Classic Tomato Sandwich.

This time of year we always have an abundance of tomatoes in the vegetable garden. The last few years I’ve had to rescue the ripe ones from the bugs and the birds, so any prize that actually makes it inside unscathed is a true treasure.

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When I pick my tomato plants for planting at the beginning of the season I always mix them up to include a variety of tomatoes because they all really do have such a special and distinct flavor. I am such a fan of Ugly Tomatoes and Heirlooms (of course), but as a lover of a Classic Tomato Sandwich I know the only tomato to use for this Summer staple is a Beefstake. The bigger and most bright red, the better. 

For pretty styling purposes I went back and forth as to whether I should make this post a BLT, adding some bacon or greens to make the shot just a little better but finally decided against it to keep it true to Tomato Sandwich style.

dukes mayo and the best tomato sandwich / heirloomed
vintage enamelware bowl with perfect tomatoes / heirloomed
sliced tomatoes for a classic tomato sandwich / heirloomed
slicing tomatoes / heirloomed

Now, this is a simple one that really just takes some assembly but if you follow it to a tee then you’ll get that farm fresh flavor you’re looking for. A few keys aside from your tomato choice are the simplicity of using old-school white bread, seasoning with just a heavy sprinkle of kosher salt and cracked pepper, and of course a heavy spreading of Dukes Mayo on both sides of the bread. 

Slathering both sides will give it a lot of tangy flavor, but will also keep the thick slices of tomatoes a bit more in place when you take a bite. And I always recommend this one that one special week or two when the flavor of the tomatoes are at their peek, because nothing truly beats the earthy tone at that moment.

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dukes mayo for a classic southern tomato sandwich/ heirloomed

Classic Tomato Sandwich

Makes 2 sandwiches

4 slices of white bread

1 large Beefsteak tomato

2-4 TBSP Dukes Mayo (to taste)

Kosher Salt

Cracked Pepper

Slice tomato into medium-thick slices and set aside. Generously spread mayonnaise onto each slice of bread. Layer tomato slices onto a single slice of bread and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the final slice of bread on top to make your sandwich. Enjoy!

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As you can see I had one of my little helper along to assemble these for lunch, as he’s home with me this week for “Camp Mama,” a Summer tradition I now plan to continue for as long as I possibly can. 

I hope you enjoy while the tomatoes are still perfect! #HEIRLOOMED


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Whipped Honey Butter.

One of my very favorite brands just opened their first store here in Atlanta and I couldn’t be more excited. The Savannah Bee Company is a beautiful brand dedicated to the most beautiful (and delicious) honey around, hailing from one of my favorite historic towns in the South.

Whipped Honey Butter Recipe / heirloomed

I thought it would be fun to share a little honey-inspired recipe today, using one of their beautiful honeycombs. There is just something about setting out the whole chunk on a charcuterie or cheese board that just takes it to a whole new level when entertaining. The glowing amber colored honey is such a special touch, lots of hard work from the bees that is so enjoyed and appreciated by us.

Savannah Bee Company honeycomb honey / heirloomed

Honey Butter is such an easy treat, especially great on Buttermilk Biscuits for brunch. Below I’m sharing the recipe using store-bought butter, but for an even tastier blend you can make your own from my Homemade Butter recipe.

 

HONEY BUTTER

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Soften one stick of unsalted butter to room temperature. In a medium bowl, beat softened butter and milk with a hand-mixer on low speed for 1-2 minutes until blended. Beat on hi-speed for another 2-3 minutes until whipped + fluffy. Add honey and salt and fold in until combined. 

Serve immediately and store any remaining in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!


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Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Fried Okra.

When I think about truly farm-fresh cooking okra always comes to my mind. It's kind of that quintessential vegetable that just feels rustic and earthy.

It might surprise you to know that I didn't grow up eating okra at home. It was never something my Mom cooked, perhaps she didn't like the texture. Quite frankly, I don't really love it all that much myself. OK, there, I said it.

southern fried okra / lodge cast iron / heirloomed
vintage colander washing fresh okra / heirloomed
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But, there's something about a cornmeal crust that gets me every time. A neatly fried, slightly sour from the buttermilk, salted-to-perfection little coating around the okra almost completely forgives its slimy interior texture. 

