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This was the video that made me fall in love with Andrew Bird–the combination of the haunting music and the ink illustrations and the wonderful myth of it all.

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So my Mom had been reminiscing about some of the things her relatives in Alabama used to say, and how much she was in the mood to watch Fried Green Tomatoes.  I was ashamed to say I’d never seen the movie.  Gasp!  I know.  Well I had the house to myself a couple nights ago, so I watched it on YouTube. It’s such a beautiful film!  Here’s a scene when the main character, Idgie, is first trying to cook fried green tomatoes:

That got me to googling recipes and today I made fried green tomatoes for lunch!  As luck would have it, my neighbor was digging up his tomato plants for the season a couple days ago, and he had five tomatoes on the bush that were still green.  He asked if we wanted them.  Heck yes!  To make my fried green tomatoes I used a recipe by Robin Shreeves, who had adapted it from a recipe by the Neelys on Food Network.

Ingredients

  • Oil
  • 4 green tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch rings
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • pinch paprika

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Directions

  1. In a deep-fryer, preheat oil to 350 degrees F or heat oil in frying pan on stove top.
  2. Season tomatoes, on both sides, with pepper.
  3. Place flour and garlic powder in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, beat eggs with the milk. In another dish, mix bread crumbs with cayenne and paprika.
  4. Dredge tomatoes through the flour, then the eggs, and then through the bread crumbs. Add only a few pieces to the fryer at a time, so they can cook evenly, about 2 to 3 minutes in the fryer or 2 to 3 minutes per side in the frying pan – flipping occasionally. Drain on paper towels and serve sauce.

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Eat with your fingers for best results!! 😀

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(note the absence of utensils!)

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Weeki Wachee is my favorite park of “Old Florida” (which includes attractions that are often overlooked by Disney-goers, like Gatorland, the glass-bottom boat rides at Silver Springs, and Leu Gardens).  Weeki Wachee’s natural springs make this attraction the most magical place of all because they contain something no mouse can beat–real mermaids!!

The park was almost closed due to waning interest, but the state saved it (yayyy!), so I’m hoping to make another trip there before I move out of the state.

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I am so in love with the trailer for the Where the Wild Things Are movie that is coming out this October (so far away!!!)  The light and the scenery are so magical and I love how Spike Jonze brings imagination to life.  This was one of my favorite children's books, and I think the film is going to be fabulous.

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Today I had another 2 pm breakfast to photograph and post on Flickr.  This time I had pie & ice cream.  Yum!

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I don’t think I’ve ever eaten pie for breakfast before.  After breakfast on several occasions.  But never for before.

What are some things that you’ve never done before?  Try doing one today!

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