The great thing is that she even has a book coming out really soon and trust me, you are going to want this book. I went to a conference last summer and got to try some of her food and it was as fresh and delicious as you could ever hope for.
To help everyone out there to have a chance to get the book Melissa is having a pre-sale until this coming Friday, September 10th.
You can get the book through for only $12.95 (after pre-sale it is still only $15.95 so it is still totally affordable).
You can find out more about the book and Melissa on her blog. Here is what Melissa had to say about the book:
This is a beautiful little cookbook full of fresh recipes that will please you and your family. It's got a beautiful glossy cover filled with photos and beautiful illustrations as well as several pages of facts about the nourishing foods included in the recipes. The paper is thick with a "raw" texture and the layout is extraordinary. You'll find six sections: light meals, desserts, salads, salsas, sauces and dips and smoothies, all fresh and delicious. My favorites are the famous Thai Nut Sauce, Lime Mousse, Winter Tomato Sauce, Raspberry Basil Smoothie, and the No Bake No Bake Chocolate Cookies and, well, I like all the recipes and I think you will, too.
I'll be at the American Fork Good Earth on September 18th from 11am-4pm to sign copies and give out free vanilla and chocolate covered macaroons! If you purchase a cookbook here (at the discounted presale price), you can pick it up that day or you may pay for shipping and we'll ship it to you. Just be sure to include your name and address.
Here is the link to Melissa's blog where you can buy the book!
Now, on to the Peach Cinnamon Vanilla Crumb Bars.
Peaches were plentiful at the Farmer's Market here this past week and for me that usually means making jam. I bought enough peaches to make a small batch of jam, but then two out of three kiddos got sick and all my good intentions fell apart. Jam isn't difficult or hard to make, but it does take some watching. By the time I had a chance to use these peaches I decided to take them in a different direction this time around. I guess that means I'll just have to try to get some more peaches this week.
I was reminded when my feed email from Smitten Kitchen showed up in my inbox this week with Peach Shortbread that I had recently seen a version of the Blueberry Crumb Bars Deb posted a while back turned into a peach version over at Annie Eats. I love me some peach cobbler and I really love crumb bars so I really wanted to try them out. I think all these versions are quite probably completely fabulous, but since I can never leave well enough alone I knew I wanted to fiddle around with these recipes and came up with my own version.
So, to save time, I've added links to all the similar bars down below the recipe. That way, you can decide what direction you want to go. I would say that my version is closest to a cross between a couple of the recipes, but you'll just have take a look and decide what appeals to you.
I knew that I really wanted to incorporate two of my favorite flavors to pair with peaches - cinnamon and vanilla. I also can't resist the warm sweetness of brown sugar. The other change I wanted to make was to increase the amount of crust to filling ratio. Now, it may be just me and my actual lack of love for too much baked fruits, but you could easily just increase your peaches a little bit and have a thicker fruit flavor. The bars themselves ended up being just what I hoped for and all the flavors came through nicely. It was like having a wonderful slice of peach cobbler or crumb topped peach pie that I could eat on the go - or even for breakfast.