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peach sandwich

peach sandwich

From Unplugged Kitchen by Viana La Place.

From Unplugged Kitchen by Viana La Place.

A peach tree will be a welcome addition to our backyard in the near future, but until that tree is planted and starts growing my favorite fruit, I am thankful for generous friends who share with me!  Is there anything better than a warm, sweet-smelling, juicy peach fresh from the tree?  I think not.

I found this book, Unplugged Kitchen by Viana La Place when my soon-to-be-fourteen-year-old was just a baby, and I was getting into cooking for the first time in my life.  Browsing the aisles of a small bookstore, this one seemed to jump into my hands and I knew I had to take it home with me so I could read all the stories behind the recipes and admire the pretty photographs.  I believe this book is out of print now, but if you love cookbooks like I do, snap this one up if you can get your hands on a copy. The artist in me appreciates the graphic design of the book, the wanna-be world traveler in me enjoys exploring the Italian countryside through the text, and the food-lover in me wants to try every recipe!  It’s a well-loved part of my kitchen, now with a slightly rippled cover from a spilled glass of water, torn paper bookmarks scattered throughout its pages, and an accidental smattering of watercolor paint along its spine.

Little did I know when I bought it, that inside I would discover a little treasure called “peach sandwich.”  Peach sandwich? Why hadn’t I thought of that before?  I had to try it as soon as possible.  I’m pretty sure I had a peach sandwich every day for breakfast that summer.  Here’s the recipe for you while peach season is still in full swing!

Peach Sandwich

  • 2 slices sturdy rustic bread
  • a little butter
  • 1 ripe, fragrant peach, sliced (peeling is optional)
  • sugar to taste

Toast the bread slices, and, while warm, lightly spread with butter.  Arrange peach slices on 1 slice of bread and sprinkle with desired amount of sugar.  Cover with the other bread slice and very gently press down to bind.peach sandwichunplugged kitchen

avocado + corn + tomato salad

avocado corn salad

I love to put together something quick and healthy for lunch.  It doesn’t always happen, but I saw something similar to this salad on Instagram, and I couldn’t wait to try it.  I happened to have everything on hand so it was my lucky day!

Here’s how to make it, although this isn’t an exact recipe…it’s more like a little-of-this-and-that kind of thing.

Slice the corn off of a cooked cob (mine was leftover and cold from the fridge), dice one tomato, and chop half of an avocado.  Toss those three ingredients together in a bowl.  Top with a few walnut pieces, torn fresh basil leaves, and some fresh mozzarella.  Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar, and sprinkle over some s+p.  Now you can enjoy yourself a nice little lunch!

lunch and a good read

DSC_7909Yes, I admit, I do enjoy a good cookbook. I read them through like novels, and I think I actually like them more than novels because of all the gorgeous photographs to look at. The one I’ve been into lately is Jamie’s Meals in Minutes.  Love Jamie Oliver! So I spent a quick Saturday lunch with him today.

Lunch was two slices of homemade artisan bread…one topped with sliced avocado, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt.  The other spread with cranberry sauce, topped with a slice of Swiss cheese, spinach and ham. Mmmmm…