A few days ago I told you all about one of my new favorite summer cocktails, a super easy strawberry basil margarita, and once I had gotten a taste of that summertime wonderfulness, all kinds of ideas started spinning in my head about other potential ways I could margarita things. (Margarita can be a verb, right? I think it can.) Anyway, the next cool and scrumptious cocktail recipe came to me in a flash, so may I present…the peach mint margarita. Juicy peaches, fresh mint, all whirled together and shaken up into icy deliciousness. Ready to say cheers once again? Let’s make it!
Every once in a while the Southern husband remembers a dish his mama used to make him, and he gets that look of fond memories in his brown eyes, which immediately makes me want to recreate whatever that was. In this case, he was remembering her peach upside down cake, full of juicy Georgia peaches and a creamy crunchy brown sugar topping, with a sweet buttermilk cake underneath. So I got me some peaches (and okay, they were New Jersey peaches) and sprang into action.
Ready for a sweet and simple peach dessert just like the Southern husband’s mama used to make? Let’s make it!
When I break out this recipe for summer tomato peach chicken salad, you better believe that summer is TRULY here, because this warm weather favorite is the perfect perfect way to use those first summer tomatoes, those first summer peaches, and those first summer herbs, and (dances around in happiness) they are all finally here! Toss them together with some cooked shredded chicken and a bright, snazzy dressing and serve it up outside, and see if you don’t think that this is pretty much summer on a plate.
So grab a local tomato in one hand, a local peach in the other, and let’s make it!
This tomato peach salad is as close as I am ever going to get to actually reproducing the month of August on a plate. Right now we are at the pinnacle of local tomatoes and local peaches, and the teeny mint leaves in the picture are about as local as you can get, seeing as they are growing right outside my back door. A heap of those good things, a drizzle of sherry vinaigrette and you have the prettiest, easiest salad in town. Which is almost enough to make you forget all those back to school ads and other harbingers of, yep, FALL. So gather up some peaches and tomatoes and let’s make beautiful salad together!
There are a few things that say to me, it is completely, totally, no doubt about it summer. Like these spiced peaches with Serrano ham and basil. And the day we flip the switch on the ceiling fans and don’t turn it off again until October. The day it is actually hot enough for meRead More & Get the Recipe
I’m going to go on record right here and say it: I am anti-ice cream maker. There’s something about making the custard (terrifying enough) and making sure the ice cream maker insert is frozen enough, and going through all the churning and never knowing for sure if you are going to end up with ice cream or a really sweet-tasting soup that makes me want to bolt for the nearest Dairy Queen. But sorbet that you can make in your food processor in 10 minutes flat? Sorbet made of fresh strawberries and peaches? Sorbet that comes out perfectly every single time? Yup, I’m going to go on record right here and say I’m in.