The more I give it a try, when done right, the better it seems to get. So I'm giving it a try here, as part of my Southern Kitchen Bucket List, trying to practice and perfect it as best I can.

lodge cast iron pan for fried okra / heirloomed
vintage colander with fresh okra / southern kitchen bucket list / heirloomed
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You see, I think it really is a beautiful vegetable. The long pods of okra with the soft matte exterior, cut into chunky bites that are almost flower-like in shape. The tiny little white seeds scattered around amidst the silky, sticky liquid inside. It's hard to not try to keep it just as perfect as it began.

Every time we visit the farmers market it just calls my name and I have been trying to experiment with trying it a few different ways to shake things up. Pickled with a Bloody Mary is at the top of the list, in case you were interested.

dixie lily corn meal / southern fried okra / heirloomed
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dredging okra / heirloomed
southern fried okra / heirloomed
vintage spatula / cast iron skillet / southern fried okra / heirloomed

But this time my Fried Okra was the best yet. Crispy and crunchy and bite-sized. Just the perfect ratio of cornmeal so the texture was dead on. I hope you'll give it a go!

SOUTHERN FRIED OKRA

  • 1 lb of okra
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup White Lily Flour
  • 1 cup Dixie Lily Corn Meal
  • 1/2  tsp cayenne powder
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Canola or vegetable oil 

Gather + rinse okra in cold water. Chop into bite-sized pieces and soak in bowl of buttermilk. While your okra is soaking, combine flour, cornmeal, cayenne powder in a separate bowl and toss dry ingredients until well mixed. 

In a cast iron skillet, heat approximately 1.5" of oil. Take buttermilk-soaked okra and toss in flour mixture until all sides are well coated. Carefully place in hot oil and allow to brown on one side before turning to brown the other. Remove with slotted spoon or spatula and place on paper lined cookie sheet to soak up remaining grease. Immediately sprinkle generously with kosher salt while still hot. Enjoy! 

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Farmhouse Florals.

One of my favorite things about this time of year is being able to walk outside into my garden and put together a beautiful, fresh floral arrangement at a moments notice. Whether I want to drop a bouquet of flowers off to a friend, or simply bring a bundle inside to make it entertaining-ready, I know I can always pull together something special.

Today I'm sharing a little "how-to" on creating a Farmhouse Floral arrangement of your own.

white and green farmhouse florals with hydrangea and herbs / heirloomed

THE VESSEL

When creating a great arrangement I always start with the base. I love mixing and matching tones and textures when it comes to vases, like pewter, glass, crystal, ceramics, stonewares and enamelware.  In keeping with the farmhouse approach, using a slightly unexpected vessel like a pitcher or an urn makes a great home for your florals.

And, truth-be-told, vases are some of my favorite things to find at thrift and antique stores because they are always something people have multiples of and tend to get rid of, and they are almost always such a great price compared to buying new. Not to mention finding something truly unique.

In choosing the vessel I also consider what greens and florals will be going inside to ensure the structure and size of the arrangement is properly displayed and can withhold the balance.

vintage glass and pewter vases / farmhouse florals / heirloomed
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clipping fresh coneflowers / heirloomed

THE GARDEN

The next step in creating a Farmhouse Arrangement is actually creating the garden to support it. When we built our house over two years ago I knew I wanted to do something special with our yard that didn't feel neighborhood landscaped but instead felt thoughtful and cottage-inspired. 

I like to call the approach a "Farmhouse Garden." We have edible elements, like blueberry bushes, a fig tree and and a huge abundance of herbs (like, everywhere) that I use in the kitchen almost daily.  Because of my love of neutrals, I tried to stick to mostly whites + greens as a palette with a variety of hydrangeas being the hero. We pulled in some traditional elements, like boxwoods, and finally mixed in some sentaimental picks that I remembered from my Mom, Grandma + Great Grandmother's gardens, like camellia, tea olives + roses. 

