Late Summer Cobbler

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A peach berry cobbler is one of my favorite desserts using a combination of summer fruits. This cobbler is a must during late summer when the fruit is at the perfect level of natural ripeness. The natural sugars from the soft fruit provide excellant sweetness. And, making the cobbler in a cast iron skillet makes it easy to serve during a Labor Day BBQ for the last hurrah! Wait, summer isn't over..Let's just call this a Late Summer Cobbler. 

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ingredients for George's Warm Peach Berry Cobbler

George’s Warm Peach Berry Cobbler

Makes 4 –6 servings

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George's Warm Peach Berry Cobbler

For Topping:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup flour

3/4 quick oats

1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1/2 cup melted butter 

Mix all sugars, flour, oats and nuts. Pour in butter and mix until topping looks like wet sand. Do not over mix; topping should have a lumpy consistency.

For the Filling:

4 cups Fresh Peaches- sliced and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces. 

2 pints Fresh Blueberries, or mixed berries

1 loaf pound cake, sliced thin 

1/3 cup water or *simple syrup

Pre heat a 375 degree oven.

Grease small individual ramekins, or one nine inch ovenproof casserole, or an iron skillet. line bottom of pan with sliced pound cake. Add peaches, blueberries and simple syrup. Top with a generous amount of crumb topping.  Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until crumb topping is crisp and light brown. 

Serve warm topped with powder sugar, whip cream or powder sugar.

*To make simple syrup:

1 cup water

2 cups sugar

1 orange, cut into quarters

Place all ingredients into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for five minutes. Remove and cool.

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Grilled Show Stopper

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Try a new spin on an ol' salad recipe of mine. A great way to impress your guests or just enjoy for a quick mid-week fix. This was one of those recipes I did for my PBS grilling shows that made people scratch their head years ago. I was grilling lettuce before grilling lettuce was considered cool. Here's the how-to on grilling-up a delicious appetizer or side. And, it only takes a few minutes! Top with this dressing.

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Grilled Romaine 

Makes four servings 

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2  heads of hearts of romaine lettuce, split in half & washed

4 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

6 cloves caramelized garlic

A pinch of sea salt 

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, rough chopped

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Shaved Parmesan cheese

Pre heat grill to high heat.

Cut the romaine heart in half lengthwise, leaving stem end intact. Soak romaine heads in bowl of cold water. Brush with olive oil.

Put romaine halves on hot grill. Cook for about 2 minutes each side, until lettuce begins to blister slightly and lettuce gets a slight char. Turn over and grill for 2 additional minutes.  

Remove and plate cut side up, and top each with remaining olive oil, balsamic, garlic cloves, Parmesan, prosciutto, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve while still warm. Optional: serve with thinly sliced prosciutto.

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Summer Classic

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Who doesn’t smile with a tall shake in sight? Sure, In-N-Out Burger and Shake Shack make great shakes, but it's easy enough to do it yourself at home. 

It's a perfect treat on a warm summer night. The cost of a smile followed by brain freeze? Priceless!

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George’s Double Chocolate Brownies

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An often requested recipe from George Hirsch Lifestyle, it is ideal for every occasion. Enjoy as is or upgrade by topping with your favorite ice cream. The brownie derives its character from a deep rich cocoa base for the chocolate flavor.

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Double Chocolate Brownies

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Makes 12-18 Brownies

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 pound (2 sticks) sweet butter, softened at room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts

1 1/2 cups semisweet chopped chocolate pieces; or chocolate, or butterscotch chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Grease and flour an 8 x 12 x 2 inch-baking pan.

In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt well. Set aside.

Cream butter in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add granulated sugar, cream on high speed for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. 

On a low speed add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, stopping machine to scrape down the bowl well after each addition. On a low speed add flour and cocoa powder to the butter mixture and mix just until flour is absorbed. Do not over mix. 

By hand, fold the pecans and chocolate in with a rubber spatula.

Optional: if using coconut; mix 3/4 of coconut with pecans and chocolate. 

Using a spatula, spread the batter into baking pan making sure the batter is spread evenly and smooth. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Caution to not over bake. Brownies are baked when pressed cakes springs back when pressed lightly with your finger or a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 2 hours and cut the brownies into rectangle or square pieces.

Know Your Cookie:

A brownie is considered a sheet cookie, as it's soft batter spreads across sheet like pan to bake. Other types of sheet cookies would include blondies and rainbow cookies. After sheet cookies are baked they are cooled and can be cut into squares, rectangles or any other shapes. 

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Summer Lobster Boil

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Boils are also known as a Steam, Bake, Fish Fry, Potluck, Planks or Seafood Barbecue. Here are a few kinds of boils I’ve either been privileged to have attended in my travels or have had the pleasure of creating myself.

