Tuesday, October 19, 2010

now this is how you do it southern style

I love living in the south.
I know I have said it before.
I will say it again.
And I have lived all over the country so I feel somewhat qualified to speak of this in this manner.
Yes there are a lot of problems.
Yes there is some really messy history.
Yes we have issues.
Yes we are weird.

But good golly we are not boring.
We are not bland.
We are not white toast and milk. 

No sir. We are not boring.

We are pink porches 

We are loud and awkward and warm and friendly and fiery and crass and sweet as sugar,

We are a patchwork of a million colorful parts, ripped and sewn back together

Oh, and we eat okra. On our pink porches.

This is my new favorite way. Roasted Okra a'la Alison

 Heat your oven to 425 or 450 depending on how strong it works.
Next, cut your Okra up into1/4-1/2" slices.

Coat a cookie sheet with a thin layer of olive oil, then spread your sliced okra out on the pan. 
Next, brush a little bit more olive oil on top of the okra.

 Sprinkle heavily (or to taste) with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until crispy, turning over once at about 10-15 minutes in.

 Add a little more salt if you are an addict like me and serve.
Goes great with chargrilled chicken and sauteed yellow squash and onions.

 Eat on a back porch with some silly boys.

I promise it will taste even better with the right company.


  1. Oh my!!I can NOT get enough of your pink porch-it's so lovely!!!

    and, I'll be honest, The farthest south I've ever lived is NY and unfortunately, I've never seen a pink porch in real life :(

  2. I absolutely love your porch. I want to transport it directly to the Pacific Northwest. Please? :)

    Your okra looks yummy. I only eat it if I go south b/c it just isn't the same up here...

  3. Amen Southern sister! Boring we're not! Hey, I didn't know there was any way to cook okra other than rolling it in cornmeal and frying it. :) I'll have to try your way. It sounds a bit healthier.

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  4. Even though I live in California now, I am from the south and I adore okra!!! You are making me hungry!

    Crafting by Candlelight

  5. LOVE everything about this post!! I loved your lack of huge bows and monograms, too. Your pink porch is so inviting...LOVE it!!

  6. I want to try okra this way. We had it for supper tonight-the slimy way. Mom and Pop have a 50 year old argument over okra- With or without tomatoes...


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