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A New Twist on an Old Southern Favorite: “Baked” Fried Green Tomatoes

Updated on November 11, 2016
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Theresa loves to share just a few of her favorite recipes and has even added a short story or flash fiction to add interest to some.

The food in the South is as important as food anywhere because it defines a person's culture.

— Fannie Flagg

Baked to a Golden Brown Fried Green Tomatoes

Baked to a golden brown and ready to eat
Baked to a golden brown and ready to eat | Source

Welcome to the South where

our tea is sweet, words are long, days are warm and Faith is strong.

Following in the footsteps of my good friend John aka Jodah here on HubPages in his totally awesome idea of combining a great recipe with his passion for writing poetry, I have produced this hub. John's is a hit! Please enjoy How to Make the World's Best Scrambled Egg.

Soon to follow in John's footsteps is Chris aka cam8510 and his wonderful recipe and a flash fiction. Please enjoy Acorn Squash Recipe and a Flash Fiction Story.

I do hope you enjoy this short story and recipe too. I started out to write a flash fiction but then soon realized that I could not force this short story into a flash fiction.

So Glad to See Y'all here at Tess’s Southern Hospitality Café

Special of the Day: "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes with a Side of Fiction
Special of the Day: "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes with a Side of Fiction | Source

Please Enjoy a Side of Fiction While you Wait

Pull up a chair and get comfortable. Please enjoy this short story while you wait for your serving of scrumptious "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes. You will love them! I hope you accept my apologies for the delay due to the large after church crowd arriving. That being the case, a short story is more appropriate this day than a flash fiction.

Savannah's Smile - Short Story

Savannah's Smile - Short Story
Savannah's Smile - Short Story | Source

Savannah smiled every time she thought of those long hot southern summers where she spent many days with her Mammaw Ida Mae. She enjoyed helping to gather green tomatoes from Mammaw’s garden. With great enthusiasm and exhilaration, both she and Luke, Mammaw's Yellow Labrador, loved to romp down to the nearby pond on those humid summer days to enjoy a dip. Luke, with happy abandon, chased the wild ducks. Mammaw enjoyed sharing her love of the Lord God and a lifetime of living a simple life with Paw Paw Jackson; a big man well over 6 feet 5 inches in height and one of the gentlest men she had ever known, whose heart was as big as Texas.

Savannah looked forward to anytime Mammaw Ida Mae fried up a big batch of fried green tomatoes, which was just about every Sunday. Mammaw's table was never without freshly picked vegetables and warm buttery cornbread. Sunday afternoons, the entire family gathered at Mammaw's house to enjoy a satisfying meal together. Folks around town knew if they stopped by Mammaw Ida Mae's house they would be invited to fill their bellies. All praised the Lord God and thanked Him for their many blessings.

The sweetest days spent with Mammaw always included feeding the birds, especially the Cardinals, the brilliant red song birds Mammaw loved so much, and running through the grassy rolling hills of the pastures with Luke.

Luke Loved Running free in the Pastures with Savannah

Dog and tree
Dog and tree | Source

It was a sweltering hot August day with fierce winds not providing any relief. Savannah ran down the country road barefoot as always to Mammaw's house, and then across the rolling grassy hills of pastureland smelling honeysuckle in the air which tickled her nose. Far off in the pasture she could hear that donkey braying. She ran up the steps to the front porch of Mammaw's house where the screen door was slamming open and closed. She heard Luke out back raising a ruckus about something. Immediately, Savannah smelled a burning odor and saw smoke coming from the kitchen. The grease had gotten too hot and was smoking up the house and burning the green tomatoes Mammaw was frying. She hollered for Mammaw. Then she noticed her through the big bay window on the other side of the kitchen running about out back attempting to catch Big Red, a Rhode Island Red rooster, for Luke was having a bit of fun with Big Red. She also saw Paw Paw Jackson in the distant pasture bush-hogging.

Savannah knew not to touch the hot cast iron skillet and she was tall enough now, being seven years old, to reach the top of the stove. She found a potholder and ever so carefully began to slowly inch the heavy skillet from the burner. She didn't want to reach over the popping grease to try to turn off the knob. Out of nowhere came a gust of wind so strong slamming both the front and back screen doors and blowing in through the open bay windows in the kitchen knocking items off shelves causing Savannah to jump and scream all at once while holding onto the iron skillet, which caused it to tip a bit splattering hot grease seemingly pushed by the wind into Savannah's lovely face. Savannah let out another scream in agony and fell to the floor while the heavy cast iron skillet slammed on the floor next to her splattering even more grease on her sweet face.

Luke heard Savannah's screams and immediately came barreling through the back screen door. Mammaw knew something was terribly wrong. She soon smelled the smoke and burning odor and saw her precious grandchild on the floor writhing in pain. "Oh, dear Jesus, sweet Lord, comfort my precious grandchild!" cried Mammaw. She opened a drawer filled with dish towels and threw them on the floor so she would not slip on the grease. Mammaw gently gathered up Savannah in her arms and placed her in the large farmhouse kitchen sink and ran cold tap water on her face, all the while praying and gently laying hands on her beloved granddaughter.

After a short stay in the local hospital for third degree burns, Savannah was released. Savannah told Mammaw that she felt comforted and loved when she was holding her in her arms and praying while the cool water ran over her face. Now, whenever Mammaw hugged Savannah, Savannah could feel Mammaw's tiny frame trembling. Mammaw repeatedly told Savannah how sorry she was for not being there, and Savannah reassured her each time, with that same sweet smile, that everything was alright and she was fine. The emergency crew told her she did the best thing in running cool tap water over her face. She also gently reminded Mammaw that she is never going to allow her light to not shine brightly in this life no matter what, which was, after all, what Mammaw taught Savannah her entire life.

Homestead with Pond

Homestead with Pond
Homestead with Pond | Source

Sunday dinners at Mammaw's were different from then on, for Mammaw never fried green tomatoes again. She had no desire to even tend to her garden to gather tomatoes. This broke Savannah's heart. Savannah took it upon herself and gathered the green tomatoes. She would take them to her Aunt Tess's café in town. Savannah told Mammaw how much she missed eating her fried green tomatoes, but all Mammaw did was lower her eyes and try to hold back tears.

Although Mammaw knew in her heart what happened was an accident, she could not bear to think of her darling granddaughter experiencing such pain and her beautiful face being scarred possibly for life.

Rolling Verdant Pastures

Rolling verdant pastures
Rolling verdant pastures | Source

Gentle Caresses

Early one morn, just at the break of dawn while Savannah slept, she felt the familiar, gentle and loving hands of Mammaw softly caressing her face and whispering everything is okay now my precious child. Savannah woke with a jolt and leaped out of bed and yelled to her Momma and Daddy that she must run down to Mammaw's. They tried to yell after her but she was already out the door. The fog was dense that morning hanging low above the pastures. She felt dew on her feet while running through the pasture. She had a terrible sense of urgency like never before. The closer she came to Mammaw's house, the sweet fragrance of lilac growing all around her house filled the air. Finally, she leaped up the steps to the front porch and ran through the screen door calling out for Mammaw, running from room to room. She saw Paw Paw Jackson just getting out of bed and asked him where Mammaw was and that she needed to find her. Paw Paw Jackson told her to slow down, but then they heard Luke howling a lowly howl out back.

Savannah's heart pounded ever so hard in her chest that she could hardly take a breath. The fog was still dense as she pushed through the back screen door. Savannah cried out to Mammaw, but all was silent except for Luke's whimpering. She followed the howling and then slowly her eyes grew wide with shocking innocence in seeing her Mammaw lying on the moist grass. There beside her was Luke with his head on Mammaw's chest. Savannah's feet became entangled with tomato vines chopped on the ground and smashed green tomatoes all about.

Countryside

Countryside
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Listen for the Dog and then Child in the Background

Sweet Little Song

Savannah fell to her knees beside Mammaw and cried and cried for her beloved Mammaw. Paw Paw Jackson knelt down wrapping his arms around Savannah while his body heaved with grief, groaning for his cherished wife of 56 years.

