These are cozy times. Really, nothing is cozy about a New York City summer with the heat, humidity, smog, smoke and dirt that come along with it. But we've been nesting. With six (or so) weeks 'til baby brother arrives, I've been sorting, cleaning, washing, folding, unwrapping, and list making. In between, we take sweaty jaunts to area parks, only to return home again, grateful for the air conditioning where we make our way through piles of books.
One of these books, The Maggie B., was my childhood favorite. At sea during a storm, Margaret battens down the hatches of her ship and retreats to the safety of the kitchen. She prepares a dreamy sort of meal for her baby brother, a steamy fish stew, fresh rolls and baked peaches. Margaret sings sea shanties, bathes the little one and puts him to bed, the lull of the waves rocking him to sleep.
My whole life, I've never lost the image of Margaret baking her peaches in the safety of her ship's hold, and finally today I made my own. The baked peaches tasted homey with their dash of cinnamon and sprinkling of brown sugar. I finished off my baked peach feeling grateful, thinking about our new little peach who will be here in no time. I hope he finds it cozy here.
This barely warrants a recipe. But if you're a lover of stone fruit and you can bear to turn your oven on in August, this is a wonderful ending to a simple summer meal. Feel free to add whipped cream or ice cream for an added flourish.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Halve several ripe, organic peaches. Remove the stone and place cut side up on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the peaches with about a teaspoon of brown sugar or honey, and a few shakes of cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes.