Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches

When it comes to warm-weather produce, much is made of the importance of finding just-ripe fruits and vegetables for their natural sweetness and juicy insides. But that all changes when the spotlight is shined on one particular summer classic: fried green tomatoes. This Southern staple is best when made with firm, not-yet-ripe tomatoes — which are most often green — because they’re not packed with liquid yet. Traditional tomato sauce relies on ripe red tomatoes because they burst open with juices when cooked, but it’s those same juices that would render red tomatoes limp and the crumb coating soggy if they were fried. As you peruse your gardens this summer or shop at farm stands and the supermarket, reach for green tomatoes and put them to work in the Neelys’ can-do recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes (pictured above). Ready to eat in only 30 minutes, this simple-to-make dish features slices of green tomato dunked in garlic powder-laced flour, a batter of milk and eggs, and … [Read more...]

Best of Summer Kale Salad with Blueberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Best of Summer Kale Salad with Blueberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette features summer’s best produce like sweet corn, blueberries and cherry tomatoes on a bed of hearty, healthy kale.   Original article can be seen on the fabulous food blog, Iowa Girl Eats by Kristen Porter!   The other day someone asked me why I like food blogging. I felt pressured to come up with a very thoughtful answer such as, I just love the way standing over a bubbling pot of food, methodically stirring, makes all my worries disappear! or, whipping up different flavor combos in the kitchen is my favorite creative outlet! While that is the case on occasion, in reality the thought of cooking anything that takes longer than 20 minutes these days stresses me out (hollar for quick, grilled summer dinners,) and guess what? After five years of food blogging, it’s HARD to be creative sometimes! After thinking about it for a second I told him … [Read more...]