Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, October 7, 2012

fried green tomatoes

autumn is the time to enjoy fried green tomatoes.  when the temperatures dropped, i gathered all the green tomatoes from the vines in the yard.

since green tomatoes are firm, they work so nicely when battered, keeping their texture and shape.  i use 1/2 cup of corn meal and 1/2 cup of flour, mixed with salt and pepper to taste.

then, i use either buttermilk or half and half for coating the tomatoes before the batter step.

by coating the tomatoes, the batter adheres to the slices easily and gives the tomatoes the desired crunch upon eating.

so, to make the fried green tomatoes, first dip the slices into the milk, then coat with batter and place in a hot non-stick skillet.  brown and turn until crisp.

to serve:  stack into a tower.

cranberry apple crisp

it's apple season and after a wonderful trip to the cider mill last week, i was anxious to try a new recipe for apple crisp.  this one came from Susan Branch's book titled Autumn. the recipe was not only delicious, but it made the kitchen smell so inviting.

i used gala apples and adapted the recipe a bit to use some of the ingredients in my pantry.  the outcome was fantastic. 

to make the crisp:  preheat the oven to 375 degrees. spray a ceramic cooking dish with original spray. peel and slice 3-4 apples into small cubes. place in the dish along with 1/2 cup of dried cranberries and 1/2 cup of sliced almonds. i also added a sprinkle of orange peel. then, add 1/4 cup of water or apple juice to the dish.

mix the following ingredients together:  3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup oats,  3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and1/3 cup soft margarine.  sprinkle the mixture over the fruit. bake for 30 minutes.

serve hot with ice cream or cold with whipped cream.  as Susan Branch says, "it doesn't get any better than this."