~In the south and around the world.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
In the great southern tradition of a cook- out we fired up the grill. These are just some highlights... I'll post recipes as the week goes on.
Fruit Salsa~ with jalapenos...
Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Basil...
All of this was simple and basic foods, really no recipes needed. I got the prep done ahead of time~ so when every one arrived we could just enjoy the company. There is something about standing around the grill with Jimmy Buffett in the background (on the ipod of course).
I hope y'all had a fun day too!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Our goal every month is to come up with a new idea...as time goes by it is getting harder to be original.
Last month there were some really fun ideas. Dhana brought tomatoes and basil into her Fresh Kitchen and made a yummy centerpiece. Sherry at What Did You Eat? show'd what the cow had eaten. Janelle has a second blog Brown Bag Blues and used that alias to post a great centerpiece. I posted with the help of springtime in Alabama.
So just the other day I was sitting outside with a glass of sweet tea after pruning the gardenia bushes. My mind wandered to the centerpiece of the month~ I needed something really good this month. As with most brilliant ideas~ it was right in front of me!
I hope we get a few new posters for the centerpiece of the month~ we've been lagging a little! Janelle's instructions are simple. I wonder what's on your table?
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Josh's tag required that I pick up the book closest to me at the time of the tag, announce the book's title and share the content of the 3rd paragraph on page 128. I am embarrassed to admit that just before I got this tag I had just been thumbing through a magazine. So here goes~
I was looking at the May 28 edition of People Magazine. Full of timely scoop. For instance...did you know that Sheryl Crow has recently adopted a 2 week old boy? She is now cancer free and I say more power to her. Of course there were more awful pictures of Brittany Spears, 'Bless her Heart', and poor Paris. Let me say that I didn't buy this People but since it was sitting there I decided to read it... catch up on the news you know.
So that is how I was caught when I got Josh's tag... According to the tag you have to pick up the book closest to you and turn to page 128.
How appropriate~ A recipe!
Watercress & Watermelon Salad
2 cups diced watermelon
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
3 bunches watercress greens
1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
Honey Orange Vinaigrette
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbs honey
1/2 tsp chopped mint
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup EVOO
Whisk all ingredients except oils in a small bowl. combine evoo and canola while whisking, slowly pour into orange juice. Season with salt & pepper and set aside.
To serve~ In another bowl, combine watermelon, nuts and watercress. Add just enough dressing to coat. Serve topped with cheese.
This was more than just the 3rd paragraph... but a half of a recipe just would have made us all nuts. I've never tried this recipe, but it looks good. When I do make it I will use pecans.
So, now I get to tag 3 others. First, let me tag Barb at A Chelsea Morning - she has recently been through a lot... I'm wondering if she even has time to pick up a book. This may be her chance. Next, let's tag Louise at Beachy's Cape Cod Cupboard who owns a great little shop- and carries WhistleStop products- maybe she's reading a cookbook? Finally, I hope that Shelley who is At Home In Rome will play tag, I'd love to know what she is reading with a glass of wine in Trastevere.
So, what are y'all reading?
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Yellow meals included Sole with a Corriander and Carrot Puree, Fresh Lemon Pasta with Mint, Stuffed Yellow Peppers, Asparagus Custard, Asparagus with Blender Hollandaise. An all time southern favorite Macaroni and Cheese. Who wouldn't love a Margarita Style Polenta Pizza, or Swordfish with Mango Salsa.
If all that makes you thirsty have a Sunshine Smoothie.
The one that I'm most excited about is Dandelion Syrup! I'm still not sure what to do with it...but it caught my attention.
The purpose of the Taste of Yellow event was to bring awareness to LifeStrong Day. Most of these posts have a personal story of cancer; the fight and the hope. Take a minute to click a few and visit their blogs. A great southern kudos to Barbara and all of her work!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
My hummingbirds are here! They are more skittish than the ones you see here. They will let me sit on the back porch and watch~ I just have to get up earlier.
I read somewhere that we shouldn't use red food coloring in our hummingbird food... We always have added a few drops to our 4:1 water & sugar solution. Which, by the way, is almost the same ratio that some people use for sweet tea around here!
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
A Piece of Cake
This cookbook is a tribute to the wonderful women who have been the ingredients in my life.
My grandmothers, who would be each the butter and the spice.
My own mother, a peach, strong and sweet, who perished much to soon.
My mother-in-law, who having spent her life in the WhistleStop Cafe, is self rising flour.
My sister, who has been both the whisk that keeps me going, and the stable source of my flame.
My delightful daughter (my son too) and my nieces, all the sprinkle, nuts, and topping that have kept my life interesting.
My sisters-in-law who have shared their recipes for life.
My dozens of friends, who have kept my strong shell from cracking.
All in all, life has not been a piece of cake... but still, soo sweet.
For that I am always grateful.
Have a Happy Mother's Day y'all!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
I have been thrilled to be her 'Southern Mom' for 4 years now.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Salmon is our favorite fish. It can be one of the easiest things to prepare for a quick dinner, but also can be fancy enough for company. We enjoy it all the time.
You will find that I have a lot of salmon recipes... I am always trying something new. This is a great citrus-y dish that is light enough for a warm summer evening.
Orange Glazed Salmon
4 salmon steaks
1/2 cup marinade
1/2 cup orange juice
2 Tbs EVOO
1 tsp red pepper flakes
salt & pepper to taste
1 onion, sliced
1 orange, sliced
Place salmon in a combination of marinade and orange juice for 20 minutes. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Sprinkle fillets with red pepper flakes, place in the hot pan and sear both sides. Remove from heat. Pour the marinade into the skillet, bring to a boil and cook to reduce to a thickened liquid. Add onions and orange slices and cook in the simmering liquid until onions are tender. Return the fillets to the liquid and cook another 5-10 minutes until the fish is flaky. Serve with rice, using the orange marinade as a sweet glaze.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
So, I can see that in the south we celebrate Cinco de Mayo as the day that those yankees took their guns and left. Ok... that might be a stretch, but~ Anything for a party!
Cinco de Mayo is a time to hang out at your local favorite Mexican restaurant, enjoy some chips & salsa, a frozen margarita, and maybe even dance a little salsa. Bill & I will be with our friends at Margarita Grill right off of I-65... come find us on the patio.
This is my favorite quick and easy recipe for guacamole, from our Starting Fresh cookbook. Serve it with some fresh tortilla chips that have been warmed in the oven, and you might just be able to pretend you are with friends at Margarita Grill.
1 large avocado
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1/4 cup diced onion
Drain Rotel tomatoes. Mash ripe avocado with tomatoes, add the juice of 1/2 lime (the other half is for your beverage). Store covered in the fridge, with the seed in the center until ready to be served.
Does anyone recognize where this Cinco de Mayo hot spot is???