I haven't posted in long time, so long I actually forgot how to login. I've been pretty heads down with work over the last few months, we finally re-launched SAVEUR.com, YAY! It looks awesome and functions so much better than ever before. Now that the weather is warmer, well, hot to be honest, I've moved into that lazy cooking phase. A cheese plate, savory popcorn, and pizza are perfect, if it's good and demands the least amount of effort, sign me up! I did make this ridiculous peach pie a few weeks ago for Memorial Day. The pie was a recipe from Smitten Kitchen and it turned out absolutely perfect.
The only change I'd make (because I will definitely make this again before summer is over), would be to use an egg wash over the top rather than the milk wash recommended. I'm partial to a real glossy top and you don't get that with milk. It was fabulous nonetheless and you should make one too. Saveur has a great video on how to peel peaches and if you've never peeled a peach before you should probably watch it, it can be intimidating but it's super simple. There's also something really satisfying about slipping off that skin. Sounds creepy but it's true.
I also put this little Spanish paprika potato number together. Nothing grosses me out more than an overly-mayo'd potato salad but a potato salad was requested and I offered to prepare one. So I baked up about 8 slices of bacon (I brushed them all with lots of maple syrup and cracked black pepper first). While the bacon cooled, I sautéed lots of thinly sliced shallot and onion in butter and sherry till wilted. Cut and boiled (careful NOT to over boil) about 9 Yukon Golds. With everything cooled, I carefully mixed while adding a heavy dose of smoky, Spanish paprika, olive oil, a bit of cayenne, S&P, a couple tablespoons of whole grain mustard and a light scoop Duke's. Topped it with fresh chives. This has been about the extent of cooking I've done in a few months. Even my cocktail making gets lazy in summer, I've illustrated here my current favorite thing to make/drink. With just 3 ingredients, it takes nothing—I don't even have to shake anything!—and that's just what I plan to do for the next 2 months.