Kay Wheeler Moore

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Hello. . .

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, July 30, 2012

Tomato Panzanella a jumble of colors and nutrition

The tomatoes keep rolling in from our garden. The heat keeps pressing down without a break. Keeping the kitchen temps lowered helps make the house bearable on a sweltering day. This recipe meets a lot of needs in all those afore-mentioned regards.

Tomato Panzanella features cooked fresh corn kernels, gorgeous tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and fresh basil. Some French bread (toasted in a countertop toaster, not by firing up the oven) gets tossed in.

Along with some fresh melon on the side, this dish made a welcome meal for Hubby and me on a recent mop-the-brow summer evening. The vibrant color of everything jumbled together added to our enjoyment. Cool and delicious!

Tomato Panzanella

1 cup cooked fresh corn kernels
2 pounds large heirloom tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon white cooking wine
1/2 (16-ounce) French bread loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes and toasted
1 English cucumber, sliced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup torn fresh basil
salt (or salt substitute) and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

Toss together all ingredients. Let stand 30 minutes. Add sherry vinegar; toss to combine. Makes 4 to 6 servings. (Source: Southern Living July 2012)

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