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Spring, Spring, Spring Sang the Robin

Robins have returned to the Sidewalk House ~ and for them, a highly anticipated feast of cherries is reason enough to stay.  Before long, our cherry tree will burst into bloom! And then there will be tiny green cherries forming inside the fading flowers. And then, before we can blink an eye, we will be fighting the robins […]

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Pimento Peppers ~ And Pimento Cheese, an Iconic Southern Specialty!

Open just about any traditional Southern refrigerator and you will find a bowl of Pimento Cheese. Served in everyday sandwiches or as party food, it is an iconic staple of the South. A simple mixture of grated cheese, pimientos, and a dab of mayonnaise (preferably homemade), it is often spiffed up with a little of this or a little of that ~ garlic, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, […]

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A Little Datil Just Might Do It!

Datil Peppers. My dad used to rave about the Datil Pepper Sauce made by his friend Luther. I don’t know why because Daddy isn’t really into cooking but he was always happy to have a bottle of sauce in the fridge. Perhaps he mixed it into his special sauce for smoked mullet? Luther passed on but his sweet wife […]

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Some Like ’em Hot! Some Not!

Peppers, chiles, chile peppers. On the Scoville Chart, they are ranked mild to screaming hot. Fresh, roasted, smoked, dried, powdered, pickled. Colorful. Seasoning or main ingredient, peppers are an integral ingredient in cuisines around the world. Here on OF’s Farm at the Sidewalk House, we grow a few varieties of peppers each year. Along with the usual jalapenos and […]

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Tomato season! Love it! We plant, we wait and wait, and WAIT! And suddenly the kitchen counters are covered in an abundance of tomatoes. Garden tomatoes. Sun kissed. Colorful. AND so delicious. Worth the wait? Oh my YES! On OF’s Farm at the Sidewalk House, Farmer Ken grows a variety of (mostly heirloom) tomatoes; each year some  favorites and each year […]

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From the Archives

Back in the day, after viewing our most recent Halloween photos, our kids teased that we should publish our own magazine ~ Ken Marks’ Living ~ because we have many photos of the Sidewalk House Haint Master’s annual haints. In 1996, we put their jokes into action and did indeed put out the first (and only) edition of KM’s Living in […]

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Quiche ~ It’s What For Supper!

“Hmmm,” said Mr. Meat and Potatoes upon hearing my plan for supper. “You have a lot going on, M’dear. Why don’t I fix supper? Grilled steak with potatoes and a salad?” Next day he offered “Corned beef on rye.” And then “How about I cook up some country ribs?” And that’s how the Man of the (Sidewalk) House wooed me […]

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Peas, please. . . .

Or not! In a current E-conversation with my down home forever friend, Vicky, I was rambling on about lost vintage recipes and the recent revival of the 7 layer salad so popular in the 70s. The original salad recipe making the rounds in our area was made up of iceberg lettuce, celery, green bell pepper, peas, red onion, shredded cheese, […]

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“O Oysters, Come and Walk With Us!”

“O Oysters, come and walk with us!” The Walrus did beseech. “A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk, Along the briny beach: We cannot do with more than four, To give a hand to each”                    Lewis Carroll~ Through the Looking Glass Oh those naïve little oysters thinking they were invited on a grand adventure only to discover […]

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My Introduction to Chinese Cuisine and The 47 Year Journey

My childhood introduction to Chinese food was ~ well, just awful. La Choy canned chop suey. Do you remember that stuff? Meat (?) and slimy vegetables in a gooey, thick sauce, heated up, served over rice (Uncle Ben’s instant rice at that, bleh!) and topped with crunchy chow mein noodles that came in an attached can. Sunday dinner ~ […]

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