Fruit

Why I Like Canned Peaches Better than Fresh Ones — Strong Opinions

My parents came very close to moving our family to Atlanta when I was in middle school. Apparently, my father had been given a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity and he thought it'd be good for us. I, however, did not. I was only 11, but I knew I wouldn't fit in down there and that I'd be better off in South Jersey.

My social concerns had nothing to do with my unfortunate purple glasses, my awkward sense of humor, or my lack of athletic abilities. My worries stemmed from the fact that I knew I would have a very unpopular opinion down there in the Peach State: I thought (and still do think!) that canned peaches are better than fresh. That's right — I said it! Now, hear me out.

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Recipe: Peach Lassi — Quick and Easy Drinks

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This just may be the most refreshing way to drink your summer fruit. It's a riff on a classic lassi, an Indian yogurt-based drink that is thick, creamy, and cooling. Mango is the most common fruit to use in the drink, but here we've switched it with peach for a more in-season approach that's even juicer than the original. To make things even sweeter, a spoonful of honey is blended in, along with just a touch of warm, spicy cardamon. This peach lassi is guaranteed to be a welcome treat on the hottest of days.

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The Sweetest Cherry in the World Has a Sweet, Sad Story — Cherry Checklist

If you've eaten cherries in the winter, when fruit from the southern hemisphere makes its way north, you know that cherries are sweetest in season, gobbled down by the handful as close to the orchard as your luck can take you. For cherry-lovers, July is the sweetest month. And because of the discovery of a new cherry varietal, it just got even sweeter.

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Why Frozen Peaches Are Better than Fresh — Peachy Keen

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Here's the secret no Southern cook wants you to know: As much pride as we have for our state's peaches, we all have a bag (or more) of frozen peaches hidden away in the deep freeze. Yes, a peak-season peach is worthy of songs and stories of longing, but frozen peaches are a steadfast staple of Southern cooks in the know.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Peach Carnitas — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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If you come over to my house for dinner, I'll most likely serve carnitas tacos. Why? The combination of tender pork, crunchy fresh toppings, and soft warm tortillas make for a fun, satisfying meal that each person can customize to their exact mood and preferences. Traditional carnitas always hit the spot, but, come summer, I like to switch things up and make a vibrant peach salsa.

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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Avocado Blue Cheese Sauce — 3-Ingredient Recipes

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I'm going to show you avocados like you've never experienced them before, and there's a chance nothing will ever be the same again. You already know they're pretty irresistible on their own and mashed over toast. We've shown you the wonder of whirling together avocado and goat cheese for an ultra-creamy dip. Now, it's time to take it up a notch with a velvety-smooth sauce that's tangy and pungent, thanks to crumbled blue cheese and a squeeze of lemon.

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