Foodie Blog: Fresh, Fruity & Delicious!! Hotlips Soda
New product alert!! Well, not new to the market but new here in Texas!! I recently found this lil drink of heaven on a browsing trip through Central Market. The bottle caught my eye immediately… A real soda? Pure, fresh-from-the-tree (or vine) with tastes of cherries, apples and cranberries that is hand made AND natural?!?? I bought one of each! Different than your typical soda, I didn’t know what to expect but it was very good in fact, it was awesome!! The sodas are the brain child of chefs in the Pacific Northwest where hand-picked summer fruits and berries, pure cane sugar, a dash of organic lemon juice, and filtered sparkling water are all that go in to each batch. Founded in 1984, this Family owned and employs 135 energetic, food loving, fancy drink making people.
Great mission and good food is their passion. “To make the best soda ever from real fruit grown on family farms, to preserve culture and celebrate humanity through shared culinary traditions, and by joining with others in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business.” I love supporting small business’ who strive to make a big difference and create opportunities in our communities.
This past weekend I attended the Parker County Peach festival and it was everything I expected it to be! Plenty of peach treats and peach tea to drink. I tried many of the vendors and loved the new, updated products available. Peach bread, ice cream, hard candy, taffy, jellies, jams, turnovers, pudding, cake and the list goes on. If you didn’t go this year, make sure you go next year. It’s a true Southern experience and I bought so many peaches that I decided to make peaches on Daybreak Saturday morning. So many choices of delicious peach dishes to choose from. After consulting friends and family on what sounds the best, I decided to make cheesecake stuffed peaches, peach angel food cake, sugar dusted short cakes with caramelized peaches and a southern peach pie topped with Madagascar vanilla ice cream. You know, just a few desserts….OMG! I had so many peaches! But now I have none. I hope you feel inspired to try a new recipe the next time you see peaches in the grocery store, they are quick and inexpensive. Try this recipe for a quick dessert and your welcome for your new peach crush.
Cheesecake Stuffed Peaches
> 6 peaches, halved and pitted
> 1/4 cup butter, melted
> 3 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar*
> 1/2 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
> 1/4 cup sugar
> 1 egg yolk
> 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
> 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil or parchment paper; set aside. Trim a very thin slice from the round side of each peach half so halves stand flat on the baking pan. Dip peach halves in melted butter to coat. Arrange peach halves, cut sides up, in prepared pan. Sprinkle cut sides of peaches with cinnamon-sugar; set aside.
> 2. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla. Beat until combined. Spoon cream cheese mixture into peach centers.
> 3. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until lightly browned and softened. Serve warm or at room temperature.