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This is something my dad usually makes when I visit him. My parents are divorced so this was such a treat when he cooked this for me. When he was young, he had to go to the compulsory army service. This is the food they usually made because it was easy and cheap. Over the years he has adjusted it to his liking and has shared the recipe with me, but I never can't get it to taste the way he does it. However, every time I eat this whether it is made by him or me, I'm reminded of my dad and all those weekends I spent with him.
FAVE MEMORY. Other folks have a soundtrack to their lives. I have a menu. And okra—the seeded green pods of Southern cooking stapledom—has been front and center at some of my most fond foodie memories since I can remember. From helping my G-Dot pick okra from her garden in Savannah, to sharing a fresh batch of just-fried, cornmeal-crusted okra with my hubby in Charleston, to savoring a warm bowl of okra and tomatoes over rice on a chilly fall evening here at home in Summerville...okra epitomizes comfort for me and helps connect my past to my present. :-)
Back in “ the day”, I don’t know anyone that escaped JELLO! The best part of jello was coming into the house & smelling the sugary/fruity explosion of the boiling water hitting those jewel like crystals! Between the smell & the visual of those brightly colored cubes, I confess, couldn’t resist.
Foraging for mushrooms in the fog is such a vivid memory as it was a rare treat. My Dad was often on-call or worked odd shifts at the hospital so it was seldom we could all go out as a family during autumnal mushroom season. He was also the only one who knew which mushrooms were safe to pick and eat.There was a field adjacent to the hospital grounds which was the perfect spot for picking the little fairy ring mushrooms, as well as common field mushrooms and a few puff balls. We'd always come home famished and fry up our mushrooms treasure which tasted extra delicious after our morning out.
FAVE MEMORY: This is a NEW memory, if there is such a thing! When I first moved to California (decades ago) I had never seen an artichoke & it was love at first site! Now fast forward 40 years, I’ve returned to CA. & with this move I discovered BABY artichokes....which are now my new favorites, mainly because you can eat the entire delicious thing, & they are DIVINE!!!
We cook this for potlucks with two heads of cauliflower and come home with an empty dish every time. It's so tastyyy! You can vary the spice level and you could even cook it as a whole cauliflower, though that needs to be tested first! You can switch the oil for coconut oil or butter if you prefer. All variations have come out delicious!
Pesto by Rikki AsherRego Park, New York, US
I love pine nuts! The only problem is they can be expensive. One reason they are so costly is due to shortages and harsh weather changes, which effect pine trees. In a pinch: Use shelled, unsalted pistachio nuts, or chopped walnuts as alternatives. Pesto is traditionally served as a sauce with pasta. It is also delicious on potatoes, rice, couscous, or spread on a piece of crunchy bread.
Our go-to recipe for roasted asparagus with watercolor illustration by me and hand lettering by my mom Shelley. This is a fun and fresh weeknight side dish that's totally customizable: you can change up the toppings any way you like!