Make This the Summer You Finally Pick a Perfect Peach: How to Pick a Peach — Peachy Keen

It's nice to have goals to work towards; it's even better when they begin as fantasies of perfection. Picking the perfect peach is one such goal whose roots begin in our collective imagination. But the perfect peach, with its custardy sweetness and scent that smells like sugar and sun, isn't so much fantasy as it is elusive. They do exist, however, and you can find them, but like most hidden treasure, you have to know when and where to look, and you have to be a little patient.

Picking the perfect peach is an exercise in your senses. So much of it may seem obvious once it's gathered in one place but, these choices desire to become habits, and soon second nature. So the next time you go the market to buy your peach, lift it to your nose for a deep drag of its scent and a gentle squeeze along the way, all while taking measure of its yellow color and rosy flush. Learn this choreography of picking the perfect peach by heart, and you can do the dance of picking the perfect peach all summer long.


Recipe: Key Lime Pie — Road Trips for Food-Lovers

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In April, my dad and I embarked on a road trip through the Florida Keys. What started out as a good old-fashioned drive from Key Largo to Key West turned into a quest to find the best slice of key lime pie.

We ate a lot of key lime pie. We ate it as pie and on sticks. We tried it in jars and covered in syrup. We tried it with merengue and without. We ate it outside and inside. We even tried a gluten-free version. We ate it every which way and, while each had their own distinct flavor and texture, there was one that stole our hearts.


From Classy to Trashy, a Ranking of the Best Peach Things — Peachy Keen

All month long on Kitchn we've been talking about the delicious ways to eat a peach. Some peaches are better for different occasions, as Assistant Food Editor Kelli Foster notes in her post about the best peaches to buy for the right moment. We've also given you various recipes, including this gluten-free crisp and this almond peach pit milk (!!!) that you need to make in the next month if you know what's good for you. It's mostly been a practical guide for the peach-lover in all of us.

Well, now that we've given you some non-judgmental options, it's time to lay down some cold hard facts about how peaches sit in our cultural zeitgeist. If you want something delicious and classy, there are only a few peaches that fit the bill, and you need to know about them. We've ranked all the various ways to eat a peach for you in our very scientific matrix that definitely wasn't just some arbitrary thing that I decided to work on. Read this and go forth knowing exactly what you should make and eat this summer.


The Fast and Fancy Dessert You Have to Make with Cherries This Summer Includes Lighting Them on Fire — Cherry Checklist

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Pies and cobblers, crisps and clafouti are all fine desserts, but when ruby red cherries are in their prime, there's a fast and fancy dessert that tops all the others. It's easy enough to pull together any night of the week, and finishes on the stovetop with a dazzling flambé before getting spooned over ice cream. If you make just one thing with cherries this summer, this is the dessert to keep at the top of your list.


Sour Cherries Are the Rare and Beloved Fruit of Summer. Here’s Where to Find Them. — Cherry Checklist

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Sour cherries are one of my most eagerly awaited fresh fruits of the summer. Thin-skinned and tart, they aren't really best for eating out of hand. We who love them use them as creatively and quickly as we can, putting their bright, acidic hit to good use in jams, cakes, pies, cocktails, and even in the occasional savory dish. Picture your classic cherry pie, bright-red and glowing with orbs of juicy fruit. Well, you've just pictured sour cherries.


Recipe: Sour Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes

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If there ever was a perfect time to treat yourself to a dark chocolate-studded muffin for breakfast, it's while sour cherries are making their much-awaited appearance at the farmers market. Sour cherry season is fleeting — blink and you just might miss it. So, when you spot them at the farmers market pick up a basket without hesitation, then preheat the oven and pull out the mixing bowls as soon as you get home because you're making these nutty, chocolate, sour cherry-filled muffins.


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