Before I introduce this month’s recipe let me say a bit about a component of eating that’s almost as important as its nutritional content. See, many foods have an entire emotional history in our memories, foods that we associate with certain people or places or times in our lives. There’s a reason they’re called “comfort foods”—they’re comforting, for all the reasons just mentioned. Unfortunately, those same “comfort foods” aren’t always the healthiest.
Chef Jeannette and I tackled this issue when we wrote The 150 Best Comfort Foods on Earth. We took all the usual suspects and tried to give them a health upgrade while still providing all the happy memories of the original. Which is exactly what Chef has done here with one of the great grandmother-inspired comfort foods of all time: cobbler.
In fact, the original recipe for this amazing cobbler came from Chef Jeannette’s own grandmother, who—a child of her times—used Crisco for the shortening. We now know a few things we didn’t back then, one of which is that butter—when it comes from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows—can be a health food (see “Featured Ingredient,” p. 41).
Real, wholesome butter is a perfectly acceptable food that also makes the darn thing taste amazing. And because the taste is so rich and smooth, we can use a smaller amount of crust, which is as light and flaky as any you’ll ever see. We leave the skins on the peaches (rich in healthy plant compounds), add blueberries for extra antioxidants, and use only about a third of the sugar found in conventional recipes. Put it all together, and this cobbler hits all the right notes as delicious and satisfying summer treat.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
In the Can
In a culinary world dominated by farm-to-table eating and fresh ingredients, MasterChef semifinalist and author Theo A. Michaels celebrates the joys of cooking with canned food.
Is Your Skin Going Through a Dry Spell?
Moisturize your dry, winter skin with natural formulations that will leave you feeling soft and smooth—not sticky, slippery, or like you’re covered in chemicals.
All-Star Sides for Thanksgiving Dinner
Turkey gets all the attention at Thanksgiving, but it’s the side dishes that really deserve the spotlight. Bright green peas, golden beets, crunchy Brussels sprouts, purple and green frilly kale, jewel-red pomegranates, and sunny orange winter squash take center stage in the following holiday recipes that are also perfect every day of the week.
Diabetes Research Update
Weight loss and exercise are effective for both prevention and reversal of type 2 diabetes, and supplements can provide additional benefits:
A Taste of the Tropics
After returning home from Nicaragua, Pitaya Foods founder Chuck Casano couldn’t get dragon fruit smoothies out of his mind. So he decided to bring the delicious, exotic fruit to the states.
How to create a nourishing self-care routine that can help you feel calmer, more centered, and better able to face the challenges of the world around you.
The Amazing Benefits of Cat's Claw
This South American superstar herb can quell inflammation and boost immunity—and it may even help stave offcognitive decline.
Fresh Marinara Sauce in Minutes
If you have five minutes, then you have time to make this no-stir, no-simmer, über-healthy tomato sauce.
10 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Immune System
Never as a nation have we been more focused on immunity. But in spite of our best efforts, some all-too-common daily habits may be undermining our resistance to infection. Here are 10 sneaky immune saboteurs, and ways to change them.
Out of the Amazon
Some of nature’s most powerful healers come from the depths of the South American rainforest. Here’s why—and what you should look for in supplements.