I’ll confess, there were some pretty big whoops around the TV last night when the New York Giants pulled off their upset Super Bowl victory. John’s from NYC, so you know, a no-brainer for him… My stepdaughter and I were just a teensy bit swayed by the Tom Brady Cuteness factor, but I was glad for such an exciting game and to see John and Nathan so jazzed. Homemade pizza and a win, sheesh, the Super Bowl was actually fun this year, I can’t remember the last time I thought that! (As in, never?)
Tonight, it’s all quiet again; in fact I dined solo, so (naturally) took the opportunity to whip up a few of my favorite tasties – particularly those that no one else in the fam particularly enjoys…
I’ve been flipping through a gorgeous new cookbook, The Gift of Southern Cooking, by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock, so was inspired to whip up some grits (I often make grits/polenta when I’m cooking just for myself) to enjoy alongside a simple saute of okra, tomatoes, onion, and a bit of bacon (recipe posted in comments, below). Deeeelicious. Keep this dish in mind this summer, when there are both just-picked okra and perfectly ripe tomatoes at the farmer’s market. Fresh sweet corn would be a delicious addition. Or perhaps that’s gilding the lily – you decide. The dish is completely successful in the winter as well – just choose grape cherry tomatoes (sweet even in the winter), and unblemished, plump okra (skip if they’re shriveled).
This Yankee lurves me some okra. And grits. And cracklins, biscuits, fried chicken, braised greens, pork in every iteration, black-eyed peas, sweet iced tea, and most likely crayfish, too, if I had access. Yeeeeehaw!