Month: August 2011

Perfect Summer Peach Cake

A fresh cake recipe for you to take advantage of the abundance of sweet, ripe and juicy peaches that are available right now. One of the highlights of summer. Peaches are a winning attraction in this recipe From Cook’s Illustrated. WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: To achieve the right texture for our Peach Cake, we sprinkled…


Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Beet Greens

6 medium beets with beet greens attached 2 large oranges peeled and pitch removed then diced 3 Tablespoons green onion, about 2 1 1/2 cups diced peeled celery root 1 1/2 cups diced peeled carrots 1/2 cup toasted walnuts For vinaigrette: 3 tablespoons minced shallots 2 tablespoons white vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2…


GRILLED PEPPER SALAD

This salad of grilled peppers and ripe red tomatoes with green onion, lemon and parsley is fabulous. The peppers can be roasted up to 48 hours ahead of time. 4 red bell peppers, plus 4 Cubanelle mild or hot peppers to make 4 cups 3 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced 2 green onions, diced…


How To Soften Hard Brown Sugar

It happens to the best of us: rock hard brown sugar. How to soften it? Place the brown sugar in an airtight container with a slice of fresh bread placed on top. Seal and leave overnight. It should be soft and fresh again in the morning, if not just let it sit another day or…


Fresh Peach Cake with Almonds

I love making use of the current season’s fruits especially in cakes or desserts. This is the perfect summer cake with sweet fresh peaches and is a very light and fluffy cake. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/4 cups sugar 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1 cup sour cream, at room…