~In the south and around the world.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
I think I will resist picking these big boys, and rush off to Wayne's Market to buy some juicy vine ripe tomatoes. I'm making a big batch of Gazpacho!
3 cups spicy tomato juice
1 small onion, diced
1 small green pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cucumber, peeled & diced
2 red tomatoes, diced
1 Tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
3 Tbs Italian salad dressing
Chop and dice all the vegetables, this can be done in a food processor. Combine in a large bowl. Add tomato juice (may substitute 1/2 spicy &1/2 plain) and salad dressing. Cover and chill. Serve cold with a dollop of sour cream.
This recipe is straight out of our Starting Fresh Cookbook. It is perfect for a hot summery day!
Y'all stay cool,
Friday, June 29, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Today we are officially in the 5th season in the south~ Muggy. This is according to Harriett who lives South of the Gnat Line. It is to hot to wiggle and to dry to swim... the up-side down tomatoes are wilting. The kudzu is even looking hot and tired.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
While I was recently in London, I saw something on the shelf that looked like something I had never seen at the Piggley Wiggley. Marmite ...is it a jelly? a sauce? a spice? I'm still not real sure.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I am hoping that this month we can find a few new ideas. It is always fun to see what is inspiring folks.
My inspiration this month was the summery sunflowers, mixed with the ocean blue of iris. It was perfect for my bright sunroom. I spend a lot of time in this room on the laptop (wonder why?) It has a wall full of windows~ and air conditioning with a ceiling fan. The only way to spend a hot Alabama summer afternoon! My Slow Travel friends Palma & Brad are off to search for sunflowers in Tuscany. Sounds like an excuse to me... you can get them at Costo!
For those of you have been wondering, the upside down tomatoes are still alive. I haven't actually gotten any big tomatoes yet ~ just a handful of cherry maters. I will say~ they do need a lot of water everyday. I guess a buckets won't hold as much moisture as god's good earth!
So... what is in the center of your table?
Y'all send them to Janelle!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
The good news is that you can make sweet tea... even if you are living in Boston. We use Red Diamond tea, because it is made right here in Birmingham. You can use any tea~ I think the secret of sweet tea is in the sugar!
Muddle basil and lemon in a tall glass, add ice and fill with sweet tea. This is a fresh citrusy tea that is so refreshing.
Friday, June 08, 2007
I was lead to Jolene's blog Give a Family Tree a Shake and...A few Nuts fall out. She is a proud mother of a young soldier in Afghanistan. She had the idea to send her son Chad a rubber ducky to remind him of the Duck Duck Goose game. You know~ don't be the goose running around, duck down! I am wondering how many ducks we could get to his company to remind them all that being a duck is not such a bad plan, and how much we support our troops. Andi is doing the very same thing!
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The whole idea quacks me up!Are y'all game?
Sunday, June 03, 2007
This makes us proud! I wish I had found it before Memorial Day.
So here's a late tribute.
A tribute, along with a recipe for
Orange Cheesecake with a Raspberry Topping
1 cup gingersnaps
3 Tbs sugar
3 Tbs butter
Crush the cookies. Mix with sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a springform pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray. Bake at 325 for 10 minutes.
3 pkg cream cheese
1 cup sugar
2 Tbs orange concentrate
1 Tbs orange zest
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg white
Combine softened cream cheese with all ingredients except the eggs. Blend until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, mixing just until blended. Pour onto crust, tapping to remove all air bubbles. Bake at 300 for 55-60 minutes. Allow to cool slowly, then refrigerate.
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbs cornstarch
1/2 bag frozen raspberries
3 Tbs orange juice
In a small sauce pan, melt down raspberries with juice, add sugar and bring to a boil. Add cornstarch and simmer until sauce thickens. When thickened, add egg yolk by including slowly with small amounts of hot liquid to avoid scrambling the egg. Topping can be spooned over individual cheese cake slices or topped on the entire cake and refrigerated.
I guess we could say that was a cheesy tribute~
Saturday, June 02, 2007
1 large bottle red wine
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
slices of orange, lemon, lime, apples
Mix all ingredients together the night before. Add sugar more, or more, to taste. I freeze the slices of orange, lemon, and lime to put in the pitcher as ice cubes.
Bill didn't quite agree with the style issue~ and I will admit it did get a little exciting when the spout came loose. A little epoxy and I'll make sure that doesn't happen again.
Several months ago I was tagged for a MeMe to list 6 weird things. I painfully made my list. Momma bear, who is actually an Alabama Bear In Exile has tagged me again with the weird list. Now the list has gone from 6 to 8! (that just proves that there is exaggeration in this blogsphere)
Needless to say I don't have anymore weird things that I want to be public knowledge. So I turned to the 'co-blogger' on this WhistleStop Cooking blog. Now~ I am still waiting for his list of new years promises to post...So I had to threaten with a list of my own.
Here is Bill's list of 8 weird things~
*He rinses his ice before using it.
*He is born and raised in the south, but doesn't like pecans.
*He can add a column of numbers faster than anyone I know...this may come from practice adding high numbers in dominoes.
*He pays bills months ahead~ letting Alabama Power hold the money~ because he hates writing checks.
*At the cafe, he loved when the lunch rush was over. He would get a scoop of everything and wash it down with sweet tea.
*He dunks cheese toast in his coffee.
*He organizes his entire life on yellow legal pads and still has lists from years back.
*He was an engineer on Norfolk-Southern for years before he came back home to work at the cafe and start Whistlestop Products.
*...Oh, that is already 8?
Now we are s'posed to pass this on to 8 more. Honestly, I can't find 8 friends who haven't done it! So if you stop in and have 8 weird things that you want the world to know~ consider yourself tagged!