Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes on the Mountain

View from our room at The Studio.
I had a fabulous time recently on Petit Jean Mountain when the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute  hosted myself and the other ladies who make up the Arkansas Women Bloggers Leadership team ( Fawn, Beth and Julie) for a whirlwind overnight planning session. We were treated like royalty staying in The Studio, named aptly as it was formerly Mrs. Rockefeller’s art studio. It is perched high above the Petit Jean River Valley with an extraordinary view from the back porch. Of course, this was not my first time here since I used to work on the mountain when this facility was part of Winrock International. My dear friends held Little Buckaroo's baby shower for me here (great memories), however, it has been extensively remodeled, it is extraordinary!

There is a long list of the fantastic things that came from the planning session which we will soon share as we relaunch our AWB site. But, one of the main highlights of our time on the mountain was a culinary demonstration in the Institutes state-of-the-art kitchen. Chef Robert Hall, a native Arkansan, Olympic chef, and army veteran, treated the AWB Leadership Team and some Arkansas Women Blogger members, who are some of the top foodie bloggers in our state, to a five-course meal.

Everything was delicious and Chef shared all of his recipes with us. Go over to Arkansas Women Bloggers for all the yumminess.

Now, I am a bit more into growing veggies and selling them at the farmers' market than cooking, but like all true Southern Belles, I know how to fry me up some green tomatoes. So, go check out Chef Hall's recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes and then take a recommendation from me on how to kick it up a notch.

Fried Green Tomato Po'boys,
yes ma'am, yummalicious. Cut some French bread baguettes into 6-inch lengths. Split each lengthwise but not through to the other side, Spread with some Rèmoulade Sauce. Yes, it is getting dangerously delicious right now. Layer some shredded lettuce, the Fried Green Tomatoes, cooked bacon (oh yes, bless your heart), and some avocado slices. Then, devour.

Or, you could also place some fried green tomatoes and cooked bacon on a hot buttermilk biscuit. uh-huh, that's right, I went there. Crisp, golden-crusted, hot out of the skillet fried green tomatoes, not sure it can get much better.

From one of my favorite movies, yes, Fried Green Tomatoes:
Missy: I hear they've got an assertive training class for southern women. [looks puzzled]  Of course that's a contradiction in terms.

A contradiction indeed,
The Park Wife

Disclaimer: The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute provided the Arkansas Women Bloggers Leadership team with overnight lodging in their facility for a working meeting and culinary event.  However, this blog post was not solicited or compensated. My opinions are my own and I have chosen to share this experience with you because I truly believe that the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute is offering something fantastic.

Thank you Gov. Rockefeller from the bottom of my heart for all you did for Arkansas and especially for Petit Jean Mountain. A life well-lived, a legacy that changes lives.


Julie said...

I devoured this post while devouring fried (Arkansas) okra (in pastured lard). Oh.my.goodness. Heaven help.

The Park Wife said...

Not sure why people can not comment! Working hard to move to Wordpress. Thanks for your patience. comment over on Facebook if you have time.

Julie said...

If you are linking through networked blogs - you have to close out the little networked blogs window at the top of the page or it will not allow you to comment!

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Sheila said...

Yum! When I finally get my new blog up and runnin I might just need to to a feature on there of this recipe...slurp..I just drooled all over my laptop. Love the pic of you smoochn' Rockefeller.