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April 2013

First Grill of the Season!

Asparagus tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper headed for the grill this week.  I threw in a plum tomato as well for G.  Our first grilling of 2013!




Mom's 'Fridge Pickles - from Fresh Every Day by Sara Foster with Carolynn Carreno

My first choice for trying a recipe from Fresh Every Day was an easy one.  I thought having some fridge pickles would be a tiny harbinger of spring whenever I opened my fridge.  I even had a mason jar I could use to store the crunchy go-to snack.

These pickles are so easy and so good.  I'm planning on having them in the fridge throughout spring and summer.

Into the mason jar and with a good shake went white vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper, whole cloves, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, and dill seed.  Then I added some thinly sliced kirby (pickling) cucumbers and white onion.  Ta da!  Tasty pickles that will last for at least a month in your fridge.

Pickle mix


Cukes two




Pickles two

April Cookbook Spotlight - Fresh Every Day: More Great Recipes from Foster's Market

In my constant work in cookbook discovering, I always keep an eye out for Southern cooks and authors.  I spent some happy years in Nashville in the nineties and have been under the spell of Southern food ever since.

I found Sara Foster and Foster's Market a couple of years back in my internet and library searches.  As a dedicated farm market consumer, I was especially attracted to the fresh aspect of this cookbook published in 2005.

(Foster's Market has two locations in Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.)