Archive for July, 2012

An American Heirloom that has a orange color with a hint of neon in it. It has a great texture and is a must for the tomato salad. It is rich and fruity in taste and is big enough to be a slicer. You can be creative with it in the kitchen as they have an excellent flavor.

Here we go again. No this tomato is not from Europe but rather Ohio. It is another Pink tomato that actually is very sweet. It can grow up rather large and is very similar to the Brandywine Pink but more cosmetically perfect. It is good for sandwiches, salads, and canning.

Ha, ha. Fooled you again. This tomato is another one from Russia. It’s shape is along the line of a Bartlett Pear. It is purplish-black in color. This is known for its rich smoky flavor. It is not known for the sweeter black tomatoes like Cherokee and Carbon. It will be a little more meatier than the Black Prince which will make it good for sandwiches and salads. Its flavor will not disappoint.

Yes there are many great recipes for fried Okra. It is a big hit in the South and has not changed in many years. However experimenting with recipes and passing the information on has always been a thrill. Since we live in Maryland, home of the blue crab, what else would make Fried Okra good. Well you guessed it now. Maryland Style Fried Okra.
The recipe is simple and should take about 10 minutes to prepare depending on the size you are cooking.

1 lb. fresh Deep Cove Farms Okra
1 cup corn meal
1 cup flour,
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red or black pepper
2 cups buttermilk (i always use buttermilk when I am coating items for frying whether it is chicken, or in this case okra)
1 egg.
vegetable oil (sorry it does make the fried food taste better)
Old Bay Seasoning (depends on your taste the amount you use)
First thing is cut to wash and then cut the ends off the okra. Than cut the okra into 1/2 inch pieces.
After you complete that put the buttermilk and one egg into a mixing bowl, blend and than mix in the okra
Let that sit in refrig for about 1/2 hour.
While that is going on, blend your corn meal, flour, salt, and pepper.
Now add you item that will make this Southern Maryland fried Okra, Old Bay Seasoning.
I like mind a little on the stronger side so I use 1/4 cup some might not like it that spicy or some might want to at more
Mix together and than add the okra
Blend and then in a fryer or skillet(with about 2″ of veggie oil) but the okra in in batches.
Fried until a golden brown. than enjoy