If you haven’t met Mary you need to do that right away. Along with her chickens, goats, emus, cows, and donkeys. Living on a 5 acre farm all of the creatures keep her busy as does all the wonderful cooking and baking she finds time to do. The pictures of her lovely house and all of the animals are lovely.

Mary – in case you haven’t recognized it yet – is the author of The Egg Farm and my assignment for the Secret Recipe Club for October. I perused her recipes for days, pinning more than I will ever cook, and finally ended up with a few I really really wanted to make asap. The other 20 or so can wait.

The garden gave us tons of tomatoes this year. I put up quite a few and they were still bearing in September when my assignment came through I managed to save two large green ones so I could make Mary’s Fried Green Tomatoes.

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I haven’t made them in ages. These were so good. Nice and crispy. Lots of flavor. I didn’t change her recipe at all.

    2 large green tomatoes, sliced into ½ inch slabs
    Buttermilk sufficient to cover the tomato slices
    Dash of hot sauce
    ½ cup all purpose flour
    ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
    ½ TBS kosher salt
    Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
    Canola oil for frying

Place sliced tomatoes in a glass pie dish. Add a dash of your favorite hot sauce. Pour buttermilk over the tomatoes to cover. This can be done ahead of time and refrigerated for a few hours or overnight. The great thing about letting them set overnight is that the water separated from the solids of the buttermilk leaving a nice thick white layer of buttermilk solids.
In a medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients except the oil. Remove the tomato slices from the buttermilk and carefully press each into the bread crumb/flour mixture. Have oil pre-heated to medium in a large frying pan. Add the tomatoes to the oil as soon as the are coated. Fry the tomatoes until each side is golden brown, turning only once. Remove from oil and allow the oil to drain a bit before placing the fried tomatoes on a plate. Serve immediately.

I usually just use a little flour and cornmeal, but Mary’s addition of the Panko bread crumbs added a great texture.


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Needing something for lunch I made

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The picture doesn’t do it justice. Full of basil and lots of cheese – I used Asiago, Parmesean, and Pecorino/Romano – the flavors really shined through. The only think I did different was to make it crustless. Delicious. Writing this I want it NOW for lunch.


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I love a good simple but filling dish for lunch. I really don’t like sandwiches unless they are hot. I went back to Mary’s blog and found –

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her Asparagus Fritata. And I had just bought some asparagus so I figured it was an omen! Especially since she had JUST posted it. A fritatta is much like a quiche except it is finished under the broiler and is crustless. Perfect!!

    2 tablespoons butter
    ¼ cup diced shallots
    ½ teaspoon salt
    Few turns of black pepper
    1 pound thin spear asparagus spears cut diagonally into 1-inch lengths
    ½ baked potato, cubed
    4 large eggs = 6Tbl egg whites
    1 Tbsp minced fresh chives
    1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese

Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until soft and translucent.
Add the asparagus cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add in the potatoes (mine were still hot so I added them later.) Save a some spears to top the frittata.
Mix the eggs, ¾ of the cheese, chives, salt and pepper and beat them until a little fluffy. Pour the egg mixture over the onions and asparagus in the skillet. Arrange the reserved asparagus spears on top. Cook until almost set. Pre-heat broiler.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the eggs broil until cheese is melted and browned, and the center is set. Carefully remove pan from oven and slide frittata onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges. Can be served warm or room temperature.

It was a yummy lunch. I had to stop myself from eating the whole thing. Happily, now I have leftovers!!

We wenyto a huge car show in Mississippi with 6 other people I took dessert. Mary’s Irish Cream Cupcakes caught my eye for two reasons. First – I love chocolate and second so does our cousin, Randy. Cuppys it is! These were so good and gone quickly. I did take pics but they are lost in cyberspace. You’ll just to trust me.

Thanks, Mary for some amazing recipes.

If you want to visit with the other members of Secret Recipe Club check out the link below. Lots of good stuff there!!

After making this soup I knew I had had it before. And sure enough, we, WWDH members, made it February 2013. The note to myself is that I didn’t care for it much. So this time I made it a little different. Still, while tasty, not my fave.

