Summer Fest: Stone Fruit

by Jennifer Iannolo

This week our test kitchen is filled to the rafters with peachy, plummy, cherry, nutty goodness. It’s stone fruit season, and it seems that everyone’s busily trying to figure out what to do with those baskets of jewels. We even discovered some surprises on that list of drupes, including coconut and almonds. This is why we love playing in the kitchen, because we always learn something new, and hope that our investigations give you some fresh knowledge, too.

And though we didn’t realize it, we have a slew of stone fruit recipes, from Gingered Peach Tarte Tatin and Cardamom Rice Pudding to Classic Mexican Mole to the Love & Honor Cocktail. Yes, we’ve covered all our bases.

Those recipes, along with a bit of history, can be found in our newest test kitchen dossier, Stone Fruit: Drupey Drawers of Goodness. Come on, the title was screaming at me. Now go read and cook something.

Here’s what our other Summer Fest cohorts are doing this week with stone fruits. Go take a peek and leave a comment or recipe. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #summerfood.

Margaret Roach: Away to Garden
What is stone fruit, anyway? Plus: Clafoutis revisited

Michelle Buffardi: Cooking Channel’s Devour/The Blog (Scripps)
Savory Stone Fruit

Alison Sickelka: Food2 blog (Scripps)
Peachy Party Foods

FN Dish: Food Network
Paula’s Perfect Peach Cobbler

Healthy Eats: Food Network
Puttin’ Up Peach Pickles, Compote and More

Cate O’Malley:
Blueberry Peach Smoothies

Paige Smith Orloff: The Sister Project
A Summer Fruit Whatchamacallit – Not a pie, not a crisp, but delicious

Diane and Todd: White on Rice Couple
Riesling Poached Pluots

Kelly Senyei: Just a Taste
Peaches & Cream Cupcakes

Caroline Wright: The Wright Recipes
Ginger & Vanilla Poached Peaches

Caron Golden: San Diego Foodstuff
Grilled Peach Parfait and Coconut Peach Gazpacho

Tigress in a Jam
Nectarine Preserves with Summer Savory

Alana Chernila: Eating from the Ground Up
Stone Fruit Slump

Judy: Divina Cucina
Chocolate Amaretti Baked Apricots

Shauna Ahern: Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
Gluten-Free Peach-Blueberry Buckle

Tara: Tea & Cookies
Making Peach Jam

Nicole: Pinch My Salt

Food Network UK
How to Poach a Peach

Marilyn: Simmer Till Done
Cherry Apricot Pie with Ginger-Almond Crunch

Each Wednesday for the rest of the summer (and probably longer), a group of blogging friends including those above will swap our recipes and tips about the following harvest-fresh ingredients. Here’s the schedule:

7/28: Cukes ‘n Zukes
8/4: Corn
8/11: Herbs, Greens and Beans
8/18: Stone Fruit
8/25: Tomatoes

We each post something and then link to one another, so that you can travel around the combined effort, gathering the goodies. Sharing makes the experience even better, so if you have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes, you can do either of the following:

  • Leave a comment on participating blogs with a link to your recipe/tip
  • Publish a post of your own, and grab the juicy Summer Fest 2010 tomato badge (illustrated by Matt Armendariz of Mattbites)

We hope to see you in the kitchen!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacey Ballis August 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

Dead easy and delicious Nectarine (or Peach) Souffle Pie

Lauren August 18, 2010 at 11:56 am

White flesh nectarines and peaches.. those are my favorite!

Melissa August 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I cooked up some Brandied Vanilla Apricots at It’s The Way She

Winnie August 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I poached peaches and cape gooseberries in anise hyssop tea with honey. Was really delicious and beautiful!

marla {family fresh cooking} August 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Coconut & almonds with stone fruit…nice combo!

Here is my contribution to this weeks Summer Fest:

Peach Pie Enchiladas

Sarah August 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm

That Ginger Peach Tarte Tatin sounds right up my alley! Love the flavor combinations!

My entry into Summer Fest this week is my newest favorite cold dessert

Nectarine Sorbetto, my version is made with raw honey

and a favorite I’m saving up for cold wintry mornings,

Ginger Peach Pineapple Fruit Butter

Thank you for hosting! I can’t wait to dig into all the other recipes posted!


Kathleen August 19, 2010 at 10:56 am

Thanks for some great ideas. I made Rainier Cherry Almond Gratin, Summer Fest

Lana August 20, 2010 at 2:06 am

Oh, Cherry Port Sauce and Pork Chops with Bourbon and Peaches are a definite menu items for the fall (even tough the fall in SoCal is a relative term:) I’d have to make two batches because Husband is highly allergic to all fruits in the Rose family (but not to coconut?), but I do not want to deprive the rest of us.
Thanks for the inspiration! I have been following you for years, having found you on e-gullet.
My site was down for two days, but I have a post for the Summer Fest: Damson Plum Jam Spiced with Rum.

Naseer August 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Here’s my contribution to Summer Fest for the week, over at Green Thumb Geeks:

Grilled Peaches with Brown Sugar Over Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Kathleen August 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

What great ideas. Probably the best week of Summer Fest so far. Try some of my recipes for stone fruits

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