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Monday, September 8. 2014
"If you don't want my peaches, don't shake my tree." That's a line from one of the versions of Blind Lemon Jefferson's perfect song from 1927 - "Matchbox Blues." I don't think Albert King used those lines in this version with Stevie Ray, though. I could listen to Albert all day long.
Our peaches up here in Yankeeland begin to ripen right about now. I get a good crop from this tree every other year, but this is the second great year in a row. I see peach pies in my near future, and maybe a year's worth of canned peach chutney. Also, a good supply of fresh peach chutney, which is better than canned: takes about 15 minutes to make. Photo is from this afternoon:
Got em all picked tonight with a pal - on ladders in the dark while Mrs. BD held failing flashlight. Then saw this: Ancient peach stones offer clues to fruitâ€™s origins
Peaches ripen in September in Yankeeland. Here's our first batch of peach chutney from our good tree: vinegar, sugar, raisins, hot pepper, spices, raisins, etc. Do not overcook or you will lose that fresh peachy flavor.After we finish the jars of chutney,
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Do some justice to that good peach chutney with a little:
Down Home Chitterlings (Chit'lins)
SUBMITTED BY: Habu
"Chitterlings or pork intestines are a favorite among Southern families. Traditionally, they are prepared during the holiday season, but deep freezing makes them available year round. Be sure to wash any surface and your hands thoroughly with a bleach solution to avoid contamination while handling raw chitterlings. Chitterlings are very good and are allowed, in moderation, under some popular Low Carb Diets. Be certain to pass the vinegar and hot sauce. Enjoy!!!"
10 pounds frozen cleaned chitterlings, thawed
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
* 1 teaspoon minced garlic
1. Soak the chitterlings in cold water throughout the cleaning stage. Each chitterling should be examined and run under cold water, all foreign materials should be removed and discarded. Chitterlings should retain some fat, so be careful to leave some on. After each chitterling has been cleaned, soak in two cold water baths for a few minutes. The second water should be clearer. If not, soak in one more bath.
2. Place the chitterlings in a 6 quart pot, and fill with cold water. Bring to a boil, then add the onion and season with salt, garlic and red pepper flakes. Be sure the water is at a full boil before adding seasonings, or the chitterlings could become tough. Continue to simmer for 3 to 4 hours, depending on how tender you like them. Serve with spaghetti or turnip greens. Be certain to pass the vinegar and hot sauce.
Some Italian wine, some American peach chutney and some:
Calf Brains Toscano Style
We used brains in stuffings we made for ravioli, tortellini, and vegetables. When the brains looked good, we bought a couple more to cook in the manner described below, which Nona Zurlo attributed to our Italian friends who came from Tuscany.
First wash the brain, removing all cranial fluid and any trailing spinal parts.
12 whole black pepper corns
2 medium sized garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 rind of lemon, sliced
1/4 cup, parsley stems
1 whole bay leave
1/4 cup, red wine vinegar
1/4 cup, dry red wine
8 quarts water
1 teaspoon, salt
1 large white or yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 small (about 4 ounce) can of anchovies, mashed
6 medium cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup, olive oil
2 pounds, fresh ripe tomatoes, peeled, quartered and seeded
4 tablespoons, tomato paste
1 teaspoon, finely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon, dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon, salt
1 cup Crinella Sauvignon Blanc
1 calf brain
The versatility of a good chutney
Fit for the Pope
Bartolomeo Scappi, the personal cook to Pope Pius V included a recipe for Pie of Bull’s Testicles in his collection. It too goes down well with peach chutney. Pope Peach Testy Chutney.
Bartolomeo Scappi was a famous Renaissance chef. The years of his birth and death are unknown, but he was active during the 16th Century. The first known fact in his life is April 1536, when he organized a banquet while he was in the service of Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio. He served several other cardinals after this, then began to serve pope Pius IV, entering the service of the Vatican kitchen. He continued to work as a chef for the pope Pius V.
For obvious reasons, testicles have a reputation as aphrodisiacs, which of course has nothing to do with why Bartolomeo Scappi, the personal cook to Pope Pius V included a recipe for “Pie of Bull’s Testicles” in his collection.
Boil four bull's testicles together with salt. Cut into slices and sprinkle with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. Then, in a pie crust, place layers of sliced testicles alternated with mince of lamb's kidneys, ham, marjoram, cloves and thyme
Habu and Fredo, great guts, brains and testes recipes for boring peaches (I hate "them", too)! Here's another for you and the missus:
butterflied turkey nuts
3 pounds of fresh turkey nuts
1 pound of flour
Salt & Pepper
Heat fryer to 350-degrees. Rinse nuts under cold running water and pat them dry with a paper towel. Make a lengthwise slit in your nuts, almost cutting in half but not going all the way through (butterfly). Dredge in the seasoned flour and fry immediately. Have a platter with a towel to drain your nuts on. Serve your fried little turkey nuts with a dab of peach chutney and lots of vinegar to satsify your sour craving.
