Posts Tagged 'Atlanta'

Yellow Squash Casserole

Recently I’ve signed up with an online book exchange called PaperBackSwap. I order/wish for all kinds of books and post books I have. The more books I send to people, the more books I can receive! The only thing you pay for is postage, but when people send you books, they pay for postage. It’s awesome. So one of the books I recently received was Southern Living Annual Recipes 1988 (the year I was born). The cookbook is divided into months so that you can cook what’s seasonal. Also, this book has recipes designed completely around the microwave! Crazy.

Anyway, I was skeptical of the squash casserole, but I wanted to give it a try. Plus, I wanted to make a vegetable-based meal for the week. I didn’t take a picture of it, but here’s a picture of all the peppers at the Buford Highway Farmers Market!

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My Mostly Failed Garden

As you know, I’ve been trying to grow green beans since I’m basically addicted to them. After over 60 days of nurturing, they did not turn out so well. In fact, they were kind of disgusting. And I mostly blame one thing: the dirt. When I planted the seeds, I noticed the dirt wasn’t very dirt-like, but I didn’t know why. After the first big storm here, I went to water my plants and found that the dirt had completely hardened. It was like the earth was trying to suffocate my plants! As I explained my story to my manfriend’s parents, his mom nodded and said to me “Yeah, that Georgia clay.”

Clay. How can I possibly grow delicious and nutritious food in clay? Whenever I have time and money, I will build a garden box with good soil. The bugs were also an issue, but moreso with the sunflowers. They’ve been fighting to survive, and one has finally successfully blossomed!

this sunflower says "screw you, bugs! i do what i want!"

So those are my gardening adventures. I learned about the importance of dirt, and hope to make a beautiful garden full of yummy vegetables another time.

Shrimp and Grits

I’ve been dying to try the traditional Southern dish Shrimp n’ Grits. I’ve been to numerous restaurants with their infamous or not infamous shrimp n’ grits, but I always get something else that looks equally delicious. But then last week I saw an episode of Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives that featured a Southern restaurant not in the South, and the chef showed the viewers how he prepared the dish. I watched it and thought “Wow. I could totally make that. I think.” So I did. And it was delicious. Here is my picture of my shrimp, cheese grits, and green bean beet salad:

a mountain of cheese grits topped with heavenly goodness amongst a field of greens? yummm.

And this is a picture of my breakfast for dinner: bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese grits, and grilled broccoli for some healthy greens:

breakfast. it's what's for dinner.

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Vietnamese-style Beef with Lime

I love Vietnamese food, in case you hadn’t already noticed. So when I found this delicious, simple recipe on the Noble Pig blog, I couldn’t resist. But, as usual, i forgot to take a picture of it. Also…I need to use my good camera, instead of the one on my phone when I photograph my food. But I realized I hadn’t updated you on my green beans! I re-planted them in the ground since I started growing them in pots. They’re starting to flower!

green beans! sooo excited!

And I wanted to share this amazing photograph of an amazing box of amazing mangoes. It seems that most people don’t know of Ataulfo and smaller mangoes, instead of the large colorful mangoes. I got it for $8.99 at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. My manfriend was baffled yet not surprised that I got it.

so many mangoes!

Anyway, onto the recipe…

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Mac n’ Cheese Made from Scratch

You really really can’t go wrong with things covered in cheese, but when you make it yourself, there truly isn’t much better than that. Biscuits n’ Such really knows what’s up. I can’t really remember how it came up, but we started talking about grits and he said “It’s always breakfast time in the South.” And it’s true. I could totally eat that mac n’ cheese for breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack…But before we get into mac n’ cheese, I just want to let you all know that my plants are really coming along. I don’t have a picture of them (though I will soon), but when they bloom a little more I’ll show you!

it may not look appetizing, but have you ever heard cheese bubble and sizzle? it's like the cheese was orgasming.

WARNING: this recipe gets pretty sexy, which should always be expected when massive amounts of cheese are involved.

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I LOVE Green Beans

I don’t know if you already knew this, but I love green beans. I could just snack on raw green beans all day. Granted, I get that weird green bean breath, but I don’t care. They’re so delicious and nutritious and crunchy and tasty and perfect. So I decided at Lowe’s the other day that I would buy green bean seeds. At first, they took their sweet time blooming. I thought “What am I doing wrong? Are they not planted deep enough? Is the weather too hot? Is it too late in the season?” But then last week they began to sprout. I left on Friday to visit my manfriend, and when I returned home this evening, they looked like this:

my green bean plant! it has canopies for ants! not that i want many bugs hangin around my beans...

They had grown SIGNIFICANTLY since I had left. I’m so excited!!! My only fear is that they don’t have enough room to grow. I’d re-plant them in our backyard, but we haven’t had a chance to clean it up and redo the soil and all that jazz. We just don’t have time. I also looked up whether or not I needed to give them a stake or wire or something for them to grow around, and I conclude from my research that they do not. Apparently there are some green beans that grow that way, and some that don’t. The ones I bought did not say I had to provide something for them to grow around, so…I will not provide it.

So I’m pretty psyched for these green beans to grow. Stay tuned!

Herb Roasted Chicken

Finally! A recipe! So exciting! Exclamation points and fragments!

This was a pretty delicious and easy recipe. The only difficulty of it though was that, since I moved, I don’t have a meat thermometer (my old roommate had one), and as a result, I had to guess how long to cook my bird. I usually buy less meat than suggested in recipes since I cook for one, so I chose a smaller chicken. It turned out a little dry, but still pretty tasty.

brussel sprouts and chicken with fresh rosemary. not the most attractive picture, but yummy!

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