Well, y’all, we’ve about celebrated ourselves right out of our skivvies over here in the last four days. Somewhere between the circling, drumming and merry-making our first harvest came and went like so much thunder—hell, we even got rain enough to keep 911 off our speed dials as we lit up our fallen oak tree under the full moon. And the whole shebang left most of us a little thick around the middle, on account of the bounty hurling itself out of our gardens with a vengeance. I figure, it’s been a hot minute since the art of Southern kitchen magic has danced across this blog, so here you have it: my recipes for first harvest celebration. (Loosen up yor’ belts, y’all.)
Now, to make this here cornbread more “corny,” simply adjust the flour to cornmeal by the cup.
Whisk together wet ingredients, sift together dry then introduce them to each other proper in your favorite bowl.
Grease two regulation iron skillets or one big daddy size. (This can be done with bacon fat for extra slapdown.)
For added crunch, put around a quarter cup of good oil in skillet, then heat to a sizzle on or in stove, then pour batter into the sizzle. (What yor’ skillet when doing this step!)
Bake until golden, serve with beans and hamhock or Alabama Garden Succotash.
Alabama Garden Succotash:
Bubble together for around 30 minutes, then cover and wait to cool. Serve up with catfish and cornbread. Give thanks.
Lime-Basil Shortbread Cookies
Now, if you have only regular basil, you might want to beef up the lime juice to a whole tablespoon.
Spin the basil leaves first in a food processor, then add everybody to the pool and pulse, carefully, until large lumps form. Form into spoonful balls and cook at 350 degrees until lightly golden underneath—around 12 minutes, but y’all stay on this one. Serve with coffee.
Toss, cover with Saran Wrap and chill for one hour. Toss again before serving.
Serve all of these first harvest recipes with Carolina Chocolate Drops on yor’ boombox, good chilled muscadine wine and firelight—preferably barefoot.
And steady yourselves. SFW is revving up for some right fine magic posts.
But first, True Blood, rest and homemade chocolate mint tea.