Enjoy the Vidalia while you can…its harvesting seasons is short – but did you know that there are other types of sweet onions out there to enjoy? The sweet onion is defined by its low sulfur content and higher water content than pungent onions. Many consider the Vidalia king, but did you know the Bermuda onion is also a sweet onion? How about Walla Walla from Washington State, or the Texas 1015 (also known as the Million Dollar Baby as it took just over one million dollars to research and develop it). Others include Pecos, Sunbrero, Carzalia, and Sweetie Sweet, to name a few. SC Sweets are from my home state of South Carolina, grown in the peanut belt. When the sweet onions can be found, I make my Peach-Vidalia Relish. If you ask real nicely, Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering will stuff a chicken breast with Goat Cheese and drizzle a little relish on top (thank you Debby!) Please enjoy this picture of it placed atop a Dauphinois Crostini!
Citrus costs have skyrocketed. At Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering we use alot of citrus. It’s a major flavoring agent and provides depth and background to many dishes. It’s not cheap, though, so we save wherever and whenever we can. Buying bags of lemons or limes instead of the one you need at a time can save well over 50% and you don’t have to waste a drop (or a curl).
You can zest your citrus and freeze it, and after it’s zested, you can squeeze all of the juice out into a bowl (and depending on what method you’re using you won’t even have any seeds to contend with!). Keep a plastic ice tray for just such occasions and you will always have a measured supply of citrus on hand. Each “cube” spot holds the juice of approximately one lemon or lime. Fill your tray, freeze it, and pop them out into a baggie to keep in your freezer for easy, measured access.
If you want to know the best way to get maximum juice out of your citrus, you can search “lemon, citrus, or juice” at blog.lulasforlunch.com and a previous “how-to” will pop up!! Now SMILE, sourpus!! – Lula
Does this ever happen to your honey? Grainy, clumpy, not pretty…but there’s an easy fix or two…my favorite and seems to yield the best results: NEVER let anything touch your honey. Pour it into/onto a spoon or measuring device. Crystallization is mostly caused by moisture, and next, bacteria (not necessarily bad stuff that will hurt you). If you keep your honey moisture free you probably won’t have crystallization. If you do, however, just put the whole jar in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. That’ll do the trick. You can use the microwave, on-and-“off”ing every few seconds and stirring, but that’s way more trouble! Now, go enjoy a good cup of hot tea with some honey. – Lula
Well…not really. BUT….I have good news regarding egg whites. You don’t need to throw them away when you’re separating eggs for the yolks in baking. FREEZE THEM! Yes, they thaw perfectly fine and you can then whip up your whites for meringue whenever you want! YAY! If you don’t have any on hand right now, please enjoy
this pic of Fleuri’s (one of our faves in Charlottesville VA) Meringue and Puff Swan!
After a cooking party using a pressure cooker and beginning preparations for my 7 year “standing” appointment with my 4th of July clients, I began to reminisce about my grandmother and the roll food played in HER life – hence, mine. I spent every summer with grandmomma and granddaddy and so, Wednesday night Baptist suppers, Sunday night suppers, picnics, and trips around the region brought expected AND unexpected food and memories.
My mind wanders (just ask Gordon) – I have to work hard to complete a verbal sentence because my brain is always way ahead of my mouth – and the pressure cooker at this party made me very nostalgic for grandmomma’s fried chicken. They asked “how do you make FRIED chicken in a pressure cooker?” – I answered “I have no idea, but you might ask Colonel Sanders!” … I’ve previously mentioned that grandmommas fried chicken was the pre-curser to Kentucky Fried. EVERY aforementioned event was graced with this chicken, mildly warm to room temperature, in a pyrex pan covered with a cloth. So juicy, and yes, crispy! Not all over – but all around the edges. The rich, flavorful skin and juicy flesh totally made up for the for the “not so crispy” center…later on I would order Extra Crispy for a while, but then returned to the flavors and textures of my youth.
This reminiscence made me mention Fried Chicken to my client who is totally on board…so, Fried Chicken for the 4th it is!! Along with Lula’s 5 Cheese Mac (sometimes 6), creamy and crunchy…and our Blueberry Florus Parfaits with Blueberries fresh and sweet from Thistlehair Farm!
IF you’d like Lula’s Fried Chicken recipe (which is flavorful and crispy, but cast iron pan fried NOT pressure cooked) click here. You can always get quick tips and tricks from Lula here . What’s YOUR favorite Independence Day food?