Great early morning, readers.

— Odell Waddell, who is an qualified at asking inquiries, posed this one now. “I was in a restaurant in Decatur right now and they were being marketing marinated cucumbers. I have a couple of cucumbers at house. Any concept of how to marinate them?”

— A medical college student named Daniel is hunting for “aid in producing bagels: recipes, directions and where to get supplies.”

— Regular Reader requires your assist with two frustrations in his or her kitchen area. “First, I tasted Chick-fil-A grilled rooster nuggets lately, and I want to know how to make chicken that is this juicy and tender. I have another favored foods, toddler kale, which is tender (as opposed to normal kale). I have only been in a position to discover it in a huge plastic container at Whole Food items, but it just doesn’t last. The leaves convert yellow very promptly. So, my requests are: where by to buy smaller sized containers of child kale and how to continue to keep it from heading negative promptly.”



As usually takes place, one who poses a query also discovers an reply. So it was nowadays, when Odell Waddell realized whom to ask about marinated cucumbers. His daughter, Mary Frances, is an professional at cooking and hospitality. This is her reply the reader will have to make your mind up the proportions on his or her own.

Of study course there are quite a few methods to marinate a cucumber, so the rest of you, include other variations, be sure to. Surely some of your gardens are complete of them.

(This is a cucumber warning. I threw out the peculiar solution of our cucumber vegetation. They have been spherical and yellow, not long and eco-friendly. It took a conversation with Cousin Polly to learn that these are lemon cucumbers, and expand of system correct to seed. Alas.)

Marinated Cucumbers a la Mary Frances

Modest cucumbers or the huge “burpless” cucumbers, peeled and sliced slender

Greek yogurt, simple and unsweetened

Chopped clean cilantro

Chopped scallions

Contemporary lime juice


Incredibly hot sauce

Avocado, slash in chunks and (until you are eating immediately) tossed with a minimal lime juice in a compact bowl

Peel and slice cucumbers. In a individual bowl put together the sauce, and time to flavor. Greek yogurt will be your foundation you may possibly begin with a cup of yogurt. Stir in cilantro and scallions, and season with the juice of a small lime for each individual cup of yogurt, salt and your preferred warm sauce to taste. We like Tennessee Sunshine or pink or environmentally friendly Tabasco.

Blend sauce gently with the drained cucumbers. Don’t drown the cukes in the sauce you want the cucumbers to dominate.

Drain the avocado chunks, and fold them carefully into the cucumber combination. Serve instantly.

If you are heading to put together in progress, omit the avocado and insert at the last moment, just right before serving.



Billy Eiselstein wrote from his Atlanta house, owning learned about good food stuff in his native Chattanooga. And as typically turns out, part of his discovering consists of a legacy from his maternal grandmother.

“About the comment in your new column that cast-iron pans are hard to thoroughly clean, a properly-seasoned one is not. The pans I use have been handed down from my mother’s mom, Mary Hanks, in whose care they benefited from day by day exposure to sausage patties and fried foods for 50-as well as several years.

“In a sermon decades in the past — some thing about Lot’s wife — the Rev. Brad Whitaker at St. Paul’s said his mother cleaned her cast-iron pans with salt. I will not try to remember the relaxation of it, but because then, I’ve cleaned the pans with coarse salt and paper towels, a rapid rinse with h2o if necessary, but no cleaning soap, and that keeps the seasoning intact.”

As evidence, Mr. Eiselstein created a photograph of his latest mushroom and leek frittata in an unstuck forged-iron skillet seasoned by his grandmother. “The frittata, in an 8-inch pan, was sautéed on the stove and concluded in the oven.” Of training course I requested for the recipe to move on to all of you, and he kindly obliged.

Mushroom and Leek Frittata

2-in addition tablespoons olive oil (divided)

Leeks (white and pale green areas from 1 medium or 2 small leeks), thinly sliced

1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms these types of as crimini or more to your taste

Salt to style

Chopped asparagus (optional)

6 eggs

1/4 cup cream

Salt to taste

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1/2 cup shredded cheese (semi-tricky cow’s milk, these kinds of as Tomme or Emmental)

Heat olive oil in an 8-inch ovenproof skillet in excess of medium warmth.

Warmth oven to 350 levels.

Incorporate thinly sliced leeks. When leeks commence to soften, add thinly sliced mushrooms and salt. When mushrooms soften, add some chopped asparagus (optional).

When veggies prepare dinner, beat eggs with product. Insert salt, parsley and shredded cheese.

When liquid has evaporated from veggies, add an additional tablespoon of oil and pour eggs over vegetables. Cook dinner undisturbed until edges commence to established.

Sprinkle extra cheese on top rated, and transfer to oven for 15 minutes or until finally entirely set.



A Chattanooga newcomer, A.L., packed into the family’s significant baggage a recipe from “my new beloved magazine, Bon Appetit.” She uncovered that the shelf-stable gnocchi she usually acquired for her youthful children could convert into a specific-situation food on occupied summer time days.

Sheet Pan Gnocchi

1/2 massive pink onion, reduce into -inch-thick wedges

2 huge garlic cloves, unpeeled

2 pints cherry tomatoes

1 (17.6-ounce) bundle shelf-secure or refrigerated potato gnocchi

4 tablespoons excess-virgin olive oil, divided, in addition extra for drizzling

1 1/2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal or 1 teaspoon Morton kosher salt, divided, as well as additional

Freshly floor black pepper

1 tablespoon refreshing lemon juice

2 cups toddler arugula

1 cup basil leaves, large leaves torn

2 ounces Parmesan, shaved

Place a rack in middle of oven heat to 425 levels. Toss onion, garlic, tomatoes, gnocchi, 3 tablespoons oil and 1 1/4 teaspoon Diamond Crystal or 3/4 teaspoon Morton kosher salt on a rimmed baking sheet to coat season generously with pepper and toss all over again to mix.

Roast, stirring when or 2 times, until gnocchi are golden and starting to crisp, most of the tomatoes have burst and onion is golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove garlic from baking sheet, peel and place in a smaller bowl. Mash with teaspoon salt (garlic must be pretty tender). Whisk in lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon oil year dressing with pepper and additional salt if required.

Insert arugula, basil and Parmesan to baking sheet, and drizzle dressing about toss to combine. Divide amid plates, and drizzle with a minor a lot more oil.

Tends to make 4 servings.

Thank you for all you have specified in fantastic flavor. Future 7 days?



* Marinated cucumbers

* Diy bagels

* Grilled rooster like Chick-fil-A’s

* Preserving child kale refreshing


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