Ingredients 4 ½ cups strawberries, hulled ½ cup honey or maple syrup 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Directions Preheat oven to 170°F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. If desired, strain to remove seeds. The mixture should be pourable, but not thin enough to run off a baking sheet. Divide the mixture between the pans, and spread with a spatula making sure to spread evenly.
Bake for 3 hours or until leather is no longer sticky. Rotate pans 180° and swap racks halfway through baking.
Transfer leather to a cutting board and let cool before slicing into desired sizes. Wrap with parchment or wax paper and store in an airtight container.
Ingredients 6 ripe peaches, cut in half, pits removed 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, divided ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt fresh cracked pepper 4 sprigs fresh thyme 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 ounces blue cheese local honey
Directions Preheat oven to 450°F.
Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle cut-side of peaches with 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and pepper. Place peaches cut-side down in the skillet with sprigs of rosemary. Cook for 5 minutes, or until golden and caramelized. Sprinkle uncut side with additional 1 tablespoon sugar and transfer to oven for 10 minutes.
Remove peaches and flip so they are cut-side up. Roast for another 5-7 minutes, until soft. Remove from oven, remove thyme sprigs and add a tablespoon of blue cheese to each peach cavity. Drizzle with local honey and sprinkle with several fresh thyme leaves.
Serve by themselves, with ice cream or yogurt! Enjoy!
*Note – If you aren’t a blue cheese fan, these peaches will be fabulous with many other types of cheese! Try an oozy brie, nutty fontina or crumbly goat cheese.
We certainly aren’t willing to admit that the summer season is on its last leg – but we are all about making it last just a little bit longer. Now, while the farmers markets and gardens are abundant, is the best time to start preserving! By using some of the techniques that we explore below, you can put all of your produce overflow to good use for months to come! Food preservation can be a bit daunting, but don’t be scared! With a little research and a little practice, you’ll be an expert in to time! Check out our starter guide to food preservation!
Once again, pesto is a great way to use up an abundance of produce and it’s endlessly adaptable! If you want to play around with a new recipe, just follow a general recipe below and switch an ingredient for a like ingredient. Just remember, pesto can be made from nearly anything! So let those creative juices flow and share your favorites with us!
The best part about “bowl” foods? They are made to be customized and therefore are perfect for using up an abundance of produce or leftovers in your refrigerator. So adjust ingredients as needed! They are also perfect for making ahead and taking as a weekday lunch. Just remember to keep your dressing on the side!