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Tom Chaney: Summer's Bounty
Of Writers And Their Books: Summer's Bounty. Tom shares a recipe to deal with summerís bounty. This column first appeared 20 June 2010.
The next earlier Tom Chaney column: Custer Wore an Arrow Shirt
By Tom Chaney
After a lot of years of presiding over the morning round table meetings of the Downtown Philosophical Society in The Bookstore, I have learned that topics run in almost unvarying cycles around the calendar.
The earliest harbinger of spring is the first reported rainfall after the earliest member has turned up his rain gauge defying any lingering frost. Rain gets measured and discussed minutely. I have taken to jotting down amounts -- Paul showed 2.5"; George had 2.3" in his front yard gauge and 2.1" in his back yard. Therefore, it rained 6.9" yesterday with 'em all added together.
Thus are records set.
Not long after rain gauges comes talk of mowing. Old Frederick Law Olmstead who invented clipped yards along with Louisville parks must be preening what with all the energy and money spent on cutting down what nature tries to grow.
But the gardens take the cake. All of us are engaged in the search for the most tasty tomato. We bemoan the Styrofoam substitutes of winter. We stand at the fruit market and chart summer's progress as the source of the tomato crop inches up through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and finally Hart County. Some DPS'ers actually attempt to grow tomatoes. Others utter onions and squash.
I spoke with one of those growers of love apples just a few days back. He estimates that his home grown tomatoes cost a mere $2.99 a pound not counting the labor -- only about thrice what they get for them at the market.
I 'spect that price differential washes through the entire produce line.
But it looks as though this year is going to provide a bumper crop of most anything that is edible and vegetable -- turnips come winter will be no exception.
As we move through the garden season, I shall depart from matters bookish from time to time to share recipes for dealing with the summer's bounty.
This week's offering was found in The Oxford American 'Best of the South' Issue #69, page 18. It was submitted to that august publication by Jack Pendarvis. He provides a sort of clean up list of the Best of the South entrees that (almost) didn't make it.
Here with the horrified permission of The Oxford American is Mr. Pendarvis' submission for Best Recipe
MULE AND TURNIP SURPRISEWhen I first shared this receipt with the DPS, a question was raised about the use of horse meat or mule meat. The consensus was that mule meat is different. The difference may be caused by the tendency of the mule to retain certain noxious exhaust fumes. These will be mitigated by running the mule before chopping it into the cubes. Failure here might cause explosions in the simmering process.
Tom Chaney can be found telling stories, planning his next meal, and occasionally selling books at
Box 73 / 111 Water Street
Horse Cave, Kentucky 42749
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