Kay Wheeler Moore

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The Newfangled Country Gardener is for anyone who has a garden, would like to have a garden, or who simply enjoys eating the garden-fresh way. I don't claim to be an expert; in this blog I'm simply sharing some of the experiences my husband and I have in preparing food that is home-grown.

About the author

Kay Wheeler Moore is the author of a new cookbook, Way Back in the Country Garden, that features six generations of recipes that call for ingredients that are fresh from the garden. With home gardening surging in popularity as frugal people become more resourceful, this recipe collection and the stories that accompany it ideally will inspire others to cook the garden-fresh way and to preserve their own family food stories as well. The stories in this book center around the Three Red-Haired Miller Girls (Kay's mother and aunts) who grew up in Delta County, TX, with their own backyard garden so lavish that they felt as though they were royalty after their Mama wielded her kitchen magic on all that was homegrown. Introduced in Kay's previous book, Way Back in the Country, the lively Miller Girls again draw readers into their growing-up world, in which a stringent economic era--not unlike today's tight times--saw people turn to the earth to put food on the table for their loved ones. The rollicking yarns (all with recipes attached) have love, family, and faith as common denominators and show how food evocatively bonds us to our life experiences.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A yummy, fruity topping for waffles: Peach Waffle Syrup

Earlier I promised a separate blog entry about the yummy Peach Waffle Syrup we used to top our Peach Waffles of recent mention. You can believe me when I say that this chunky syrup was just about the best thing I’ve ever poured onto a waffle. On our Peach Waffles earlier, regular sugar-free maple syrup did them up proud, but when I made this smooth, fruity topping for the waffles the following day . . . pure bliss!

I found the Peach Waffle Syrup recipe on www.tasteofhome.com
Of course anything associated with Taste of Home magazine just has to be good. The cook who provided the recipe said it was a Saturday-morning favorite in her home because on weekend mornings she had extra time to put it together.

The recipe calls for 20 ounces of peach slices, so I peeled and sliced enough of our fresh peaches to fill 2 1/2 cups. Before I put the peaches into the saucepan for cooking, I let them sit for a few minutes in a food-strainer basket so they would be drained of extra juice. Then into the large saucepan went the peaches, water, sifted powdered sugar, and cinnamon. After all this boiled, I added a cornstarch/water mixture and stirred until the sauce became thick.

This made enough for 14 servings—way more than Hubby and I could pour over a week of waffles, so I plan to freeze a portion of it and save for some of the mornings of the July 4 weekend. On this June 16th day, if you’re thinking that the summer is slipping away from you too fast, get busy with this essence-of-summer dish so you can savor, savor, savor these delicious summer days.

Peach Waffle Syrup

20 ounces peach slices, drained of extra juice
2 cups water
powdered sugar that has been sifted to measure 2/3 cup
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water

In a large saucepan combine the peaches, water, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir often. In a separate bowl combine the cornstarch and cold water until mixture is smooth; gradually add it to the peach mixture in the saucepan. Bring entire mixture to a boil; cook and stir over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: about 3 1/2 cups or 14 servings.

1 comment:

  1. This waffle baker will make a stylish addition to your kitchen top. The stainless steel and die cast metal appearance of the KitchenAid waffle maker is highly attractive. You definitely won't be embarrassed having this on your counter top. The device is as solid as it looks, being constructed in a way that ensures the durability of the appliance. The plates are non-stick, so cleanup is a breeze. It really doesn't get much easier than that.

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