I've been in a cooking frenzy this week, experimenting with Whisk Sourdough Bread (nearly ready!), homemade graham crackers, eggplant burgers, and grilling fruit. Read below for the first of these new recipes: Mexican Grilled Peach Sorbet. When not cooking, I tore through Tomatoland, the riveting new book on industrial tomato farming in Florida and sustainable options along the East Coast. See my review below and enter the drawing to win a copy. Also read about upcoming events and a job opening.
Recipe: Mexican Grilled Peach Sorbet. Less is more with this high-flavor, low-fat peach sorbet. It's a fully adult confection, with the mysterious heat of the chipotle and a smoky grilled tang providing high contrast to the ripe peaches and its refreshing chill. Cinnamon adds another layer of sophistication, making Mexican Grilled Peach Sorbet a light yet robust finish for a gourmet dinner.
This recipe uses a great hot-weather trick: grilling peaches to encourage their skins to slide off instead of boiling them and then plunging them into ice water. Grilling keeps the heat outside the house. If you've already got the grill going for something else, grilling peaches takes little or no extra energy.
Tomatoland is this year's irresistibly juicy page turner. Investigative journalist Barry Estabrook first exposed the horrific conditions in Florida's industrial tomato fields in Gourmet magazine. His vivid reports of farm workers sprayed by toxic pesticides and the unspeakable birth defects that result should make even the most hard-hearted, price-sensitive shopper go organic. The David-and-Goliath vignettes make it a page turner, complete with spies and prison breaks. Throughout, you'll find uplifting stories of people who are fighting for good working conditions and good food.
Upcoming events. Learn more about Making the Most of Summer Produce at the original Cook for Good Challenge on July 16th at the Western Wake Farmers' Market. Drop by for a free demo and a taste of something yummy. I'll be signing copies of Wildly Affordable Organic, too. Bring a copy or pick one up at the market.
Job: Wildly Good Marketing & Administrative Assistant. Part time; work at home; no pesticides or forced labor. Send in applications by dawn Friday, July 8th.
Thanks for voting with your fork for good farm jobs, a healthy environment, and tomatoes that taste like tomatoes!