The peach trees didn't do as well this year, but the peaches we did get were a good size. The trees seemed to be loaded earlier; perhaps those late frosts in early May damaged the fruit and it dropped.
Still we had about a bushel; by the time they were ripe though, many had spoiled. I am not sure why since they were hand-picked and stored in the cellar a few days to ripen.
The few I had left to work with weren't enough to make a full canner load so I decided to freeze them instead. I peeled and cut them up, added some sugar and bagged for the freezer.
We did keep one bowl full out, however, for dessert. Those peaches were just too good fresh. There are a lot of good recipes for cooking with peaches, and I hope to try a few out later this year. Cobbler is our standby, of course, but I'd like to try some new ideas this year. Like peach salsa, maybe, or rosemary chicken and peaches. My latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens included a lot of tempting recipes; you can find them and others on the BHG website.
Do you have a good peach recipe to share? I'd like to hear about it.