It's great to have food icons but for a springtime menu, I would opt for an herb-roasted chicken, steamed asparagus, new potatoes or black-eyed peas for the starch, and a fresh spinach salad. You can find Grandma Nellie's Roasting Chicken at Forward Foods in Oklahoma City, fresh asparagus and spinach at the OSU-OKC Farmer's Market and great bread to accompany them from Farrell's Family Bread in Tulsa, Big Sky or Prairie Thunder Bakeries in Oklahoma City. I would use cornmeal from Stone Stack Mills or Shawnee Mills to make spoon bread accented with fresh spring onions as my homemade contribution to the perfect spring meal.
I'll be sharing ideas for Oklahoma meals throughout April. It's a great time to sign up with a grower for a weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
You may want to try the Oklahoma Food Cooperative as your way to bring more Oklahoma-grown and produced foods to your Oklahoma Table.
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Springtime Oklahoma Spoon Bread
I created this spring version of spoon bread to incorporate the first spring onions or chives from the garden. Their fresh aroma wafts up from this steamy soft-serve bread. It is the perfect accompaniment for roast chicken, pork, ham or lamb.
1 tablespoon softened butter for preparing baking dish
1 cup cornmeal, Stone Stack Mill or Shawnee's Best
½ teaspoon salt
3 to 4 green onions sliced including stalks
1 ½ cups boiling water
3 eggs separated, Twisted Feather Farms, Fletcher's
2 tablespoons melted butter, Braum's, Highland or Wagon Creek
1 cup buttermilk, Braum's or Hiland
½ teaspoon baking soda
Sherrel's cooking notes: Other additions such as a tablespoon of finely chopped fresh herbs or even up to 1/3 cup raisins or chopped prunes can be added in lieu of the onions, but we love the simplicity of including only one ingredient. Any leftover spoon bread can be sliced and sauteed in a little olive oil.
Field's German Chocolate Pie Brownies
Kerry Barrick and Caryn Ross came by to visit at the NewsOK studios to share MIO news and a sweet, easy way to turn a Field's pie into a brownie. Here's that recipe, which is a great way to have your pie, cake and brownies, too, if you're a German Chocolate Cake fan.
1 (2-pound) Field's German Chocolate Pie, thawed and cubed
½ cup butter, Highland or Braum's
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature Braum's or Fletcher's
1 cup Braum's half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour from Shawnee Mills
1 teaspoon baking powder
Vegetable cooking spray
Pour the brownie batter into the prepared 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool and then cut.