Tomato Pie

The first time I had a bite of tomato pie was after I finished college. I was home for the weekend and stayed with my Grandmother. She had one sitting on the countertop and when she told me about it, I wasn’t quite sure. But what had my Grandmother ever made that I didn’t like?!…

Freezing Tomatoes

August is the time when fresh tomatoes are at their peak. My garden plants are yielding an armload every few days. As much as I love munching them, the excess has to be dealt with. I love homemade canned salsa, but I also make sure I have plenty of stewed tomatoes in my freezer for…

Orchard Fresh Peach Cake

Fresh peaches are such a delight! I have been using them in cobblers, fried pies and ice cream, but now it’s time for cake. I love this recipe from Farm Fresh Southern Cooking (page 192) and used it with strawberries in the spring. It has little bits of chopped fruit in every bite and makes…

Croutons

Croutons I hate for any food to go to waste. I am constantly checking the pantry, freezer and refrigerator to see if anything is in immediate need of use. With loads of vegetables coming in from the garden, we’ve been eating lots of salads, so a half loaf of sliced bread caught my attention. I…

Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce I realize that most people purchase commercially prepared tartar sauce … I certainly have. But last night for an impromptu fish fry, I didn’t have any so I made my own. I don’t think I will ever purchase it in a bottle again! What a difference and I wasn’t the only one who…

Black Bean Burgers

After soaking and cooking some dried black beans for recipe testing in a soup, I had nearly 2 cups leftover. Since it is nearly impossible for me to allow anything to go to waste, I decided to use the excess to make Black Bean Burgers. I have been trying to fine tune a recipe for…

Fried Corn

Fried Corn I am in the process of using up the garden goodies from last year that are stored in my freezer. So I pulled out some corn on the cob yesterday and decided it was time to do something other than serve it boiled and buttered. Since I was preparing to fry some fish…

Asparagus

The wait was worth it! Five years ago, we planted asparagus in our garden and this year, we are blessed with a bounty worthy of feeding multitudes. It is like mushrooms … you go out the following morning after harvesting the day before and there it is again, like magic. I never get tired of…

Fondue

I have always loved fondue. I think because the eating process is so active and you are forced slow down. It encourages conversation and it an intimate experience. I decided to serve a cheese fondue the other night when some friends came over for cocktails. I wish I had counted how many times someone said,…

Southern Caviar

Southern Caviar I am dedicated to using the garden items I have preserved from the summer. My pantry and freezer are currently housing deliciousness from what seems like a harvest long ago. That’s why this recipe for Southern Caviar is so appealing … it uses my black eyed peas, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions…