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It's Saturday and I'm headed for my garden... 
 
May 30, 2009 6:40 am 
Updated: Jun. 16, 2009 9:57 am
Hopefully the mosquitos have thinned out and it's a glorious and rare day in southern Alabama.  We've had lots of rain (that hasn't happened in years) during May and my veggies are calling.  I'll plant a few late tomatoes today and replace a couple of peppers that have given up.  The green beans are filled with blossoms that would make a flower garden weep from envy and the garlics have glorious purple blooms waving in the gentle breeze.  I'll bid a fond farewell to my lettuce patch as it's becoming bitter in the increasing heat...dig it up and replant with the black eyed peas I bought on Hump Day in eager anticipation of this chance.  Occasionally this middle aged lady will sit down on her patio that is framed with graceful wild bushes carefully pruned to provide a canopy of shade as the sun rises higher in the sky.  Iced tea will await me there.  I've worked all week for this day and no one is going to cheat me out of it.  I'll leave the phone inside...  It's days like this that I'm reminded that Jesus went to the garden to pray...
 
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May 30, 2009 7:50 am
i couldn't coax my green peppers into life either...i don't know why, by they were just stubborn this year. your garden sounds beautiful, take some pictures for us sometime?
 
May 31, 2009 10:22 am
I agree. Your garden sounds wonderful. I too have a problem with pepper plants. It rains enough in WV so I don't think that was the problem. Last year it never got over 85 degrees so I'm hoping this summer will be hotter. Maybe then they will like me more.
 
May 31, 2009 10:25 am
Oh. Most of last year's summer was very mild. About 60s and 70s. It only got 83 degrees 1 time.
 
alafan 
Jun. 16, 2009 9:57 am
HELLO, I KNOW IT HAS BEEN AWHILE, BUT WAS WONDERING IF YOUR PEPPER PLANTS DID ANY BETTER? WE ARE IN SC AND HAVE ALWAYS HAD PEPPER PLANTS THAT DID VERY WELL BUT THIS YEAR HAS NOT BEEN GOOD FOR MY FEW LITTLE PLANTS. THEY HAVE TURNED BLACK ON THE SIDES AND DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED.
 
 
 
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Emily Tisdale

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Aug. 2007

Cooking Level
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Cooking Interests
Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Hunting, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I've published two cookbooks, "Emily's Kitchen" and "The Country Gourmet". I'm currently working on my third..."Cooking Down a Country Road". Cooking is a passion, not a drudgery for me and I love to create new recipes. I love home canning and usually put up about 600-700 jars of fruits, veggies, jams, jellies, chutneys and various sauces per year. A lot is from my garden but a trip to the farm stands always gives me plenty of ambition to stock up for the winter. I count myself lucky to have a husband who is ALWAYS ready to try a new recipe and who is honest enough to tell me "it wouldn't break my heart if you didn't make this again". That doesn't happen often though and he has really helped me with encouragement and constructive criticism. I pride myself on making everything possible from scratch including seasonings as most prepackaged and convenient foods are loaded with sodium, chemicals and preservatives. My herb and veggie gardens provide us healthy alternatives and joy.
My favorite things to cook
We love venison and try to stock our freezer every hunting season. We're lucky that Alabama has a long season and we usually process up to 14 deer per year. Venison provides us with lean red meat without the cholesterol and fat of beef. Every year we host 2-3 "Beast Feasts" where my husband and I cook wild game of every description and serve 10+ different dishes to an average of 50 guests. These gatherings are held outdoors and each one has at least one or two new dishes for our friends to sample. Summertime brings me the chance to thrive in the kitchen doing home canning. Nothing is more satisfying than gazing at my cabinets loaded with home canning ready for the winter months.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year we have a "Christmas" dinner with the "kids" we've claimed as our own. This dinner is early December so as not to interfere with biological families and I really blow it out with special dishes. The table is set formally and gives us all a chance to be together and share the traditional style dinner in a world where everything is fast paced. I think it's important that today's generation gets a chance to experience a dinner where old values are cherished.
My cooking triumphs
The best recipe I've created so far is Prime Rib Soup using the bones from a prime rib roast. My favorite recipe is the one I'll create next. Each year I enter a lot of home canning at the Alabama National Fair (28 years and counting...) and so far I've won well over 800 ribbons plus 4 Best of Fair. In 2008 I created a recipe called "Honeysuckle Jelly" made from the blooms of the honeysuckle that surrounds our country home. It tastes like the honeysuckle smells.
My cooking tragedies
Stuffed squid. Enough said...
 
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