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MH: My husband had a craving for canned peaches. Specifically, canned yellow peaches from our local orchard, Manoff Farm Market. So, why not, we made a quick trip to the market, a beautiful drive through the countryside, got to say hello to Amy Manoff from a safe distance (lovely), and picked up a few cans of her peaches packed in syrup. When I was telling CH about our safe outing, I joked that I was going to make that classic diner item, cottage cheese served with canned peaches, she laughed, said she’d never seen it on a diner menu, but that it was something her beloved grandmother used it make. 

CH: Chicken salad with little lettuces and a nicely cooked egg for lunch today. I folded together lightly poached chicken, minced scallions, the grated rind and juice of a small lemon, a diced, peeled Honeycrisp apple, and a spoonful of mayo and same of sour cream. Of course S & P seasoned everything. MH’s lunch of cottage cheese and fruit did remind me of my grandmother who served exactly that as a first course for our evening meal. Sometimes pears, sometimes mandarin oranges, but my favorite was a canned peach. I guess both of our lunches are diner-ish, but if so, please send me the directions to that diner. Simple and familiar rules the day.

Eat well, stay healthy—please.

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