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Onions cooked slow for sweetness. Beef stock, thyme. The recipe called for Brandy but I didn’t have any. I left out the mustard. I think that is why I didn’t care for it last time. But maybe it was the Brandy. I had a little piece of toasted bread with Asiago. Those went well together.

This was Sarah’s Pick this week. And check with Gaye for her soup.

The recipe is in Donna’s modern classics: Book 1 on page 27

One of the most beautiful areas in the United States:

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    The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

One of the harshest, but beautiful places in the United States:

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    Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

A destination landscape I’ve been craving for at least 20 years:

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    Colorado from Cottonwood Pass 12,000 feet.

And a peaceful place (AFTER tourist season!) P1020934

    Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

52 Photos: Gallery 23

I really wasn’t sure about this one. Pumpkin in stir-fry? Really? But I am always open to new ideas and new tastes. Sure glad I tried this one because it was very tasty!

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Sliced chicken with sliced pumpkin, chili peppers, fish sauce, basil, onions. Simple ingredients.

I made a few changes. My fish sauce smelled a little, eh…, off, (maybe it always does!) so I used Oyster sauce. And I completely forgot the basil. But even without the basil it was very good. And, as usual with Donna, very easy. Well, almost. I had a horrible time peeling and slicing the pumpkin. So I have small pieces instead of thin slices. But, it’s the taste, right?

This week’s recipe was Chaya’s pick. So check out her post.And then go visit with Gaye and, maybe, Sarah. Good pick Chaya. Really liked this one.

If you wan to try the recipe you can find it HERE!

There are all kinds of stars. Stars in the sky. Stars on TV. I have stars in my kitchen.

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And on my Barns.

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52 Photos: Week 22 Gallery

This week IHCC says CHEERIO to Nigel Slater. It has been an interesting 6 months with his recipes. I didn’t get to participate every week but I did most of the ‘themes’ and ended up with some great recipes to add to my cycle. I couldn’t decide which recipe to use for our fond farewell so I went with something very simple – James’ Tortilla for One

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    1 Tbl butter + 1/2 tsp oil
    1 medium potato, unpeeled, shredded I used some hashbrown because I discovered NO TATERS in the pantry!}
    1 shallot, finely chopped
    1 egg, beaten and seasoned
    salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter and oil in a small {mine was 7″} skillet.
Add in potatoes and fry on medium heat until light brown. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
Add in shallots and continue to brown
Add in egg and cook for about 3 minutes until it puffs around the outside but still a little loose in the middle.
Briefly run under a broiler until set – about 45 seconds.
DONE! Breakfast for ONE!!


Simple, tasty, and open to all kinds of variations. It would be great with a little cheese added in. Or maybe some crumbled bacon. Or peppers and ‘shrooms!!

The original recipe is on Nigel’s webpage. from a collection of recipes he has made in his kitchen and photographed with his phone.

How did the rest of the group say Farewell to Nigel. Check it out on I Heart Cooking Clubs.

Our new Chef for the next 6 months is Diana Henry. Lots of good food there!

If you want to join in the fun just visit the IHCC webpage and follow the themes for Diana.

Making strudel, danish, Challah is, to me, a fun way to spend time in the kitchen. This tasty treat from KAF is not exception. Full of apples and cinnamon it is perfect for breakfast or snack or dessert or…anything!

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The recipe starts out like cinnamon rolls. Roll out the dough, cover with the filling and then roll up and slice. But after rolling the dough, which was wonderfully soft with the added potato flakes and butter, and filling it with the apple and cinnamon, which I doubled, you slice it in half and then slice it in half horizontally and twist the two pieces together. While messy to work with it looks beautiful and tastes fantastic.

I basically adhered to the recipe except I doubled the cinnamon and and then 1/2 again as much apple mix on each roll. They seemed rather empty with just what was called for. I think I would add some pecans next time.

Hint: if you are using flour I would suggest draining the mix in a sieve before using – it is very wet.

One is already gone the other is in the freezer waiting for company and breakfast.

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The other Twists can be found on the ABC page after October 3. Visit with them and see their beautiful twists.

And the recipe is on the King Arthur Flour page.

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