A few years back when my three boys were little and we lived down in Anderson County on an acre of beautiful, chicken-poop fortified black dirt, I grew tomatoes. Not just a few tomatoes. My husband put in 40 or more tomato plants, along with corn, various varieties of peppers, purple hull peas, and butterbeans.… Continue reading Save a little summer sun in your freezer: Freezing fresh tomatoes
There is something simple and nostalgic about Mason jars. I love their simple, shiny clean look, and how they hold the promise of something delicious held over from the garden’s harvest. John Mason invented and patented the first glass jar with a screw-on cap in 1858, and though he didn’t make much money from his… Continue reading Mason Jar love: Simple layered salads & other fun ideas
In the summertime, when we are all blessedly swimming in fresh tomatoes, whether homegrown or from the farmers market, we eat our fair share of tomato sandwiches, salads, and the like. But what else can you do with fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes? This year, we have something new to do with those gorgeous, juicy orbs. It’s my… Continue reading Simple pasta alla checca
I revisited my mom’s Cajun-style red beans and rice recipe last weekend; we had a little cool snap and I thought it would be tasty to pull that together to enjoy with the boys on a cool night. I still have my mom’s handwritten recipe for this recipe. I am not sure whether she copied… Continue reading Mama Steph’s lightened-up spicy red beans and rice
We have so much to be thankful for. We do live in a crazy world, I’ll give you that. I work in a TV news station, so believe me, I hear the craziness on the police scanners and on the other end of the telephone, and I see it in my inbox and via satellite… Continue reading Can balsamic vinegar say I love you on a day like today?
A simple recipe for a drink I call a Purple Cow has always made my boys very happy. It makes me happy, too, because the PC packs a healthy dose of fruit, and is loaded with potassium, vitamin C, calcium, and fiber for their growing bodies. I’ve made these for years…it’s a healthy drink (unlike… Continue reading Have you ever drunk a Purple Cow?
“The trouble with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you’re hungry again.” ~George Miller, British writer Admittedly, Italian food can be … filling. Rich. Luscious. Delicious. I love it. Sofia Loren loves it. She said, “Everything you see, I owe to pasta.” I love that she is happy with her curves… Continue reading Italian turkey-eggplant stacks