Black Pepper Cabbage

From left Grand Father, Theda Faye, Aunt and Uncle
From left Grand Father, Theda Faye, Aunt and Uncle

During the month of October, my mind is on my Grandmother Theda Faye more often than normal. I suppose that is common to focus on the loss of a loved one during the month of their death. Losing a loved one is a loss that we may always feel. For me, the loss is there but softened by enjoyment of our shared memories. Continue reading “Black Pepper Cabbage”

More Farm to Table and less convenience Addiction?

My cooking choices are often inspired by the items in the market. I prefer to cook items fresh and in season. I try to buy local when available and hope to encourage others to do so as well. This supports sustainability of our local communities.

I love, farm to table. It is amusing when you think that, farm to table is a social movement, now. How far away from common sense have we gone? The answer is, scary far. The secret is out folks, food grows on farms. What?

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Honey, Get your gun

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This week is one for the record books. My knight in shining armor came home from a business trip, very tired. Planes, trains , taxi and time zone change, add up to a lot of fun for a 6′ 6″ person. He was very happy to return home. Continue reading “Honey, Get your gun”

It’s not your Mamas, ‘Tater Pie

As a foodie, I am easily distracted and may while away an afternoon looking at cookbooks. A few of my favorite cookbooks are the really old ones. The books that were written, long before all of our fancy kitchen devices.

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Fairhope Film Festival

Fairhope’s Film Festival is preparing for the launch of the movie selection’s to be released. In a few days, the site will show the selections for the 2016 Festival November 10-13. This Film Festival is always held the second weekend in November. Continue reading “Fairhope Film Festival”

Learn to Make Shrimp, Sausage and Okra Gumbo like you were “born there”

When people think of foods that represent Louisiana, gumbo is always at the top of the list. Learn to Make Shrimp, Sausage and Okra Gumbo like you were “born there”. As a signature dish, gumbo certainly represents the melting pot that New Orleans became famous for. The different countries that owned the territory of Orleans that eventually became Louisiana, all left their stamp in the architecture and cuisine.

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Chief, Cook and Laundry-washer

Waste Not Want Not Series
Leftover Item: Ham Bone

Saturday is a great day to cram in, all sorts of fun activities and the “dreaded chores”. My Saturday started out well with a great cup of Costa Rican dark roast coffee with a splash of creme. I have tried to stop adding sugar to my coffee. At this point, I still want sugar. I hope that it passes soon.

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Easiest Meal Ever with Roast, Potatoes and Carrots

Busy Mimi
Busy Mimi

 

As a busy wife, Mom, Mimi and friend, life  gets hectic at our house at times. It is important to “manage the madness” before it manages you. If not managed, it will leave you with a pile of fires.  Fire management, was part of UHK’s curriculum. I graduated from UHK with honors.

 

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Jewels of the Sea Soup

Waste Not Want Not Series
Leftover item 1 cup Cooked Flounder (or substitute crab)

My friend gave us the flounder  and was very sweet to share her bounty. One of her friends had “gigged” a mess of flounder and passed them on.   I had never cooked a flounder. Continue reading “Jewels of the Sea Soup”

Hot and Easy Game Day Dip

During this time of year, it is hard to navigate the plethora of activities to choose from on any given day. On the Gulf Coast, we are trying to hold on to the last shreds of Summer, before the cool breezes settle in. We have started moving out doors, earlier in the evenings to enjoy the end of the day haze. The afternoon that calls for a cocktail or two with friends. The porches have started  to be decked out with Mums, pumpkins and assorted Fall trimmings. Continue reading “Hot and Easy Game Day Dip”