We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about vegetarian 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, click on Aunt Nettie below:
Dear Aunt Nettie,
With some special holidays coming up, I need to spruce up my menu with something new in a vegetable dish that's not too complicated. I'll bet you have something up your sleeve.
Howdy there Clara
Well, darlin', you jes know I always got a heap o' ideas 'bout cooking them vegetables an' I think yer gonna kick up yer heels when ya git a taste o' roasted onions an' anise all cooked an' sittin' purty in a dish. Why, them flavers jes hits them taste buds like sweet love in spring. An' mind, them onions is good cancer fighters--an' did y'all know they kin help ta lower blood pressure, too? An' all's ya do is cut 'em up, put 'em on a bakin' sheet, an' let yer oven do the rest. Cain't git easier than that, now, can it! 'Nother nice thing 'bout this recipe--ain't no fat in it--no, not a drop!
Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie
ROASTED ONIONS AND ANISE
Yield: 4 servings
3 anise bulbs, cut into 8 wedges, then into 2-inch (5 cm) lengths
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil,
1 or 2 sprigs of fresh herbs for garnish
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.