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Saturday, October 24, 2009

SC's Official State Snack Food

Boiled Peanuts
Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas! Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!
- from the song "Goober Peas" - written in 1866 with words by A. Pindar and music by P. Nutt

One of my favorite treats this time of the year is boiled peanuts. Like grits and sweet tea, they are a true southern snack. In fact in 2006, boiled peanuts became the official state snack. Wonder what took them so long to figure that out?
The best boiled peanut comes from green (raw) peanuts which are harvested around September, October and November. So many times the boiled peanuts sold at football games, flea markets, produce stands or roadside stores are made from dry peanuts. They do not come close to the ones made from green peanuts. And the bigger the peanut, the better.
So when Aunt Eloise called, said she had picked some peanuts, and do we want some, we made a short road trip to the lower part of SC.
Cope SC Cope SC

The peanuts she had picked for us were HUGE. As big as my husband's fingers. Oh, the excitement. Instant drooling.
Jumbo Peanuts
It didn't take long after we arrived back home that the pressure cooker was jiggling and we were sampling a pot of boiled goobers.
Boiled Peanuts
Please pass me a napkin. My fingers are dripping wet from the brine.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My New Toy

I have a new toy. It is bright red and shiny. I have wanted one of these for some time.

Apple Peeler

Whoever invented this little toy was a very clever person.

Apple Peeler

In less than 10 seconds, I can peel, core and slice a single apple.

Apple Peeler

Since purchasing this little toy, apple bake goods have appeared in my oven. In fact, there is a fresh apple pound cake baking at this very moment. Looks like the guys who work with my husband will be enjoying it tomorrow with their coffee.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Never Too Busy To Try New Recipes

Busy, busy, busy.....busy at home, busy at work, busy on the weekends, busy during the week, busy in the morning, busy at night, busy, busy, busy. But.....

MapleDrizzledAppleMuffin

ChocolateToffeeCookies
Chocolate Toffee Cookies

LemonPoundCake

BeefStew
Oven Baked Beef Stew

FreshApplePoundCake

MapleGlazedPorkTenderloin

ChickenParmesan

Never too busy to try new recipes :)