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10 Ways You Know You’re an Atlantan:

1. You will do anything to avoid 75/85 at rush hour. Anything.
2. Your knowledge of Georgia geography stops dead at the loop, with a built in exception for Athens.
3. You can pronounce DeKalb properly (De-cab. Like a taxi.).
4. You know that Peachtree and West Peachtree are, in fact, two separate streets and not just different ends of the same street.
5. You’ve been to the Clermont Lounge. More than once.
6. When giving directions, you use Waffle House as a reference point.
7. You’ve had school and work cancelled because the weather report says it might snow.
8. You understand that speed limits inside the loop are “more like guidelines.”
9. By the third week in February, you’re wondering why it’s still cold* outside. Shouldn’t it be spring yet? *Cold = in the fifties (F).
10. You get overly excited when the specialty milkshake at Chick-Fil-A changes.

Speaking of Chick-Fil-A, it’s pretty much impossible to go anywhere in Atlanta without seeing one of their billboards or signs. The company is based in Atlanta and seems to have a marketing strategy that consists of absolutely flooding the city with advertisements. Seriously, I’ve seen enough of those cows by now to last a lifetime. (If you’ve never seen a Chick-Fil-A billboard, do an internet search for “chick fil a billboards” and go to images.) However, sometimes I do get some useful information from those ads, such as what the specialty milkshake currently is. I don’t often indulge in milkshakes, but there are certain ones I particularly like. For instance, the banana pudding milkshake is universally loved.

So one day, earlier in the summer, I was making the trek home from my dad’s house and noticed that the Madison Chick-Fil-A was advertising their classic summer shake: the peach milkshake. Being the peach nut that I am, I had to give it a try. I pulled my car into the drive-through, ordered my milkshake and obediently waited in anticipation for my shake to be ready. The nice folks at the drive-through window handed me my peach milkshake and I took it in: the shake was a vibrant peach color (I nixed the optional whipped topping) and look like the perfect consistency. I stuck a straw down into the shake and took a big – what would one call eating a shake through a straw? a big “suck?” a big “gulp?” Yep, I’m going with gulp – I took a big gulp. And…and…was disappointed. The shake was was okay. Not great. Certainly not up to banana pudding standards.

I took a second taste, just to make sure something hadn’t been off with the first. Nope, the shake was still only okay. So I set the shake down and didn’t touch the rest. I tried setting aside the whole debacle, but it’s been haunting me all summer. The dream of a delectable peach milkshake had been floated before me and then snatched away. Heartbreaking, really.

We’re at the end of peach season now and I’ve been working my way through my last basket of farmstand peaches. While debating what to do with some of those last soldiers, the milkshake came back to me and I decided to right this wrong. I was going to make that awesome peach milkshake dream happen. For reals. A quick run to the grocery store for ice cream and crème fraîche and I was ready. Peach milkshake: game on.

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1 C Heavy Whipping Cream
1 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
3 Peaches
2 Tbsp Crème Fraîche
12 oz Vanilla Ice Cream, good quality
Milk, as needed

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I start out by making the whipped cream because I would be all sad to have my milkshake get melty while making the topping, ergo, topping gets made first. Combine the cream, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and whip the cream until it forms hard peaks. Set the bowl in the refrigerator until it is time to use the whipped cream.

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Peel, pit and quarter the peaches and throw the slices in a blender, reserving a piece or two for garnish. Add the crème fraîche and blend until smooth.

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Add the ice cream and blend again until the ice cream and peaches have fully integrated. If the shake is a little thick for your taste, thin it out with a little milk.

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Pour the shake into the glasses and add the whipped cream on top. Dollops of whipped cream are fine, but if you want to get fancy you can pipe the whipped cream over the milkshake using a pastry bag or a ziptop baggie with the corner cut out.

Garnish the shake with a slice of peach and, if you have it, a chunk of cookie. Why a cookie? Because it’s tasty.

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Peach Milkshake
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 C Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1½ Tbsp Sugar
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 3 Peaches
  • 2 Tbsp Crème Fraîche
  • 12 oz Vanilla Ice Cream, good quality
  • Milk, as needed
Instructions
  1. Start out by making the whipped cream: combine the cream, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and whip the cream until it forms hard peaks. Set the bowl in the refrigerator until it is time to use the whipped cream.
  2. Peel, pit and quarter the peaches and throw the slices in a blender, reserving a piece or two for garnish. Add the crème fraîche and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the ice cream and blend again until the ice cream and peaches have fully integrated. If the shake is a little thick for your taste, thin it out with a little milk.
  4. Pour the shake into the glasses and add the whipped cream on top. Dollops of whipped cream are fine, but if you want to get fancy you can pipe the whipped cream over the milkshake using a pastry bag or a ziptop baggie with the corner cut out.
  5. Garnish the shake with a slice of peach and, if you have it, a chunk of cookie.
 

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