Before I get to the amazingness that is this recipe, you should understand how it came to be, because it’s not as simple as “I wanted to make a fruit dessert and this sounded good.” Don’t get me wrong, that is kind of true, but there’s more to it than that.
This past weekend, I embarked on what my best friend Jackie and I call “BFF weekend”. She lives about an hour away in Metro Detroit and while you would think that’s not too far and we see each other all the time – we don’t. She and I have been friends since we started college (lived on the same floor our Freshman year) and though we had our ups and down, she’s my girl and we’ve always been the best of friends. So now instead of just hanging out for a few hours, we make a whole weekend out of it. And since the price of gas is ridiculous, I found an Amtrak ticket for $30 round trip and decided to use that as my way there and back. Best. idea. ever.
Jackie, her hubby and I decided to have a day of culture in Detroit and be tourists in our own city. Detroit gets such a bad rep and while there are areas that aren’t the safest, any city can be like that. There are areas of Detroit I never feel unsafe or weird around, and if you really look, the architecture and culture is just beautiful. So we spent the day at the art museum (DIA) and then walked around. We ended the night at the MGM Casino, where I lost $12 once again proving my point that 1). I bring bad luck to all those around me in a casino 2). I suck at gambling and 3). It’s a good thing I don’t really like gambling because I suck at it. My wallet and I stay happy that way ;)
The entire time we were at the museum, we kept saying, “We should make grilled peaches for dessert.” But then we basically ate our way through Detroit and by the time we got back to their house, we were too full to even think about dessert despite stopping at the store to pick up the ingredients for it. Fail on us.
The weekend came to an end and I was still thinking about grilled peaches, but the thought quickly vanished when I saw my boys who came to pick me up from the train station. I came home and saw a package had arrived from one of my other best friends – Allison in MS. She sent me a southern care package of all local items in and around Oxford, MS!!
From top right to bottom right: Two jars of honey from their honey bees. Uh yeah, did I forget to mention Allison and her hubby harvest bees?! One honey was from kudzu blossoms and the other wildflowers. She also sent me grits, and how-to guides on growing herbs. And finally kudzu jelly and hot sauce. I was in heaven.
But what caught my attention was that honey, because almost instantly my mind went back to the idea of grilled peaches. And with grilled peaches came the rest which included the frozen vanilla Greek yogurt we had in the freezer, the ginger snap cookies in the cupboard and that glorious, beautiful honey that kept staring at me from the counter.
So I made grilled peaches for dessert, and thought about all my friends and what they mean to me. I might have also been thinking, “Damn, why didn’t I grill up two peaches instead of one?” but that’s just an afterthought.
- 1 peach, halved
- ½ tablespoon butter (optional)
- ½ cup frozen vanilla Greek yogurt (or ice cream of your choosing)
- ¼ crumbled cookie of your choice (I used ginger snaps, about 2-4 mini cookies)
- 1 tablespoon honey (I used wildflower and kudzu blossom) to drizzle
- Heat grill or stovetop grillpan over medium heat
- Add butter to melt (optional but it will help the peaches from sticking to the grill pan)
- Cut the peaches in half around the pit
- Place peaches cut side down on grill and grill for 5 minutes on one side
- Flip and grill on the peel side for another 5 minutes
- The peaches are done when you see those beautiful grill marks
- Place peaches in bowl or plate
- Top with frozen vanilla Greek yogurt and crumbled cookies
- Add drizzle of honey