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More Summer Fixin’s!



Grab a cookbook and go!

Good Ole’ Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (can’t find the publication date but I bought it in 2003) by my side! Tonight I served Red Long Chinese Beans with Sherry Cream Sauce, Italian Yellow Squash-Tomato Skillet, and Fried Okra.


First I washed the beans, cut them in bite sized pieces, boiled them, and set them aside.


Then I made the sherry cream sauce.


And mixed them together. (They turned a dark, almost black color.)


The okra came from the farm in all sizes – and I’ve never seen red okra before! I washed it, cut off the stems and cut them into bite sized pieces. Some were slimy some were not. They were definitely still as fresh as when I got them! The recipe called for flour and corn meal but I had a Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix box and used that instead. (It turned out so sweet because of this mix!) And the recipe was for “Cajun Fried Okra” but I didn’t want the ‘Cajun’ so I just used Adobo All Purpose Seasoning Salt instead.


I heated up some shortening in a skillet while I tossed half the okra in an egg/milk mixture then tossed it in a bag with the corn bread mix and seasoning salt. As you can see it cooked up very nicely! (Mmmmmmm, I can almost smell it!)

I forgot to take a picture of the beautiful yellow squash before slicing them and tossing them with tomatoes, onions, and some fresh basil from Farmer Z! When I sat down to eat, each vegetable was still crisp tender and not overcooked. Perfect!


Not exactly meal partners but it sure was satisfying!


Willa Deane’s Breakfast Casserole

From St. Peter’s Family Recipes – Old & New Favorites cookbook page 84 by Belinda Bost. A great simple breakfast casserole from a church cookbook – the perfect dish to add some GREENS!


  • 1/2 bag herb bread crumbs
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheese (I used mild cheddar cheese)
  • 2 lbs. mild Jimmy Dean sausage, cooked and drained (I used just one)
  • 1 bunch greens, cooked and chopped (kale, chard, spinach, turnip/collard/radish greens)
  • 2 cups milk (I used just one)
  • 3/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs

Spray 9″ x 13″ dish with cooking spray. Cover the bottom of dish with herb bread crumbs. Top with sausage and cheese (here is where I added the cooked, chopped greens). Mix mushroom soup with 1/2 cup milk and pour over sausage and cheese. Mix eggs and 2 cups milk. Pour over soup mixture. Bake at 300° for 1 1/2 hours. *Can be prepared ahead of time–add egg mixture before baking. *Great anytime *The Bost Bunch loves it!