What may be one of God’s true fineries

 

If you have ever seen okra, it looks like an angry pea pod or even a fuzzy bean. When cut open it is sticky and kinda weird. However this vegetable is unique because in my opinion it can be prepared only one real way. *mind you this is the only way I have ever had it*…Fry it. Fried foods are my weakness. However since we have once lonely okra plant in the garden, it begs to be fried. Here is a recipe that I made tonight and I eat as I type this….amazing…

Ingredients

Directions

Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F. (You may not need to use this much oil; do not fill the pan more than halfway up the sides with oil.)

In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, garlic,  pepper,  and cayenne pepper. Dip okra in buttermilk and then dredge in cornmeal-flour mixture to coat well. Carefully add okra to the hot oil and cook until golden brown. (It may be necessary to fry the okra in batches.) Remove from oil, drain on paper towels, and then serve immediately.

Paula Deen, thank you so much.

Caramelized Onion Sauce Over Pasta

I got this recipe out of the Moosewood cookbook. It is an amazing cookbook for vegetarians. I am not however a vegetarian but instead a dedicated omnivore. I eat whatever sounds good, looks good, and even things that might be questionable. I love caramelized onions but I have never done it in this quantity before. I tweaked the recipe as usual to suit what we had in the house.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 colive oil
  • 6 c spring onions, chopped
  • 1⁄2 t salt
  • 1 c dry white whine
  • 1⁄4 lb arugula or spinach, stemmed and minced
  • 1 c feta or chevre cheese
  • 3⁄4 lb penne or fusili pasta
  • 1 c chopped walnuts, toasted
  •  parmasean to top

Heat olive oil in a large skillet or saute pan. Add onions, and saute over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Add salt, lower heat, and cook for 10 minutes. Add white wine, turn heat back up to medium, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Start boiling water for pasta. Add chopped greens to onion sauce, stir and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in crumbled cheese, and turn heat to low while pasta cooks.

After cooked pasta is drained add it to the sauce, and stir briefly in pan before serving. Sprinkle with walnuts and parmasean, and serve.

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I didn’t have any arugula, so I had some mustard greens that my best friend brought from her garden. I also didn’t use a half cup of olive oil but instead a tsp on bacon grease from this morning’s breakfast sandwiches. I don’t ever use a half cup of olive oil for anything except for bath products. I also didn’t have white wine so I was forced to use red. It doesn’t taste the same but it was either that or tequila….not an option :D.

 

Verdict:

I thought this was very very good. I didn’t like the mustard greens because they were weird but after picking the majority of them out, I was able to enjoy the rest of the meal. Wonderful.

For a variation of the recipe, the picture above came from http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/caramelized-onion-sauce/