The fog suddenly vanished and in the midst of sobs of grief, a sweet little song could be heard. Savannah looked up and a brilliant red flash caught the corner of her eye. Right there was a beautiful red bird looking down on them singing a sweet song. Savannah remembered what Mammaw told her about the red birds appearing to families who lost a loved one, reassuring them that their loved one was fine.

Savannah felt a calm fall down upon her like she had never known before, and she began to thank the good Lord for blessing her with such a precious Mammaw in this life.

Every day thereafter, Savannah actually had the sweetest dream before she woke. She would feel her Mammaw's gentle hands caressing her face and hear sweet whispers of love in her ears. She smelled the sweet fragrance of lilac fill her room. Each morning when she looked in the mirror, it seemed the scars on her face had faded just a bit.

Green Pastures

Green pasture with rolling hills
Green pasture with rolling hills | Source

The town folk and even those coming through town, never seemed to really notice the slowly-fading scars on Savannah’s face, for they were always drawn to her bright smile, sparkling eyes and gentle spirit. Savannah still tended to Mammaw’s green tomatoes but never ate one more fried green tomato the rest of her life. However, she did enjoy a wonderful healthier recipe she came up with by baking the green tomatoes, which soon became a big hit in town, as well as far and wide.

One gusty day, after Savannah had just finished up a big batch of “baked” fried green tomatoes, the front screen door of the café blew open and slammed closed again. Then she heard the lovely sound of a song bird and saw a red one sitting on the windowsill watching her.

Savannah loved to meander to and fro through the meadow each day at dawn and dusk, especially with the red song bird following along singing sweetly.

Savannah smiled.


© Faith Reaper, April 19, 2015

Life is Beautiful when We Remember to Cherish each Moment

Girl in Meadow
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New Twist on an old Southern Favorite: "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Enjoy their mild tartness and crunch.

Let's get Cooking These Simple yet Scrumptious Delights - "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients for making "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes
Ingredients for making "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes | Source

Please Rate This "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

5 stars from 12 ratings of "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves six to eight people

Sliced Green Tomatoes

Sliced green tomatoes
Sliced green tomatoes | Source

Slice of Green Tomato in Mixture of Flour, Kosher Salt and Black Pepper

Slice of green tomato in mixture of flour, Kosher salt and black pepper
Slice of green tomato in mixture of flour, Kosher salt and black pepper | Source

"Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 large and firm green tomatoes, sliced thick 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Olive Oil Cooking spray or olive oil, for drizzling

Floured Slice of Green Tomato Dipped in Mixture of Greek Yogurt and Buttermilk

Floured slice of green tomato dipped in mixture of Greek yogurt and buttermilk
Floured slice of green tomato dipped in mixture of Greek yogurt and buttermilk | Source

Instructions for Making "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes

  1. Slice tomatoes 1/8 or up to 1/2 inch thick. (I like to cut my thick.)
  2. On a large plate mix flour, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place yogurt and buttermilk on a second plate, and Panko Bread Crumbs on a third plate.
  4. Coat tomatoes with the flour mixture, then the yogurt – buttermilk mixture (you may want to put the yogurt in a small bowl so that dipping them is easier), then the Panko Bread Crumbs.
  5. Place coated tomatoes on a cookie sheet and spray with Olive Oil Cooking Spray liberally on both sides or drizzle them on both sides with olive oil.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes on one side then flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with extra salt and serve warm.

Floured and Battered Slice of Green Tomato Dipped in Bread Crumbs

Floured and battered slice of green tomato dipped in bread crumbs
Floured and battered slice of green tomato dipped in bread crumbs | Source

Drizzled with Olive Oil and Ready to Bake

Drizzled with olive oil and ready to bake
Drizzled with olive oil and ready to bake | Source

Please Enjoy Your Double Serving of "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes!

Crunchy & Healthier "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes
Crunchy & Healthier "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes | Source

Olive Oil Spray Actually Coats more Evenly for Baking

In lieu of drizzling the olive oil, I would have used the spray olive oil for a more even coating of the oil, which helps with the browning of the "baked" fried green tomatoes.

Fully Grown Firm Green Tomato

Firm Green Tomato
Firm Green Tomato | Source

Olive Oil Cooking Spray is Great for This Recipe

Olive Oil Cooking Spraying coats evenly and promotes browning quickly.
Olive Oil Cooking Spraying coats evenly and promotes browning quickly. | Source

Extra Tips for Making "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes

  • Be sure to use large firm green tomatoes.

  • I like to cut my tomatoes a bit thicker than most at about ½ inch thick.

  • I still would have mixed the Greek yogurt and buttermilk in a bowl until thickened, but then transferred the mixture to a plate to thin out the mixture for a more even coating and not so thick.

  • I love to use Parchment Paper when baking for more even baking and non-sticking. So, I lined the baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In addition to drizzling the olive oil on the battered and dipped green tomatoes before baking, I realized once I started baking, that I needed to use spray olive cooking oil for a more even coating of the olive oil. This helped the tomatoes to brown more quickly and evenly on both sides.

  • I found I had to bake them for a good bit longer than 10 minutes on each side so that they looked golden brown. It does not hurt to bake them longer. All ovens vary on their temperatures. You will know when they are just right.

  • These hold their crunch, even the next day.

Green Tomato

Green Tomato
Green Tomato | Source

Benefits of Green Tomatoes

Why Green Tomatoes?

  • They are rich in antioxidants and B vitamins and may even help fight cancer.

  • A large green tomato has 43 milligrams of vitamin C, providing half the daily requirement for men and nearly 60 percent for women. Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron. It is beneficial to eat green tomatoes with an iron source, such as meat, poultry, fish, spinach or an iron supplement.

  • It also has 58 micrograms of vitamin A, giving you close to one-tenth of your recommended daily intake.

  • They can help protect your immune system and prevent premature aging.

  • They are also loaded with Vitamin K and B-Complex Vitamins. B-complex vitamins help your body use protein, fat and carbohydrates to produce energy.

  • They also play a role in the production of red blood cells.

  • One large green tomato provides about 10 percent of your daily requirement for the B vitamins thiamin, vitamin B-6 and pantothenic acid, as well as a little less than 10 percent of the riboflavin and niacin you need each day.

  • A green tomato also has one-fifth of your recommended daily intake for vitamin K, a nutrient that further benefits your blood by helping it to clot properly.

  • They supplement your diet with 5 to 10 percent of your recommended daily intake for iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese, minerals that benefit your blood, nerve function, bones and muscles.

  • They also provide 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber, helping to satisfy your appetite and keep you feeling full.

  • For only 42 calories, a green tomato supplies a wide range of nutrients.

  • Green tomatoes contain an alkaloid called tomatine, which may effectively fight cancer cells, according to researchers who published a study in "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry" in 2009.

  • Tomato plants use their tomatine content to combat bacteria, fungi, viruses and insects, but tomatine also appears to offer anticarcinogenic benefits.

  • Upon comparing extracts, the researchers found that extracts from high-tomatine green tomatoes strongly inhibited human cancer cell lines of the breast, colon, stomach and liver.

    Resource: Healthy Eating SF Gate

Green Tomato Plants

Green Tomato Plants
Green Tomato Plants | Source

Planning a Large Family Gathering

If you want to serve these at a planned event, such as a large family gathering, you will need to make sure they are fully mature, without turning red. To do this, you will need to spread out planting for several weeks.

Green Tomatoes

Green Tomatoes
Green Tomatoes | Source

Green Tomatoes are all the Rage

Nowadays, chefs everywhere (not just the South) are realizing the huge possibilities of cooking with green tomatoes.

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Irondale Café - Fannie Flagg is the niece of the original owner.

Situated beside an old train station, the Irondale Cafe isn't your typical meat-and-three joint. Fans of the book, Fried Green Tomatoes — and its subsequent Academy Award-nominated film — know that this place was the inspiration for Fannie Flagg's story of love, loss and life in the South. Today, diners still take in the squeals and rumbles of passing trains, and the restaurant continues to churn out Southern favorites, frying nearly 100 pounds of green tomatoes each day.

