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Hello to all,  I know I have neglected this blog lately, but, in my defense I have been preoccupied with school.  Most of my time has gone into preparing for Graduation.  Yes, that's right, I have graduated and I am on to a new chapter in my life.  Enough about me and on to my next blog post.

Passion, Creativity, Visionary, Taste, Driven, Attention to Detail
To me these are powerful words that describe a chef; a top chief.  These people have a vision and to them Good is not good enough.  In a chef's mind 'it can always be better'.

You ask, "Where have I seen such a person?" (besides on T.V.) As luck would have it - I know someone that fits this description perfectly.  This person is my son Matthew.  He started his cooking journey at the age of 14. 

Upon finishing high school he traveled to Hyde Park, New York and the Culinary Institute of America.  It was at the CIA that he was classically trained in the skills to becoming a Chef. 

From the CIA he went on to…

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers . . . .

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers . . .everyone knows that old Nursery Rhythm. This rhythm definitely relates to me and my gardening abilities.  Every January and February I very excitedly thumb through the seed catalogs that arrive in the mail.  I map out a plan of how I want to arrange my tomatoes, bell peppers and hot, peas, beans, grape tomatoes, and herbs. Then when the time comes I start some plants from seed and others I purchase when they arrive at my favorite garden supply store.
When April comes round then it is time to plant and to dream.  Dream of the tomatoes I will can; the beans I will freeze; the herbs I will dry, and the list goes on.  But, in realitythis is what really happens - I get enough beans for 2 or 3 meals; a few tomatoes and then I have to protect them from the squirrels; my herbs, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes thrive.  And the one thing, the one thing that will grow and grow and grow are my jalapeno peppers.  I must have all the right condit…

The Simple Tomato Sandwich


Local Farmers, General Stores, Farmers Markets

There are so many things I love about summer, but at the top of the list is visiting local farmers markets, general stores, or roadside stands.  The above photographs are of a roadside market in Canton, Georgia.
The owners have taken an old home and turned it into a wonderful store.  This little market has fresh produce, fresh eggs, butter, canned goods, all the old-time soda brands you can think of, and local folk art.  Oh, and if you want to practice your own gardening abilities they have beautiful plants from which to choose.  What is so great about these markets you ask?  Well, just about everything: the fruits and vegetables came from a local garden (this means it is fresh, not refrigerated, and if you are from the south you know what a refrigerator does to a fresh picked tomato), less gas was used to transport the items to the store, and the satisfaction of the person that has done the work (this is just from my personal experience).
Last week I stopped at a nearb…