Farmers Market Peach Dutch Baby Pancake – Introducing

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Imagine your favorite weekend farmers market.  Think of all of the colorful, fresh produce, creamy cheeses and butters, warm baked goods, and local snacks and sweets that you can’t wait to add to your market basket. Pretty great, right? I absolutely love visiting our local markets in the summertime.  And I think that knowing exactly where your food is coming from, whose garden it grew in, who baked the bread, or who churned the butter, is increasingly important in this day and age where the divide between where our food comes from and how it gets to our tables has grown steadily more difficult to track.

Red, White & Berry Sangria

Red White and Berry Sangria - Chew Nibble NoshIt’s almost the 4th of July!  How we’ve gotten here so quickly, I can’t comprehend.  It truly seems like it was January just yesterday.

Unlike January, where we’re wanting to snuggle up with a good cup of hot chocolate, the 4th of July calls for cool and refreshing ways to celebrate.  I whipped up a batch of this light and fresh white sangria over the weekend, and realized it may be the perfect thing to sip on during the festivities.

It’s a simple drink to throw together for a group, but a few hours before serving it, I needed to take a few minutes to chop up some fruit.

Pork Chops with Peach-Ginger Chutney

Oh, Peter Brady.  Thanks to my deeply embedded (or “annoying”, if you’re talking to my husband) love of pop culture references and all things “sitcom”, I can’t think of pork chops and applesauce without thinking of you.

I agree with Peter.  I think pork chops and applesauce are, indeed, “swell” in the crisp and cool days of fall.  Right now, though, it’s July, and things are far from cool and crisp.  I’m in Georgia, it’s 100+ degrees outside and I’m surrounded by peaches instead of apples.  The heat is a little extreme, but being surrounded by peaches isn’t a bad thing.

Almond Crusted Chicken and Peach Salad with Buttermilk-Balsamic Dressing

It’s already hot here…and it’s only June 1.  In all honesty, I’m really scared of August.

When summer hits and it’s crazy hot, I just don’t feel like eating anything heavy.  I need crisp and cool.  Salads are perfect, but my family would probably be pretty frustrated if I just served up salad for dinner every night of the week.  I’ve found that there are a few salads I can bring to the table that the whole family enjoys, though, and this is one of them.