Location of the Irondale Cafe

A marker1906 1st Avenue N, Irondale, AL 35210 -
1906 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35210, USA
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Y'all Come Back

I do hope y'all will be able to stop by Tess's Southern Hospitality Café on Sunday afternoons. Our apologies for we will be closed next Sunday due to a family celebration. Please do return to see what's cooking. There's sure to be an interesting side to go along with the Special of the Day. Next time, we are planning on a side of flash fiction with a satisfying dessert to please one's palette. All are welcome. God bless.

Y'all come back.
Y'all come back.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      What a fantastic hub! Gotta try me some fried green tomatoes and sweet tea!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Lori (lambservant) , Well, come on in and have a seat and they'll be coming up in a jiffy! You will love these scrumptious delights, especially with some sweet tea to wash them down. I appreciate the enthusiastic comment here. Thank you for stopping by Tess' s Sothern Hospitality Cafe and enjoying a bite! Please do comeback next Sunday. God bless you

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      My Dear Virtual Faith.. you hit a home run with the fiction short and the recipe.. I felt the youthful innocence of Savannah being tested.. this short piece was an enjoyable, heartwarming read and the recipe fit the south but it's not just for the folks of the south. I like how you built the main character into this sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked her ... everything tied nicely together so this fiction was stunning, beautiful with a wonderful virtue and message.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a fabulous combination, dear Faith. You did a fantastic job with this from the fiction to the very appropriate connection to the recipe and beautiful photos. I love that Y'all Come Back photo. Voted way up and more, 5 stars, sharing, pinning.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I have never had baked tomatoes, usually eat them raw or put them on my face

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Fabulous story, Theresa. You had me crying, especially because of the name! Beautifully told. I was right there every second.

      Your recipe sounds wonderful. Not often we see green toms in the shops but easy enough to grow of course.

      Up ++++ I like the recipe/story combination idea.

      Hope all's well with you. Blessings to you.

      Ann

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Morning Dear Frank,

      I am so glad I can depend on you to be my late night/very early reader and commenter. I am so glad you enjoyed the short story, and I apologize for not writing a flash fiction. I kept editing and had gotten it way down, but then it lost its heart and so I reverted back to the short story.

      However, next week I already have a flash fiction ready to go, and I am not waiting forever to publish it. I appreciate your most generous comment here as to my short story. The photos of the pastureland were taken from my front porch or front yard, for right across the country road are rolling verdant pastures with cows LOL. And the photo of the white house is my photo too that I had taken en route from the county roads. I wanted to find one with a pond for Luke. I actually live in a sleepy Southern town, but work in a big city with terrible crime, hence the move to the country/small town.

      Bless you, dear heart, and I hope you have an awesome week ahead!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Flourish,

      Thank you so much for the fantastic ... I really appreciate you and your most generous comments. So thrilled you love the photos for they are of the pasturelands across from my home in my small town, except for a couple from Pixaby.

      I wanted to write a flash fiction but this short story just is not the one for flash fiction, but I do have a flash fiction ready to go for next week.

      I truly appreciate the five stars, vote up and more, plus sharing and pinning.

      You're the best, and y'all or you please come back!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi peachpurple,

      Thank you for stopping by to read. You should give this recipe a try. You will love them. The traditional Southern recipe is Fried Green Tomatoes, but this healthier version is just as good and even stays crunchy until the next day. Green tomatoes are chocked full of vitamins and all kinds of good stuff, one would never really realize.

      I knew I loved the taste, but until I researched it a bit, and found all the great health benefits to boot, I was amazed.

      They do have to be fully grown and firm green tomatoes for this recipe.

      I love tomatoes plain too and gobble them up however I can get them.

      Blessings always

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      This is a double dose of delight in every way...thank you for an inspirational morning read from one of my favorite writers.

      Your story had me smiling and crying at the same time. Your gentle descriptive style takes me right into the heart of the action. Savannah reminded me so much of 'Sammie' - what a beautiful little girl, inside and out.

      I love (and now crave) green tomatoes...mmm! Chef Geoff already bakes them and uses panko - I'll share this recipe as the yogurt sounds awesome as well - we keep them 'in the house' all summer long and now fear Andy will be snacking on them before we get to picking them...LOL!

      Love this combo idea and will need to check out these other links as time permits...Voted UP and UABI and sharing.

      Have a peaceful and lovely week. Love and hugs, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Ann,

      Thank you for a most generous comment. I could not make this short story into a flash fiction as I had initially desired, but I do have a flash fiction ready for next week that works great as a flash fiction.

      I sure hated to have something bad happen to sweet little Savannah (especially with your precious new little granddaughter, Savannah), but it all worked out in the end, I hope. I know you understand a grandmother's heart as do I, and how it would just break into a million pieces if anything were ever to cause our grandchildren any pain or unhappiness in this life, which is what I tried to portray here with Mammaw Ida Mae.

      As far as the green tomatoes, you have to catch them right before they turn red, early in the season. We have them all over here in the farmer's markets and fresh produce stands. So they are readily available and surprisingly have great nutritional value to boot.

      I appreciate the vote up and more.

      I hope you and your sweet Savannah have a lovely week ahead.

      Peace and blessings always to you and yours across the big pond

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, Theresa. Yes I understand completely.

      Off to France tomorrow, so I'll be without them for 3 weeks! Then two weeks at home before going with daughter, new-born et al to Portugal - so looking forward to that!

      Peace

      Ann

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Morning my dear southern friend, Maria,

      Somehow I just knew you and Geoff would have these delights in your home ready for Geoff the Chef to put his magic touch on them! Oh, dear heart, now you have me tearing up about your precious Sammie ...

      Hahaha about Andy. I can't really plant much of anything out back for Max will gobble them right up too.

      I am glad you enjoyed the short story, which I really wanted to write a flash fiction, but this particular story did not work as a flash fiction and I did not want to force it. I have a flash fiction ready for next week though.

      I love these combos too, and John came up with a grand idea of combining his wonderful poetry with a recipe, as did Chris with his fantastic flash fiction/recipe combo. I think the combos work well with poetry and flash fiction best due to the length.

      I appreciate the vote up and more and sharing.

      I hope you have a lovely and peaceful week ahead too.

      (((Hugs))) and much love to you and yours always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Ann, you are in a whirlwind! I know you will have a blast in France (although being away three weeks from the little ones) and then Portugal, especially with the newborn. Oh, I look forward to the day I am able to travel as you do. I am so jealous right now : )

      I am sure you will take plenty of amazing photos and be inspired to write one of your signature superb stories/articles.

      Blessings for safe travels and thank you for letting me know.

      (((Hugs))) and much love to all

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Oh yes, there will be thousands of photos and hopefully a hub or two! We're very lucky to be able to travel as we do.

      (((Hugs))) to you too.

      Ann

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Faith, this is an awesome hub. The story was sweet but heart-wrenching. The recipe is fabulous and all the additional information you provided adds a unique touch to your recipe with a side of flash fiction. I look forward to what's on the menu next Sunday!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Theresa, I will be talking with a southern accent for the rest of the day after reading your sadly beautiful story and looking at southern vista provided in the photos. Now, off to look for the Tess's Southern Hospitality Café. This combination plate of fiction and recipe is a mouth watering success.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Oh dearest Faith this is an amazing hub! Your story was so beautiful and moving (of course I cried more than once). Its beauty and simplicity touched the heart in many places.

      Your recipe is a true wonder. I LOVE fried green tomatoes. Since knowing I have celiac I haven't had any. However, now there are gluten free bread crumbs and flour so I'll have to try this wonderful recipe.

      This hub is five star all around. Can't wait for more. Your writing is truly superb.

      Voted all the way across, shared, pinned and g+

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Incredible recipe and short story. I love fried green tomatoes and I love your hub. You offered so many tastes for the senses. Thank you! Jamie

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      I love fried green tomatoes and I love your Mammaw's house. Great Hub. Vote up and more.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have always loved fried green tomatoes. I've never baked them but I will, they look delicious. I loved your story, so tender and sweet. A little sad about the burn but happy it's fading. I know people like Mamaw and Papaw, my mamaw Minnie and Papaw Rob. Thank you for sharing a heartfelt story of faith and goodness. Voted up and shared....

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Theresa; I will certainly be making this! They look delicious and you sure can't beat baking.

      You know I discovered for myself (and family agree) that a green tomato just barely starting to turn is so much better than the green. I mean it is still green but has just a hint of color. Try it sometime!

