Posted: 4:32 pm Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
By Staff Writer
Good golly, I can’t believe it’s September already! Can you?
Every time I sit down to write the monthly newsletter, I find myself saying something similar, and feeling like my mother when I lament “Where did the time go?!” But it’s true, the days just seem to fly by and the pages on the calendar too.
The kids start school next week. My Zacky is a senior this year (gasp!) Thomas a junior, Antonio, our exchange student, a sophomore. Blessing is in 7th grade and Delilah Jr., the most enthusiastic of them all about this transition, is going into 2nd.
And to give you an idea of the crazy life we lead… not one of them is in the same school! I don’t plan these things. When a new school year begins, I always think my life is going to be calmer and more organized that the chaos of summer, but alas…
It’s canning season in the kitchen – children and dogs have been banned from the premises. I’ve been cutting and grinding and processing cucumbers like nobody’s business, putting up pickles of all varieties and relishes too.
Kimmy, my friend and faithful kitchen goddess, has been making her special “Kimmy-chi” out of all the available green beans, kohlrabi, carrots, and cabbages. This spicy Korean side is so nutritious and good for you! She’s made quart jars available to locals in exchange for a $10 donation to Point Hope and has raised over $600! So grateful.
Apples and pears are ripe and plentiful, which means next week I might be “putting up” fruit sauces and butters. Flower beds are getting cleaned out and mulch laid down early… tucking in all those spent perennials as they nod off to sleep away the fall and winter. The hay barn is full, carrots and root veggies already in cold storage, and the pumpkins are plumping on the vine. It’s September alright.
What’s going on in your world? Are you in transition? Is it exciting, refreshing, energizing?
You know me, and you know I want to hear all about IT! Send me your September tales, short or tall, to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Cookin’ It with Kix | September Book Club
Can we just start out here by saying I wish Kix Brooks would invite me over for dinner? Too much? How ’bout lunch? Still too much? Ok, Ok, brunch… But pleeeeease, invite me, already!
My September book club choice is a little different from the last few picks because it’s a cookbook. Not any old cookbook (is there such a thing?) but a cookbook from Kix Brooks, yes, THE Kix Brooks, from the famous country duo, Brooks & Dunn.
Turns out, besides being a super talented country recording artist and performer, besides being the most chill TV and radio host, besides being just a hecka nice, very funny, low-key kinda guy, Kix is an AMAZING cook!
His new book, Cookin’ It with Kix is all about CELEBRATING with food. I’ve chosen it for September because the nights arrive earlier, the air is a little cooler, tailgate season is upon us, and that all adds up to me thinking about food. Good food. Fun food. Family, friends, happy times, and THAT is what Cookin’ It with Kix adds up to as well.
Speaking of tailgate season, here’s a guy that knows a little something about that:
“There’s nothing that touches a man’s heart more than great food and this book delivers from page one. Good eatin’, folks! Oh, and make sure to keep that bottle of Tums close by.”
– Terry Bradshaw
The recipes are inviting and encourage you to give it a try. In it for 20 or 200 guests? This book’s got it! Kix patiently and humorously takes you through the how-to of a perfect fish-fry, shrimp boil, and many more cooking experiences you might have never tried. You’ll want to pop on over to the Cookin’ It with Kix site for some really great video demonstrations. Watch the Watermelon Cucumber Salsa come together, learn how to stir up a Grapefruit-Basil Sangarita, and view many more demos!
I mean, if Reba gives you a quote, you KNOW it’s a good thing!
“Whether it’s on or off stage, I always have a great time with Kix! I’ve gotten to hang out with him for more than a decade and I’ve loved every minute. It’s also a fun experience to have dinner with Kix. He loves food. I can’t wait to try out the recipes he’s selected for this cookbook. He’s a very diversified person. Whatever he sets out to do, he throws himself into it with a passion and does it very well. Enjoy!”
One thing I love about the book, as I’m in a rather soggy area of the land, is that even though it’s a grillin’ book, there’s a “take inside” option for every recipe. So when it looks more like Moby Dick kinda weather out my window, I can still cook it with Kix!
Pick up your copy of Cookin’ It with Kix at his web site KixBrooks.com and tell me all about the recipes you’re trying.
(And will someone please whisper “Invite Delilah to dinner.” in Kix’s ear?)
Southern-Style Pimento Cheese | Cookin’ It with Kix
Apparently pimento cheese spread is a staple on the Kix Brooks tour bus. His description was so compelling I had to give the recipe a try. Sure glad I did! This is a must for every appetizer table I put together or contribute to for the forseeable future. Try it out and see if you don’t agree.
• 1 (5oz) jar sharp pasteurized cheese, softened
• 1 (3oz) package cream cheese, softened
• 1 Tbspn sugar
• 1/4 tspn salt
• 2 tspns lemon juice
• 1 (2oz) jar pimientos, drained and chopped
1/2 cup +/- shredded Cheddar cheese (mild, medium, or sharp)
1. In a small bowl, blend softened cheeses together, ad the sugar, salt, lemon juice, pimentos, and shredded cheese. Mix well. It’s that easy!!!
Absolutely great on crackers, bread, and as a vegetable dip, and perfect for any season including tailgate season!
Watch the VIDEO Demonstration at KixBrooks.com
Did you know: Pimientos are also known as cherry peppers. They are sweeter and more mild than a bell pepper and have the lowest Scoville scale rating of any chili pepper.
I get a little nostalgic in September. With my stove top commanded by canning vessels, vinegary brines scenting the air, counters covered in the fruits of my labor… my thoughts turn to my mother and grandmother. I’m transported back to days in their kitchens, their chatter, their work, their world; I feel their love enveloping me.
My mom passed away in the month of September, 21 years ago. My sister has this poem thumb tacked above her desk to reminder her of our mom and how she left us. She was an industrious woman and rarely gave in to idleness. After the battle she fought so valiantly, what could she do, but laugh, and go?
I meant to do my work today-
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand-
So what could I do but laugh and go?
~ by Richard LeGallienne
I hope September finds you well. At work, or at rest, I hope it finds you at peace and always always always willing to Love Someone,