Seasonal Sundays (Week 35) The Last Peaches

Time's running out for 2022, there's only a few short weeks left for fresh, local peaches. Savory and sweet, let me tempt you to savor the last of summer's best orbs, it's the late-summer edition of Seven Days of Peach Inspiration ...

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Once upon a time, I ate seventeen peaches in a single day.

Yep. I was a binger when still in single digits, age-wise.

My mom had brought home a lug – what's that? neither Google nor I know for sure but let's just say, a lug of peaches is a lot of peaches – and mama-oh-mama-oh-mama, they were sweet and juicy.

So when local peaches start appearing around the 4th of July, it takes me awhile to get past just eating one after another, slicing 'em up for salads and snacks, nothing to write home blog about save pure pleasure.

So with any luck, everybody is ready for Peach Inspiration ... yes, like last week's Seven Days of Tomato Inspiration, a week's worth of peachy temptation.

PS I still owe you the recipe for an a-m-a-z-i-n-g peach cobbler, "my" recipe, pure and simple, all sweet and crackly on top. And a peach tart. And a peach pound cake that our neighbor trades for okra for his garden. And a simple-simple peach jam. For every thing, there is a season ...

It's Not Politics. It's Civics.
It's Like Voting Every Day. Legally.

The country needs calm, thoughtful and assertive voices amid the chaos inflicted by a minority hellbent on taking/retaining power by strangling democratic principles and equal rights.

It's time to look up, study up and speak up. Make your voice heard!

Don't get overwhelmed. Don't think you have to personally change the world.


Pick one thing and put it on top of your To Do List this week. Next week, add another.

Here are my suggestions. I'll be adding to this list ...

  • NEXT WEEK? Suggestions Welcome.

  • THIS WEEK Learn from historians and thought leaders who are fighting for democracy each and every day. Many are publishing newsletters on a site called Substack. Nearly all have "free" versions (that's what I'm doing, so far) even if there are options for paid subscriptions. Just type in your email and hit subscribe. No spam, no ads, just thoughtful thinking from smart people attempting to help the U.S. save itself from authoritarian anti-democratic minority rule.
  • My #1 pick will always be the brilliant Heather Cox Richardson who has been writing Letters from an American nearly every single day since September 2019. For me, "Heather" (as we refer to her in this house) is a must-read. She cuts through the day's news and presents an interpretation in a calm, history-grounded voice, with an eye/ear for what will matter to historians in future. Facebook people, she also does twice-weekly talks/lectures: she's whip-smart, speaks in plain language without drama. Yes, I'm a big fan.
  • I also read Substack newsletters from Robert Hubbell (which originated as a source of hope and perspective for family and friends after the 2016 election and five years later, remains true to that mission) and Aaron Rupar (an independent journalist who describes himself as "fair but not impartial" and is not shy about taking mainstream media to task for "both sides-ism" and similar equivocation).
  • Two more.
  • There's Joyce Vance in another Substack newsletter called Civil Discourse. She's a law professor, a 25-year veteran of the Department of Justice, a former U.S. Attorney, a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC – also a knitter and chicken keeper! The chicks and chicken show up every so often ...
  • There's also the so-familiar 90-year old Dan Rather in an aptly named Substack newsletter called Steady: and so it is, a place for what he calls "contemplation, empathy, learning and yes, a little humor when warranted".
  • Who's inspiring you? Please let me know!

  • LAST WEEK Check out and sign up for Red Wine & Blue, suburban women on a mission relating to voting rights, reproductive choice, book bans and so much more. This week I participated in a 30-minute Great Troublemaker Training Session on Zoom that introduced relational organizing aka talking to your family and friends.

  • TWO WEEKS AGO Sign up for Chop Wood, Carry Water, a 5x weekly email, each one with targeted, timely suggestions on who to call/write/text about what, including easily adaptable scripts. I lurked for a couple of weeks but now make five-ten minutes an essential part of my day.

Seven Days of Peach Inspiration

Savory Peach Appetizer ♥, an easy summer appetizer, beautiful color, fruity with a spike of heat.

Baked Chicken with Fresh Peaches ♥, quick-seared chicken breasts finished in the oven surrounded by fresh and summer-juicy peaches. Low Carb. High Protein. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Weeknight Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Naked Peach Cobbler ♥, a peach cobbler makeover, all about the peaches, saving 200 calories by skipping the topping. But if someone in the family wants a topping? It's super easy to mix 'n' match, some with, some without.

Roasted Peaches ♥, such an easy summer dessert, peaches with brown sugar, cinnamon, basil, sour cream.

First-Prize Peach Pie with Lattice Crust ♥, this recipe won first prize in my town's peach pie contest! It uses a special technique to draw out the peach flavor. No blanching! No peeling!
  • THE RECIPE First-Prize Peach Pie The secret technique is no blanching and no peeling!
  • ANOTHER TAKE Fresh Peach Pie A luscious summer pie, fresh peaches in light orange sauce, topped with whipped cream.

Peach Blueberry Cake ♥, a rustic summer cake, part tart, part deep-dish pie. Rave reviews!

Master Recipe: Rustic Fruit Ice Cream ♥, a no-cook master recipe for ice cream with all different fruits, rich, creamy and totally fruity.

Wait! There's More!

I gotta say, it was a real trick nailing down just seven recipes. There are so many more! Hang on, peaches, hang on!

Peach & Nectarine Recipes ♥, sweet & savory, pie & cobbler and so much more.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Panzanella (Classic Italian Tomato Salad) ♥, the classic recipe for Italian tomato and bread salad. Worthy of an occasion.
  • THE RECIPE Panzanella The classic Italian tomato and bread salad, worthy of an occasion.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Fattoush A traditional Middle Eastern tomato salad.

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