Harvest is here so I’m a one-woman canning machine. But along with this awesome time of year is my Superbowl…the election of 2012 where we banish Barack Hussein Obama to poorly written passages in history textbooks. The first debate has happened and even the New Yorker had to admit the real Obama showed up, the empty chair, the empty suit.
It’s only going to get worse for him from this point out. Romney is going to pummel him, wake him up with smelling salts and then pummel him again just for fun. I was a little worried about three months ago but all that has changed.
You’ve never seen so much Republican motivation to vote. I haven’t seen one Obama sign and I am in Illinois! Not one bumper sticker….not one t-shirt. (Update: Mr. Fox just informed me he saw one. Just one.) It is decidedly NOT 2008. It is 2012 and the people are feeling a worse squeeze than when the Lightbringer took office. Hate to break it to you Barry, but you just don’t cut it.
So I’m jazzed. I’m giddy. I’m walking on air because my country is about to return to sanity where folks earn what they work for, keep what they make and drill for oil we’re sitting on. So because of this good mood, I’m going to share my recipe for the fried green tomatoes with Chipotle ranch dip. I’m munching on. them right now and let me tell you….wow. If you have some tomato plants out back, chances are there are a bunch of green ones on the vine. Go grab some.
Wash and slice into 1/4 thick slices and salt.Mix together some flour with a few pinches of cajun spice. beat a few eggs in another bowl to make an egg wash. I usually thin with a little water to make them go further. Then put another bowl or plate out for your breadcrumbs or panko crumbs. I used crushed up dry stuffing last time because I was out of breadcrumbs and it worked great! Dip slices in flour mixture first, then egg then breadcrumbs and drop into 1 inch or so of hot oil.
(Do not EVER cover oil on the stove. I have to tell people this every time I mention deep frying because my dear friend once put a lid on oil and when she went to uncover it the oxygen caused an explosion and set her on fire. In a panic she ran for help and the fire spread up her arm and down her back. Luckily, she ran right into a fireman. For real. How’s that for providence? She’s fine but she was badly burned and almost killed. The recovery for burns like that is unspeakable. So DON’T EVER cover hot oil.)
Uncovered hot oil is very safe and easy to work with. Drop the tomatoes in one at a time and let them sit for a few minutes. Then turn when brown on one side and continue to cook until brown all over and transfer to cool on paper towels. Salt and eat! Also, if you have leftovers, these freeze awesomely. Just put fried tomatoes in a freezer bag, label and freeze. When you want to enjoy them again turn on the oven at 350 and just heat them up like you would chicken nuggets. They are excellent this way. It’s best to make a big batch and then freeze the leftovers because they make a great anytime snack or a terrific veggie dinner (which more of us have had to turn to in this Obamaconomy that’s about to get upended by the Romneybus.)
Ranch dressing one small can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce Chipotle peppers are very hot but if you use a small amount you can control the heat. I usually chop one pepper and add to a small dipping bowl of ranch dressing and mix. This is so tasty you won’t believe it. Far FAR better than any prepared nonsense in the store. Trust me. If you really like to do your own thing you can make ranch too. Google that…I just buy the stuff. Enjoy!
Gosh I love Autumn. It makes me want to shout poetry at the sky. I know…weird.
Painting by Veronica Fox, age 6