Thursday, July 24, 2014

Magic Peach Cobbler

When I think of the perfect summer dessert peach cobbler always comes to mind. I don't think there's anything better than the aroma of a fresh picked peach. When peaches are in season my cobbler of choice is always my favorite Buttermilk Peach Cobbler
I do have times when I'm in a pinch and I need a dessert rather quickly, so canned peaches come in very handy. Some folks turn their noses up at using canned peaches in a cobbler, but I like to use them especially in quick cobblers.

Last week I was poking around on Pinterest and found a recipe for a peach cobbler that immediately caught my attention. It was a quick cobbler recipe called Moms Peach Cobbler.  but I changed the name because it totally needs to be called Magic Peach Cobbler

You see this cobbler has a crispy topping that is too die for. The secret ingredient to make this crispy topping is sugar and boiling water! I didn't believe it at first, but once I made the cobbler I was amazed at how awesome the topping was. 

I did tweak the recipe just a bit by adding vanilla extract, 1/3 cup of sugar instead of 1/2 cup for the topping, and adding cinnamon into the sugar mixture.  Once the boiling water is poured over the sugar topping something magical starts to happens. I don't know what it is, but it makes the topping crispy and delicious. 

If you're looking for an easy dessert for your next barbecue, potluck or get together, give this magic peach cobbler a try. I just know everyone will love it. I plan on making another one tomorrow as a surprise treat when we visit family.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad {The Perfect Picnic Salad}

Are you looking for an easy and good summer pasta salad? Well look no further! Pasta salads are my favorite, and perfect for summertime picnics and barbecues! Over the 4th of July weekend I planned on making a traditional macaroni salad, but decided to change it up a bit instead. This year I put a spin on an old favorite and added, bacon, additional veggies and ranch dressing turning it into a Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad.   

Pasta is my favorite as well as my weakness! I love how you can mix just about anything with pasta and it transforms into a meal, side or salad in matter of minutes. I think pasta salads should be easy and not all fancy schmancy.

This weekend I was short on time, so easy was just what I needed. I remembered that I had a couple bottles of  Marzetti's® Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing  in the refrigerator, so I decided to use that instead of a homemade dressing or packet mix. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Easy Grilled Peaches W/Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

It's summer time! And my absolute favorite time of year to enjoy in season fruits. Blackberries, cherries, strawberries and peaches are always on the top of my list for must have summer fruits. Peaches are my favorite! And I enjoy eating them alone, in a cobbler, in a pie, cake or homemade preserves.  

Texas is hot to say the least, so summer time is also grilling time at our house. Last month during my visit to Walmart in Bentonville, I attended a grilling presentation where I picked up a few grilling tip and tricks from Chef Ernst Servantes, Western and Kingsford. 

I learned all about the different Kingsford charcoals, smoking using cedar planks on a grill, cooking the perfect steak, grilling vegetables and how to makes these delicious Easy Grilled Peaches. The best part about the presentation is that we got to enjoy all the yummy foods we learned to grill.