I hate it when I can’t remember how I like to spell blue cheese…or is it bleu cheese. This is probably an indication that I don’t belong in any sort of foodie club. I honestly couldn’t give a…wait, full stop. I honestly don’t care how it is spelled as long as I always have some in the fridge. But, I digress. I want to talk about peaches.
I have been getting Harry & David’s Fruit of the Month Club boxes for as long as I can remember. It is a generous gift from generous folks and it brightens my doorstep when it arrives. I assure you no mango would cross the threshold of my home if it weren’t for Harry & David.
So this month I received a big box of the prettiest peaches. Of course, the entire state of Texas is covered over in peaches right now. Laura Lucia called me with an alert about the fantastic peaches and other goodies to be found at Ham Orchard. I usually don’t eat peaches. I’m sure you will recall my snarky comment about peaches in the homemade ice cream post. But as I sat and stared at the beautiful pile of peaches stacked before me I resolved to think of something fabulous to do with them. And then it hit me like a bolt of lightning…slice,drizzle, crumble, adorn. Done.
So if you have any peaches sitting around, try this. Slice them. Drizzle them with high quality Balsamic vinegar, crumble bleu cheese over the top of them and if you have any handy, throw on some chopped fresh basil. The basil is not a necessary component in my opinion but it does add something different to the equation.
As for products, I used a vinegar called Acetaia-Leonardi which I purchased at Flavors from Afar. I have had it for a long time. A little goes a long way. It is another one of those products that seems like an investment when you buy it, but when you taste it you see that it is far and away better than your average grocery store stuff. I am a big fan of regular grocery store foods. I have a thrifty streak a mile wide. But, if you are going to be trying Balsamic on things like strawberries or ice cream, you will want to go ahead and get a little of the good stuff.
If you are in Dallas, Flavors from Afar in Snider Plaza is a good option. And they ship, if you live out of town. They have several nice varieties and are happy to discuss the attributes of each of the brands they carry. They have a little tasting bar in the back so if you don’t know much where fine vinegars and olive oils are concerned, you could stop in for a little advice. The last time I was there I enjoyed a shot of Texas Olive Ranch Olive Oil. It was tasty. Olive oil is not one of those things you typically ever sit and try all by itself and it is worth doing. Also, a nice bottle of Balsamic vinegar is also an amazing hostess gift, so if you are bored of always arriving with a bottle of wine, try this for a change.
So, go get some peaches and let me know what you decide to do with them. I might decide that I love peaches after all. I certainly love peaches served in this manner. Give it a shot and tell me what you think.