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Country cooking pleases picky eaters


Guest Columnist

Cool weather is welcomed along with the beauty of autumn that cannot be found any other time of the year.

Did I write this line before? It’s no secret that it’s my favorite time of the year.

When trees begin dropping their best fall foliage it’s nature at her best and sometimes I can be found humming that old song about a picture that no artist could paint.

Many leaf-peepers head for the mountain show that lasts only a short while. The rest of us enjoy this great gift from our kitchen window.

Pumpkins and sweet potatoes are arriving at the farmer’s market. Last week I was buying a bag of crispy greens and a lady came up and said that the greens were so good it was the third time she had come for some. So I told the farmer to put another handful in my bag.

A friend walked up and was admiring all the late summer produce. She said she wasn’t buying because it was too much trouble to cook for one. She declined my offer to eat with us that night.

Cooking greens may make your house smell bad, but they sure do make your supper good. And making supper can be the good part of the day.

Shopping around town and running into old friends is another part of a good day. We are all willing to stop and exchange family news.

There’s always something to say about what’s going on at our house and how wonderful it is to be a grandparent and who would ever thought that being a great-grandparent would be so great.

Peeking in another’s basket will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in their life. Pain meds, soap and paper products are usually found among the food supplies.

We’re more alike than we admit and we mostly shop for the same things. Few of us purchase the exotic foods that we find on shelves today. Who knows how they should be cooked and who would eat them?

Do you know how to make a happy meal for a picky eater? There’s a solution to cooking for someone whose tastes always run country.

Try turnip greens, pintos and sweet potatoes. It always works at our house.

Kathryn Yarbro is former managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News.


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