everyone behind and go home, but I am grateful to have had these wonderful days in Chicago and am looking forward to seeing Leo and his family again very soon!