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Slow Roasted Fresh Strawberries

Slow Roasted Fresh Strawberries, fresh strawberries sprinkled generously with sugar, and lightly with salt and pepper, baked slowly until the strawberries release their juices and slightly caramelize.  These strawberries go brilliantly in all kinds of desserts. One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh fruit in the grocery stores.  I  almost always tend to buy more than we can eat, that including fresh strawberries, and I wait until the last minute to use them up before they spoil.   This summer I started slow roasting half of the strawberries when I buy them.  I like to roast them whole instead of slicing them.  The berries hold their shape well while roasting coming out plump and luscious.

Slow Roasted Strawberry No Churn Ice Cream

Slow Roasted Strawberry No Churn Ice Cream, an intense, bold strawberry flavor created by roasting fresh strawberries and incorporating them into a no churn ice cream recipe. To celebrate the last few days of summer, we are planning our Labor Day weekend with an America theme potluck, including a backyard BBQ, spectacular pasta salads, easy side dishes that require little cooking time, and for dessert no churn ice cream. It took me a while to get on the no churn ice cream wagon.  I wish I had joined in on the fun way to make ice cream a long time ago.

Fried Green Tomato, Bacon and Pimento Sandwich

Fried Green Tomato, Bacon and Pimento Sandwich, homemade pimento cheese, crispy bacon, glorious fried green tomatoes sandwiched between two slices of golden toasted bread.  The ultimate summertime sandwich that sings the taste of the South. What do you do when you have leftover fried green tomatoes, crispy bacon, and pimento cheese?  You guessed it, make Fried Green Tomato, Bacon and Pimento Sandwiches.   I like to fry up a considerable amount of green tomatoes for a meal.  We love them leftover.  You may ask are they still crispy leftover.   My recipe for green fried tomatoes lends the best texture for leftovers.   I always cook twice the amount of bacon for breakfast too for leftovers or to sprinkle on vegetables we have for supper.   The pimento cheese is made ahead for a quick sandwich for lunch on most days.  Pimento Cheese will keep in the fridge for weeks.  An excellent snack to have with crackers watching tv.

Epic Fried Green Tomato BLT Club Sandwich

Fried Green Tomato BLT Club Sandwich, three slices of sandwich white bread toasted and layered in between with perfectly fried green tomatoes with crispy bacon for the first layer and a  perfectly ripe beefsteak tomato with crispy bacon for the second layer.  Two classic sandwiches gloriously combined into one Epic sandwich cut into quarters and held together with toothpicks!    As the summer comes to an end, I am getting in as many fried green tomatoes as I can.  One of my favorite ways to eat them is in a sandwich.  There is just something about all that mayonnaise, a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper sandwiched between to pieces of bread, even toasted.  So good! My favorite sandwich is a BLT.  And my personal favorite way to eat a BLT is in the style of a club sandwich, epic!   When I was a little girl, we lived in Columbia, South America.  My Dad worked for Shell Oil Company, and we were part of 100 Americans who worked and lived in a little town in Columbia.  

Southern Fresh Cherry Cake

Southern Fresh Cherry Cake, quick and easy deliciously moist cake, made with self rising flour a touch of cornmeal, buttermilk, eggs, and butter.  Serve it plain with a dollop of whip cream or as we did with a dusting of powdered sugar.   The cherries are so plentiful in the grocery stores right now and what better way to showcase them than to make a Southern Fresh Cherry Cake.   I actually had to buy a couple of bags of the cherries to have enough to make the cake.  My grandsons are huge fans of these little jewels.   Like most fruits, fresh cherries have the pros and cons.  Fresh Cherries do not have a lot of nutritional value, but they are high in water content and are super beneficial to eat in the summer to hydrate.

Southern Shrimp Sausage Vegetable Skillet

Southern Shrimp Sausage Vegetable Skillet, fresh summer vegetables, turkey kielbasa, and shrimp layered in a skillet with a sprinkle of spicy!  Who says healthy can't be delicious?  If you are looking for a low carb meal that takes literally 20 minutes to make, then you are in luck.  An added bonus is all the fresh vegetables in this recipe is in season right now.  Summer never looked so good or should I say, Tasty! haha! I love all the gorgeous color in this Southern Shrimp Sausage Vegetable Skillet one pot meal.  An easy colossal one pot meal.

Southern Fried Green Tomato Stacks as Appetizers or Elegant Sides

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes, crispy on the outside tender and meaty on the inside, yielding a tangy sweet flavor like no other.  Serve them stacked as a delightful appetizer or an elegant side dish. It is time for Fried Green Tomatoes!  Summer is synonymous with Fried Green Tomatoes in my neck of the woods.   Right now we are in the middle of fresh garden vegetables appearing in Farmer's Markets and some local grocery stores.  I must say the first thing I check for in my local grocery is if they have any green tomatoes.  Last year they kept coming in the store until late September here in Texas.     I only buy a few green tomatoes at a time to make sure that they are nice and firm when I get ready to fry them. I like to pick out firm green tomatoes and some that are a little pink.   They are the ones that are just starting to show some ripeness, sweeter yet still tangy in taste too.   It is just a preference.

No Churn Peach Cobbler Ice Cream

No Churn Peach Cobbler Ice Cream,  fresh peach cobbler pieces folded into a leftover homemade creamy vanilla ice cream recipe, one irresistible frozen dessert. Do you like Homemade Peach Cobbler with a Double Crust?   How about Peach Ice Cream?  It gets even better, how about No Churn Peach Cobbler Ice Cream?    We are especially fond of a big scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream over a warm bowl of homemade peach cobbler.  This is how it goes, while the peach cobbler is baking, we are making a freezer of homemade vanilla ice cream, epic! Depending on how many are at our house when we make it, I will freeze any leftovers.  The same goes for the peach cobbler.  If it is just Jim and me, we always have peach cobbler leftover.

American Flag Pie with Homemade Pie Crust

American Flag Pie, made with a homemade pie crust that brings this pie to a rich balance of buttery flakiness as well as a luscious sweet-tart taste of homemade pie filling.    My Mother taught me long ago that a pie is only as good as the crust.  There is some high quality ready made pie crust in the stores today, but when I was growing up, that was not the case. I learned to make pie dough from my Mother and perfected it in my Home Economics class in high school. I recommend making a homemade pie crust if at all possible.  For the American Flag Pie recipe, I use one of my favorite pie crust recipes.

Kolache Biscuits

Kolach Biscuits, tender, sweet biscuit dough with a well in the center filled with blackberry or strawberry jam, blueberry or cherry pie filling,  or a mixture of sweetened cream cheese.   Kolache Biscuits are a cross between a sweet pastry that originated in Europe including eventually making its way to a little town in central Texas and the classic biscuit that is popular all over the south.