Kay Wheeler Moore

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The Newfangled Country Gardener is for anyone who has a garden, would like to have a garden, or who simply enjoys eating the garden-fresh way. I don't claim to be an expert; in this blog I'm simply sharing some of the experiences my husband and I have in preparing food that is home-grown.

About the author

Kay Wheeler Moore is the author of a new cookbook, Way Back in the Country Garden, that features six generations of recipes that call for ingredients that are fresh from the garden. With home gardening surging in popularity as frugal people become more resourceful, this recipe collection and the stories that accompany it ideally will inspire others to cook the garden-fresh way and to preserve their own family food stories as well. The stories in this book center around the Three Red-Haired Miller Girls (Kay's mother and aunts) who grew up in Delta County, TX, with their own backyard garden so lavish that they felt as though they were royalty after their Mama wielded her kitchen magic on all that was homegrown. Introduced in Kay's previous book, Way Back in the Country, the lively Miller Girls again draw readers into their growing-up world, in which a stringent economic era--not unlike today's tight times--saw people turn to the earth to put food on the table for their loved ones. The rollicking yarns (all with recipes attached) have love, family, and faith as common denominators and show how food evocatively bonds us to our life experiences.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fried Green Tomato Po’boys a Father’s Day hit

No meat-and-potatoes, he-man dinner for my guy’s Father’s Day meal. No sir; he wanted the exotic, er, unusual—typical fare for us since we started eating the garden-fresh way some time ago. So unusual he got, in the form of Fried Green Tomato Po’boys.

In my June 12 blog I raved about learning to prepare Fried Green Tomatoes—really prepare them, the expert way, thanks to Southern Living magazine and its effort to turn its readers into truly Southern cooks. I promised myself I would cook several of the recipe suggestions the magazine made to accompany its basic Fried Green Tomatoes how-to.

Among them the recipe for Fried Green Tomato Po’boys was most intriguing. It promised a New Orleans twist employing the batter-fried tomato, the recipe for which I included in my June 12 blog. It took a fresh baguette roll from the bakery, added a bed of spinach, then the green tomatoes straight from our vines, then bacon (I used turkey bacon), then avocado slices, and then a special Rémoulade Sauce. The crunchy baguettes stuffed with the creamy avocado and Rémoulade and the crisp green tomatoes and bacon made a wonderful crunchy-creamy-crisp trifecta.

I apologized to Hubby that we were out of ketchup (no ketchup for the fried green tomatoes? pity), but he said no problem at all: the wonderful Rémoulade Sauce was ample accompaniment.

However, no being out of green tomatoes—our garden is packed with them still and lots of bright-red ripe ones, too. I expect to try a couple more recipes from the Southern Living page, among then Fried Green Tomato-and-Bacon Biscuits and Green Tomato Garden Party Salad, before the blazing hot sun makes the final green tomatoes all ripen.

Fried Green Tomato Po’boys

Cut French-bread baguettes into 6-inch lengths. Split each lengthwise; cut to but not through the other side; spread with Rémoulade Sauce. Layer with shredded spinach leaves, fried green tomatoes, cooked bacon, and avocado slices. Makes 4 servings.

Rémoulade Sauce

1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons Creole mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon horseradish

Blend all ingredients; cover and chill until ready to serve. Makes 1 1/4 cups.

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