Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What's Cooking?

Now that the weather is nice and we are just a day away from the first official day of summer, I'm trying to take advantage of all the season's fruits and veggies that are at their peak. I went to the grocery last night and stocked up on all things summer. This week, The Husband and I will be noshing on squash, zucchini, watermelon, pineapple, peaches and thriving summer herbs from my little patio garden.

I cook a lot like my beautiful Mother who is famous for not following a recipe. A pinch of this, a tad of that, add this "to taste." When I first started cooking, the planner in me would get frustrated with my Mom for not following a recipe. And now look at me...I'm just like her! Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

But, some days, especially when my culinary creativity is on vacation, I enjoy following recipes. About two years ago, I found Gena Knox and her amazing cookbook, Southern My Way. After reading the description, I immediately pre-ordered three of them, one for myself, one for my Mom and one for a friend. I hit the jackpot! It's the gift that keeps on giving, season after season.

This time of year, I always turn to Gena Knox and her "clean" recipes. She uses normal ingredients and absolutely nothing fake. I've made several of her recipes and every time I get rave reviews. Some of her recipes are family recipes (accompanied by a brief description of who/where it came from) which is especially endearing. And did I mention she's a Georgia Peach, like myself? What's not to love? Seriously. :)

You can learn more about Gena by visiting her website {here}. I strongly encourage you to check her out and order her cookbook. You will be so glad you did!

This week I'm planning to try her recipe for Zucchini and Squash Icebox Pickles. Ahhh, I love summer time...

What's going on in your kitchen these days? Do you enjoy cooking this time of year? Or do you like to "take the summer off?"

Have a great Tuesday, everyone! :)


  1. Love cooking this time of year! I love all the fresh ingredients as well.

    Need to check out her site and cookbook as well. I always love getting new cookbooks :)

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  3. sound like a great cop book for you!! i cook dinner every night, for at least 10...love my herbs and garden...and the look the adds to the dinner...don't cook too much southern food...maybe I'll try that cookbook!!
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  4. I definitely have a harder time cooking in the summer! We'll be outside and before I know it, it's dinner time! I found you via the GFC blog hop and am happy to be your newest follower! I would love for you to follow me back at http://www.two-in-diapers.blogspot.com! :)


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