If any of you follow me over on the Facebook, you will realize that I have found true love... with a cooking show. Seriously, I found this fantastic channel on YouTube, which led me to the connected blog. You can watch her show on either her YouTube Channel or her website. The show is called Hilah Cooking. This is the description from her website, "I create short-form, educational, and occasionally hilarious cooking videos geared towards beginner and intermediate cooks, as well as people who are just looking for simple, low-cost recipes..." This is a fantastic description. Hilah makes even more complicated recipes easy to follow. She is entertaining and very down to earth. She is definitely not one of the haughty "professional" chefs you see on certain networks. I have watched every video from the time I found her channel & website to now, even the ones I will probably never try. Here are two of the dishes I tried for my family this week.
Fried Green Tomatoes
This is an appetizer I have never tried making. We do eat tomatoes cooked in other dishes but my family generally doesn't just pop tomatoes in our mouths. Some of us were more on the fence than others but I decided to give it a try. First, we moved down to the south and Fried Green Tomatoes are practically a staple here. If I want to give my kids a authentic Southern upbringing, we need to at least try them, right? Second, Hilah described them as tasting a bit like fried pickles, which we all love.
Here is my try at these yummy tidbits, and they were indeed yummy. I did run into a snafu with the first batch so ignore the slightly burnt ones on the bottom. If using a cast iron skillet on an electric stove, I would not heat the oil on high. Just let it take its time on medium heat and then fry. Also I cut the time on each side down to about 2 minutes but that was because my pan was too stinking hot..
You can find the recipe and video here: http://hilahcooking.com/fried-green-tomatoes/
Persian (Key) Lime Pie
We have had Key Lime Pie before but this was a new recipe for us to try. Right now, Key Limes are scarce (even in Florida) so I just went ahead and used the Persians. Even though it wasn't exactly a Key Lime Pie, it still turned out delicious. I could see this recipe being converted to a number of citrusy dishes. How about lemon or mandarin orange or kumquat? Yum!
You can find the recipe and video here: http://hilahcooking.com/key-lime-pie/