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Merry Christmas to All!

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Great Trip to Little River Canyon Last Week!

Little River Canyon

Had an early lunch at the Wildflower Cafe in Mentone, AL, walked along a trail in Desoto State Park and took a nice drive along the Little River Canyon rim drive before heading home.  

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Frank Stitt’s Chilled Tomato Soup

Made this soup several weeks ago. It is sort of like a gazpacho soup, but all the chopped vegetables are floated on a toasted slice of bread. Regardless, it was an absolutely delicious bowl of soup! Perfect for summer and great with those excellent Alabama tomatoes.  

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Steelhead Trout with Potato Crisps and Spinach

Dinner Saturday night: Potatoes sliced thin and crisped in the oven, panko breaded okra, cucumbers soaked in rice wine vinegar and spinach sauteed with garlic and shallots. And the steelhead trout, brushed with Alabama honey, soy sauce and ground peppers.

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Recent Trip to Northwest Alabama

Natchez Trace

Had a great trip to Florence, Tuscumbia and along the Natchez Trace (pictured above) last week with my friend Ben Burford. What a beautiful part of Alabama.  

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Pan Seared Black Snapper with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Have been getting some great fish from Snapper Grabbers lately. Last night’s black snapper was amazingly fresh and delicious. Simple preparation. I learned a great trick from Cooks Illustrated–I should have thought of it myself, but oh well: sprinkle about 1/8th to 1/4 of a teaspoon on each filet of fish along with any spices […]

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Snow in Birmingham

May not be a big deal everywhere, but snow in Birmingham brings everything to a halt. It was beautiful though–most snow we’ve seen in years!

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Sister Julia and my great niece (in more than one way) Morgan

Christmas 2009 in Octagon. Got to see my very photogenic great niece along with my sister and her grandmother Julia.

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Our Two Beach Trips

Ann and I have been on the go the last couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, we went to San Destin for a work-related trip and then headed to Santa Rosa the following weekend with Ann’s mom for a short vacation planned well before we knew we were heading to Paris or to San Destin […]

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Fried Green Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Made a surprisingly quick and tasty dinner last night. Had a green tomato that I soaked in buttermilk before coating with a combination of Italian breadcrumbs, cornmeal and flour. I then re-dipped in buttermilk lightly and added a crust of panko breadcrumbs. I chopped and seeded a fresh tomato (really beautiful one, at that) and […]

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