GUEST BLOG! Gobbler Cobbler – from RITA VOLPI!

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As you know, I’m trying some new content for this dusty old blog, including GUEST BLOGGERS.  This first guest blog is from my dang sister, RITA!  She’s five years older than your hero (me) and she lives in Columbus with her two dogs and her weirdo husband THE SKIPPER.  She also has her own blog that she just started not long ago called FOX & COMPASS.

Hi new friends! I’m Rita – Jack’s sister. He asked me to guest blog for him
& I have to say I’m pretty excited and kind of nervous all at the same time.
My jam is more travel than baking but they can intersect – kinda like a rad
Venn diagram.

It’s the first week of July & people are all about Independence Day. The
parades, the fireworks, the flag shirts (dad pic below).

I love how people get really into their favorite holidays.
This girl I used to work with was really into Groundhog’s Day. Her family
created a club for the holiday – the Fraternal Order of Groundhogs (or
F.O.G.). They’d celebrate by doing skits, betting on the weather prediction &
chanting “FOG, FOG, FOG”. I secretly hoped that she would invite me to be
an honorary member and I made these logos just in case:

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My love for the holiday only grew when Jack suggested that we visit
Punxatawney PA so many years ago. We went the weekend before February 2 and honestly, it’s the best time to go. The town is gearing up for the holiday, but the swarms
of tourists & Bill Murray nerds haven’t quite arrived. Here’s the must dos:
– Learn about the Inner Circle. Its a club of weirdos who host the big
prediction reveal  & “handle” Phil. They hang out in top hats and give
themselves nicknames, like Stump Master & Big Flake Maker. (insert
link here)
– Get some merch – specifically a homemade hat with a groundhog on
it. Our B&B hostess had a side hustle as a hat maker and we had a
closet to choose from.

– Go to breakfast with Phil. Hosted in a school gym, there are
pancakes, a piñata and pictures with the Phil. (ANOTHER LINK!)

In honor of Gobblers Knob – the place where Phil reveals his weather
forecast (oh god – one more link!) – I give you this cobbler recipe (you know, because of the rhyming). I made it for an Independence Day cookout and it was really fucking good. The end.
 2 cups sliced peaches (basically 5 big peaches)
 2 Tablespoons + 1 cup granulated + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
 ½ cup butter, softened
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 a pinch of salt
 a pinch + ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, divided
 1 large egg

 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1 cup heavy cream
 1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2 quart baking dish with non-
stick spray.
2. Spread sliced peaches out in a single layer in prepared dish. Sprinkle
tops of peaches with 2 Tablespoons sugar.
3. In a medium bowl, with an electric hand-mixer, beat 1 cup sugar and
softened butter together until combined. Add flour, baking powder, salt
(and nutmeg if using). Mix. Then add in egg and vanilla. Continue to beat
and mix together until just combined. (Batter will be the consistency of
cookie dough batter.)
4. Using a spatula, carefully spread batter over the tops of peaches. Trying
to spread out as evenly as you can and covering most of the peaches. (I
use my hands to help spread it too.)
5. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden
brown. Remove from oven and let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Enjoy with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
Whipped Cream: Whip 1 cup heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add 2 tablespoons
sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Beat until stiff peaks form.


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