Thursday, June 19, 2008

HELLO GORGEOUS!!!!

I have had my eye on this one particular tomato in our garden for the past couple of a weeks. It will grace our table this weekend with all it's summer goodness and glory...not too mention breaded and fried!! The real Southern way to fresh produce....fry it if you can.
This recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes is the classic version. Many cooks have tweaked theirs the way their families like it, but this is the way it's done at "The Schmidt House." (Yes, I know how that sounds!)
Here's the recipe and I hope you have some bacon drippings....they do come in handy sometimes. If not, canola, vegetable or olive oil will definitely work. There's just some dishes that are not classic southern without that pork fat addition. This is one of those, but feel free to "healthy it up" if you want to. For an uptown Sunday version, sometimes I will add a little buttermilk and flour to this recipe and use panko along with the cornmeal for a different texture.I'm not big on the egg dipping thing, tho. Makes it to cake-y for me. This one is my favorite.

CLASSIC FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

4 to 6 green tomatoes
Salt and pepper
cornmeal
flour (not as much as the cornmeal)
bacon grease (or Vegetable oil)

Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Salt and pepper them to taste. Dip in the cornmeal and flour mixture, should be 2 cornmeals to one flour ratio. Fry in hot (not smoking hot) grease or oil about 3 minutes or until golden on the bottom. Gently turn over and fry the other side. Serve as a side dish and they are delicious with breakfast. Sometimes I'll make a big platter of them and serve instead of meat. They're that meaty and that good.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

YES THOSE ARE FROM MY GARDEN!!!

Check out a few pictures (to the right) of some of our gorgeous flowers this year. The yellow rose was a new investment and I am so pleased. The Spectacular Canterbury Bells were a great surprise from seeds that I planted last year from a mixed variety wildflower package....from the Dollar Store! This plant is a biennial, so we were pleasantly surprised when it bloomed. Regretfully, it won't be back next year, but I've already ordered seeds to plant now so we'll have 3 more in different colors. This particular plant blooms twice in immediate succession. The blooms are so particular and perfect, they look fake. What a beauty!! The Chorus Line Lilly is a re- bloomer from last year. Of course, I can hardly wait till my Casablanca Lilly blooms. It is my favorite. I'll share a picture when it graces our garden. Our strawberries are little, but they are better than any I've had from the grocery these past few years. I've got my eye on one big green tomato that has my name on it. The first tomato of the season ends up in a dusting of flour and cornmeal and into the oil. Fried Green Tomatoes!! Surely one of the signs of summer.
The okra is growing, along with the zucchini, eggplant, crook neck squash, bell peppers, cubanelle peppers and romas. With our wet spring, we have a much better beginning that last year. I love summer!!!

I'm coming back in a day or two with a zucchini dish and my Fried Green Tomato recipe.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

"T" FOR TEXAS AND A "T" FOR TENNESSEE

In an earlier post, I had talked about looking for a good recipe for a Black-Eyed Pea Salad. I came across a lot that were different in their own unique way and so with a little tweaking on a "Texas Caviar" recipe, this Tennesse girl came up with a version that makes any southerner stand up and take notice. This recipe is SO good. Rumor has it that the Black -Eyed Pea Salad did originate in the East Texas town of Athens. Athens is now known as the "Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World." They still throw a Black-eyed Pea Jamboree each year. Midsummer is peak harvest season for the "Athens Cowpeas", so it's appropriate that this salad be a part of our Independence Day celebration this year. The following recipe makes about 8-10 servings and can be refrigerated up to a week. Feel free to put your own spin on it. Acouple of days after we first tried it, I mixed it with some fresh Pico de Gallo to switch it up a little bit and it was great. Throw in some diced avacados, cilantro, and some sour cream on the side for a great garnish for any Mexican/TexMex dish. Enjoy!!

TEXAS CAVIAR-TENNESSEE STYLE

4 Cups black eyed peas,(I used canned, drained and rinsed, but cook your own if you want)
1 Cup celery
4 Oz chopped Green Chiles
1/4 Cup red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 Cup purple onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 Cups Italian Dressing, enough to cover peas
Garnish with cilantro and green onions, whites and tops
Looks great on a bed of Red cabbage leaves

In a large glass bowl combine all ingredients except garnish, stirring well. You may need to add more dressing to cover peas.
Marinate, covered for 24 hours, preferably, but at least for 4 hours. Drain any excess dressing and spoon onto shallow serving bowl lined with the red cabbage leaves. Sprinkle cilantro and green onions on top.
TIP: Mix with home made Pico De Gallo or a small can of Rotel for another variation.

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