To me, summer just isn’t summer without peach dumplings.
Growing up, the end of July was an especially good time. For most of my childhood, we spent the last week of July at Ocean City with my Dad’s family. The end of July also meant that my parents’ peach trees were full of ripe, yellow peaches. A bucketful always made its way to the beach.
Each morning at the beach started with a visit from my grandfather. He would make his rounds, stopping at each of our nearby beach rentals to chat and nibble on a different sweet treat. The rest of my day was usually spent with my cousins – beach during the day, boardwalk at night.
The entire family – my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins – had a tradition of getting everyone together at least two evenings during that week. One for a crab feast, and another for peach dumplings made by my grandmother. I’m not surprised that both get-togethers evolved around food. My family knows and loves good food.
Those weeks at the beach will always hold a special place in my heart.
One of my greatest wishes is for my children to know such sweet moments with their immediate and extended family, and for these moments to also grow into treasured memories that they hold dear for the rest of their lives.
Some changes have taken place over the years. Our trips to the beach look a bit different these days and my parents’ trees no longer yield peaches, but the peach dumpling tradition has continued.
My Dad makes peach dumplings for us at least once every summer. The recipe is the same one that my grandmother made at the beach. The same recipe for Czech peach dumplings her mother made for her family.
These last few years, I’ve assisted my Dad in an attempt to learn how to make them. This year, my Dad had two new assistants, much to my heart’s delight. The camera came out quickly, and I can hardly wait to put these images in the album along with our family recipe.
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