      Hope Savannah's story is not true! I grew up seeing a girl whose face was horribly burned like that but she did not shy away from people (older than I was) working in grocery stores and holding her head high. I always so admired her.

      Beautifully put together and hope you are enjoying this southern heat...although I could do with a little less rain. Am waiting on my white magnolias to open and they are just a few days away.

      I am doing great and doing almost everything I want to again! God is good!

      "Hugs" ^+

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a great hub Faith. The story is beautiful, the recipe great and the whole hub so well done. It looks like I started something with my poetry/recipe combo hub :) Thank you for the link to my hub. Glad to see, first Chris, then you continuing it. I'm sure this will go viral, you already have a lot of comments. I've never tried fried green tomatoes let alone baked fried green tomatoes, but they look and sound great. I have to try this recipe. Well done, vote up.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Love fried green tomatoes, but they do not love me back. Will have to try this recipe to get healthier.

      Your concept of fiction and a recipe is an interesting one. It reminds me of a show called Dinner and a Movie in which they'd show a movie each week and cook during breaks a themed recipe.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Faith I'd be honest with you i still have to read the hub, but I am awfully hungry at the moment and was gravitated to the picture of the baked tomatoes or whatsoever LOL. I only want to see food now and words later. Nice pictures you know i like how you've put away your home. I'd be back to read the story the food alone was covered.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I am just speechless after reading this Hub! What a precious child, Savannah. My mother was born and raised in Savannah, Ga. and I wanted to name a child Savannah, but I didn't. This story was so sweet and yet SO sad. I enjoyed every word.

      Your photos of the countryside took me back to the place I was born and raised.

      I would never have thought to use yogurt to bake the green tomatoes. I've just always fried them.

      Voted UP, etc. and certain will share. Pinned to my recipe board.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      After that precious story of love between grandmother and granddaughter, green tomatoes seem like the appropriate comfort food to help preserve the mood. If I had some, I would cook them right now. Thanks Faith, for a beautiful presentation. I intend to try the recipe.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Yes, life is beautiful when we remember to cherish each moment ...the song of birds, Mammaw, green tomatoes, Savannah ...

      A great recipe specialist. I'll be around soon ...

      Interesting mix of a Hub but great pics and sweetness. Peace.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Although I am a true son of the south I must confess I have never favored fried green tomatoes even though you make them look quite lovely.

      A nice piece of fiction though. Voted up. Prayer done right as it was meant to be over little one at a difficult time.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Ann, I am looking forward to your amazing photos and hubs inspired by your travels!

      Be safe and have a wonderful time. Let us know when you return home.

      Hugs and much love to you and yours

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sha (bravewarrior),

      I am thrilled you enjoyed my short story ...whew. Yes, I truly did not want to have the child harmed in any way and I was racking my brain as to how to get them to no longer want to eat the Fried Green Tomatoes and make the switch to the "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes ... but hopefully made it to where she is healing and the scars are fading and she trusts in the Lord. Plus, I wanted to make a sort of statement about beauty does not come from our outward appearances but from our heart.

      John came up with the idea of combining a poem with his scrambled egg recipe which was a hit, and then, as I explained in my intro, Chris aka Cam followed him with his wonderful combo. I had actually thought about doing a combo way back when Bill (billybuc) had a challenge with the door to nowhere and he mentioned at the beginning how he, personally, loved meatloaf, but it better not be dry LOL. So, I had it in my head back then to do a combo on his challenge and have a meatloaf recipe worked into the story for we know how much he loves recipe hubs Tee hee. But that never came to fruition.

      I hope you give this recipe a try to let me know how you like it or not. Here in the Deep South, it is a chore to get anyone to depart from the traditional Fried Green Tomatoes to a more healthier version.

      Oh, yes, please do stop by next Sunday afternoon to see what's cookin' and hopefully enjoy another combo. I will try to do a true flash fiction and not a short story.

      I appreciate your generous comments, which mean the world to me. I do hope to begin publishing more often and will try to get some in between these too.

      Peace and blessings, lovely woman

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Howdy Mike ... LOL, Yes, the southern accents are strong down this way for sure. Some are sweet and beautiful and some not so much ...

      Thank you for your kind comments here as to my short story. Oh, Tess's Southern Hospitality Café is around the corner on Main Street in Town. Hope to see you there next Sunday.

      I appreciate your visits always and so glad you thought this combo plate a success.

      I hope you are enjoying a lovely evening.

      Peace and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Mary (Till),

      What you have stated here in your commenting is exactly what I intended or hoped how my story would turn out. If it pulled tears, then to me that is a good thing for it means it has touched the heart.

      Wow, thank you so much for saying it is a five star hub and my writing superb. I am so humbled, dear heart, by your most generous comments. You're the best!

      Oh, yes, please get the gluten free bread crumbs and flour and make these, Mary, and I just know you will not be disappointed. However, there are those who are die hard about their Fried Green Tomatoes, especially down here in the Deep South and are not open to changing anything about the traditional Fried Green Tomatoes.

      A friend of mine at our old church in the city before we moved up here to the country/small town, had shared this recipe with me and she doesn't mind it being shared, for someone else shared it with her, and so on and so on, as you know how recipes go around and no one knows the true origin.

      I am so happy you are looking forward to more. I truly appreciate the vote up and more, share, pin and G+

      God bless you, lovely woman

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jamie,

      I am so happy to see you here stopping by Tess's Southern Hospitality Café. If you love fried green tomatoes then you are sure to love the healthier version of the "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes. They are crunchy and truly remain crunchy even the next day!

      I am thrilled you love my story. You have placed a smile on my face this day.

      Bless you and yours always, dearest Jamie

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi moonlake,

      So great to see you stopping by Tess's Southern Hospitality Café. If you love fried green tomatoes, then you are sure to love these "Baked" Fried ones for they are truly just as tasty and crunchy, yet a lot healthier.

      Being this is a fiction short story, the characters herein are purely fiction, so there is no real Mammaw's house here, but that is my photo, as are all the photos of the pasturelands around my home here in the small town in which I live now. I still work in the big city and have an hour commute each day, but I sure do love it when I arrive home to the peace and serenity all around.

      So glad you enjoyed the hub, and I truly appreciate the vote up and more.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ruby,

      Oh, yes, you will surely love them for they are crunchy and really tasty, plus much healthier! I believe we can eat healthier without having to give up great tasting food.

      I am thrilled you enjoyed my story. Yes, I was trying convey the true personalities of a Mammaw and Paw Paw in this story and glad they seemed real and believable. I really did not want to go to the sad side of writing, but it seemed to add a bit more emotion, for as we know, real life certainly is not always pleasant, but we can still go cherishing each moment we are given and loving all with whom we come into contact.

      You are blessed to have your Mamaw Minnie and Papaw Rob. I am glad my characters are relatable.

      Thank you so much for the vote up and share.

      Hugs and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      I am so glad you are going to try these and I just know you will love them, as they are truly crunchy and tasty. What's great is that they will be crunchy even the next day. For sure on the baking being a lot healthier. Surely, we can find ways to enjoy our favorite foods cooked in a healthier way. One of my friends from the church we were members of in the city shared this recipe with me, as did one of her friends did with her and so on and so on, and who knows from where it originated. Those make the best recipes for the more they are passed around, you know they are good. These are really simple to make. I found that I had to bake mine a good bit longer to get that really nice brown look that I love, but it cook be my oven LOL.

      I will try them as you say with just a hint of color. I know the flavor is so good, and they are chocked full of antioxidants, vitamins and all else.

      Oh, no, this is purely fiction, the entire story and characters ... I created them in my mind. I wanted the story to relate somehow to Fried Green Tomatoes and then with the twist of somehow getting them to not eat the fried and come up with the "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes. However, I used all of my photos of the pasturelands around my home and on the country/county road. There are only a couple from Pixaby used in the story. I was searching for images and then realized I have plenty of my own photos that would be perfect for this story LOL. Oh, bless that girl's heart that you knew growing up. I am glad it sounds like she heard God's truth about who she was in her heart. In my story, I tried to convey that her scars fade a bit each day after she "dreams" of her Mammaw gently caressing her face.

