Being from the South, this book grabbed my attention. Most people automatically assume if it is cooked in the South then it has to be fattening, but this is so not true. What I loved most about New Southern Table: Classic Ingredients Revisited is I found tons of recipes using veggies that I grow in the garden during summer months and brings a completely new twist to some old favorites.
One veggie that is a favorite of mine is Okra. Now I grew up knowing the old way to eat Okra is breaded and fried. I'm not saying this is terrible and I do enjoy it that way on very rare occasions but for the most part we prepare it in healthier ways in our family. We tried the recipe below and it's AMAZING!!
2 pounds okra, any tough stem ends trimmed away and discarded
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided plus more to taste
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-size shallot, diced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped or 2 cups tomato puree
1 cup water, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons minced fresh marjoram
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Place the okra in a large glass or plastic bowl, toss with the vinegar to coat and season with 1 tablespoon of the salt. Toss to combine, and set aside for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour, stirring once or twice; rinse the okra well in a colander, and pat dry.
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, to toast it on the bottom of the pan, 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the okra, tomatoes, the 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 cup water, bring to a boil, cover and cook stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes or until the sauce thickens and the okra is tender. Add a little water if the pan gets dry as the okra cooks. Add the marjoram and feta, stir to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.
About the Book:
Immerse yourself in New Southern Table, a celebration of food, culture, and quintessential Southern
Often oversimplified as "y'all" cuisine, Southern food, at its hard and soul, has always been fueled by local ingredients and flavors. Okra, peaches, pecans and collard greens are just a few of the beloved Southern ingredients found on farms-and dinner tables-all across American South. However, many world cuisines have developed age-old flavor combinations, techniques and dishes based on these very same ingredients- from lima beans to sweet potatoes in South America to corn and watermelon in Asia. With 100 recipes, each showcasing home-grown ingredients,New Southern Table tours through French, Mediterranean, Asian, and Latin cuisines.
Try Greek-inspired Okra with Tomato, Feta, and Marjoram (recipe above) or Caribbean-infused Coconut Hoppin' John. Savor flavorful main dishes such as Herb Grilled Bison with Fig Chutney and sides such as Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Tahini Yogurt-a unique spin on meat and potatoes. Sicilian Watermelon Pudding elegantly balances sweet, sour and bitter flavors.
All in all we that the recipes in this book are packed with flavor because that's one thing us Southern cooks love is flavor. There is nothing worse than spending time making a dish to realize that it's just way too bland. Also, even though the recipes are not the typical "southern" dish per say the ingredients are very easy to find. Even in the small town I live in, I have no problems getting my hands on the ingredients that this book calls for. This is a book that I would highly recommend and the recipes are for the most part kid-friendly which is a plus!!
About: A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.
I admit that my husband had his doubts since I was going to let this watch be for him. In his mind I think he was expecting something that looked cheap and didn't hold up well, but he was VERY wrong. The Jord watches are absolutely beautiful and so unique. I can easily see these as making an fantastic gift for anyone!!
- Hardened, Scratch-proof glass face: 30mm diameter
- Frame/bezel: 39mm diameter
- Band width: 20mm
- Lug ends: 45mm
- Single action locking clasp (stainless steel)
- Citizen Miyota movement
We love our VeggieTales! We all sat down to enjoy Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier. I have to say this feature was one of my favorites! So many pop-culture references to: Dr. Who, Star Wars, and Star Trek It had us all chuckling!
You can order your copy of VeggieTales - Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier at VeggieTales.com.
Also be sure to check out VeggieTales on Pinterest for a slew of printable activities for this new movie!
Loved this DVD. I love how after all these years VeggieTales doesn't comprise on their original purpose. They still share Bible principles in fun ways for kids (and adults!). This particular DVD was all about sharing. It was pretty obvious early on that the USS Applepies had problems in this area. They learn the lesson in sharing and helping. One thing this dvd did that I enjoyed was incorporated a lot of songs through out. What a great way to really cement the idea. The whole movie is a spoof off of Star Trek with Bob as Mr. Spork (Spock) and Larry as Captian Cuke (Captain Kirk). I loved this as well. We giggled at the references to our favorite sci-fi shows. It was done well and not at all over the top! If you love VeggieTales then your sure to enjoy this DVD as well.
Every since my boys caught the preview of Mr. Peabody & Sherman they have been counting down the days until it comes to the big screen. Every day my six year old asks me the date and I have a feeling that we will be first in line when it arrives.
Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell, Emmy Award® Winner -Modern Family), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman (Max Charles -The Amazing Spiderman), use their time machine—the WABAC—to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.
This week we have had a blast with reading, playing games, and learning with Dr. Seuss. We have made some awesome crafts, fun recipes and just had a great time with words.
During this week we read some of our favorite books such as Cat In The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks and many, many more. Of course we also has to include a few crafts and a photo area. Who doesn't love putting up cool little mustaches and hats for a photo opp..right?
We also enjoyed watching a few of our favorite Dr. Seuss movies such as Horton Hears A Who, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and Dr Seuss: Green Eggs & Ham & Other Stories
On Monday we plan on a huge celebration for Hats Off To Reading and the boys are super excited. We got our party supplies from Birthday Express and can't be happier. The Dr. Seuss party kit that can be used for Hats Off To Reading or even a birthday party for your little Dr. Seuss fan is reasonably priced at only $10. That's not bad considering you get all this:
- 8 Dinner Plates
- 8 Dessert Plates
- 8 Cups
- 8 Lunch Napkins
- Solid Tablecloth
- Forks and Spoons
I love beauty and skin care. I especially love products that love me back! What do I mean by that? I like products that are natural and good for my body. Those are the ones I feel good about using. 100% Pure is one of those companies that uses great ingredients and has a great product.
What does 100% Pure Mean?
There are many toxic chemicals in cosmetic products that have been clinically proven to cause cancer, tumors, irritation and many different skin disorders. 100% Pure products are truly 100% Pure. That means there are no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins. Truly health food for your skin.
Vanilla Bean Body Scrub
- 100% natural, 100% vegan, gluten free
- leaves skin soft, smooth, healthy glowing and vibrant
- concentrated with powerful antioxidants and vitamins
Fruit Pigmented Black Tea Mascara
- 100% natural, 100% vegetarian
- colored with black tea and berry pigments
- lengthens, seperates, thickens and glosses lashes
- water and smudge resistant; suitable for sensitive eyes
My Thoughts:100% Pure sent me two products for this review. Mascara & Body Scrub. I have to tell you I loved them both. Let me break down my thoughts for you! The Vanilla Body Scrub was so luxurious! It smells heavenly and leaves your skin so soft and moisturized. I honestly love this product! My only word of caution is to be careful because it makes your shower slippery. The scrub sloughs off all your dead skin and then washes easily away. What your left behind with is soft hydrated skin. Simply wonderful!
Now onto the second product. Fruit Pigmented Black Tea Mascara is anything but your basic mascara! First off it doesn't have a nasty chemical smell like most mascaras do. The wand (pictured above) is very different. I loved the design, it made applying product to the corner of your eye so easy. It is hard to see but it is somewhat triangular as well as hourglass shaped. Very unique. Now all that said, I bet you want to know how well it works? It was good! I'm picky with mascara because I want long, beautiful lashes. This was achievable with a few coats. It builds nicely without getting clumpy. It is an awesome choice for a natural mascara.
So those are my thoughts! Have you tried any products from 100% Pure? If so I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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