good things come

Had I waited – instead of consuming all of yesterdays beautiful peaches in two particularly juicy and gluttonous sittings – I could have taken advantage of this simple yet ever so clever ice box recipe that arrived in my email today, courtesy of the kitchn:  last minute ice cream.  It sounds like an ideal way to use the last of the season’s fruit to whip up – quite literally – a cool treat to beat the summer heat.  I’ve got peaches on the brain right now but consider strawberries, blueberries or raspberries – all of which are now at their peak.

Last Minute Ice Cream – makes 3 cups, about 6 servings

Combine 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt, 1 cup ripe peaches, 1 tablespoon heavy cream, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in a food processor, or by hand.  Spoon into serving cups and place in the freezer for up to 30 minutes. Serve with garnish of your choice.

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a peach grows in brooklyn

Lo and behold, I discovered peach trees this weekend – growing in the unlikeliest of places:  my friends’ backyard in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  (There are plum trees, too, but they have yet to start fruiting.) I can’t wait until August, when I hope a late night, outdoor session of our book club will be scented with the aroma of ripe fruit on the breeze – and the grill.  The asphalt jungle never smelled so sweet.

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