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Okra! It’s one of those vegetables where you find very little middle ground. It seems that people either love it or they hate it. I, of course, fall into the “love it” category. I like it every single way I’ve ever had it. Fried, boiled, in gumbo, in soup, and of course the classic dish of okra and tomatoes.

BeeBop on the other hand, falls into the “hate it” category. Just not his thing. That’s okay. We don’t judge. I try to tell him what he’s missing, but that just falls on deaf ears.

Okra and tomatoes is a quick side dish that goes with so many entrees.  And the frozen okra is always just as good as fresh. Cooking okra with something slightly acidic like tomatoes, cuts out nearly all of the slime factor, too.

So, next time you’re at the grocery store, grab a bag of frozen okra and give this a try.

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Fresh, green butter beans. What a southern summer time delight! Served alongside fried chicken with cornbread and sliced tomatoes on the side, butter beans are a perennial favorite at many a southern table.

Now, I’ve read lots of opinions about whether butter beans and lima beans are the same thing. And I still don’t know for sure. They certainly don’t taste anything alike to me. Lima beans, in my opinion, have a horrible mealy quality that I dislike. Butter beans, on the other hand, have a luscious creamy texture. Limas are pale grey to white when cooked and butter beans keep their pretty green color.

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“Summer time and the living is easy.” Really? Easy, maybe; HOT, yes! Today was the tenth day in a row with high temperatures above 90 degrees and humidity to match. But that’s really just typical for the deep south at this time of year. Hot and humid. So humid that there’s a hazy look in the air. It’s like living in a sauna, but hey, it’s wonderful for your complexion!

Because of the heat I was looking for something fabulous for dinner that wouldn’t heat up the kitchen and I found it in this delicious grilled recipe from Real Simple (www.realsimple.com). This chicken is marinated in a wonderful citrus and rosemary mixture, grilled and then served with a salad of romaine, orange sections and grilled onions.

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salad_basketToday was an absolutely beautiful spring day here in north Georgia. So beautiful, in fact, that I could not resist spending part of my lunch hour outside on the deck…a wonderful benefit of working from home.

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On my way out the door I picked up my kitchen shears and a basket and filled it with the most gorgeous baby salad greens from a large, long planter that BeeBop put out on the deck for me. I’ve never grown salad greens or radishes before. This is my first attempt. I have to tell you it’s so easy. They practically take care of themselves.

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broccolini

 Bonus time! The sauteed broccolini is a bonus Barefoot Blogger recipe for the month of March and it was chosen by Mary of Meet Me in the Kitchen. I actually made this to serve with the Chicken Piccata a few days ago. BeeBop and I were both kinda on the fence about it. I’ve cooked broccolini a few times in the past and we’ve never really been crazy about it. And, truth be told, this was much the same. If you just want something different for a side dish, though, this could work. So, if you want to give it a try, then…

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veggies_zukescooked

This is really more of a technique than an actual recipe. When we think we could not possibly eat one more bite of steamed broccoli or green beans, I know it’s time to get out the baking pans and roast those veggies! Really, roasting is my favorite way of preparing most vegetables. It brings out the flavors in a way that steaming or boiling just doesn’t. All that deep brown, caramelized goodness that you get from oven roasting…yum, yum.

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Crash Hot Potatoes

crash_potatoes_platedI first saw these potatoes on The Pioneer Woman‘s blog. She has some really amazing looking recipes, but this one just jumped off the page. We really like potatoes and what could be bad about combining them with some olive oil and rosemary, one of my favorite herbs. These are really easy to do, but you do have to start them in advance since you’ll be cooking them twice.

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