Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Peaches!!



You know it's the best time of year (one of them, anyway) in Utah when you start to see signs on the side of the road advertising peaches.  At least, that's the way I look at it..... And I'm pretty sure I can think of one trillion ways to enjoy them.  (Or at least one hundred.  Really.)  Most of them involve real whipped cream.
Get your peaches LOCAL!!
Here is a list of Farmer's Markets in Utah that even accept SNAP benefits:  Markets.
Pick them yourself!  Here's a list of U-Pick farms:  U-Pick.
Don't forget the Roadside Produce Stands!  Here's a list:  Stands.

Fresh, ripe peaches are so sweet and delicious, they truly need no accompaniment.  However, if you're going to make something - all you really need are a few staple items from your pantry and fridge.

Might I suggest incorporating whole grains into your creation?  Believe it or not, dessert is a great time for whole grains!  It works especially well because of the blend of sweet flavors with the rich taste of whole grains.  Keeping your pantry stocked with whole grain flours and oats and follow the simple steps below and you can throw together a sweet treat at a moment's notice.  I would also keep handy a quick recipe for whole wheat pie crust:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp salt
2 tsp white sugar

Pre-heat oven to 400 degress F.  Mix ingredients and press into a pie pan.  Poke holes in bottom and on sides of crust.  Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light brown.  Ready to use with the pie filling of your choice!



Friday, August 29, 2014

Grilled Pizza that will change your life!

Photo Credit:  Kristi Strongo

You just haven't had pizza unless you've had it cooked on the grill.  Or at least that's how I felt when I tasted it for the first time this summer.  AMAZING!  Smokey and flavorful, I think I could have devoured the entire thing, if it weren't for the 20 other people in the room at our Springville Library class.  I could go on and on about how much I love grilled pizza - but instead, here are the simple steps we followed so you can have your own life-altering pizza experience:

First, you'll want to follow our simple steps to making your own homemade pizza.  I suggest using whatever produce is in season - We used mushrooms, zucchini, peppers and fresh tomato with a tomato based sauce on a whole wheat crust.  Yum!!



 
Fantastic!  Now you're ready to grill.  You'll need:
 
Grill with lid, gas or charcoal
Basting brush
Metal tongs
Metal spatula
Baking Stone (optional)
 
To grill - follow these simple steps:
 
  • 1
    Prepare the grill. Heat the grill to a high temperature. This will depend on your grill and whether it is gas or charcoal. Let the grill warm up for 30 minutes.
  • Steps for using a baking stone: 
    Use a pizza grilling stone as one of two ways to grill a pizza. Heat the grill as in step one. Heat the stone as well. Add lots cornmeal and then the pizza dough to the stone. Cook each side of the pizza dough. Flip the pizza dough and add the sauce, cheese, and toppings. Close the grill lid, but check regularly to monitor doneness.  Cook time will vary depending on the heat of your grill and thickness of your crust, but for us it took about 10-12 minutes total.
  • Steps for cooking right on the grill:
    Brush the grill grate with a generous amount of garlic flavored olive oil. Lay the pizza dough on the grill and cook each side of the dough. Lower the grill temperature and place the toppings on the pizza. Close the lid to the grill, but check regularly to monitor doneness.  Cook time will vary depending on the heat of your grill and thickness of your crust, but for us it took about 10-12 minutes total.
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