Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Inspiration

 

I was inspired today by a friend's photo of young mallard ducks feeding near a tranquil pond. (on Facebook) I found myself enjoying his pleasure in watching baby birds growing into adulthood.

I miss living near water here in Georgia. Being landlocked in West Georgia you have to know someone to enjoy a serene pond or lake!

Fortunately, I am enjoying a rare lucky streak and happened by my pool today with camera in hand. . . Amazed, I caught a rare glimpse of this migrant water fowl . . .luxuriating in our cool pond!
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Vidalia Valley

 
 
 

Whew!

Every once in a while, life and work, gets in the way of this blogging thing. With a little bit of extra time each day, I opted for sleep. . . rather than eating. . .and that didn't leave much time for cooking!

My company, Paper Moon Productions, was chosen by the University of West Georgia, to produce a pretigious APPA Award video, as a result of their Campus Facilities being honored. With less than two weeks to deadline there have been many early mornings and quite a few late nights.

Ok, it's probably sounding like I didn't eat very well at all . . that's not entirely true. I enjoyed two more of the most delicious soft-shell crabs this side of the Gulf Coast! My husband tried his hand at his first delicious meatloaf for meatloaf sandwiches! And, what else. . .my son made a skillet of lime-cilantro shrimp.

We also stocked up on Vidalia onions and have slated Beer-Battered Onion Rings for the weekend. I am making a Vidalia Chow-Chow for a hamburger topped with a fried egg (famous at the Texas Inn in Lynchburg, Virginia). Featured in the photos are a Vidalia Onion Stuffed with Sweet Sausage. CLICK HERE For Recipe To Learn More About Vidalia Valley Click on the title.

We are enjoying lunch tomorrow at AQUAKnox in Atlanta as guests of The Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB and the Gulf Coast Airport. Non-stop flights from Atlanta are due to take flight beginning July 8th!
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Monday, June 8, 2009

Stinky Cheese

 
 
 

Not for the faint of heart. . .one of my favorite Italian stinky cheeses. This is one of those cheeses that you love or hate. A delicate blend of sheep, cow and goat's milk this cheese offers a silken texture and a more pronounced tangy flavor.

Still battling my loss of taste from a spring bout of flu I am eating little and choosing carefully! This La Tur cheese is a treat and I will simply soften it and spred it on my homemade rolls. Paired with a mix of black and green olives I am pretty much good to go!
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Fried Oysters

 
 

Fried Apalachicola Oyster Sandwiches. What else can you say! Crunchy,fresh fried in an easy coating of equal parts yellow and white cornmeal and a pastry flour. My spices included Tony Cacheries, paprika, and garlic powder. I served it up with a homemade tartar sauce and fresh lemon.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Soft Shell Crab Po-boys With Remolade Sauce

 

Finally, I was able to get some soft shell crabs! They ended up the feature on Home At Last! this week! For the show I made a Soft Shell Crab Po-boy and delivered it to a friend who was craving a taste of New Orleans.

I paid attention to every detail and complimented the crab with an easy remolade sauce. The bread was my own and we were estactic with the flavor and texture provided with a new Italian flour.

Here's my easy recipe for Remoulade Sauce.

1 cup of mayonnaise (or 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup English Salad Cream)
1 1/2 tbsp creole mustard
1 1/2 tbsp bread and butter pickles (chopped fine)
1 clove of finely chopped garlic
1 tsp creole seasoning
1/2 tsp of fresh cracked pepper
1 tsp of Louisiana Hot Sauce
1/2 tbsp of Worchestirshire Sauce
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp chopped green onion
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fried Green Tomatoes and South African Liver Salad

 
 

Last night we opted for appetizers for dinner. . . just like Will's dad. . . in one of my favorite Will and Grace episodes.

I turned a couple of large, firm green tomatoes into one of our favorite appetizers of buttermilk-soaked green tomatoes with a fire-roasted red pepper sauce with goat cheese! It just doesn't get much better on a summer night.

As a companion I made one of my favorite South African salads. Mixed field greens with fried chicken livers and an easy potato salad with wasabi oil.

Loads of flavor and a great way to engage a loved one in the kitchen. I had Ron help me with prepping while I turned the charred pepper into a simple sauce with garlic olive oil and a little sour cream and fresh cracked pepper. The tomatoes were soaked in buttermilk before dredging them in a mixture of yellow and white corn meal and flour.

The chicken livers were dredged in flour, salt and pepper. Not too many clashing flavors-I let the sauces do the heavy duty. I drizzle the salad with olive oil and fresh cracked pepper and salt.
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