Stir-Fried Sequa

Sequa squash.

Otherwise known by its Latin name Luffa Acutangula, Loofah Squash, Chinese Okra, or a myriad other names all over the world. When raised to maturity, it can be dried and used as a body scrub. But if harvested when still young, its flesh is sweet and can be used as a vegetable in many different, delicious ways.
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Third Aunt’s Butter Cake

The first cake I ever baked was so bad that I have erased detailed memories of it. What I do remember is my friends laughing because when they bit into it, they could bite into the sugar in the cake (I had not creamed it enough). Suffice to say, it was not my best effort.
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Spring is coming; plus: How to make perfect hard boiled eggs

First of all, I want to apologize for the lack of posts in the past couple of months. I didn’t intend on taking such a long time off of posting but sometimes life kinda gets in the way. I promise that I haven’t given up on this blog – in fact, I have a huge backlog of posts, just waiting in the wings. I thank you, dear readers, for your patience.

When I started this blog, it was simply to catalog some of the foods that came out of Annie’s kitchen as well as other food-related experiences our family has had. I have been challenged to make this blog better, more entertaining, and more informative. So, in the coming days, you’ll begin to see changes in the layout as well as the content. (more…)

World’s Best Lasagna

When you’re drowning in a crimson tide of homegrown, heirloom tomatoes like this:

One of the myriad things you can do with them is make sauce. The good thing about sauce is, you can freeze it for later. We usually keep them in quart-sized freezer bags and pull them out as needed.

To make the sauce, we boiled down 15 lbs of heirloom tomatoes plus chunks of bell peppers, diced onions, sugar and salt until the sauce was reduced by half. I buzzed it with the hand blender until smooth. This was the most amazing tomato sauce ever – so sweet and savory at the same time!

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