July 30, 2011
Pesto is a delicious, healthy way to use lots of basil at once. About every two weeks I pluck a large quantity of the leaves and new growth and make a batch in my mini food processor. I typically enjoy pesto on sliced baguette—I don't usually bother to toast or grill the bread for crostini but that's even better.
July 27, 2011
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.
July 20, 2011
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.
July 16, 2011
I've been in the mood for fried green tomatoes all summer. Finally got around to making them last night for dinner. Here's my take on this southern classic. Serve them up as an appetizer or side dish. Or make them the centerpiece of your meal, like I did last night.
July 12, 2011
I love salmon. Wild Alaskan Salmon, that is. Fresh, frozen or canned—I can take it any of those ways. And regularly do. In case you aren’t aware, salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Those are good. If you want a healthy cardiovascular system and a healthy brain, you want to eat lots […]
July 8, 2011
One of my favorite ways to use fresh produce like squash (yellow and zucchini), bell peppers, onions and broccoli is to make a pasta salad. The only thing that I need to cook is the pasta, so it’s easy and perfect for a hot summer day. You can serve the pasta salad as a side […]
July 8, 2011
A few weeks ago, I had lunch with my mom, my aunt and a family friend at a popular Tuscumbia (Ala.) area diner called Mama Jeans. I’d never been there before. Mama Jean’s specializes in meat-and-threes and similar “down-home” cooking. The Thursday special is chicken and dressing. I’m not crazy about chicken and dressing except […]