Pink Peppercorn Meringue.

A few years back I crossed paths with now-author Lauren McDuffie through Instagram. We chatted through a few private messages and soon found out how passionate we are about good made from scratch cooking. Lauren has been so great over the last few years, always wearing an heirloomed apron or using our tea towels in a shoot here and there.

Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest Cookbook
Lauren, Author of Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest

This week I’m excited to share that Lauren is launching the most fabulous cookbook. Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest was inspired by her Appalachian home, and not only has the perfect recipes for each season, but she wrote the most beautiful stories throughout the cookbook that weaves them all together perfectly.

Today I wanted to share with you one (of my many) favorites from her cookbook and also give one of you the chance to win this sweet little cookbook (and one of our aprons!).

Strawberry & Pink Peppercorn Meringues by heirloomed

STRAWBERRY AND PINK PEPPERCORN MERINGUES

This recipe is as simple as they come: a few ingredients, a couple of steps, and waiting. Time is the primary ingredient in meringue making, 6 to 8 hours of inactive time, when you can be doing something else. Just put the meringues in the oven and let them do their thing for a couple of hours. Then let them cool for several hours until they are just right: crispy and crackling on the outside and marshmallowy soft on the inside—a textural dream, if there ever was one. I like to serve mine with a dollop of barely sweetened whipped cream and some fresh berries, but they’re also great just as they are. The strawberry bits running through the batter give these meringues a lovely speckled-pink look, and the addition of pink peppercorns provides an almost fl oral complement to the berry flavor. If you can’t find them, the meringues will still be delicious. The strawberries however, are a must; they steal the show. At least for me they do, which may come as no surprise.

INGREDIENTS:

  •  6 large egg whites 

  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar 

  • 1½ cups [300 g] sugar 

  • 1 Tbsp pink peppercorns, finely crushed 

  • ½ cup [45 g] crushed or minced dried strawberries 

  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream for serving (optional) 

  • Sliced fresh strawberries (or any berry you like), for serving (optional)

 Preheat the oven to 200°F [95°C]. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed (or in a large bowl, using a handheld mixer), beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add the sugar gradually now, about 1 Tbsp at a time, and beat the mixture until it reaches the stiff peaks stage, 6 to 8 minutes. 

Remove any loose skin on the crushed peppercorns, and fold the peppercorns into the meringue batter. Fold in the crushed dried strawberries. 

 Drop the meringue batter onto the baking sheet, measuring 1 cup [240 ml] per cookie (I like them big). Smooth them out with a spoon, if desired, but big, fluffy meringues are wonderful as well. Suit yourself here! Bake for 2 hours. The meringues will have hardened on their surfaces, at this point, but will still be moist on the inside. Turn off the oven and allow the meringues to dry out in the oven until completely cool, 4 to 6 hours. Serve with the lightly sweetened whipped cream and some fresh berries, if desired. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Makes about 6 meringues.

 Excerpted with permission from Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest (Chronicle Books, 2019) Text and photographs © Lauren McDuffie.

Cookbook Giveaway by heirloomed

In this cookbook you will find the most delicious recipes for dinners, desserts, drink + more. And you can see her sweet little model is actually wearing our Children’s Railroad Stripe Apron there in the photo - too sweet. I wanted to team up with Lauren to give one lucky winner a copy of her cookbook, Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest and one of our Railroad Stripe Bistro Aprons. Be sure to enter below for your chance to win!

And for a roundup off more of my favorite cookbooks, click here


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

Small Town Peach Picking.

We were out at the family farm one rainy weekend with a whole bunch of nothing to do this summer. Now that's a rare occasion for us these days and as I'm sure I'll come to find out, even more rare as the days go on.

This particular day I decided to accompany the guys to the gun store, a two-hour scenic drive from the farm through back roads and adventures I was sure. Because that's just what you do on the weekends in the country and just why we love escaping the city as much as we can.

Dickey Farms / Georgia peaches / heirloomed small town travel

We had nearly reached the store, passing small town after small town with a whole lot of farm land and cows in between when we reached the little town of Musella, GA. The signs screaming "ice cream" caught the attention of the boys so we promised to stop in to see what this particular farm was all about. Well, I'm so glad we did.

The tiniest strip of town was built around Dickey Farm, a peach grower + packer. Directly beside it sits the Musella Gin and Cotton Co, a simple metal building with hand lettered typography that I continue to fall in love with. But the gem of the little town sat directly across the street.

musella gin and cotton co / heirloomed travel

C.F. Hays & Son General Store opened in 1900 and is still operated today by the grandson of Mr. Hays himself. Stocked inside with fixtures and wares that look to be so authentic to the original period you'd swear you had just stepped back in time. 

CF Hays and Son General Store / Musella GA / heirloomed travel
dogs on the porch of a country general store / heirloomed travel

On this particular Saturday they have the smoker going with turkey legs and real BBQ, and baked beans the gentlemen told us had been picked down the street and had soaked all night. There were two dogs on the front porch that have clearly seen their fare share of barbecue over their days there, and they weren't shy about asking for more.

smoked bbq at country general store / heirloomed travel

Old metal signs and fuel pumps adorned the exterior of the building and you can tell they're not the reproduction kind but instead ones that have been collected from old-school advertising techniques of the brands they've stocked over the last 118 years. Still brilliant. And a restored Coca-Cola mural on the side of the building that I'd love to know the story behind as well. The highlight of the front door for the kids was the little iron on a pulley that acted as a door weight, going up and down as you opened the front door to keep it closed.

old metal snuff sign / heirloomed travel
front door of general store / heirloomed
vintage metal general store signs / heirloomed travel
Coca-Cola Mural / CF Hays and Sons General Store / heirloomed travel

So the boys ate their barbecue and then we headed across the street to Dickey Farm to enjoy some fresh, homemade ice cream. Being that it as a rainy summer day we didn't partake in any picking ourselves, but we did enjoy some fresh peach and strawberry ice cream. Clearly homemade and freshly picked from only yards away absolutely blows away anything stocking the shelves at the grocery store.

Dickey Farms peach picker / heirloomed travel
dickey farms peach grower / musella ga / heirloomed travel
eating ice cream at the peach farm / heirloomed travel
dickey farms eating homemade ice cream / heirloomed travel
fresh strawberry ice cream / heirloomed travel

Though the point of this trip was the gun store I was so glad to have stumbled up on this gem of a little town. I hope you'll seek it out and visit for yourself #HEIRLOOMEDTRAVEL.



heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com