No. 1 Fruit Stand Peach Cobbler

Sunset  – August 24, 2005

Savor British Columbia’s Okanagan

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 1 hour

NOTES: Mary-Lou Evans makes this easy, homey dessert for herfamily, including son Bob Evans and daughter Barb Schwabe and herhusband, Russ. The family runs the No. 1 Fruit Stand together.

MAKES: 6 to 8 servings

3 pounds ripe peaches

About 2/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

About 2/3 cup milk

About 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Whipping cream or ice cream

1. Peel and pit peaches and slice into 1/2-inch-thickwedges, dropping slices into a shallow 2 1/2- to 3-quart oval orother baking dish. Gently mix in 1/3 cup sugar; taste, and add alittle more sugar if desired.

2. In a bowl, beat butter and remaining 1/3 cup sugar untilwell blended. Stir in 1/3 cup milk.

3. In another bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, andsalt. Add to butter mixture with another 1/3 cup milk and stir tocombine. Batter should be stiff and sticky; if too dry, add alittle more milk; if runny, add flour. Stir in vanilla.

4. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls evenly over prepared fruit(some fruit will show through).

5. Bake in a 350° oven until top is browned and fruitis bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature:scoop into bowls and drizzle cream over each serving ifdesired.

Per serving: 246 cal., 14% (35 cal.)from fat; 4 g protein; 3.9 g fat (2.2 g sat.); 50 g carbo (2.7 gfiber); 294 mg sodium; 11 mg chol.

Okanagan Green Salad with Fruit andChèvre

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 30 minutes

NOTES: Andrea McFadden, owner of Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm (4380 Takla Rd., Kelowna;,developed this recipe with her herbes de Provence (a French driedherb blend). Over time, she says, she started adding more freshproduce, making the salad a great light lunch or dinner dish. Ifyou cannot find herbes de Provence, substitute 1/2 teaspoon eachdried thyme, dried rosemary, dried lavender blossoms, and driedmarjoram. Use only lavender grown without pesticides.

MAKES: 4 to 6 servings

1/4 cup fine dried bread crumbs

2 teaspoons herbes de Provence (see notes)

1 log (about 6 oz.) fresh chèvre (goat cheese)

7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup fresh raw corn kernels (from 1 ear corn)

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper

8 ounces mixed baby salad greens (about 8 cups)

1 nectarine, rinsed, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

1/3 cup raspberries, rinsed

1/3 cup blueberries, rinsed

Blossoms from 5 stems fresh lavender (see notes), rinsed

1. On a small rimmed plate, mix bread crumbs and 1 1/2teaspoons herbes de Provence. Coat chèvre log with 2tablespoons olive oil, then gently roll the log in bread-crumbmixture. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 400° regular orconvection oven until bread crumbs are golden, 10-12 minutes. Letcool slightly.

2. Meanwhile, spread pine nuts in a small baking pan; toastin same oven until light golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool.

3. Combine corn kernels with 1 cup water in a 1- to 11/2-quart pan over high heat; bring to a simmer and cook just untilcorn kernels are heated through, about 2 minutes. Drain, rinse withcold water, and drain again.

4. In a large bowl, whisk remaining 5 tablespoons olive oil,vinegar, garlic, mustard, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon herbes deProvence until smoothly blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Add salad greens, corn kernels, nectarine, raspberries,blueberries, and half the pine nuts and mix gently to coat. Divideamong salad plates. Cut chèvre into 1/2-inch slices or chunks.Top salads evenly with chèvre, remaining pine nuts, andlavender blossoms.

Per serving: 337 cal., 77% (261 cal.)from fat; 9.7 g protein; 29 g fat (7.4 g sat.); 14 g carbo (2.4 gfiber); 171 mg sodium; 13 mg chol.

Keep Reading: