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Southern Cooking Ain’t for Sissies

A couple of weekends ago I visited my home state of Arkansas to celebrate my dad for Father’s Day and his birthday. In my family the most important part of celebrating is the food. We generally plan our days around what we will be eating where and when. (Clearly the apple didn’t fall far.) We manage to stay full the entire time we are together.

One item I requested was fried green tomatoes. My mom, though originally a Yankee from Minnesota, has managed to acclimate to the South during the past 30 years and can fry up chicken, squash, and green tomatoes with the best of ’em. I asked her to show me the fried green tomatoes step-by-step, so we grabbed a couple from my dad’s huge garden and whipped them up. After the tomatoes were eaten and the counters were wiped clean, my mom said, “There ain’t room for sissies in southern cookin’!” Amen, Moma. Spoken like a born and bred Southerner.

Sandy’s Fried Green Tomatoes
Serves 4

2 large or 4 small green tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1½ cups cornmeal mix
Salt & pepper

  • Optional: In a cast iron skillet, fry some bacon and set aside. My mom likes to fry her green tomatoes in bacon grease. You could also just use vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  • Set up a dredging station. In one bowl mix eggs and cream, and in another mix cornmeal and salt & pepper.
  • Thinly slice the tomatoes. My family likes ours thinner rather than thicker, but it’s really up to you. Coat each slice in the egg mix and then the cornmeal mix.
  • Fry the tomatoes a few at a time in hot oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and season with a little salt while they are still hot.

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Mommy Dearest

Happy Mother’s Day! In the last 24 hours, three people have announced to me that they are pregnant (one friend with twins!). So, in honor of these babies-to-be, and all of our mothers of course, I thought I’d post what I sent to my mom for her special day. These snazzy kitchen towels!

   

These towels I found at House 8810 were perfect because 1) it’s hard to love anything as much as biscuits & gravy (so mamas qualify) and 2) my mom is OBSESSED with coffee—she drinks multiple pots a day, and she has to have “her creamer.” Like, when she comes to visit, I make a special trip to Kroger to buy said creamer and Splenda for her “coffee time” each day. But she’s my mom, so she’s worth it.