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Old 04-15-2009, 12:28 AM   #15
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Can anyone tell me what happened to cooking in America? We used to have wonderful food traditions and now...well...
Great questions! Read Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," if you're into that kind of thing. I'm really enjoying it. A lot is preaching to the choir, in my case, but there's some good info there...including a chapter about JUST what you're asking!

Back to the garden....

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Old 04-15-2009, 12:29 AM   #16
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Hi: All... I didn't think it died per se but just played out like the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "OKRAHOMA"
In our family, it's tradition to Boo at the best of the puns.

You get a BIG BOOOOOOOOO HISSSS!

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Old 02-23-2016, 12:37 PM   #17
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Raised in Mississippi, we ate a lot of okra from the garden! I recently went to Dickies BBQ and had fried okra. Even as fast food, they were little bites of my childhood.


We don't see okra in Sacramento, CA often.
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For the record, the okra Ches tried to fry, back in the day, was canned.

And yes, the pics of it were disgustingly hilarious. I laughed 'til my eyes leaked.

I tried to get him to go for a do over, but he declined.
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:33 PM   #19
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I challenge anyone driving the back roads of Alabama to find a mom & pop restaurant that does NOT have fried okra on their buffet line! If it's not there alongside black-eyed peas, collards, and tater-tots, one quickly questions the heritage of the proprietors and on what side of "The War of Northern Aggression" their ancestors fought. And the most popular menu items usually start with a stick of melted butter (Paula Dean style). Heart healthy - no. Loyal repeat customers - you bet.
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I challenge anyone driving the back roads of Alabama to find a mom & pop restaurant that does NOT have fried okra on their buffet line! If it's not there alongside black-eyed peas, collards, and tater-tots, one quickly questions the heritage of the proprietors and on what side of "The War of Northern Aggression" their ancestors fought. And the most popular menu items usually start with a stick of melted butter (Paula Dean style). Heart healthy - no. Loyal repeat customers - you bet.

Yep. Love fried okra and black-eyed peas. There are, however, some who would ask on which side of "The War of Southern Treachery" their ancestors fought. In either case, a lot of good people on both sides died unnecessarily, both on the battlefields and in the prison camps. Okra, incidentally, has its roots (no pun intended) in Africa.


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Old 03-13-2016, 02:28 PM   #21
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My wife and I grew a large garden up until recently. We ate,froze or canned everything we grew . We butchered chickens in the fall
and made homemade sausage .We still make large batches of soup ,spaghetti sauce ,chili and stew which we freeze for future meals. My wife bakes bread about every other day . Our 4 daughters were raised around home cooking . Unfortunately the skills were not passed on. My daughters want nothing to do with cooking ,canning ,making sausage , growing a garden or anything you can't buy in the store. They in their own words have been "LIBERATED" . I still don't understand what is liberating about boxed Mac & cheese ,frozen pizzas or canned soup. The funny part is they love to watch cooking shows on PBS .
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First time my wife tried raising okra in our garden, there was lots of vegetative growth but few pods. Our old-time gardener neighbor took one look at the plants and said they needed "whipped". Say what? He picked up a small branch that had fallen from a nearby oak tree and used the stick to whip (break) off a bunch of the leaves from each plant. Walla! They started setting on more pods! And if you want a garden that keeps on giving, try raising sweet potatoes. Once they take hold, good luck stopping them from growing in your garden! If they were a weed, they would be classified as "invasive"! Yummy, but they can become too much of a good thing....
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In our family, it's tradition to Boo at the best of the puns.

You get a BIG BOOOOOOOOO HISSSS!

Hi: JenPB... This year we brought a couple jars of pickled Okrahoma from Gulf Shores Ala. Dilled and mildly spiced... Some like it HOT!!! YUMMM. http://www.talkoftexas.com
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Does anyone actually eat OKRA?
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We are Texans. Mom's family traces its roots to the Battle of San Jacinto. We all love okra. Five of the six granddaughters love fried okra, and I'm still working on the 4 year old. I can't imagine southern cuisine without okra. Is it still gumbo without okra? Yes, there are millions of us who eat okra!

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I tried fried okra for the first time this winter while in Florida. Love it!!!!
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I grow Okra down here in Georgia and love it, southern fried with a flour & corn meal batter, in my homemade bbq brunswick stew, in soup, even pickled Okra!
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I grew up in central Florida, and Mom would sometimes make "cooked" Okra. Slimy, nasty, awful (you get the idea). I have heard fried it's good, but the bad memory lingers in my mind. Jim G.
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