      We have had rain non-stop it seems for a month! Today, the sun finally came out. There have been a few days here and there without rain, but it is just constantly pouring down day in and day out. It did warm way up after the sun came out a bit today, so I know it is going to be a very hot summer ahead.

      Woo, I know you are going to get some great shots of the white magnolias, the true icon of the South as far as trees! They are magnificent. I love your poem about them.

      I praise Him, sweet friend, for your speedy recovery from your surgery and that you are getting to do all that you love! God is truly good. Amen on that one!

      Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi John,

      You sure did start something ...something creative and unique. I loved your poem and egg recipe and Cam's combo too. It is a fun thing to do. I tried my best to make this story into a flash fiction, but it is not meant to be and so I just went with the short story here. However, I do have a true flash fiction ready for next week and a couple more ideas for more flash fiction. So, you have gotten the inspiration flowing. I do hope more will write the combos. We know recipe hubs get tons of views, so why not have fun with the poetry, flash fiction, etc. and add a related recipe to boot.

      Oh, yes, please do try at least the "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes, for they are so easy to prepare and so tasty and crunchy. Plus, with the added bonus of the great health benefits they provide, one can't go wrong with these ... who knew!

      I am glad you think my hub is well done and the story beautiful. I appreciate the vote up.

      Blessings to you and yours always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Larry,

      So glad you have stopped by to read. Oh, yes, please do try the healthier version of "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes.

      It sure does remind me too of that show Dinner and a Movie. Yes, it is along those lines. John aka Jodah here on HP started one using a poem and an egg recipe and it was a hit, then soon to follow was Cam with his flash fiction recipe combo.

      Let me know how the recipe turns out for you, if you do decide to give it a try. They are really easy to prepare, just chopped, dip and bake ...pretty much.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo (LadyFiddler),

      LOL, I hope you found you something to eat by now. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and the photos. I look forward to you returning to read the story, and hope you will enjoy it.

      God bless

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for sharing this sweet story about love. Truly well done and enjoyable. I like combination hubs like this and will try the recipe.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Mary,

      You are kind and most generous in your commenting here. I am happy you enjoyed every word here, even the sad part.

      The photos are mine and taken just right outside my home. The rolling verdant pastures are across the country road from my home and I just took the photos from my front porch for the most part. Well, they are mine, except for the couple from Pixaby. We love living here in the country, well small town, but I do still have my hour commute to work during the week into the city. I love coming home to the peace and serenity here and it is worth it.

      I hope you try this "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes recipe for it is sure so easy and still just as tasty and crunchy believe it or not. It is hard to break away from the traditional fried green tomatoes if one is used to them.

      I appreciate the vote up, share and pin.

      You're the best!

      I hope your day is lovely as you are always.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, MsDora, for reading and leaving such lovely comments. Yes, the bond between a grandmother and granddaughter is strong and beautiful.

      Yes, they are truly a great comfort food, so glad you mentioned that aspect! I hope you do try this one and, if so, please let me know how they turned out.

      God bless you

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Yes i got food afterwards, you see I kept my word and I am back .... I have never eaten green tomatoes as it would be deemed green here, our own here turns red when full. Very nice story to sad mammaw died and the oil burned savannah :(

      Have a swell day

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Manatita, Always lovely when you stop by to read. Glad you found this to be an interesting mix. Peace and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Poetryman, Thank you for stopping by to read and good to know of you being a true son of the south. I understand for either you love them or you don't. I am happy you enjoyed the fiction and thought the tomatoes looked good. I appreciate the vote up and gracious comment.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I have no idea what is going on, but I'm not getting notifications of your hubs. I'm still listed as following you, but not a word is coming to me when you post. I'm mildly annoyed right now. I hope you know I would never ignore one of your writings. My goodness, I'm not mildly annoyed...I'm royally p.o'd. LOL Well I love the story...beautiful...not sure I will try the fried green tomatoes, though. :)

      blessings and apologies coming your way

      bill

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      What a sweet sad story, Faith. Because you say so, I promise to try these delicious looking baked fried green tomatoes even though tomatoes are not my favorite veggie, I mean fruit.

      Voted Up for both the story and the recipe.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful, heart-warming story! And here I thought green tomatoes were unhealthy and even poisonous??? Just shoot me! I am going to try this recipe asap! Thank you, Faith.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Theresa, this is such a unique hub!! There's something here for everyone. I love the story, and your recipe looks yummy. I've tried fried green tomatoes, but never baked. Thank you for this gourmet tour of the beautiful South. Up and sharing. My best hugs on the way. :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Eric,

      Great to see you stopping by my side of HP Town. I know you are all about the love, and I am so happy to enjoyed this one, well, the combo of the recipe too. I do hope you get to try the "Baked" fried green tomatoes, for they are yummy.

      God bless you and yours always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      No apologies necessary dear Bill. That has happened to me plenty of time and I discovered a couple of weeks ago after not receiving any notifications for two days that I had to reset my email, but then another time all of my HP notifications were going to junk mail LOL. Then I have a random one that I don't receive notifications when they publish for some odd reason. Maybe you have a smart email and it sent mine over to your junk mail ...Hee

      I guess you spoiled me in the past back when I was publishing once or twice a week and your were always Johnny on the spot, well, Billy on the spot.

      I know how you feel about recipes too, but I did want you to read my short story. I guess if I had just the recipe hub by itself, it may have one day been chosen HOTD LOL. But the story would not make much sense without the recipe to go along. Who knows.

      I am glad you liked the story though. I know you are funny about some vegetables, but actually these are "Baked" and so good. I think you may actually like them if you tried them, but no pressure. Green tomatoes are chocked full of nutrients, but so are red tomatoes of course.

      I am glad you have taken time out to stop by my side of HP Town.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi drbj,

      I am glad you liked the story and are willing to give the "Baked" recipe a try, even though tomatoes are not your favorite. Wow, you are being brave. Please do not force yourself to eat tomatoes if you already know you do not care for tomatoes. Yes, they are a fruit, and that is always hard for me to remember for some reason. It is the only fruit that I want to say is a vegetable LOL. I appreciate the vote up on both.

      I am sure you have something funny cooking over on your side of HP Town, so I will venture on over there.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      LOL Dear Martie ... Wow, I am glad you now know just how nutritious green tomatoes are, and this recipe, being it is baked and not truly fried, makes it healthier too for sure. Either you love them or you don't. It is hard to get people down here in the Deep South to not fry them for it is such a strong tradition here, and there are plenty who are die hard about it and not willing to even try something new, even though they may be quite pleased.

      Glad you liked the story. Let me know how you like them whenever you have a chance to make these. They are so easy to make too, which is a bonus. Hey, if Chef Geoff makes them, you know they are good for you and tasty too! He has good taste, especially being our dear Maria is his wife : )

      Thank you and hugs across the world to you and yours

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo (tobusiness)!

      I am so happy to see you, and I hope you are well. Thank you for leaving such kind and lovely comments here and I am glad you enjoyed the story. Yes, there is a smorgasbord to choose from LOL.

      I can feel your best hugs and send you lots of (((Hugs))) from southern USA

      Peace and blessings, lovely woman

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely hub, Faith. It's so interesting and looks so attractive! The story, the recipe and the photos go together very well. I'll share the hub.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Alicia,

      You are so kind in your commenting here. Thank you so much for stopping by to read and I truly appreciate the share and you too!

      I am glad you found it interesting this combo here, and attractive. I tried to make them work together as best as I could, and really a flash fiction would have been the best here with the recipe, but I could not force the story into a flash fiction, although I tried and reverted it back to a short story. However, I do have two real flash fiction pieces ready, so we shall see. I am still studying your great hub on flash fiction to get more ideas.

      I hope you are enjoying a lovely evening.

      Blessings

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Wow, beautiful friend! You outdid yourself here! What a great idea to combine a story with a recipe. I will have to the to check out your sources of inspiration for this great hub.

      I've never had a fried green tomato, which is odd, considering my love of tomatoes. I eat them often. Your recipe certainly looks delicious, though.

      I hope that you are doing well. I have been meaning to come read a hub of yours or send you an email to let you know I've been thinking of.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Shan,

      You are so precious and always such an encourager to me. Yes, please do check out the combo hubs of John and Chris, if you have not done so already, they are really cool.

