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Sep. 1st, 2004

Back from Harrisburg and the family reunion. Managed to get to a favorite farm stand (outside Campbelltown) where we bought a bushel of peaches, pot pie noodles, and the best melon ever (Aphrodite). Carrying the melon around in the car was a challenge--at 90+ degrees, the heat intensified the odor--ripe melon musk is not for everyone. It was so worth the trouble. I've never eaten a finer example of melon--firm fleshed, succulent, candy-sweet, floral/tropical scented perfection.

We made peach ice cream one night and that too was about as good as it gets.

Here's David's recipe:

8 cups ground peaches (ratio of 1/2 lushly ripe fruit, for flavor, and 1/2 barely ripe fruit, for tartness)
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
Stir until the sugar dissolves.

2 pints heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cup evaporated milk

Mix together and chill for an hour. Freeze according to the instructions for your machine. Should make about 1 1/2 gallons.

The best meal was the simplest: Sandie roasted tri-tip beef in a robe of savory, salty spices. The silver king corn was gloriously plump and the ears fully kerneled. David didn't roast it, just boiled it for a couple of minutes, and served it with sweet cream butter. Jon made goat cheese stuffed habanero peppers which provided the perfect counterpoint to the sweetness and saltiness. A salad dressed with oil and vinegar and fruit for dessert rounded out the fare.

Sorry to say, we didn't make it up the Fishing Creek valley this trip. One more thing to do next time around. But since Alex is thinking about Penn State for college, we may have a great excuse to venture into the area this fall. Just in time for venison sausage, I'd say.


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Sep. 4th, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful idyll in the country!
Your descriptions are almost as good as a meal! We will definitely have to try David's recipe for peach ice cream. For some reason Chad and I haven't made any homemade ice cream lately, so this is surely the weekend to do so! Thanks so much for the culinary inspiration, and I am so glad to hear you had such a good trip back from the family reunion!
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