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Chef Kevin Kilburn: Cooking Demonstration at Spring Park Farmers Market

July 27, 2011

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Last Thursday evening, I decided to play wait-and-see on a big thunderstorm and my patience paid off. I got to enjoy a cooking demonstration by Kevin Kilburn, a professional chef who is now based in Florence, Alabama. Kevin made corn cakes, black bean salsa and grilled chicken tacos and received rave reviews from the few brave souls who ventured out into the heat and humidity to enjoy the Spring Park Farmers Market in Tuscumbia.

Spring Park Farmers Market Update

July 26, 2011

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The five farmers present at the July 21 edition of the Spring Park Farmers Market offered up a beautiful array of fresh produce, flowers and herbs. Peaches, corn and peas seemed to be at the height of production. But there was plenty more to choose from. Okra is just starting to come in so look for that—if you're early enough.

Averiett Branch Farm: A Heritage Farm

July 26, 2011

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One of the nicest things about hanging out at farmers markets is that you get to talk to the men and women who grow and raise your food. Over the past two months I’ve had several short (he’s always busy), but pleasant chats with John H. Wesson, current purveyor of Averiett Branch Farm in Sylacauga, […]

Mae Frances Nelson & Daily Bread Barbecue

July 25, 2011

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When I was a teen, my grandmother introduced me to Mae Frances Nelson, a beautiful person and wonderful cook. Mrs. Nelson is known all around the South for her homemade caramel cakes and other delicious Southern foods she serves at Daily Bread Barbecue in Russellville, Alabama.

Peaches from Witt Farms

July 23, 2011

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I bought the most delicious peaches from Mr. and Mrs. Hays who were representing Witt Farms at the East Lake Farmers Market last Saturday, July 16. These peaches have been scrumptious. I’ve eaten them as a snack, as dessert and mixed them into my smoothies this past week. I’m not sure where else you can […]

Baked Goods by Juanita Jones, East Lake United Methodist Church

July 22, 2011

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You can find Juanita Jones manning the baked goods tent every Saturday morning during the East Lake Farmers Market season. Mrs. Jones bakes up a variety of popular and delicious breads, cakes, cookies, pies, pastries and desserts. I can personally vouch for the baked peach pies. Those remind me of my late grandmother Martin who […]

Winfrey Farms at East Lake Farmers Market

July 21, 2011

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Winfrey Farms, located in Boaz, Alabama, sells a variety of wonderful produce at the East Lake Farmers Market in Birmingham. So far this season, I've bought cabbage, onions, yellow pattypan squash, new potatoes and green beans from Winfrey Farms. That's what I can think of. Every bit of it has been superb.

Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

July 20, 2011

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I visited my parents in late June for the Helen Keller Festival. Mom decided to make Eggplant Parmesan. She used a traditional recipe, with a few modifications—and it was quite tasty. I returned home with an eggplant and decided to create my own version, with an even healthier twist. It's more of a baked eggplant with tomatoes, herbs and Parmesan cheese.

Whited Farms at East Lake Farmers Market

July 19, 2011

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I spoke with Jennifer Smelson of Whited Farms at the East Lake Farmers Market last Saturday. Jennifer’s family owns Whited Farms. So far this season I’ve bought strawberries and green beans from Whited Farms and have been quite pleased. I look forward to trying more of the wide assortment of vegetables and fruit grown on […]

I Don’t Eat Fast Food

July 18, 2011

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I don't eat fast food. To be more accurate, I should say I no longer eat food that comes from fast food restaurants.