Georgia Peach Magic Cobbler and Climate Change

I’m not really sure what to say…or do…or think. I had all good intentions of posting a light and airy conversation and some pretty pictures and a happy, happy southern summer recipe featuring this lovely bag of Pearson Farms Georgia Peaches from The Peach Truck stand at the downtown Nashville Farmer’s Market.

I was not going to talk about anything political. Two things in one day changed my mind. The first thing was an article I was reading early this morning in The New York Times from Wednesday’s edition about peaches. This article mentioned Pearson Farms in particular,  but in general the condition of orchards all across the country and about how the climate this past year has really affected the summer peach crops.

The second thing to interrupt my good intentions was Trump’s decision this afternoon to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Anger, incredulity and sadness like a wave swept over my good intentions.

My grandmother might have said something about the pathway to hell being paved with good intentions. Enough said. So I shall continue with my post taking all of today’s information and upsets into consideration…

Buy some peaches when you see them…make a cobbler, or ice cream, maybe a peach tart, or eat in hand letting the juice run down your arm…don’t wait….the times are a’changin. Today’s peaches might be a thing of future stories and memories to savor.

Bag ripened peaches….peeled and sliced….

….butter and batter on the bottom of my Lodge Cast Iron double handled skillet…topped with sliced peaches and brown sugar.

Baked until hot and caramelized on top….

….with a scoop of vanilla. A bite of goodness in this uncertain world.

Drop and email, post card or letter to your elected officials letting them know you support the Paris Climate Accord and your local fruit growers who are affected every day by our changing weather.

Georgia Peach Magic Cobbler

  • Difficulty: very easy
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  • 4 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup self-rising cornmeal
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar + extra for top of cobbler
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a 2 quart cast iron skillet or other baking or casserole dish.
  3. Whisk together the self-rising flour and cornmeal, buttermilk, 1/2 cup brown sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Pour batter into the bottom of the skillet over butter. Do not stir.
  4. Scatter sliced peaches over the top of the batter. Do not stir.
  5. Sprinkle additional brown sugar over the top of the peaches.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes until batter is golden brown and peaches are a bit caramelized.
  7. Serve scooped into bowls with vanilla ice cream.


10 thoughts on “Georgia Peach Magic Cobbler and Climate Change

  1. This is the saddest peach cobbler Teresa. I am however heartened by the leadership on climate change from many governors who are going to move independently from the government in CA, MA, WA and more. Such a contrast with the Canadian prime minister who plans to have Canada coal-free by 2020. Out of all G7 nations, Canada led in economic growth in the latest survey. Being environmentally responsible is not detrimental to economic stability. This president is taking us backwards every day but the world is moving forward and will leave the US behind. Others leaders will be stewards of the planet’s future. Have you read Barkskins by Annie Proulx by the way?

    Johanne Lamarche


    1. All you say is very true Johanne and yes I love Annie Proulx and “Barkskins” is one of her best. Thanks for reminding me of the good things. I pretty much adore Jerry Brown and his independence from the Trump absolutes and hope many, many more follow suit. I am a “cup half full” kind of person but also need to make sure that never means keeping “the blinders” on.
      Thank you Johanne, thank you for reminding me of the half full glass.

  2. It was incredibly disheartening to see Trump make such a monumental error of pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. I wasn’t shocked though – it seems like his only objective is to undo everything that Obama accomplished simply to make himself feel superior. Watching clips of his recent visit here in Europe was so embarrassing. Just everything about him is vulgar. At least there are still folks working to make the world a more habitable place for all of us. BTW, tasty looking peach cobbler – can’t wait for summer fruits!!

  3. Everything is so early this year. And everything related to the president* is just horrible. If there are generations hence they will undoubtedly be amazed at what insanity came over the world in this period. But that’s a lovely cobbler.

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