Monthly Archives: July 2011

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

I chose this ice cream to make for my reading club.  It was a big hit!   There is just something about Butter Pecan Ice Cream that make it great.    I think it is the rich flavor of the toasted pecans that are then mixed with butter and salt.  Or it could be the brown sugar and heavy cream.   I had to make it twice because a lot of it got eaten before my meeting.  I’m not saying who ate it, but it was eaten quickly!  Writing  that it is very good would be an understatement.  It is so rich and creamy and the toasted pecans,  good gracious who doesn’t love them?    It does have a few steps, but it is well worth it.  I will say it is easier than my other favorite chocolate that I absolutely love.  One bit of advice though,  make sure that you have some good quality pecans.  They are not in season until November so anything that you buy now is last year’s crop.   The ones  you buy from the grocery store are probably not going to be the best quality.    Buy from a reputable dealer that stores their pecans frozen.  They will last indefinitely. Clean them from any of the debris between the meaty part of the nut.  It is bitter and even a small bit can ruin a good recipe.

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Blackened Tilapia Fillet

I’ve not always shopped at Publix.  In fact here in our suburb of Atlanta we have not always had a Publix.  When vacationing in Daytona Beach , Fla. we  fell in love with Publix.  I cannot say it was because of the pristine clean environment or the wonderful produce,  it was the bakery.  For the record it was their apple turnovers with the sugar on top.  We were in heaven!  We now have a Publix and guess what we stopped buying the turnovers.  Not because they were bad, but we did not want to buy a new wardrobe.    Publix is my friend.  I really like the fact that they give you a new recipe every week that is fast to fix and all the ingredients are right there for you to pick up.  Psychologically they really know what to do that will make you just automatically buy the right stuff!  They time it perfectly.  You go in the store starving!  The aroma of good food just hits you in the face. Then you  buy whatever they want you to buy.  I am just saying that their marketing department should be paid big bucks because they know how to work it.  Some of their recipes are fabulous!  This is one of them.

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Angel-Hair Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

This could be the absolute best pasta dish that I have ever made.  It’s one of those dishes that you don’t want to stop eating.  It is just amazing.  The recipe has  been waiting  for some great home-grown tomatoes to put with my fresh basil.  It’s so simple yet the flavors and texture scream complexity.  A perfect meal  for summer.

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A How to on Freezing Creamed Corn

It has been a long time since I have frozen corn during the summer.  It’s a lot of work, but I did it this summer and it will totally be worth it January when I am yearning for a little heat and humidity.  Now I know that there’s frozen corn out there to buy,  but it’s just not the same.  Syble and I went to Rochelle, GA. and picked up a bushel of Silver Queen corn and here is what I did with my bushel.

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Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

This has been one of my favorite salads since discovering it about six years ago.  With corn and tomatoes at their peak the salad will be fantastic, but it is great in the winter using frozen corn and grape tomatoes.  To me grape tomatoes are pretty good most anytime during the year.  In fact that is what the original recipe calls for.  I just like using some of the home-grown tomatoes from Waldrop’s that I truly love.   All of these flavors just melt together corn, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, lime juice and cilantro.  They  just go together for a sumptuous salad that you will never forget.  Don’t think just salad because it  will go with most any main dish or I love it with fish tacos.  YUM!  Now pull out some of summer’s fresh corn and enjoy a real treat.

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A How To on Freezing Peaches

Summer for me will be over in one week.  Tell me that’s not true.  And why does summer vacation go by faster than the school year?  August 1st, please that is still summer.  What happened to September 1st  being the end of summer?  If you can tell I am not ready for it to end.  But, I do have part of my summer in my freezer.   There are many ways to freeze peaches.  In fact, one site I found said to just wash your peaches, slip them in a freezer bag,  and thaw them in the refrigerator.   How easy is that?   Sounds like a great idea to me, but I don’t have the extra freezer space to try it.  So here’s how I did it.

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Brown Sugar Poundcake

This is my new go to cake when I’m asked to bring dessert.  It’s delicious!  I’ll have to admit it has been driving me crazy for about a month.  Wanting to get it just right before posting has been a little difficult.  Just the icing though.  The cake well, it was a cake walk!  I’ve made it three times now I think it’s  time to show it to the world.  Even before tasting it I knew that the icing would be the winner in so many ways.  Praline or caramel lovers will fall in love with this cake.  It’s got that old-fashioned icing that my grandmother put with a plain yellow cake.  You know the kind that just melts in your mouth with that rich buttery taste.

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Fingerling Potato Salad

I don’t think that I would have ever made this potato salad except for the fact that fingerling potatoes and leeks came in my CSA box the same week that this recipe appeared in Bon Appetit. I just couldn’t resist steering away from my old standby potato salad made with mayo. This is a very light salad and certainly a perfect side dish to any grilled meat that you might choose. I just loved the combination of potatoes and leeks plus white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. Fingerlings that’s really a funny word for a potato. They are a heritage potato with some of the varieties over a hundred years old. They are not to be confused with new potatoes. Fingerlings are mature potatoes when harvested. These potatoes can be used in the same way as other potatoes grilled, roasted, or in salads.

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Corn-and-Tomato Scramble

If you don’t try any new recipes this summer you have to try this one!  It’s absolutely one of the best side dishes I have ever had.  Promise.  It is amazing.  The whole truth and nothing but the truth.  It could be that I used corn from my CSA box and tomatoes from Waldrop’s, but I’m betting that  any summer corn and tomatoes will work.  This is going to be a new summer favorite for you and me.

I did a great thing when I picked up this Gourmet Quick Kitchen almost a year ago.  Every single recipe has been fabulous!!  This one is no exception.  You should get yourself some corn, tomatoes, and scallions  and put this dish together.  Rave reviews will be flying from everyone.  It is so easy and quick, too.  I’m still in awe of its deliciousness.  Is that a word?  Enough gushing.  So here you go fresh home-grown tomatoes and corn that will make your head swim.

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Honey-Peach Ice Cream

Last month my friend Syble and I took a day trip to South Georgia on a quest for fresh fruits and vegetables to till our freezers or in Syble’s case her canner.  I don’t do much canning.  Pickles are about my extent of canning, but she puts up beans, peas, and tomatoes.    We found just what we were looking for Silver Queen corn, cream peas, pink-eyes, butter beans, tomatoes, watermelon, Athena cantaloupes, and peaches.  I love peaches and last year for some reason I did not buy any and I regretted it all year.  So this year I picked up a box.

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