You all know how I love my sweets. I'm always on the lookout for desserts that aren't over-the-top rich and heavy, yet satisfy my urge for something sweet at the end of a special meal. My mother came across this one while watching Lucinda Scala Quinn's cooking show, "Mad Hungry." We tried it and it is an absolute home run!
For those of you who may not be familiar with the show, "Mad Hungry"...GET familiar with it! It is a Martha Stewart production which airs every morning on the Hallmark channel. Unlike Martha, however, Scala-Quinn is totally real (in every sense of the word) and her recipes are all very do-able. No fancy ingredients, no ridiculous prep work necessary. It is real food for busy families - just the way I like it!
Even more refreshing is the fact that "Mad Hungry" is about...the food, unlike many of the cooking shows on Food Network and the Cooking Channel (one particular show comes right to mind - think big teeth, big boobs!). No, you will not see Scala Quinn having a spa day with her girlfriends or out on a bowling date with her husband. She spends the half hour ACTUALLY cooking.
As you can see, this touches on a nerve for me. For a long time, I have been utterly disappointed with the programming on the cooking channels. They seem to have gone from qualified, professionals like Sara Moulton, Mario Batali and Bobby Flay to a bunch of glammed up fashionistas who spend more time trying to impress audiences with their wardrobe and hair styling, their table decor, their luxurious houses, their big parties, and their famous friends. The food is almost an afterthought...and many of the recipes featured TASTE that way! Not this one.
Apart from the fact that it is easy to make (yet, extremely impressive), the peaches give this souffle a bright, sunny color and flavor. It is a perfect sumertime treat! After we tried them, my mind started running away with me, dreaming up all of the other fruits one can substitute for the peaches - strawberries, nectarines, mangos. Before summer's out, I intend to try them all.
Here's the link: Georgia Peach Souffle.