Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Farmer’s Market Succotash

Prepared and recorded July 15, 2010. Dish enabled by lovely tender okra, juicy summer tomatoes, baby limas (butter beans), and sweet corn available from local farms. All perfect and cheap at the NC State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh. A long haul from Durham, but worth it.
2 oz country ham, finely diced
2 T dry minced onion
3 T low-fat soft margarine
2 t Frank’s Louisiana hot pepper sauce
2 c fresh butter beans
2 c baby okra, cut into small pieces
2 c ripe tomato pieces
1 c freshly cut corn
Salt and pepper to taste
Soak, pick over, and drain the beans. Bring 2 cups of water, the margarine, dried onion, ham, a 1/2 t of salt, and the pepper sauce to a boil. Add the butter beans, return to a boil, stir, cover, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes and okra. Mix and cook covered another 20 minutes. Add the corn, mix, and cook another 15 minutes. Correct seasoning and serves a crowd as a side dish in a country meal.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Fried Apples

Recorded Feb 6, 2013. Prepared many times as a side dish for pork [e.g., see logo above] and other rich meats, or as a topping for waffles, pancakes, or French toast.
1 T olive oil, butter, bacon fat, or vegetable oil
1 medium cooking apple (e.g., Golden Delicious), peeled, cored, and cut into wedges
pinch each of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and sugar
Heat the fat in an 8-inch skillet over medium. Add the apples and cook with stirring, about 8 minutes until almost done. Dust on seasonings, raise the heat and brown, turning often another 2 minutes. Serves 2.