Menu Plan Monday: Peaches! and a big thanks


This is really the time of year for luscious, juicy peaches (at least in this hemisphere!) so I’m eagerly awaiting all of your yummy peach recipes and suggestions.  We had a peach crumble this afternoon which was delicious and couldn’t have been easier.  So…get thee to a Farmer’s market!  Unless you’re lucky enough to have your very own peach tree.  Which I do, actually.  And the birds do seem to enjoy perching on it, but it has yet to bear edible fruit.  Next year, hopefully!

This is going to be a crazy baking week, because two of my favorite people have their birthdays one day apart AND have totally different tastes in food, or there would just be one jinormous cake.  But between the brownies and the cake should both be fun…

I was pleasantly and unexpectedly surprised to get positive feedback from two places this week.  Lauren, of Celiac Teen was kind enough to include me in her One Lovely Blog list.  If you’re not familiar with Lauren’s site, she’s a Daring baker and always has a great photo essay to go along with her cooking creations.

So here are a few blogs that I’m tagging:

  • Wendy, of Celiacs in the house because I love her photos and menus
  • Heather, of Celiac Family, who always has such great info
  • Angela, who always impresses me with her busy schedule and her freezer recipes
  • Kim, of Gluten free is Life.   She always has great recipes, but I particularly liked her “Operation Beautiful” post, which I thought was particularly lovely.
  • Shellyfish of Musings from the Fishbowl who always has such great pictures of foods and crafts.
  • and Kelly of the Spunky Coconut, whose blog I just found by chance. I did buy her cookbook, though, and am saving it as a “pick me up” for a grumpy day…I kid you not. I haven’t tried the recipes yet, but am eager.

My blog was also included in a list of nutrition blogs in their Gluten Free section, and I was quite honored! There were quite a few non GF that I wasn’t familiar with, so it was interesting.

So, on with the food!!!
Dinner: Grilled peppers and rubbed chicken
Turkey and celery in a chestnut sauce
Curried collards and chickpeas
Baked rosemary salmon and steamed artichokes
out to dinner–DH’s birthday

Baked goods:

  • there will be a massive chocolate hazelnut cake for DH
  • ooey gooey brownies
  • meringue cookies

From my garden:
basil, thyme, parsley
peppers–red and green

From the market:

And what about everyone else??

We’ve got Kim joining us from Gluten Free is Life for a variety of yummy looking options, like honey lentils and mexican pizzas using avocado.  She loves peaches, too and wants to make a peach cobbler.  Not only that, but she shares some tips in a “back to school” post.

Elizabeth of A modern Gal has a great line up, with interesting options like a tomato peach salad (I’m intrigued!)  Her low sugar granola also looks intriguing.

Esther of Lilac Kitchen joins us with a beetroot dish and a cool picture to go along with!   She’s even pickled over ripe bananas, which really impresses me.  I had no idea such things were possible.

Sea of Book of Yum puts together a yummy menu despite being busy with a sweet little baby!  She and Esther are on the same page, apparently, because she features beets in her menu, too!

Angela is my hero of the week.  She’s doing the Breast Cancer 3 day, which is 60 miles.  I’m so impressed!  She’s obviously got to have treats to bring along, and rightfully so.  Here’s to having a great and easy walk.

Jenn of Gluten free food storage joins us with a yummy, easy looking crockpot chicken/black bean dish with salsa and is checking out Kim’s honey baked lentils. Everyone is making me hungry!

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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19 Responses to Menu Plan Monday: Peaches! and a big thanks

  1. Pingback: Menu Plan August 16, 2009 « Gluten-free is Life

  2. ElizabethG says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    Here is my menu plan:

    Menu Plan for Week of August 16, 2009

    Peach and tomato salad is on the menu as well as fresh peaches with greek yogurt for breakfast. Thanks so much for hosting!

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  4. Lauren says:

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the award =D.

    The peaches look amazing, and I love the sound of steamed artichokes for dinner!

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  6. seamaiden says:

    All that fresh produce looks lovely. Here’s my menu for this week:

    Thanks as always for hosting! 😀


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  8. Angela says:

    You are so sweet! You have no idea how much of a lift you have given me. Thank you!

    Peaches… mmmmm…. I eat them out of hand mostly, but am hoping to get some jam, peach-mango salsa and peach or apricot relish put up next week if my feet are up to it. So yummy!

    I am back on the menu planning band wagon. My post:

    Thank you for hosting!

  9. Awww…Thanks Cheryl. I’ve fallen behind with menu planning. Having a new family member who isn’t a foodie and lives on sandwiches and cold cereal is throwing off my cooking mojo. I have 10 months to convert him to the joys of fruits and veggies. How to begin?

  10. Ricki says:

    Congrats on your blog’s well-deserved recognition! 🙂

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  13. Shellyfish says:

    I’m finally getting caught up on my favourite blogs and what a wonderful surprise to see your lovely nod at my little blog. You’re so generous, thank you!
    We just ate the best peaches, I so regret not having bought more because they were scrumptious! I just love this time of year…

  14. Heather says:

    Finally getting back to blogging after a short break. What a nice surprise to see you’ve included me on your list of Lovely Blogs. I’ve certainly enjoyed yours as well. 🙂 Thank you.

  15. Kari says:

    Half a peach topped with riccotta that has been mixed with a bit of honey and vanilla. Great for breakfast or dessert. If you want to take it a bit upscale try grilling the peaches. Just cut them in half and place cut side down on the grill for a couple of minutes until the sugars start to carmelize. Really easy, really delicious.

  16. Patrick says:

    I go gagga over peaches. I love peach juice, bottled peaches, but love it best just unplugging one right off the branch of a tree and wolfing it down. Here is a bottling vid on how to bottle peaches and grape juice:

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