It’s the final day of 30 Days of Tomatoes, and it’s a good thing because the tomatoes are waning in my backyard garden. The heat is taking its toll, and the stinkbugs are sucking all of the juice out of my remaining crop,
I hope you have enjoyed this blog launch as much as I have. The highlight for me has been using some of thecookbooks that I had never cracked open.
One of them was Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, a Christmas gift from my husband several years ago. After receiving this cookbook, I declared no more cookbook Christmas presents, but I have had to apologize profusely. Why did I wait seven years before using it? It’s one of the best southern cookbooks out there with classic recipes, and the writing is spectacular too.
Screen Doors and Sweet Tea author is Mississippian Martha Hall Foose, the former executive chef of the Viking Cooking School. Viking makes high-end ranges in Greenwood, Mississippi, and operates a cooking school there.
Hall lives on the family farm in Tchula, Mississippi but had pastry school trainng in France so she adds a sophisticated flair to some of her Deep South dishes. There’s actually a dessert called Sweet Tea Pie in the cookbook. Some other recipes have interesting names such as “Sold My Soul to the Devil-ed Eggs” and “Swimming Pool Orange Sherbet.”
I also made her Lady Pea Salad featured on the cookbook cover, and soon I am going to make her Baked Sweet Onions — Vidalia or sweet Texas onions baked in apple juice and topped with summer figs and black walnuts (never combined those two in a recipe).
To end our 30 Days of Tomatoes, I’m including this simple Tomato Gravy recipe. It’s too hot to cook anything for very long, but you can probably handle seven minutes for this yummy recipe.
Note: I’ll cut the blogging down to twice a week and return to more general farmstand, bicycling and road trip topics.