Entries from July 2011

fall fashion faves…

July 29, 2011

i am far from a fashionista.  i can never manage to stay on top of trends and rarely look to the very next season’s collection.  i live and shop in the moment.  however, there are times when i peek at what’s coming up…especially when it comes to my very favorites.

this would be the case with brochu walker and james perse.  lovely, effortless style that has me actually looking forward to fall.

brochu walker fall/winter 2011:

james perse:

as you can see, i am also sticking to my grays…wouldn’t want to be too shocking!  xo mrs. french

blissful eats with Tina Jeffers: Peach Cobbler

July 28, 2011

I’ve never been big on fruit desserts since my boys aren’t that into them.   My husband has a rule that fruit and dessert are two things that should always be kept as far away from each other as possible.  He is willing to eat fruit for breakfast but when it comes to dessert it’s chocolate, or forget it.  While I don’t share such a strong opinion, I have avoided fruit based dishes since I was the only one that would eat them, until now.  

The farmers market is overflowing with beautiful peaches of every shape, size and color, so I decided to break the cycle and try baking up a cobbler.  It seemed like a good place to start, super simple, minimal ingredients, and  if I didn’t like it I wasn’t out too much effort.  I have to admit that I had a hard time not eating the whole thing by myself.  It came out of the oven warm and bubbling, the fruit was lightly sweetened and with the added warmth of the cinnamon, delicious!  And it couldn’t be easier to put together.  You cut up some fruit, toss it with a little sugar, and top it with a cornmeal biscuit dough.  I went a little overboard and churned up my favorite buttermilk ice cream to serve on top of it but plain old vanilla ice cream would work perfectly. The cold ice cream mixed with the hot cobbler makes in my opinion the perfect treat.

The recipe comes from the Lee Brothers, and the only deviation I made was to add some hazelnut flour to the dough to give it a nice nutty flavor.  I also froze the butter and grated it into the flour mixture so that it’s easier to incorporate it evenly through the dough.  This dessert just screams to be tinkered with.  Feel free to experiment with other fruits or top it with your favorite biscuit dough!

If you’d like to see more recipes visit me at scalingbackblog.com, I’d love to show you more! 

Peach Cobbler

from the Lee Brothers


For the peach filling:

  • 2 pounds ripe peaches, unpeeled, pitted and cut into slices
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar (you may want to use more if your peaches aren’t very sweet)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

For the biscuit dough:

  • ½ cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup fine ground cornmeal
  • ¼ cup hazelnut flour
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons frozen unsalted butter, cut into pieces plus more for the 
  • ½ cup cold buttermilk


For the filling:

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Butter a 2 quart ovenproof dish.  Add the peaches, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt and toss until the peaches are evenly coated.  Let stand while you prepare the biscuit dough.

For the biscuit dough:

In a bowl, sift together the flour, cornmeal, hazelnut flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Grate the butter with a cheese grater into the flour mixture and mix it with your fingers until it forms a coarse meal.  Add the buttermilk and stir with a spoon just until a tacky, wet dough comes together, just a few seconds.

Drop spoonfuls of the dough on top of the peach filling in a random pattern.  It should be uneven and not cover the entire surface of the filling.

Bake until the juices have thickened and the biscuit top is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.  Let cool slightly.

Scoop the cobbler into dishes and serve with your favorite ice cream while still warm.

wee wednesday: vintage furniture from bianca and family

July 27, 2011

it is a given that my children are typically dressed better than myself…so it only seems natural that i should furnish their spaces better than my own.  the french site bianca and family has me thinking this way.

bianca and family carries some of the most exquisite pieces of vintage furniture i have stumbled upon.  all made for the luckiest of little ones.  

b and lu deserve pieces like these.  ok, ok, i want b and lu to have these…probably for me more that for them (it takes a big person to admit something like this).

xo mrs. french

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