We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.
To send any questions to Ask Aunt Nettie, .
I'm desperate for a good lunch suggestion. I did a silly thing and invited someone for lunch who always makes fun of my vegan philosophy and constantly poo-poo's the things I bring to work for my lunch. You can see my predicament! I need something that that will blow him away.
You darlin', I been itchin' fer a opportunity jes like this. I do have some fixin's I know yer gonna love, an' that silly friend o' yers is gonna be eatin' crow--an' plenty of it--jes you see. Now ya oughter plan on doin' a tiny bit o' preparin' the night before, an' you'll see how quick this open-faced sangwich comes together.
Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie
PISTACHIO KALAMATA CHEESE MELT
This open-faced sandwich featuring pistachios and kalamata olives is ideal for breakfast or brunch when served with fruit or a tossed salad. The filling offers much diversity and makes a great-tasting topping for bread, toast, or crackers, a pungent topping for baked potatoes, a robust sandwich spread, or the perfect filling for a layered vegetable torte. With imagination you may come up with a dozen other treatments for it.
Pistachio Kalamata Cheese Melt is one of the delicious recipes in Zel Allen's cookbook The Nut Gourmet: Nourishing Nuts for Every Occasion published by Book Publishing Company in 2006.
Yield: 4 sandwiches
Note: If you cannot locate pitted kalamata olives, use a paring knife to cut the olive flesh from the pit. Regular black olives could be substituted, but they don't have the robust flavor of the kalamatas.
Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.
Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.