Cornmeal Muffins with Peaches

The Recipe: Barely sweet, pretty muffins with great texture, thanks to the natural sweetness of fresh summer peaches plus the structure of cornmeal. Mix the muffins with a whisk, no mixer required! The Conversation: Strange Fruit, the music of a tragic period in our country's history. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ Strange Fruit Something that until now, only iTunes knows about me: for a good 15 years, I've collected a personal playlist of the many haunting renditions of Billie Holiday's iconic song, "Strange Fruit." An odd thing to bring up with a recipe? Perhaps. Well, okay, YES. But there I was last week comfortably settled into my "Friday office" at Starbucks, iced coffee in hand and intent on putting pencil to pixel for this summer muffin recipe, moving it from my scribbles to your breakfast table. But then? Google's homepage stopped me in my tracks. I didn't know about the Silent Parade , did you? It happened 100 years a

Blueberry Cake

The Recipe: A moist simple cake dolloped with gently cooked fresh blueberries that turn thick and jammy in the oven. No mixer required! The Conversation: There are so-so many old-fashioned blueberry cakes, many with funny names! What should I call mine? Spoiler Alert: I'm going with plain Blueberry Cake. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ What to Call This Blueberry Dessert? This easy blueberry cake / blueberry dessert needs a name! I consulted the dictionary of all the summer fruit desserts – aka Serious Eats – and remain thoroughly confounded. But I did learn what my blueberry cake is NOT. What It's Not Blueberry cobbler – with its biscuit topping Blueberry crisp – with its crumb topping Blueberry betty – with its buttered breadcrumb topping Blueberry buckle – where the berries sink to the bottom Blueberry boy bait – so good! with its cake-y texture Blueberry coffeecake – I love Mom's Blueberry Coffeecake , also more cake-y Blueberry sl