It's easy to freeze, no mess, no fuss: Just slice it and put it in a freezer bag, and it's ready to be used in winter soups and stews.
The trouble is that there's only so much you can do with okra, so far as I know: fry it or use it in soups and stews. Oh yes, and okra and tomatoes. Which to me is just chicken gumbo without the chicken.
Cliff and I absolutely love southern-fried okra, and we've had far more than we should have had this year. The granddaughters spent this past weekend with us and I fixed fried okra for them twice in two days' time. They would have eaten more, had I offered.
As I type this, the low-fat, healthy version of chicken gumbo is simmering on the stove, so dinner will be ready whenever we're ready to eat, which will probably be shortly after 10 o'clock when Cliff gets out of bed.
I enjoy cooking, baking, and trying new foods. All I require of a recipe is that the ingredients can be found in a normal grocery store and that it doesn't require my purchasing a special bowl, pot, or pan in order to make it.
I've made baking powder biscuits ever since I took Home Economics that one year, and I've never had any complaints. I've tasted better biscuits, though. The better ones were always made by ladies raised in the south; and in the back of my mind I couldn't help wondering what a person could do to improve a recipe that's so simple and basic. What could you change to get that subtle difference?
Now don't tell me to go buy those frozen biscuits; yes, they are as good as home-made. But where's the fun in that?
The book I'm reading aloud in the car as we travel, The Bridge, takes place in the south and has as one of its main characters an elderly woman who makes biscuits often. For some reason, this stirred up in me, once more, the desire to improve my already-pretty-darned-good biscuits.
I don't watch cooking shows; I haven't since the Frugal Gourmet turned out to be a molester of little boys. My son has one TV cook he likes, though, and mentions often... the guy on "Good Eats".
Well, I thought, if he's good enough for my son, he's good enough for me. So I googled up his recipe for biscuits, only to find it's pretty much like the recipe I've used all my life. Beneath that recipe, though, was this comment from his grandmother: