Just back from the Peach State. I want to share a bit with you about peaches, the past & a pie.
Georgia is nicknamed the peach state because, well you guessed it, they grow darn good peaches there. But you may not guess these two facts about peaches:
- Peaches should be stored stem side down in the refrigerator. ( yikes! I always put them in a bowl on the counter, you too? )
- A ripe peach should be aromatic, feel heavy for its size & give slightly when pressed.
Ok, got that…now go get yourself some peaches & make this Peach~Nectarine Salsa. It is a savory twist on the traditional type of peach recipe from Country Living Magazine. Great with chips and really delicious spooned over grilled fish or chicken.
- 2 Firm But Ripe Peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, and diced;
- 2 Nectarines, pitted and diced;
- 1/2 cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro Leaves;
- 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced;
- 1/2 Red Onion, diced;
- 1 Jalapeño, finely minced;
- Juice Of 1 Lime ;
- Chili Powder Salt & Pepper
- In a bowl, combine peaches, nectarines, cilantro, bell pepper, onion, and jalapeño.
- Drizzle with lime juice and season to taste with chili powder, salt, and pepper.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
Now on to the past. That is a funny statement on to the past…
My stay in Georgia included a visit to the quaint town of Madison. Madison is a historic & idyllic American town only one hour from Atlanta. While boasting a luxury inn with up to the minute indulgences, Madison is firmly rooted in its past.
By virtue of some luck & a gentleman’s agreement between the Town’s mayor & General Sherman, Madison was spared the destruction many other town’s suffered in the civil war. As a result, Madison has been called the “Treasure of the Antebellum Trail”. Over 50 Antebellum sites proudly stand in the down town area.
Visit Madison for the history, the antiques, the charm & the hospitality. My mom. myself & my girls had a wonderful day starting out at Perk Avenue for lunch, strolling, shopping & eating ice cream. If you go, treat yourself & stay at the the James Madison Inn. (Hey bloggers, Madison would be a great add on to your trip to the upcoming Haven Conference!)
Remember, I am a Yankee living in California so excuse me if this pie of old news to my Southern Belles….Ya’ All know about Butter Milk Pie? It was a new one on me. If you have a sweet tooth, or better yet a whole set of sweet teeth, this pie is for you. Old or new to you, here is a photo of & recipe for Buttermilk Pie from the Brown Eyed Baker you will want to try!
Ok, I know I was to end with the pie, but I want to share with you a lovely ( and oh so pinnable ) image of my Yankee Mamma’s garden. She is toiling in the Georgia clay and has beaten the odds with the soil to produce this garden appreciated by butterflies & people alike.
** Kelly **