This one had a summer veggie theme, so I looked for the current local big-deal crop.
Watermelons have been over for some time, but the peanuts are coming in, so let's make some traditional boiled peanuts.
Here are some beautiful jumbos. These are green peanuts, fresh out of the field. I imagine such a thing is hard to find north of peanut country. They are a major crop in this county and have a bit of a reputation.
My good buddy,Denny, who is a fishing guide out of Cedar Key recently told me that one of his clients always asks him to pick up two 50 pound bags of Williston Jumbos as a favor. The client is from south Georgia ... which is definitely peanut growing country, but he preferred "those Williston Jumbos" to the local Georgia variety.
(By the way, if you are planning a visit to Cedar Key and want to laugh your butt off with the funniest and luckiest fishing guide on the Gulf of Florida, give Denny a call at 352-486-3763 ... you won't be sorry!)
Back to peanuts ...
Listen carefully, because this is a tough recipe.
First you boil some water.
Then you add some salt ... about 1 tablespoon per quart of water.
Add your peanuts and boil them until they are soft ... I like them "al dente".
When they are about done, turn off the heat and let them soak.
The longer they soak, the saltier they will become, so how long they soak is up to your own taste.
That was tough.
Now ... here's the thing.
There's no need to go all crazy thinking of other seasonings to toss in the pot.
All boiled peanuts need is salt.
I see the roadside boiled peanut stands advertising cajun or garlic boiled peanuts as I ride around and I confess it boggles me a bit.
It is not necessary to Food Network-up all food.
If you want to put mint chocolate raspberry sauce on your fish or add urchin roe to your grits, well, I guess it's a free country, but I'll pass.
Pass the salt that is!
If, somehow, all your boiled peanuts are not eaten the moment they cool off, they will keep in the fridge for days.
So class, to summarize:
Boiled peanuts are slightly more difficult to make than boiling water.
You can do it.
I didn't make Eggy's deadline, so this is a noncompetitive post for her smackdown, but I'm still posting for the fun of it. I believe she will have more on the subject so you might want to drop in on her.