      I love regular tomatoes so much, but it seems here the green ones are enjoyed by being fried, so this "baked" fried is much healthier for all, except for those set in their ways LOL. Tomatoes in general have so many health benefits and who would have thought that even the green are too.

      It is a very easy recipe and does not take much time at all to prepare and bake. Ovens vary, as I had to bake mine a lot longer to get that nice brown look and the tomatoes did not get tough or anything.

      Thank you for thinking of me, and I am well, just a lot going on in real life ...as I am sure with you too as well. I pray you and your precious family are well and hope you have been writing your songs and making connections in the industry. Well, as far as reading my hubs, I haven't published any to read really like I used to publish, one or two a week, and I really do not know how I ever did that then? I am going to try to publish at least something once a week or twice if I am inspired about something.

      (((Hugs))) and much love always

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Oh, thank you. In all honesty, I have not been able to make any more connections. I don't have a computer at present and lost my domain name, which is somewhat disheartening since I had it for years and didn't want to let it go. But, I must think positively about it and hopefully try yet again in the near future.

      I am also not feeling well and unsure of the cause. It woke me up again tonight, though. If I had health insurance, I would have gone to the doctor by now. So, your prayers are much appreciated.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Dearest Shan,

      I am so sorry about you losing your domain name and you are not well. I will certainly continue to lift you up in prayer and your family too.

      (((Hugs))) and much love to you and your sweet family

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Where do I begin? Faith, this story is beautiful and it has brought tears to my eyes. That dear Savannah and the horrible accident. I can understand Mammaw not wanting to ever cook friend green tomatoes again or even see a tomato. I wouldn't be able to eat them either under those conditions. The ending of the story is so touching, heartwarming and sad. And your photos that accompany the story are beautiful. Those green rolling hills look so plush.

      Second, I love friend green tomatoes.I have read the book and seen the movie and I loved them both. My grandmother made fried green tomatoes, then my mom, and I have made them once. I do like your recipe for the 'baked' version. Thank you for sharing it with us. I am intrigued with the yogurt and buttermilk combination to coat the tomatoes. It sounds delicious and I have never thought of that before. I am certainly going to try it out.

      Third, Faith, this is such a creative idea: a recipe with a 'side of fiction.' What a wonderful idea and when you do it it is brilliant. Do these anytime you want and I will certainly be a fan of them. I enjoyed reading this so much and the story and its message is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful self with us!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Suzette!

      Wow, what a blessing of a comment to come home to after a long day at work! I am thrilled to see you. Seems like I have not seen you around HP Town here of late, but I am happy you are back to publishing those awesome hubs of yours.

      Thank you so much for your most generous comments here. I am so glad you enjoyed the story. Being a grandmother myself, the last thing on this earth I would want to ever have to bear is seeing a grandchild or any child in pain or hurting. I could have written the entire story to be a happy one, but I felt like I needed to add some type of trial to get them to turn away from the fried and come up with the "Baked" fried green tomatoes. That would have done it for me too.

      Yes, please try the "Baked" fried green tomatoes for it is such an easy recipe to prepare and then pop in the oven until a golden brown. The yogurt and buttermilk mixture does add great flavor. Let me know how they turn out for you and whether you liked them or not.

      I am reminded of "Dinner and a Movie" but Jodah came up with his poetry/egg combo, and then Cam with his squash/flash fiction combo, so I thought I would try it. I think flash fiction or a poem is more appropriate for the combos due to the length, but I could not force this one into a flash fiction, so I left it a short story.

      You are pretty wonderful yourself and I am pleased your found the message beautiful here.

      Hugs and blessings always

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Yum!

      I'd be okay to trade place with Savannah, so I could meander back and forth the meadow each day from dawn to dusk, if I could. :)

      Great write. Love Jodah's idea and glad you took the challenge. Way to go Faith.

      Love from the sky~

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi there sweet Love from the sky - Cris,

      Aw, that is sweet and, yes, meandering to and fro through the meadow at dawn and dusk does sound lovely and freeing actually to me too, especially if I had my best friend with me, my dog, and a sweet song bird following along : )

      I am so happy you stopped by my side of HP Town. It is always a lovely visit when you do stop by. Yes, Jodah has a lot of great ideas. I am not sure if it was a challenge but I thought I would give it a go. Flash fiction would have been best for a combo due to length, but it didn't work out with this story being a flash fiction, but a short story. Cam's flash fiction and recipe are great too.

      Hugs, peace and blessings your way

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Dear Theresa, where do I begin, I read this with such emotions, from sadness, happiness, memories of my own Mammaw’s house where I and my 2 brothers and 3 cousins lived for a while. Yes we had Fried Green Tomatoes, and all that you mentioned, not to far from Birmingham, and my Pampa was 6'7".

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Oh my, I was curious about the recipe, but then, to my delight, a wonderful story. Up, UABI, Pin.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, Dearest Shyron! Thank you for sharing about your Mammaw and Pampa and all the similarities here in my story and living in Birmingham ...how interesting, even eating Fried Green Tomatoes. My story and characters are purely fictional but I can understand how many can relate to the characters of their beloved grandparents. However, I find it amazing you called your grandmother Mamaw and your Pampa was so tall. Then to live near Birmingham in a similar house is too cool. I am happy my story brought out so many emotions. I appreciate the vote up and more and share. God bless you, lovely woman. You're the best! (((HUGS)))

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Pasty, I am so happy you have stopped by here! I know you are an expert on growing tomatoes and have shared some great recipes of your own. I am glad you enjoyed the story and found it a delight. Thank you so much for the vote up and more and pin. You're the best! Blessings

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just checking back to make sure you haven't written anything new. Happy Sunday, Faith.

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      So beautifully done with the recipe and the short story. Theresa its really so warmth of the country side is very clear in this one. The pics with rolling meadows set me wanting real feel of the vast openness. I wish really to be there. And the awesome presentation of the recipe is really great and it sounds yummy really. Wish to try some time ok. You are so well my friend. You really have woven a feeling of sheer nostalgia and a pure feel of rich country side with so much warmth. The recipe pics are also very beautiful.

      Thank you for this wonderful share.

      Votes up and shared.

      Deergha

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Morning Deergha!

      What a lovely visit from you this day. I am so happy I have today off and able to comment here without having to wait until the evening after arriving home so late from the city.

      The photos are of the pastureland right across from my home. It is so verdant now due to a month of almost non-stop rain here. Thankfully, the sun came out yesterday and the rain held off, for we were celebrating one of my granddaughter's fifth birthday.

      I wish you were here too, sweet friend. I hope to be able to travel in the upcoming years, but for now I must work in the city during the week with an hour commute to and fro ... sigh. So, I truly enjoy any small break I am able to take, such as today.

      Thank you for your beautiful comments here this day, and I am glad you enjoyed my short story and the pics too.

      I believe Tess's Southern Hospitality Café will be opening for lunch today, so we will see what she has cooking after a bit, and what kind of side too. The café did not open yesterday, Sunday, due to a family celebration : )

      I appreciate you so much, please know. Thank you for the vote up and more and share.

      I hope your day is as beautiful as you are, sweet friend.

      Hugs and Peace

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, bless you, Bill! That is so sweet. We celebrated one of my granddaughters turning 5 on Sunday. I appreciate your travels all the way over to the southern side of HP Town.

      It seems the stats here have been frozen for two days here, so Tess's Café may have to wait until next Sunday to open again ...

      I hope you enjoyed a peaceful Sunday and great Monday. God bless you

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Sweet story, delicious sounding recipe. Well done Faith.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Chris,

      Wonderful to see you stopping by my side of HP Town. I am glad you found the story sweet and well done, even though the terrible accident.

      Yes, the "Baked" fried green tomatoes are delicious. Give them a try one day. The recipe is so easy.

      God bless you.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      You tugged at my heartstrings with this one--sweet sweet story!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      Aw, that was my intention when I wrote it ...to tug at the heart strings.

      So glad you found it sweet.

      I appreciate you.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      What an incredible story and told so beautifully. I will never be able to eat fried green tomatoes without remembering this story. Just awesome work my friend. Up and shared my friend.