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George Hirsch's Lobster Boil

  • New England - lobster steamed with beer, corn, sausage and new potatoes
  • Montauk - mussels, clams, lobster, striped bass, duck quarters, LI Yukons, corn
  • Maryland or Chesapeake - blue crab, oysters and clams with steamed with beer, vinegar, and Old Bay cooked in a steamer basket served with crackers corn and slaw
  • Cajun & Creole Boil - shrimp, crab, crawfish, andouille sausage or kielbasa, small red new potatoes
  • Low Country or Frogmore Stew - usually just shrimp with smoked sausage & corn
  • Texan - crawfish, oysters and good old Texan smoked brisket
  • Monterey - Dungeness crabs, shrimp and artichokes when in season
  •  Seattle - planked salmon & oysters 

Types of seafood commonly used for a boil is typically shellfish with shrimp being the most popular ingredient. Local availability, taste preferences and imagination can rule your boil. You may consider: Dungeness & blue claw crabs, shrimp, oysters, calamari, hard shell & razor clams, mussels, crawfish, Pacific salmon or striped bass for your boil. Equipment: large outdoor gas grill, cooker, or large pit with charcoal, a large pot (size depends on amount of seafood and the number of guests). 20 gallon stock pot,  large paddle to stir, large wire strainer or skimmer to scoop, tongs, mallets, crackers, picks, picnic tables, No utensils––eat with your hands. 

Summer Boil

Flavoring ingredients: onions, split heads of garlic, salt, lemons, beer, bay leaves, crab boil seasoning, cayenne pepper, hot sauce 

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George Hirsch's Lobster Boil

Serve: Remove seafood from pot, drain well and dump on picnic tables covered with newspaper, brown paper or butcher paper with bowls of lemon wedges, melted butter, bottles of hot sauce, and good quality breads. Beverages: Iced tubs of tall necks or keg beer (keep it local to your boil theme), tall necks of root beer, chilled rosé, iced tea, or lemonade. 

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George Hirsch's Lobster Boil

Preparing George’s East Coast Seafood Boil Recipe

My boil is a combination of the New England, Maryland & Montauk and is easily prepared on the side burner of a gas grill. Change seafood according to your own taste and availability. Add snow peas for additional color and crunch.

Non-seafood additions to boil with cook times:

  • 1 link per person smoked or Italian sausage, grilled & add to boil at end
  • 3 small red new potatoes per person, 15 minutes
  • 1 ear of corn per person, 10 minutes
  • 1/4 cup snow peas, 2-3 minutes
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter per person, for dipping
  • Serve hot sauce on the side 

To prepare Seafood Boil:

Add 2 cups water, 2 bottles of beer, 1 head fresh chopped garlic, 4 bay leaves, several sprigs fresh parsley, 1 Tablespoon black peppercorns, 1 Tablespoon powdered garlic, 1 Tablespoon thyme, and 1/4 cup paprika. If you like it spicy add dried hot pepper flakes, or chopped jalapeño. Bring liquid to boil.

Add seafood in stages for different cooking times:

  • Lobster 7 minutes for a 1 pound lobster + 1 minute for each additional 4 ounces
  • Blue Claw Crabs 5-7 minutes
  • Steamers or Littlenecks- 5-7 minutes or until opened
  • Shrimp (shell on) 4-5 minutes
  • Mussels 3-4 minutes or until opened

Separately, to boil lobsters:

  • Fill a large pot three-quarters full of cold water and cover.
  • A good rule of thumb is to allow 2 1/2 quarts of water for each lobster. Two or more lobsters will cook in the same time providing the pot is large enough. When in doubt use two pots.
  • Bring the water to a rapid boil.
  • Lobsters should be alive with the safety bands left on the claws. Drop the live lobsters one at a time head first, let the water boil again and cover the pot. Now you will begin to time the cooking.
  • Allow 7 minutes for a one-pound lobster and add one minute for each 4 ounces. A 1 1/2 pound lobster will cook in 9 minutes.
  • Lobsters will turn a bright red when cooked. Remove lobsters from pot with a pair of tongs.
  • Allow at least 2- 1 pound lobsters per person since a 1 pound lobster offers only 4 ounces of meat.
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George Hirsch's Lobster Boil

To Grill Lobsters:

  • Lobsters, split and cleaned
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons seafood seasoning
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 pound clarified or drawn butter
  • 3 lemons, cut into wedges

Preheat grill to medium high

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil seafood seasoning and garlic. Place the lobster on its back and brush with some of the oil mixture.  Place the lobster on the grill, split side down, for 3 minutes. Brush with olive oil, turn, and cook until done, 5 to 6 minutes longer. A 1 1/2-pound lobster should cook in 9 minutes: 7 minutes for the first pound and 1 minute for each additional 4 ounces.

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