I’m extremely grateful to the farmers who inspired this story, now available at PARADE Magazine: Frank Trentecoste of Bhumi Farms, Sarah & Ryan Voiland of Red Fire Farm, Marcie Jimenez of Jimenez Family Farm and Marcie’s Pies, and Crystal & Dan Nells of C & D Family Farms. Does your local farm offer gift cards?

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All year long, I look forward to the time when sweet, local peaches are in season. Here in Connecticut, they have finally arrived and I cannot get enough. Today on Better Connecticut, I showed Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun the recipe for my favorite peach trifle, with lemon verbena, mascarpone, Lillet Blanc and tasty Entenmann’s All Butter Loaf Cakes.Thank you to Entenmann’s for contributing cakes for all audience members!
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Foodie Fatale’s Fresh Peach Trifle

INGREDIENTS
2 Entenmann’s All Butter Loaf Cakes, crust removed, cut into ½ inch slices
24 oz mascarpone, room temperature
¾  cup sugar
3 lb large yellow Peaches (approx. 12 or 6 cups), peeled and sliced
White sugar to taste
12 fresh lemon verbena leaves, minced
6 teaspoons Lillet Blanc
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 peach (garnish)
1 sprig lemon verbena (garnish)

Preparation

  • Toss sliced peaches with granulated sugar to taste.
  • Mix in lemon verbena and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together mascarpone and ½ cup sugar.
  • Cover the bottom of a 3-quart trifle bowl with cake slices.
  • Drizzle with 2 tsp Lillet Blanc.
  • Cover with approximately 2 cups peaches.
  • Add one-third of the mascarpone over peaches.
  • Repeat layers twice
  • In a cold metal mixing bowl, beat whipping cream with 2 sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Top trifle with whipped cream
  • Garnish with sliced peaches and a sprig of lemon verbena
  • Cover and refrigerate

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It’s officially the first week of summer. In coastal Connecticut, this not only means sunshine and days at the beach, it also means seeing my favorite local farmers at markets, stands and pick-your-own events. But unlike in the past, this year it doesn’t feel like like a reunion. Thanks to Facebook, I never really had to say goodbye.For locavores and food lovers, it’s an indispensable life-hack:

By “liking” your favorite farms on Facebook, you can be privy to the harvest status of crops,which can vary greatly from year to year given the vagaries of weather.
You will also readily access schedule changes, event notices & specials. And increasingly, Facebook is a forum where farmers and their community members share recipes.

So if your seasonal market closes once the cold weather arrives, there’s no need for sweet sorrow. Watch your farmers preserve, prune and plant all year…until you meet again in summer.

Enjoy here a few of the farms across the country that I follow on Facebook. Please share your favorites in the comments.

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Once again, I had a great time on 102.9 DRC-FM with my friends Mike and Kim in the morning for “Foodie Friday” on June 6th, 2014.

In honor of National Doughnut Day, we discussed  my choices for the Top 5 Doughnut Shops in Connecticut.
Have a listen to our talk while you watch the slideshow. And if you want to try making your own easy baked doughnuts at home, check out this King Arthur recipe and demonstration I shared on Better Connecticut. Happy Eating!

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Easy Baked Doughnuts: Foodie Fatale on Better Connecticut

June 6, 2014

I had great fun celebrating National Doughnut Day today  with Scot Haney, guest host Kristen Taekman and the Better Connecticut crew.  We couldn’t stop eating these irresistible  Baked Doughnuts- and neither could our audience! We also had fun discussing my recent  post: Top 5 Doughnut Shops in CT. Thanks to King Arthur Flour for the great recipe and baking pans. […]

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Top 5 Doughnut Shops in Connecticut

June 5, 2014

In honor of National Doughnut Day, I spent the past month tasting doughnuts throughout Connecticut. What difficult work this was!!! Most of my stops were recommended by my fabulous Facebook  fans- thank you! Please enjoy this slideshow of my favorite five shops*- all worthy of a special trip! Top 5 Doughnut Shops in Connecticut* Guiliano’s Bakery (Niantic) Coffee An’ Donut […]

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Foodie Fridays with Mike and Kim in the Morning: May 9, 2014

May 16, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I was thrilled to join Mike and Kim in the morning once again for “Foodie Friday” on Connecticut’s 102.9 DRC-FM. We had a great time talking Summer Food! Have a listen and enjoy the fun!

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Foodie Fatale’s Top Four Summer Cocktails: 2011-2014

May 8, 2014

When I think back to the last few summers, the memory of each is infused with the taste of a particular cocktail.It’s in my nature to “go on a kick” when I really love something and these drinks proved worthy of my passion. As the summer of 2014 approaches, consider trying them (click on hot links to […]

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Ninigret Nectar Oyster: Taste

April 27, 2014

I interviewed Matt Behan, owner of Behan Family Farm in Charlestown, Rhode Island in 2013 as part of  a Foodie Fatale radio pilot that aired on NPR station 88.3 WPPB in Southampton, NY. I learned so much from Matt and his father Gary about how their Ninigret Nectar Oysters are farmed – and have never eaten an oyster since then in the […]

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Foodie Fridays with Mike & Kim in the morning on 102.9 DRCFM: April 4, 2014

April 12, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I was thrilled to join Mike and Kim in the morning for “Foodie Friday” on Connecticut’s 102.9 DRC-FM. Have a listen and enjoy the fun!

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