8 results for tag: tomatoes


These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Who doesn't love a green bean casserole made with canned cream of mushroom soup and canned fried onion rings? We all grew up with some version of cream-drowned green beans at Thanksgiving. We love the old recipes because they remind us of family, happy times and traditions. Growing up, our family had a large Thanksgiving Day meal. Mama cooked for days, we scarfed it all up in less than twenty minutes, and then Mama washed dishes for days. She was a kitchen saint. These days, Vince and I celebrate Thanksgiving with some of our dearest friends. The hosts prepare the turkeys and ham and all I have to do is take a “dish.” My contribution to our annual ...

Roasted Veggies

As another wonderful summer comes to an end, I have found myself with an excess of some of our favorite vegetables. Unlike my grandmothers, my mother and my aunts, I never got the knack for canning vegetables. I think after eating jar after jar of gray-colored green beans during my childhood, the idea of “putting up” vegetables just wasn't appealing. So, it looks like we're going to be eating a lot of grilled and roasted veggies over the next couple of weeks. I love just about anything and everything cooked on the grill. Drizzle some vegetables with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and they're good to go. Roasted vegetables are ...

Beaufort Tomato Pie

No two tomato pie recipes are the same. If someone actually added them up, I'd be willing to bet that folks from Beaufort have about a zillion recipes for Tomato Pie. They're all just a teeny little bit different. Some use a variety of fresh herbs, some add bacon, some use salad dressing instead of mayonnaise. No matter which version you prefer, we all agree that tomato pies are one of our favorite local delicacies and something we look forward to every June. It's very interesting to me that tomato pies are pretty much a Lowcountry thing. Most friends from my hometown of Wilson, North Carolina, had never tasted tomato pie until I published the recipe ...

Easy Summer Supper

The Dog Days of summer are upon us! It's too hot to cook. It's almost too hot to eat. Finding refreshing and satisfying foods can be challenging. The menu this week can easily be prepared in the morning before the sun is at it's peak and then reheated at suppertime. Each recipe features a bit of citrus. Sopa De Lima is a delicious lime-scented soup loaded with tender chicken and fresh tomatoes. It's perfect for a warm evening! A dollop of prepared guacamole makes the dish complete. Blueberry Crumb Bars highlight our fresh local blueberries. It's a light dessert that isn't too sweet. The blueberries are the stars, not the sugar. And, you can't go wrong ...

‘Maters

You know it's tomato season in the South Carolina Lowcountry when you can't find one single frozen pie crust in the freezer at Publix. Everyone's making tomato pies. It's a Beaufort thing. Weeks before local tomatoes are ripe and ready to be picked off the vine, Beaufortonians are saying, “You know, I'm about ready for a tomato pie.” We wait for tomato season almost like we wait for Christmas. There's nothing quite like biting into a red, ripe tomato and feeling the juice run down your arm and drip off your elbow. Summer heaven. All you need is a shaker of salt to complete the experience. I remember a time when I didn't believe that I actually ...

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls

I didn't grow up eating stuffed cabbage. I think the first time I ever ate a cabbage roll was at the home of a friend of a friend in Raleigh, North Carolina. Maybe I was just hungry, but I remember liking them immediately. I've thought about making a batch of cabbage rolls ever since. Still, the idea of steaming and rolling the cabbage never really appealed to me enough to give it a whirl. Then, one day, I had an idea to use the cabbage roll ingredients and make a hearty stew or burgoo. You know my mantra, add a salad, some wine and crusty bread, and you'll have a meal. The recipe actually turned out much better than I had anticipated. But, it made ...

Movin’ & Shakin’

Movin' & Shakin' What's more fun than a Friday night with girlfriends? Jodie Miller and I put together a Movin' & Shakin' party over the weekend to celebrate the move of Plum Productions and Susan DeLoach Photography to new locations. We invited some of our favorite moving and shaking friends to join us downtown to sample a few of my new hors d'oeuvres and to have a cocktail or two. Brenna Chiaviello, who bakes all of the wedding cakes for Catering by Debbi Covington, brought a delicious chocolate cake to add to our little soiree. After all, as Julia Child said “a party without a cake is just a meeting!” We convened at Plum ...

Skinny Chili

I'm still on a quest to find delicious and filling entrees that are low in fat and calories. Turns out it's not that hard! A tweak here, an adjustment there and I'm coming up with easy-to-prepare meals that are satisfying and won't further damage my already plump waistline. Skinny Chili contains both beef and turkey. With all of the other spicy flavors going on you don't even notice the lower fat content. I think the real trick is to skip the cheese and sour cream on top. Skinny Chili Low fat and only 280 calories per serving! 1 pound ground round 1 pound ground turkey 1 medium onion, diced 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 (14.5-ounce) ...