Skillet Peach Cobbler

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Every year I get so sad when the summer comes to an end, but I also get a little bit excited because that means that peaches are in peak season.

I recently picked up a bunch of peaches at the Elmwood Bidwell Farmer’s Market (best Farmer’s Market in the area in my opinion) and wanted to make a flavorful skillet cobbler.  Surprisingly, it was pretty difficult to find a recipe online.

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I finally came across a recipe for Bourbon Peach Cobbler from my boo Tyler Florence.  I decided to adapt it a little bit as I didn’t have any bourbon and didn’t plan on buying any since it would go to waste since I don’t drink.  I also doubled the amount of fruit and the topping because, hello, why not?  The result was a beautiful, bright and flavorful peach cobbler that I would absolutely make time and time again.

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Skillet Peach Cobbler (adapted from THIS recipe)

13 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups sugar, plus more for sprinkling
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, plus more for brushing

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the peaches, 1/2 cup sugar, the cornstarch and cinnamon in a large bowl and toss to coat.
Sift the flour, the remaining 1 cup sugar, the baking powder and salt into a bowl. Cut 3 sticks of the butter into small pieces; add to the flour mixture and cut it in with a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Pour in the cream and mix just until the dough comes together. Don’t overwork; the dough should be slightly sticky but manageable.
Melt the remaining 1/2 stick butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Add the peach mixture and cook gently until heated through, about 5 minutes. Leave the mixture in the skillet and drop the dough by tablespoonfuls over the warm peaches.  Brush the top with some heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar and a little extra cinnamon.
Bake in the oven on a baking sheet (to catch any drips) until the cobbler is browned and the fruit is bubbling, 40 to 45 minutes.

The Buffalo Black Book Event

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A few weeks ago I had written a post about Buffalo Black Book and their official launch party at Hydraulic Hearth.  I was able to attend with a few of my fellow Buffalo bloggers, and we had so much fun!

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Unfortunately, the weather was completely horrific (awesome rainstorms), but luckily enough the event was held indoors at one of my favorite restaurants, Hydraulic Hearth.  If you haven’t been there yet, you need to ASAP.  Their pizzas are incredible.  They also make amazing mocktails  :)

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The two other ladies that attended the event with me were Ashley of Morning Glory and NK of NKM Styling.  Make sure to check out their blogs!

Here’s what I wore- a beautiful dress from L’Atiste with the most comfortable heels from Naturalizer…I’m so shocked how these brands known for their comfort are coming out with surprisingly adorable shoes.

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I was so happy that we got to meet Buffalo Black Book’s creator, Elizabeth.  She was so sweet and gracious and full of energy.  She’s created such an incredible magazine and I was so happy to be there to celebrate the launch of something so ground breaking.

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If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, I highly recommend that you do so.  You can still order it from their website HERE, or you can also find them in a few different boutiques across Buffalo.

Congratulations again, Elizabeth, on this amazing project.  I absolutely love the magazine and can’t wait until the next issue!

Step Out Buffalo’s Insta Exhibition

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If you live in Buffalo, there’s a huge chance that you are familiar with Step Out Buffalo.  They are the go-to source for everything that’s happening in this wonderful city of ours.  For a while now, they have encouraged the people of Buffalo to use the hashtag #hashtagstepoutbuffalo on their Instagram photos of the city, and they feature a few of their favorites on their website each week.

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In a stroke of genius, Step Out Buffalo decided to hold an Insta Exhibition- out of the thousands of photos tagged with their special hashtag, they chose 500 to print out and showcase in an art exhibition.  So cool, right?

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The exhibition was held at High Temp Fabrication in the Cobblestone District of the city.  It’s a pretty awesome venue in the fact that it’s a gigantic building that’s an actual fabrication business, but they also have an event space that they rent out on the third floor.  I’ve been to another art show here in the past, and it’s pretty awesome being in such an industrial setting surrounded by beautiful artwork and photos.

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To my surprise, three of my photos were featured!  Three out of 500 may not sound like a lot, but I wasn’t expecting to have any, so I was thrilled!!  Of course I had to take photos of my photos like a complete nerd.

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My friend Ashley, aka Morning Glory Blog, was also there, and we were so happy to see that two of our photos were placed next to each other!  So, like I said before, nerd alert…

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Thanks so much for putting on an awesome event, Step Out Buffalo! And an even bigger thanks for featuring three of my photos…I feel like a rockstar!

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Happy Birthday Shark Girl!

Who is Shark Girl, you ask?

Well, if you would reference back to my blog anniversary post from last year, THIS is Shark Girl.

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Shark Girl is a public art piece created by the extremely talented Casey Riordan Millard. She’s exactly like her name describes….a girl who is also a shark.  She’s made out of fiberglass and she’s amazing.  If you haven’t had the privileged to sit next to her, she’s located at Canalside.

Buffalo has an extreme love affair with Shark Girl.  So much so, that the Albright-Knox Art Gallery threw her a 2nd birthday party a few weeks ago, and I was so happy that I could be there!

I loved all of the little personal touches that the Art Gallery added to make the party special.  There were Shark Girl inspired cupcakes…

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Shark Girl temporary tattoos…

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And they even projected a video of sharks swimming onto the wall outside. So cute.

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Most importantly, we had the chance to meet the artist herself. Casey was so incredibly sweet and surprisingly wasn’t scared away when three girls came up to her and freaked out about how much we loved her creation. Seriously though, Casey, if you made a shark girl t-shirt, I would be ALL over it.

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We had so much fun and the Albright-Knox put on a fantastic birthday party! Even though Shark Girl herself couldn’t attend, we had fun celebrating on her behalf.

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Buffalo Black Book Official Launch

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Allow me to introduce you to Buffalo Black Book.  It is Buffalo’s Premier quarterly print magazine that highlights and explores Buffalo culture, sub-culture, love and people through candid conversation and busting of stigma.  It is edgy, raw, pure and evokes a message of hope, empathy and courage.

The mastermind behind this project is Elizabeth Siematkowski.  She write on the site, “I feel creating empathy in a culture comes from dialogue no matter how difficult the topic.  And I believe  BBB is a beautiful way to invite that dialogue.”

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They are having their official launch event this Saturday at Hydraulic Hearth and I’m so excited to attend.  It’s incredible to see the art that is coming out of this wonderful city, and I can’t wait to finally meet the team behind this project.

Also, hello, the BuffaLoveBus will be there.   Yes. that’s a VW bus turned into a photo booth.  Genius or what?!?

You can order your own copy on their website and you can read more about Elizabeth and the Buffalo Black Book on Buffalo Rising.