Crafting just the right garden to pull from at a moments notice also meant I had to have things in my garden that practically grew themselves. Native plants and those that grow like weeds, like the mint or rosemary in our garden, was key to ensuring I didn't kill everything before I got the chance to take clippings. After just two years we have a plentiful enough supply to cut anytime I need to.

I absolutely love using herbs in my floral arrangements. I think it's unexpected, has an amazing aroma in your home and who can resist the beauty of a large bundle of rosemary or lavender anyways?

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THE ARRANGEMENT

Once you've gathered your vessels and taken your clippings from the garden it's time to start getting your arrangement together. Now the thing I like most about a farmhouse approach is that it doesn't have to perfect to come together. By definition it means simplicity, from the fields, unstructured and has a utilitarian nature to it. You're pulling together what you have an making it work beautifully together. I pretty much take that approach to life.

I like to start by taking a quick overview of what I've cut and make piles of the flowers and greens based on which will go together in a vase. For each arrangement I begin with the largest, hero pieces of my arrangements and in this case it's always my Limelight Hydrangeas. I cut them longer than needed because you can always take away, and because I kind of like them when they're just slightly "too" long as they droop over the sides of the edges. 

I then layer in the taller elements to give it a little height if needed, and for me that is greenery 95% of the time. I think it serves a great base and gives your bouquet the density it needs to be substantial. 

Finally, I'll scatter in the specials. These are often smaller florals like white coneflowers or sprigs of echinacea to give it a little accent, variety and texture, and to appropriately fill in the low to medium height area of the arrangement.

Keeping it simple often means using a lot of one thing, so even just a huge vase full of one thing can make the most gorgeous, dramatic statement. Just keep adding, clipping, fluffing and admiring until you love it. Like most things, it's all about the layers.

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Arranging a farmhouse floral with lavender and white hydrangea / heirloomed
farmhouse floral arrangement / heirloomed

Another trick to perfecting your Farmhouse Florals is in bouquet form. It makes a special story and more meaningful gift when the recipient knows you not only dropped off the flowers but took the time to plant and grow them too. 

I love gathering the bundle and wrapping it in a swath of Kraft paper, tied with a few simple rounds of white bakers twine and adding a quick handwritten note. Nothing makes me more proud than delivering an armful to a friend.

Love to know some of your favorite tips + tricks to your arrangements, or other plants and flowers you love to use from your own garden #HEIRLOOMED

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Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Sunday Fried Chicken.

As my Southern Kitchen Bucket List continues, I'm sharing a special recipe from our recent trip to High Hampton Inn for some simply delicious Sunday Fried Chicken.

One of the traditions at the Inn is the weekly fried chicken meal, not much unlike many of us who grew up with special meals on Sundays as a tradition because it is a day of rest and one where we tend to have the most time to prepare a delicious meal. For some it's pot roast or homemade spaghetti that simmers all day long on the stove, but for many of us still it's fried chicken after church. 

Today I'm honored to share a recipe and tips for making fried chicken adapted from the chicken at the Inn. I don't generally fry at home so this was something I was a little anxious to tackle. I hope you'll give this one a try! Oh, and don't forget to mix it with some classic Buttermilk Biscuits too.

Sunday fried chicken recipe at high Hampton inn / southern kitchen bucket list / heirloomed

SUNDAY FRIED CHICKEN

adapted from the recipe + tips at High Hampton Inn

  • Bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks, breast + wings)
  • Buttermilk (enough to cover / marinade chicken in)
  • All-purpose White Lily flour
  • Salt + pepper

In a large bowl or pot, marinade raw chicken and buttermilk for at least one (1) hour. In a rectangular dish, combine flour and salt & pepper for seasoning. Dredge each piece of chicken in your flour mixture, completely coating the chicken. Set onto a sheet pan and allow to sit for approximately 5 minutes. 

In a cast iron skillet heat oil and fry chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees. 

Enjoy!

Sunday Fried Chicken recipe / Southern Kitchen Bucket List / heirloomed

I'd love to know your secret to perfect fried chicken! #HEIRLOOMED



heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com