This year I finally mastered the art of growing eggplants. The trick I found was to keep them in pots on my porch where the bugs won't eat them as bad. Now that I have them growing good, eggplant Parmesan seemed like the next reasonable step.
This is great to make for get-togethers and parties or whenever you are expecting friends and family, or a good Sunday evening meal that will give you leftovers for the week. My mom used to make this when I was a kid, and now I've added my own twists to it.
I use the Hi Mountain Summer Sausage kit because it works and it always makes a consistently great product. These instructions show the little things I've added over the years to take it up an extra notch.
This recipe comes from my great aunt Edna, which I got from my aunt Shirley. I always remember it from family reunions but only recently discovered how to make it. After making a couple batches and having them come out just as I remember as a kid, I decided I had to share it with the world.
I created this one the other night on the fly with some leftovers, but I think I'm on to something new here. We had a hog roast for my birthday and had a ton of leftover smoked pork. I also made some fresh morel mushrooms, and I was looking at the leftover mushroom infused oil, and said to myself "Idea!, there's a quality roux in the making."
Every spring the morel mushrooms pop out in woods of the midwest seemingly overnight. Half the fun is finding them, but once you have a batch, the real fun is eating them. I'm a morel purist and the best way to eat them is to flour them and fry them. Adding them to anything else just dilutes the flavor that is the morel mushroom delicacy.
This is another of my grandmother's recipes that was made on a regular basis on the Baxter Farm. We always have a surplus of cabbage from our garden in the early summer and this is how they usually end up.
This is my grandmother's recipe for potato salad. To my knowledge this is how it was made back in the day in the rural mid-west. She always had some homemade potato salad on hand for us boys working on the farm in the summer months.
This is another hearty winter staple found in the Midwest. I hated it when I was a kid, but now that adulthood has kicked in, sometimes nothing is better than a big serving of hot vegetable soup on a cold day.
These aren't for the faint of heart. They are perfect to liven up the big game though. This recipe also calls for my own special hot sauce, which I use for the meatballs, hot wings, brisket, and anything else that needs a good swift kick.
This is my own incarnation of a recipe from the John Madden Cookbook. I just recently added corn and potatoes to it to try something different, and the experiment was a success! What makes it unique though is that it is a "white" chili, as opposed to the more common red chili that most people make.
There's a 100 different ways to make chili, but this recipe is the gold standard in Southern Indiana. This is my personal family rendition of it, but most hoosiers cook up something very similar to this on those cold winter days in the midwest.