by MELISSA GORDON
Peaches make me think about my mom. She was always eating them in the summer when I was a kid.
Peaches make me think about John. John was a high school friend and we spent many summer nights driving around town with the windows rolled down and him drinking peach-flavored iced tea.
Peaches makes me think about the South. One of my first jobs required me to travel to Georgia to write about home architecture, and I remember one home in particular with a big, inviting wrap-around porch and bowl of juicy, ripe peaches.
Peaches make me think about reading with my daughter. Not too long ago we enjoyed the silliness of “James and the Giant Peach.”
What do peaches make you think of?
Right now the co-op is taking orders for 20-pound cases of organic Colorado peaches. With that many peaches, your home will be filled with all your favorite memories. And with that many peaches, you won’t have to decide among peach jam, peach pancakes, peach butter, peaches and cream, peach crisp, or peaches atop a bed of greens with a drizzle of balsamic. With that many peaches, you can have them all!
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes; 15 minutes active
Servings: 20 (makes 3 cups)
• 6 cups roughly-chopped fresh peaches, pits removed
• Pinch of ground cinnamon and/or ginger
• 2 to 4 tablespoons honey (adjust according to the sweetness of the peaches)
In a large, heavy-bottom pot, stir together the peaches, spices, and honey. Cook over low-medium heat, uncovered, stirring frequently, for about 45 minutes, until the peaches begin to break down. Use an immersion blender to puree the peaches until smooth. (A regular blender can be used, blending the peaches in small batches. But be careful — the peach mixture will be very hot and sticky!) Cook the peach puree another 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and spreadable. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into mason jars or sturdy plastic containers, cover and refrigerate.
Spread peach butter on waffles, pancakes, toast, scones or biscuits to liven up your breakfast, or drizzle over a chunk of salty blue cheese on an appetizer platter. Add vanilla, mango or strawberries for more exotic flavor combinations. Peach butter will keep refrigerated for a few weeks.