Dirt to Table Experience: Fried Green Tomatoes with a Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

The first time that I had ever heard the words "Fried Green Tomatoes" was the title of the 1991 movie that I absolutely loved.  This was the beginning of my point of reference.  My mind opens and begins to expand around this often viewed southern dish (which is served up in northern states too).Fast forward … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Fried Green Tomatoes with a Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

Dirt to Table Experience: Summer Squash Sauté

Usually by this time in the summer harvest you are leaving baskets (plastic bags in my case) of summer squash on your neighbors doorstep, ringing the doorbell and departing quickly.  Squash can be the summer gift that keeps on giving and giving, and giving...You get the picture.This summer not so much. We harvested a bucket … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Summer Squash Sauté

Learning to Preserve: Easy Jalapeño Jelly

My gardening skills and ability to preserve my harvest are novice but, I am learning fast.  I shied away from preserving because I thought it was too complicated, and time consuming.  It can be time consuming but it is surprisingly easy.  Honestly, I find it relaxing.  It allows me time to just focus on the … Continue reading Learning to Preserve: Easy Jalapeño Jelly

Dirt to Table Experience: Leek and Potato Soup

Fresh Red Pontiac Potatoes from the GardenFresh Leeks too! Equals a Spring Fresh Potato and Leek SoupLeek and Potato SoupServes 6Recipe adapted from Alton BrownIngredients:1 pound leeks ( approximately 4-5 medium), cleaned, dark green sections removed.  3 tablespoons unsalted butterHeavy pinch of kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning14-ounces Yukon gold potatoes, approximately 3 (note: I used … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Leek and Potato Soup

Dirt to Table Experience: A Salad that is Dressed to Impress- A Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad with Citrus Dressing

You can create a salad with incredible flavors, colors and textures.  A good salad is worthy of recognition and is remembered after it is experienced.There are so many people who have no relationship with salad-they consider it a "diet food" something they should eat  "more of"  they purchase a couple of "on sale" bags of … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: A Salad that is Dressed to Impress- A Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad with Citrus Dressing

Dirt to Table Experience: Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries Pecans and Blue Cheese

Mental note to self....Grow MORE brussels sprouts NEXT fall.One of the many challenges that presents itself each season (keeping in mind my novice gardening skills), is how much to grow.  The lesson that needs to be learned is asking the question, what vegetables do we want to enjoy seasonally, and which ones should be preserved … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries Pecans and Blue Cheese

Dirt to Table Experience: Indian Vegetable Curry

There are days when I need to shake-up my meat and potatoes family.   I have tried with limited success to move my boys away from a meat focused diet to at least entertaining the idea that there are other delicious, more healthy options.  They entertain only the idea of indulging me, not the idea … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Indian Vegetable Curry

Dirt to Table Experience: Cauliflower Salad

Food is for celebrating.......The Orthodox Jewish Community celebrates Sukkot, a Judaism version of Thanksgiving, celebrating life, community and the season's bounty, with a seven-day festival.During this celebration it is considered a good deed (Mitzvah) to open your home to guests.  One of the typical salads served, is this simple cauliflower salad.  A delicious briny mix of cauliflower, … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Cauliflower Salad

Dirt to Table Experience: Savoy, Lime And Cilantro Coleslaw

In North Florida cabbage grows abundantly in our mild winter growing season.   There is no possibility that it could survive the Florida heat and make it to the summer picnic table.  In the winter one of our main salads is coleslaw and in the summer, we turn our attention to other salads that reflect our … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Savoy, Lime And Cilantro Coleslaw

Dirt to Table Experience: Asian Cabbage Rolls

My random thoughts are endless, and to prove it, I was recently pondering cabbage rolls.  How did I come to love stuffed cabbage rolls?  Where did I learn to make them ?  Scary stuff isn't it? In my late teens, I worked at a popular retail department store along side a much older woman named … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Asian Cabbage Rolls