|Halleluyah! Summer is just around the corner and along with it will finally
come long days of sunshine, fun and sexier wardrobes, and of course great
While growing up in the Carolina's, there was nothing more refreshing than
lemon iced tea. But it wasn't until I moved to the District that I realized
there are actually two kinds of iced tea -- sweetened and unsweetened. For
the first few months, I was in shock when I would go to restaurants and order
iced tea and literally choke on its bitterness. You see I didn't realize it
was served with no sugar. Lord, it was terrible. 'And it's not like you ever
get the tea as sweet as you need it, even after you pour at least six packs
of sugar into your glass.
And let's not even go there with the hot dogs. Where is the cole slaw?? The
buns should be toasted, and the actual dogs are supposed to be fried! So in
keeping with good Southern traditions and in the spirit of warmer days ahead,
I thought that I'd share some culinary ideas that will be perfect for summer
Lemon Iced Tea: (Pronounced `Lih-men Iaah-ced Tey')
For 2 quarts pitcher:
1 family sized tea bag
- Let steep in boiling water for 15 minutes in Pyrex measuring cup or teapot
- Cover to keep steam in. Warning-DO NOT steep in glass, it will burst!!!
- Once the tea is cooled pour into a pitcher -- squeeze out tea bags into
- Add 1/2 cup lemon juice concentrate or cut 4 lemons in half and squeeze
juice in pitcher.
- Add 2-1/2 cups of sugar. Then fill with water and stir
vigorously. (Add more lemon and sugar if desired).
Hot Dog with Everything: (Pronounced `Hot Dawg')
Chili: Brown hamburger (or turkey) meat in a pan with onions. Pour off
grease and add Manwich and chili powder. Stir.
Cole slaw: Grate cabbage with manual grater or with food processor. Add
onions and stir in mayonnaise. For best results, use Miracle Whip Salad Dressing.
Boil hotdogs for 10-15 mins. Then brown hot dogs in a pan (oiled with Pam or
minimal vegetable oil). Set buns in oven until toasty.
Place hot dogs in buns (add desired condiments: ketchup, mustard, etc..).
Put chili on first, then add cole slaw.
Cousin Let's Lemonade: (Pronounced `Lihem-en-ayed')
For one quart pitcher:
1-1/2 cup sugar
Roll lemons (between your hands) until very soft. Cut them up and squeeze the
juice into the pitcher. Put the lemons in also. Add sugar and water. Stir
long and vigorously. Add crushed ice and stir.
"Joab" aka Sweet Potato Cobbler: (Pronounced `Joe- aab')
2 large sweet potatoes
Lemon or vanilla flavoring
To prepare potatoes: wash, peel and slice.
To prepare dough: mix 1 and 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of shortening in a
bowl, adding cold water to create dough.
Sprinkle flour on a sheet of wax paper and on a rolling pen. Roll dough out
very thin. Place potatoes in a deep dish pie pan (measured at about 9 x 11).
Cut dough into strips and lay strips on top of the potatoes. Put a generous
amount of sugar on top. Slice generous amount of butter and add on top. Add
lemon or vanilla flavoring (depending on preference), and sprinkle in nutmeg..
Then add another layer of potatoes. Pour 1 and 1/2 cup of water in potatoes.
Take a teaspoon of flour and water mixed and pour in potatoes. This will
contribute to the thick, tasty juices of the cobbler.
Roll dough out thin for crust and place on top of the cobbler. Take a fork
and punch holes in the crust and sprinkle sugar on top.
Bake at 300 degrees for an hour and a half. Be sure to bake slow to simmer
juices and to cook potatoes thoroughly.
So, summer mates! Grab your beach balls, your picnic baskets and add these
wonderful recipes to your cookout menus. Your guests will love them and I
have a sneaky suspicion that you'll end up using them year round!
For Your Southern Information:
Southerners never call the summer outside meal a barbeque. We refer to it as