      ~Kim

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kim,

      I am so glad you enjoyed the story. You are always most generous in your commenting to me, and I am blessed you take time out to read here, sweet lady.

      I appreciate the vote up and share

      Hugs

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Faith - I love the story of Savannah and the relationship with Mammaw. I literally lived every word and even dropped a tear or two. Your photos are breath-taking and you are a true artist. I love fried green tomatoes and will follow your yummy recipe with joy!

      Voted up and across (not funny) will pin and share. Thank you so much. Blessings to you and yours.

      Audrey

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Audrey,

      I am thrilled you love my story here. Thank for leaving such wonderful comments here. Yes, fried green tomatoes are yummy, and these "baked" fried green tomatoes are just as yummy and crunchy.

      I appreciate the vote up and more, pin and share. You're the best!

      I always receive a blessing whenever you visit my side of HP Town.

      I do hope you are enjoying a peaceful Sunday.

      Blessings and peace to you and yours too

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      can i use red tomatoes? Hardly able to get green ones here

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi peachpurple, oh, no, for this recipe they must be green. If you have a local farmer's market, they will certainly have them. I see them in grocery stores here. Hope you can find them. In the summer you should find them more easily.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      A sad, sweet little story, Faith. It is very moving, and I enjoyed reading it. And yes, I will try your recipe for "baked" fried green tomatoes.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rebecca,

      I appreciate you reading here and so glad you enjoyed the story although a bit sad, yet moving.

      I hope you like the "baked" fried versions of fried green tomatoes. They are really good, at least to me, and we all can use a little bit more healthy of a diet no doubt.

      I hope you have a peaceful weekend.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You are welcome! Have you thought about turning your story into a novel somehow?

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rebecca,

      Oh ... you mean this story? No, that thought has not entered mind here. The novel I have been working on is nothing along these lines, but I do feel it is something that people would read.

      Hmm, thinking about how this story may work as a novel or book series, I am reminded a bit of a nowadays Laura Ingalls (except her stories are from her life) and sharing of joys and trials of daily life in a small rural setting ...?

      Thank you for that thought and encouragement. I appreciate you!

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      Patricia Scott 23 months ago from sunny Florida

      Love this. Fannie Flagg's novels are spot on, too. She gets at the heart of relationships as far as I am concerned. And of course who could not drool over some fried green tomatoes. And these baked ones look equally as yummy as fried ones. I am definitely giving these a try as I rarely eat the fried ones as it makes me feel so guilty!!!

      Thank you for sharing, Faith.

      Hoping all is well with you and yours.

      Blessings and hugs and many Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

      Voted up++++

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      ocfireflies 23 months ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      I hope it is okay that I came back for another read. It was just as awesome the second time. Hope you are well.

      Love,

      Kim

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear PS,

      So happy to see you here this lovely day! Yes, Fannie Flagg does for sure.

      Drool is the appropriate word for fried green tomatoes and, hopefully, these baked ones will be just as tasty to you when you give them a try. They are so easy to bake and are really crunchy believe it or not. I think the Greek yogurt is what adds and extra good flavoring.

      Yes, I am well and my family too. Thank you for asking. Life is good, but busy this summer with everyday life like most. I know I have been remiss in publishing here and I do have so many hubs in mind, so I just need to sit down and write them up!

      I hope and pray all is well down your way dear friend.

      Blessings and hugs your way too with many Angels coming your way always.

      Thank you for the vote up and more. You're the best!

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Kim,

      Shoot, you are welcome as many times as your heart desires of course! : )

      I am happy to see you as much as possible. I have been remiss in publishing again here of late just due to life and it being summertime with all that it entails with family, etc., and have been working late a lot too in the city ...

      I will pop over to your side of HP Town to see if I have missed something!

      I hope you are well and enjoying a peaceful Sunday, precious heart.

      Hugs and blessings to you and yours always

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      Linda Rogers 23 months ago from Minnesota

      Dear Faith-what a beautiful combination of recipe and short story. This story was so touching and beautiful. I love fried green tomatoes and zucchini and actually wrote a hub on it. I love veggies and love breading them. As I said in the poll, I like baked or fried. Hit all buttons except funny, voted up and sharing. Definitely pinning this!

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Linda,

      I am so glad you enjoyed my short story coupled with the recipe. Woo, now, I must find your hub with all the fried yummy vegetables!

      Thank you so much for hitting so many buttons, the vote up and sharing and pinning. You're the best!

      Blessings and peace to you and yours always

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      Deb Hirt 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, my friend, I am SO far behind in reading, but I am catching up. School really took a toll on me, but I am not done yet. I have never tried fried green tomatoes, but this baked recipe sounds more appealing than fried. I will be giving this a whirl. The story was wonderful, with just a hint of what is important to me, too(the bird). It was also so endearing, and I will remember it for a long time to come.

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Deb,

      Oh, I understand completely about attempting to catch up here on HubPages, for I am SO behind too big time. I have been remiss in publishing too this summer, being it is summer with a lot going on with family and regular life, plus at the moment I have a hectic work schedule in the city and have been arriving home terribly late.

      I do hope you have a chance to give this baked version of fried green tomatoes a whirl. They are scrumptious and healthier, for obvious reasons. Plus, they are so easy to prepare.

      I am glad you enjoyed the story, and I too love birds, and so I know that must have made the story more endearing to you for that very reason. I am glad you told me you will remember it for a long time, for that is one important aspect of writing ... is our writing memorable!

      I hope and pray all is well up on Boomer Lake and you are enjoying a peaceful but active summer so far.

      I will make my way over to your side of HP Town.

      Blessings always

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      Sharilee Swaity 23 months ago from Canada

      @Faithreaper, this was so beautiful! I loved how you combined the two genres, for a rich, rewarding reading experience. I have never tried fried green tomatoes, but I am tempted to try this now. The only thing, green tomatoes are hard to come by in these parts. We, here in Canada, tend to only eat them red.

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Just such a beautiful write!

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi prairieprincess,

      So lovely to see you here this day! I am thrilled you loved the combo here. Wow, I appreciate your most generous comment.

      This "baked" fried recipe is so easy, yet just as tasty as the fried and a lot healthier. If you can find some tomatoes somewhere that have not ripened all the way, such as a farmer's market there, that may be the best place to find them there.

      I do hope you get to try them one day. They are a treat.

      God bless you

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      I am happy to see you as always. I appreciate the "beautiful" so much.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Missy Smith 23 months ago from Florida

      It seems I have picked the perfect story to start getting to know you Faith. I absolutely love this. I had me some fried green maters just about a week ago. I'm southern as well, so I identify with the story of Savannah and MawMaw. All my maws, well, I actually called them granny, have passed away, but I know this country living lifestyle from childhood. I miss country living where there were no phones or computers just the great outdoors. I got so dirty as a child. I'll probably come back several times and read this one. I love the red cardinal; I'm a bird watcher too. It's something my mom and I share together.

      Hitting all my buttons on this! Oh, and, I love this recipe. I have never tried to bake them. I think I would love them!

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy, my new southern friend,

      Thank you so much for stopping to read on my side of HP Town. It is so good to find another southern friend here. That is so interesting about you growing up in this same type of small town environment with your grannys. I would run around barefoot all summer and get so dirty too.

      I appreciate you sharing about you and your mother enjoying the birds, as my mother and I did too. I still do. I was blessed to have the sweetest mother on the planet, in my mind. She went on to be with the Lord right before Christmas in 2012.

      You are so kind to hit all the buttons here. Oh, yes, please do try the recipe as it is so quick and easy, and just as delicious and even crispy the next day. I am having to try to find healthier ways to enjoy what I love to eat.

      Have a wonderful Fourth.

      Blessings to you and yours

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      VioletteRose 23 months ago from Chicago

      This is a wonderful hub, loved your writing and also the recipe. I love green tomatoes!

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi VioletteRose,

      What a lovely visit from you this beautiful day. I am happy you enjoyed my writing. Me too...love green tomatoes!

      I hope you have a chance to try this healthier version here of the "baked" fried green tomatoes. It is so easy and just as tasty, yet much healthier.

      It is hard for some to give up the fried, but if they just try them once, I am sure they would be surprised.

