Posts Tagged ‘Alabama’

Woodsy, Wonderful Watercress

 

photo courtesy of Ilona Daniel

photo courtesy of Ilona Daniel

 

Foraging judiciously for delicious edible plants in the wilds is a great way to get in touch with nature and add a little environmentally friendly wow factor to your dinner table. Every spring, it seems, people traipse through woodlands on a culinary quest for fiddleheads, ramps and dandelion greens, and summer lures into the forests and fields for morels and other wild mushrooms, and raspberries, wild blueberries, serviceberries and, if you live in Newfoundland, bakeapples. And, if you are lucky you can add another item to nature’s shopping cart the next time you’re foraging in the woods near a cold stream; watercress.

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The Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook

Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” is one of the best novels for referencing the iconic foods of the South. There were scuppernongs and pecans in “To Kill A Mockingbird” and a very memorable chocolate pie in “The Help”, but they were no match for the biscuits, barbecue, sausage gravy, country ham and, of course, fried green tomatoes of Flagg’s most popular work which went on to become an international bestseller, with the eventual movie version being nominated for two Oscars. Continue »