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Up a Lazy River

I am in a lazy frame of mind today. It is hot. It is humid.

So I am taking a day off to visit my cousin in Indian Lake. It will be very relaxing to just sit on the porch, feel the breeze, watch the water flow by, watch the herons, listen to the frogs croak, and talk and laugh relative talk.

So I need something quick and easy to post today. That means you tube video time.

Up a Lazy River. This is going to be my theme song until this long hot summer is over.

So why don’t you join me? Lay back, kick off your shoes, close your eyes, and take a virtual break by going up a lazy river in your mind as you listen to this melodic song.

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Featured Recipe: Grilled Peaches with Blackberry-Basil Butter

I am back to peaches again today. How could I not be? One of the local discount grocery stores had peaches for only 25 cents each.

And of course peaches are the perfect fruit to take along on a trip up the lazy river. Don’t you agree?

So I am taking some to Indian Lake for my cousin and her husband, too. We can sit on the porch and eat peaches and let the  juices drip down our chins like little kids again.

This simple, and simply delicious, and quick and easy recipe comes from the June 2010 issue of Southern Living.

I halved the recipe, then halved once again, and made it just for me & for purposes of taking pictures for this blog post.

However, the recipe below is exactly as in Southern Living. The recipe makes ¾ cup of flavored butter.

The butter made can be used on peaches as pictured in the magazine and here at MTTD, but can also be used on toast or biscuits. As you can see from my pictures I used it on both my peach and my toast for my breakfast this very up-a-lazy-river kind of morning.

Here is what you will need:

Peaches

½ cup softened butter

¼ cup seedless blackberry preserves

2 tablespoons finely chopped basil

This is what you do:

Place the softened butter and the blackberry preserves in a bowl.

Mix the softened butter and the preserves until smooth.

Slice the basil into thin strips…………

 …………and add it to the butter mixture. Reserve a few slices of the basil for garnish.

Cut the peach or peaches in half and spray the cut sides with olive oil.

Then place the peach or peaches cut side down on the grill and cook over high heat till you get some nice grill marks. Lower the heat and cook about 5 minutes more till warmed through.

Place the peaches on a plate and put a scoop of butter in the center of each peach. Garnish with some of the sliced basil. Serve with toast or hot biscuits. Add a few fresh blackberries to your plate as well.

The butter melted on the peaches and onto my plate, and so as not to miss one-little-teeny-tiny-drop of melted blackberry butter I dipped the blackberries in the melted butter and sopped it up like it was bread sopping up butter and then I popped them right into my mouth.

So decadent. So delicious. So divine.  Better than dessert even. It was t.h.a.t. good!!!!!!!

And the interplay between the basil with the sweetness of the berries and the peach is just so refreshing. A perfect breakfast for a lazy hot and humid summer day!

Southern Living magazine suggests you can also make a sandwich by adding some thin sliced left-over pork tenderloin on a biscuit smoothered with the blackberry butter. Delish!!!!

Cost

½ cup softened butter                                       $1.19

¼ cup blackberry preserves                               $1.08

2 tablespoons finely chopped basil                      $0.25

Total Cost of blackberry butter = $2.52
Cost per person =    Depends on how many peaches purchased and how much butter each person uses and what you serve with it.

For me 1 peach cost $.25, 1 slice of bread cost $.41, and the amount of butter I made cost me $.63. So the total for me was $1.29, a rather inexpensive yet very elegant breakfast.

And I still have some butter left over for another use. I am thinking it would really be good on a sautéed or grilled chicken breast.

No matter how you cost this recipe out though, it is a wonderful easy and a bargain breakfast for any kind of  morning.

Bon Appetit!!!!

Quote of the Day:  An apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach.     George du Maurier (1834-1896)

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