It’s Two-Tip Tuesday!

Here are some end-of-summer tips for you today.

Tip One:

Make a peach pie! It’s hard to improve on a perfect summer peach, whether it’s sweet and white inside or tart and yellow. In fact, I don’t think you can improve on a peach. But you can make it different (and equally delicious) by baking it into a pie. And presenting a homemade pie to friends or family says “I love you” more than just handing them a piece of fruit. So, before the summer fruit is gone, make a pie!

Peach pie image from the internet. Mine are never as perfect looking.

Half tip: Don’t let the daunting idea of making your own crust prevent you from doing so. In reality, making pie dough is really, really easy. Especially if you have a food processor.

Try this recipe for dough. And here’s a recipe for a filling. I make sure to bake at least one peach pie every summer, changing up the filling a bit each time.

Tip Two:

If you don’t have a food processor, get one now! It will open everything up to you in the kitchen and make life so much easier. Here’s my Cuisinart, which I love. It’s maybe a bit over-the-top, but I think it’s good to splurge on something like this. (If you have a birthday coming up, this could make a nice gift to hint at.) It does everything, but making dough is one of its biggest draws. (It also comes in particularly handy when making French onion soup. I love FOS and know for a fact that I would not slice up all those onions by hand to satisfy my craving.)

Half tip: While you’re at it, add a mini Cuisinart to your shopping cart (or go to Costco to get one for less). I use my little one for making marinades, small amounts of pesto and for chopping up old green beans and carrots for my chickens. You’ll use it all the time.

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About cdhla

I'm a former editor at several lifestyle magazines who's been freelancing since moving from NYC to LA. I call my blog The Chipped Platter to remind us that chips are better than perfection. The platter in question, a round one made by Gien, has traveled the world with me, visited with friends and family, celebrated milestones, and offered sustenance. My cherished Chipped Platter is part of the family. (I love my chipped plates, too!) On this blog, I'll be sharing my adventures of cooking for my family and friends, venturing out into restaurants and learning tips from people I meet. Come along!
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