Friday, September 23, 2011

Last sip of summer

Welcome fall, with all your vibrant colors and cooler days and nights! As we enter the new season, I wanted to post a couple of photos to remember some favorite summer foods: Fresh green beans and okra.

My father-in-law grew the okra in his garden in Wise, Va. My husband and I loved it! I cooked it just like my mother would have -- sliced, dredged lightly in cornmeal

....and fried quickly in oil.

Okra is one of my mom's favorites (despite the fact that the plants make her skin itch). The okra pods have to be cut from the stalks with a small knfe. If you've never grown it, okra has the most beautiful yellow and purple blooms!

I also cooked some fresh green beans last week, which is a favorite food of my husband's.

Break and string about a pound of beans; rinse them well and add them to a medium-sized pot with a lid. Add about a half-cup of water, a couple of pieces of bacon (diced) and a liberal sprinkling of black pepper. Cook them for 20 minutes, or until desired doneness. Yum!

1 comment:

  1. I don't normally salt green beans -- the bacon is salty and my husband has a heavy hand to salt at the table.