I was born and raised in Kansas and learned to cook alongside my mother. Now, along with my wonderful husband, I have taken the plunge into the city life in New York. These are my food adventures: in my own tiny kitchen, and in the many restaurants of the city.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Stewed Okra and Tomotoes

Joe and I celebrate 5 years of marriage on Friday. I am a lucky, lucky girl to be able to spend every day of my life with someone who makes me laugh, cheers me on, shares my interests, loves me without abandon, and is truly my best friend. Thank you, my heart, for every moment of the past five years. I look forward to many more.

We spent the weekend traveling a bit to celebrate--first to friends' wedding in Pennsylvania, then on to Washington DC to be touristy and to eat. More on the eating part to come... It was so lovely to be able to get out of town and spend a lot of time out doors on one of the last summery weather weekends we may have before the seasons change for good. It was a little hot at times as we walked around the nation's capitol, but I tried to soak it up and enjoy every last drop. I always love the fall, but slightly dread the winter that is always sure to follow so try to cling desperately to summer's last moments. The following recipe reflects this attitude, by using the some of the last of the summer produce. However, it works just as well on a brisk, cool fall evening. Serve it as a side with a roast or top it with a poached egg for a simple lunch.

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes
6 servings
1 TB olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 c. white wine vinegar
3 c. chopped fresh okra
1/2 t. paprika
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2-3/4 c. water or stock
salt and pepper

In a large sauce pan heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute until tender. Then add the garlic and cook for about a minute. Then add the vinegar, okra, paprika, the whole can of diced tomatoes (juices and all) and water. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve. 

3 comments:

That Girl said...

I didn't realize we were married in the same year - Happy Anniversary!

Mary said...

Yum!!! This recipe sounds amazing. I've been watching the okra at the Farmer's Market, trying to figure out what I might be able to do with it. Congrats again on your 5 years together!!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I look at your photo and to me you look like a teenage girl - and that is a compliment, ok? ;)
You really look young, that is what I mean (and you're beautiful, too!).
Happy anniversary! 5 years is a LOT - I've been married 6 1/2 years now and lots of love and respect are necessary for that.
xoxo