I’m going to admit it – I am pretty damn lucky. I live in an amazing part of the world surrounded by farmland, friends, mountain views and great food. Top that off with a job that allows me to combine all of these things and, well, things are pretty damn sweet. The past few weeks I’ve been grabbing some delicious fruit from the Market and nibbling on it throughout the week but the truth is, I can’t eat the fruit fast enough. So instead of letting it go to waste, I’ve been making the most delicious, simple and summery treat I can think of: cobbler.
Last week it was cherry cobbler, this week it’s been peach and next week who knows? Maybe plum? Yum! Cobbler is so amazingly simple to make, the toughest part is waiting the 45 minutes for it to cook. It’s best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (Battenkill Creamery is my choice) but I’ll fess up to eating it cold, straight from the pan for breakfast too!
Easy Fruit Cobbler
4 T butter
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt (I usually skip)
3/4 c. milk
2 c. fresh fruit (sliced if needed)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put butter in an 8-inch square pan and set in oven to melt. When butter is melted, remove from oven.
- In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients together. Add milk and whisk until it forms a smooth batter.
- Pour batter into the pan then scatter the fruit evenly on top.
- Bake until batter browns, about 45 to 50 minutes.
Eat and enjoy!
It is a universal truth that ice cream soothes the soul. There must be a magic spell whipped in with the cream and sugar that produces pure joy.
Today I actually took a lunch (something that rarely happens). I ran around the corner to the local ice cream shack and had a few minutes of peace with a friend from work. We sat in the sunshine and enjoyed our cones like little kids. Ten minutes was all it took to transform me from a ball of nervous, panicked energy into a calm, smiling, joking human.
Do you take time for those moments? Do you stop your day and just enjoy a simple pleasure?
There are some experiences that just make you smile. There are memories that transport you to a moment of pure bliss.
The chimes of an ice cream truck can turn a 50 year old into a 5 year old. Soon, about 60 adults will be transformed into little kids once a week. We are about to be the enthusiastic hosts of a Mr. Ding-a-Ling truck every Wednesday or Thursday at 2 pm – just in time for an afternoon munchie attack.
I swear, the company’s name is Mr. Ding-a-Ling. The website reads: “I scream. You scream. We all scream for Mr. Ding-a-Ling.” Giggles ensued. But it made me think of other ice cream truck names…and the only one that comes to mind is Mr. Softie. At 10 you don’t realize just how wrong these names are. At 30 you wonder and then ponder all the dirty jokes you can make.
Either way, there is something pure that comes out of this – the fact that ice cream has the universal power to bring complete and total joy at any moment, any age, any weather and any situation.
Some say Mr. Ding-a-ling can also bring you a moment of bliss too…that is if you know how to ring his bell.
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Ah! The sun is shining and the air is warm and I am one happy girl. This kind of weather makes me want to sit in the sunshine with a big ice cream cone and just enjoy…and yes, slack a little too.
Ice cream, how I love you so. Below are a few of my favorite places to grab a scoop, if you are in the area you should check them out:
Washington County, New York
The Ice Cream Man (Rt. 29 in Greenwich) http://www.the-ice-cream-man.com/ (Vanilla Brick Road is a must try!)
Battenkill Creamery (County Rt. 30 in Salem) http://www.battenkillcreamery.com/(Not only ice cream but freshly bottled milk in glass bottles.)
Fairfield County, Connecticut
Dr. Mike’s Ice Cream Shop (Rt. 29 in Monroe) http://www.facebook.com/pages/B-Sweet-Dr-Mikes-Ice-Cream/187833480569 (I was always a big fan of the Swiss Lace, vanilla ice cream with a crunchy chocolate ribbon, YUM!)
The Ice Cream Shoppe (Bridgeport Ave. in Shelton) http://www.icecreamshoppeshelton.com/ (If for no other reason than that’s where I used to go as a kid and still love to return to)
On a completely different note…
I was flipping through twitter this afternoon and started scrolling through Suvir Saran’s tweets. Suvir is an acquaintance I met a few years back through the Agricultural Stewardship Association in Washington County. He is also an amazing chef that is currently featured on Top Chef’s Masters airing right now. (See his bio here: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef-masters/season-3/bio/suvir-saran) Anyway, Suvir is going to be on Jimmy Fallon tonight so you should watch!
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On my way home today I stopped to get my first ice cream of this warm weather season (at 80 degrees can you still call it spring?). The line at the Ice Cream Man was long and slow, I wasn’t the only one in Greenwich inspired to pick up a sweet and delicious treat. The twenty or so of us were on a time schedule. The temperature is supposed to drop by thirty degrees by tomorrow and rain will sweep in with it. I sat on my front steps, my face tilted toward the sun and enjoyed, simply, purely, enjoyed the moment.