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