Creole Okra and Sausage Jambalaya Gumbo

It was the principals’ jobs to feed the staff this week at Parent/Teacher Conferences.    My goodness, but they are a hungry bunch.    We went through two pans of lasagna, a double-batch of Veronica’s Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole, a BIG salad, two loaves of French Bread, angel food cake, and brownies.   (And, really…we have . . . → Read More: Creole Okra and Sausage Jambalaya Gumbo

The Last of the Okra

Just like drinking the last of the summer wine signals the cooler weather to come, cooking up the last of the okra also marks the end of the season.

It is that time of year to clean out what is left of the summer garden, pull weeds, amend the soil, and start planting the fall . . . → Read More: The Last of the Okra

Food ‘n Flix post: The Help

This month’s Food ‘n Flix feature is “The Help.” Please keep reading for a southern fried okra treat. . . . → Read More: Food ‘n Flix post: The Help

Fresh from the garden brunch

Without too many “normal” breakfast ingredients in the house, I decided to experiment. . . . → Read More: Fresh from the garden brunch

Pickling again

I have been pickling all summer—homegrown cucumbers, carrots, green beans, and even grapes.  (I also made some “cheater pickles;”  see “My Favorite Uncle’s Pickles.”) 

Now it was time for okra.

Finally, I made it to the garden to pick “baby” okra—meaning, I had been picking regularly and I hadn’t overlooked any monster pods!  (It never fails, . . . → Read More: Pickling again

Too much okra?

A great recipe to help stock your freezer with the summer harvest. . . . → Read More: Too much okra?

My love affair with daily print

Spicy Okra with Summer Vegetables Recipe . . . → Read More: My love affair with daily print

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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