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.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fresher-than-fresh orange juice adds to divine, Sunshine Carrot glaze

I’ve prepared this recipe for years. In fact, in our early days of marriage it was my go-to, impressive veggie side any time we had company. The gingered-honey glaze on the carrot dish always made the steamed carrots look spectacular. Even with reluctant kiddos this method was a good way to be sure carrots were downed.

But I never had had the opportunity to stir up the glaze with absolutely fresh-off-the-tree oranges squeezed into my measuring cup for the orange-juice addition. I’ve blogged about how our trip West gave us the rare treat of toting home oranges grown on our very own tree and picked in the peak of citrus season. So when I thought of what were the most delectable ways to use my fresh-squeezed orange juice, this time-honored recipe of course sprang to mind.

Sunshine Carrots appeared in my first cookbook, Way Back in the Country; I had gleaned it from my  staple Better Homes & Gardens recipe album that I received as a wedding gift more than four decades ago. Steamed, sliced carrots are topped with golden sauce for a masterful side. Pouring in orange juice from the store jugs is, of course, a totally acceptable addition, but when the chance arises to use oranges that are fresher than the morning dew, do plunge right in!

Sunshine Carrots

5 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon sugar (or sugar substitute)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt (or salt substitute)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons margarine

Cook carrots until tender; drain. In small saucepan combine next four ingredients Add orange juice; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Add margarine. Stir well. Pour over carrots. Toss to coat. Serves 4.

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