Mom and I got to spend lots of time together in the kitchen, our favorite, and even tried our hand at making a wreath. A restaurant in Albuquerque had their wreaths hung flat on the ceilings and it was so pretty! So we took inspiration from that and hung ours from the dining room chandelier. Here's the finished product:
|Not bad for first timers, eh??|
|The logs across the ceiling are "vigas," and are very common in Southwestern architecture.|
Grandpa C. built the house with his own hands, lifting each end of every (very heavy!) viga himself!
|Green tomato tip: Allow them to sit for a day or so to develop a slight "blush." |
Makes for sweeter flavor.
Fried Green Tomatoes
2 green tomatoes
1 1/2 c Italian style bread crumbs (or panko)
1 large egg
1/2 c buttermilk
1 c AP flour
Start by setting up your breading station: Pour the bread crumbs into a shallow pan (pie pans are great for breading stations) and shake lightly to level. Pour flour into second pie pan, shaking to level. In a small bowl or shallow pan, beat the egg and buttermilk lightly.
In a non-stick skillet heat about 3 tbsp of olive oil on medium-high flame. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice the green tomatoes to desired thickness (1/2" - 3/4" is ideal). To bread the tomato slices, dip in this order: Egg, flour, egg, bread crumbs. Carefully lay in the hot oil and brown on both sides. Meanwhile, line a baking dish with paper towels. After tomatoes are browned, place in baking dish and bake until tomatoes are tender (time will vary depending on thickness - check them every few minutes.) Enjoy!
|Merry Christmas from the Montalvo Family!|