Here's one you're sure to enjoy:
Pickled Lips Recipe
2 lbs. lips fresh from a large pig
1 qt. white vinegar
1/2 cup mustard seed
6 ea. whole cloves, whole allspice, whole garlic cloves
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
3 fresh bay leaves
1/2 of a med. onion, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 pinch pink meat cure
Add all the ingredients except the Pork to a 2 qt Saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 4 minutes, then place it into a container to cool in the refrigerator. When the mixture is completely cold, add the pork. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 days before using. Best served with peach pie and a case of Old Milwaukee.
Nice Cream recipe:
3 c. fresh ripe peaches--
(2 ¼ c. cooked and sweetened)
(¾ c. cut in pieces)
1 tbsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
4 c. fresh milk
3 c. fresh whipping cream
1 1/2 c. freshly opened box sugar
1 tsp. vanilla fresh from Mexico
1/4 tsp. almond extract fresh from Publix
1/4 tsp. salt
Combine peaches and lemon juice. Combine everything else. Combine combinations together. Chill. Hand-crank churn to freeze. Serve fresh. Will leave you s-peachless (esp if you eat it too fast)
At least the original post was sweet and unimpeachable, i think.
Hey, I'm on your side. Both of my parents were born and raised in Georgia, "The Peach State".
I through in a ole Southern recipe that goes good with peach chutney, Chit'lins and all of a sudden it's rain'n Popes and testicles. Not to mention brains.
Truly, I'm just wait'n for ya to bring up cumquats and lets see what happens !!!
MoveOn.org Calls Petraeus a Traitor
Do Democrats in Congress agree?
by Pete Hegseth
09/09/2007 5:28:00 PM
Tomorrow--as General David Petraeus provides his Iraq assessment to Congress--the antiwar group MoveOn.org is running a full-page advertisement in the New York Times under the headline: "General Petraeus or General Betray us? Cooking the books for the White House."
Let's be clear: MoveOn.org is suggesting that General Petraeus has 'betrayed' his country. This is disgusting. To attack as a traitor an American general commanding forces in war because his 'on the ground' experience does not align with MoveOn.org's political objectives is utterly shameful. It shows contempt for America's military leadership, as well as for the troops who have confidence in him, as our fellow soldiers in Iraq certainly do.
General Petraeus has served this country for over 35 years with honor, distinction, and integrity. And this is not just about General Petraeus. After all, if General Petraeus is "cooking the books," then the entire military chain of command in Baghdad, and all the staff, military and civilian, who have been working with General Petraeus are complicit, since Petraeus did not write his report in isolation. They are all, apparently, 'betray[ing] us.'
MoveOn.org has been working closely with the Democratic congressional leadership --as an article in today's Sunday New York Times Magazine makes clear. And consider this comment by a Democratic senator from Friday's Politico: "'No one wants to call [Petraeus] a liar on national TV,' noted one Democratic senator, who spoke on the condition on anonymity. 'The expectation is that the outside groups will do this for us.'
So, veterans who served in Iraq ask the Democratic leaders in Congress: Does MoveOn.org speak for you? Do you agree with MoveOn.org? Or do you repudiate this despicable charge?
MoveOn.org has helped frame the core choice: Whom do we trust to run this war--MoveOn.org and its allies in Congress, or Gen. David Petraeus and his colleagues?
Youre the cutest thing
That I ever did see
I really love your peaches
Want to shake your tree
Steve Miller Band, The Joker
Love Albert King and also his many 'friends',like those peaches too=
The In Session DVD with SRV is well worth the price just for Albert King's commentary, stories and advice alone, and of course the music is unbelievable. The box set includes the CD as well. Another great Albert King album is The Lost Session with John Mayall, lost in the Stax vaults for many years http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGDOPp7yOFI and available at http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Sessions-Albert-King/dp/B000000ZJB
Althouse has an article on the presence of "If you don't like my peaches then don't shake my tree" in songs. It appears in quite a few.
My peaches came in almost a month ago. I'm in San Jose, "The Valley of the Heart's Delight."
I bought a basketful coming back with my son from camp just over the border in WV.
Is there a clue to identify the mealy ones before biting into them? Hate wasting money on what ends up as compost.