Blogging with Areeda….
                        It’s May ….grilling time!
     May is one of my favorite months of the year to be outside - very therapeutic! All winter long, I have been visually planting my garden through the den window. The time has arrived! Crank the tiller and purchase the seedlings – tomatoes, okra, squash, peppers, and green beans.
     Herbs are a must for turning bland food into a “gourmet” feast. Since our back yard is on a gradual slope, I am designing my herb garden with railroad crossties to break the slight erosion of top soil. The only herb I had ever heard of when I was growing up was dill, which Mama used for canning. 
     I love fried okra, so I usually plant a lot. Have you ever grown your own Irish potatoes? Home-grown is delicious! They have a moist delicate flavor so much better than the dry tasteless store-bought ones.
     My Cajun-born husband, Joe, prepared a delicious Grilled Cajun Chicken recipe when we appeared on RFD-TV’s “Daily & Vincent TV Show” as guest chefs of our dear friend Gus Arrendale, owner of Springer Mountain Farms, and sponsor of the TV show. I invite you to try this tasty recipe which is on my Recipe Page. Also, on that same TV show I prepared Easy Chicken Pie which is a delicious recipe that tastes very similar to Chicken and Dumplings. That recipe can be found in my cookbook “Areeda’s Southern Cooking, a collection of old-fashioned recipes”, available on this website.
       Best wishes for a very blessed Spring!  And, by all means, Keep on cooking!



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Areeda and husband Joe Stampley at home in Nashville
Areeda and husband Joe Stampley at home in Nashville