      Peace and blessings to you and yours

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      Peg Cole 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Dear Faith,

      Your storytelling had me in tears with this sweet and nostalgic piece of southern charm. The characters were bright and believable, the pace was rapid and full and the lessons of love and faith shone throughout. Lovely!

      The recipe looks and sounds great and is something I will be pinning to my favorite foods board so that I can try it out when the crop of green tomatoes comes in.

      PS. I had a beloved Paw Paw, too and he was a Georgia sharecropper and farmer.

      Hugs,

      Peg

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Lovely Peg,

      Oh, your visit is such a blessing to me this day with your most generous comments about my storytelling.

      I believe you will love the "baked" fried green tomatoes recipe as it is so easy, yet they are so tasty and crunchy. We have a lot of die-hard traditional fried green tomato eaters around these parts and so they would never even consider the "baked" recipe LOL.

      Thank you for sharing about your beloved Paw Paw, how sweet, and a Georgia sharecropper and farmer to boot ... I am amazed at how many readers were taken with my characters and even had a mammaw and Paw Paw too.

      Hugs to you dear lady

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      Victoria Lynn 22 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a neat story! I've never had my fried green tomatoes baked! Must try! My summer has been s busy that I haven't even bought any fresh veggies yet. Must get ripe tomatoes soon--and green if they still have them! I've even frozen some in the past so I could make up a batch in the winter! I love cutting them thicker, too, so I can really taste that green tomato!

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Victoria,

      I am glad you enjoyed my story here along with the new twist of a recipe. Yes, I do hope you can give this one a try, for I just know you will not be disappointed. This "baked" recipe is yummy indeed and so easy!

      I love tomatoes ...red, green, whatever, but a nice thick cut for sure.

      Blessings

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      Chitrangada Sharan 21 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What a wholesome hub!

      It has an engrossing story with bright characters, delicious recipe, amazing pictures, lovely song , awesome writing filled with love and faith and what not. The countryside looks so green and heavenly peaceful.

      Very beautifully presented and I just loved going through.

      Thanks for sharing! Pinning it on my food board.

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

      What a lovely visit from you this day! You are so kind. I am glad you found the story engrossing with bright characters. Oh, wow, you covered it all here in your most generous comment. We have been getting tons of rain here in the Spring and throughout the Summer, and everything is so green and lush. I reminded myself that I have photos on my phone of the countryside around my home, and thought that I could just use some of those here in this hub. I think it worked out okay.

      It is so serene here. We moved up to the small town/country about seven years ago from the big city, and we love it. However, I do still have my hour commute into the city during the work week ...but it is worth it to come home to such peace and serenity, as we no longer had that in the city, sadly.

      I appreciate the pin.

      Peace and blessings to you, dear one

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Faith, oh my goodness, my favorite food in the world along with cornbread, pinto beans, and buttermilk. My mom always managed to make them for my birthday. By the way great story too, but I just can't get those baked green tomatoes off my mind. Going to make some as soon as I get back from Aruba. Blessings. Bobby

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, so kind of you to take time out from your lovely vacation in Aruba! I am so jealous : ) ...

      Woo, you know it, Bobby ...about the cornbread, pinto beans, and buttermilk! I know you miss your precious mother. I hope you have someone to make them for you on your next birthday.

      I am thrilled you are going to try this recipe for the healthier baked/fried green tomatoes. Hope you can still find some firm beefsteak green tomatoes. It is almost a sin down here in the Deep South to not fry the green tomatoes, but I think most are coming around to a healthier lifestyle.

      Enjoy your trip.

      Blessings always

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      Maria Jordan 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Wanted to stop back to congratulate you on your Hubbie, dear friend.

      Love you and hugs, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, dearest Maria. I am humbled once again and surprised.

      Love you too,

      Theresa

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      Jackie Lynnley 20 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow; this reminds me that of all those tomatoes I have been getting lately I have not thought once to fry any I have been so busy cooking and freezing them! Many were like I like to fry them too; hard but turning red. They have an even more special flavor than green I think!

      Will share around and that reminds me too I forgot to share my new hub! I have been waiting fro them to feature before I share and it featured so quickly I couldn't believe it.

      Well let me run and tell my husband to remind me to fix this with our next tomato spree!

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      Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

      I know you have been peeling, boiling and freezing for all of those winter meals to come, Jackie! You are so smart to do all of that. I like your idea better than canning, as you told me how amazing the flavor is. Hey, you should write a hub about that process.

      I love tomatoes, especially red ones and they are so good for you.

      Here, you should try the "baked" fried as it is much healthier and easier too, and takes no time at all really. They are just as crunchy to me and full of flavor. Except here in the Deep South, people don't take to "baked" fried as they are set in their ways frying them LOL. If you have a couple of really firm beefsteak green tomatoes, I hope you give this one a try.

      Thank you for sharing. You are such a sweetheart always. Yes, your new hub is so great. I knew it had to be featured right away after I read it. Such a wonderful all-around hub. I had to share it everywhere. I forget to do that too on my own, but it sure does make a difference when you first publish if we remember.

      Your husband may want the traditional fried green tomatoes, but tomatoes anyway you can get them is a blessing. Hahaha ...funny about the tomato spree!

      Hugs

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      FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on your recent Hubbie award! Well deserved! I've been trying to play catch-up as a result of a flurry of volunteer work in August.

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      Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, thank you so much, Flourish. You are so kind. Believe me, I understand completely about trying to catch up. I plan to do more publishing to deserve it. Bless you for your volunteer work, dear lady.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 16 months ago

      Hello dear Lady,

      I really enjoyed your story. I don't do well with any tomatoes. So, I unfortunately can't try them out. I always enjoy the way you explain how to make the recipes in great detail! It really is so easy to make!

      Hope you are blessed this New Year, I will be around more often.

      Hugs, love, peace for you and yours..:-) (((((((((((( Faith )))))))))

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo!

      I apologize for missing your comment here from three days ago. I have been off of HP for quite a bit, but hope to return soon as you have.

      Oh, yes, this is so easy to make and so yummy! It is a lot healthier than the traditional recipe of frying the green tomatoes, yet still as delicious and even crunchy.

      Bless you, dear heart. I pray you and your family are well.

      Hugs and much love always

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      Audrey Howitt 16 months ago from California

      This is a winner all the way around!!

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      Thank you for stopping by here again. I know I need to publishing something new. Hope your New Year is starting out great!

      Mine is ...I was blessed with another grandson on December 28. He is such a sweetie.

      Peace and Blessings

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      Jill Spencer 11 months ago from United States

      Hi Faith! I really like the story-recipe combo and hope you do more. I actually took a flash fiction class but could never get the hang of it. I think I'm too long-winded! I think I'm going to try your method (maybe not the actual ingredients) with white squash. My grandmother used to fry thin slices dipped in egg and cornmeal, and it was so good. But baking it drizzled in olive would be a lot healthier I'm sure. Thanks so much for the recipe and the story. I wish Mamaw had eaten fried green tomatoes again!

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      Faith Reaper 11 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jill,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the combo here. I tried to do something a little different, sort of along the lines of dinner and a movie. I am long-winded too, and so I opted to do a short story here in lieu of a flash fiction. It requires practice to write flash fiction well, and there are plenty here on HubPages who have mastered that gift.

      Your grandmother's recipe does sound yummy and more along the lines of the traditional recipe. Yes, I am trying to introduce a more healthier version for all to enjoy. They are just as yummy to me and even stay crunchy!

      Oh, I know, I did write this one to tug at one's heart a bit, and the part about Mamaw not wanting to eat fried green tomatoes again worked its way into the story.

      I appreciate you stopping by to read.

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      Susan Haze 11 months ago from Sunny Florida

      What a marvelous hub. I loved the story and the recipe sounds wonderful. I hope to see more of this type of hub.

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      Faith Reaper 11 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Susan (KoffeeKlatch Gals),

      So nice to meet you, and I appreciate you reading. I'm glad you loved the story. I thought I would try something different here along the lines of dinner and a movie, except recipe and a story.

      I hope you give this healthier version of "Baked" Fried Green Tomatoes a try. I don't think you will be disappointed in the least. They are still just as yummy and even stay crunchy. I think the Greek Yogurt is the secret to enhancing the flavor of the green tomato.

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