Monday, April 6
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Dinner Music #2: Peach Cobbler & Otis Redding

In the Dinner Music series, I present a recipe from a vintage magazine and pair it with some appropriate music. Feel free to make the meal, listen to the tunes, and let me know how it turned out!

For this entry I thought I’d lighten things up a bit. It is July after all. So I think some sweet dessert and some equally sweet music is in order. This week’s recipe comes from the March 17, 1952 issue of Life magazine, and is for Hunt’s Heavenly Peach Cobbler.

Hunt's Heavenly Peach Cobbler recipe from Life - March 17, 1952

The Recipe

  • 1 No. 2 1/2 can Hunt’s Peach Halves
  • Butter
  • Nutmeg
  • Milk

Roll biscuit dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 1/2 inch strips. Cut Hunt’s Peaches in quarters. Place in greased baking dish with syrup. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Arrange strips of dough lattice fashion on top of peaches. Pinch edges of dough securely to edge of pan. Brush with milk. Bake in hot oven (425 F.) 18 to 20 minutes or until done. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

The Music

When you think of peaches, you think of Georgia do you not? I did. But instead of going right to Ray Charles I opted for someone a little… cooler. So I give you one of the greatest soul singers of all time, Dawson, Georgia’s own Otis Redding. Specifically, his superlative 1965 LP for the Stax/Volt label, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. It’s so hot you may not even need an oven for the cobbler — although cooking dessert on your stereo will probably void the warranty.

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