LONGLEAF STORIES

full circle in the hundred acre wood

I’ve begun packing up the house here in Rice Cove in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to go back to Pensacola (piney woods flatlands) for the winter.

Cleaning out the fridge and the pantry can make for some singularly non-gourmet meals. Today at noon, Buck and I ate leftover lasagna. It was good, but kind of heavy. So tonight, we ate oatmeal (just enough left in the box) with raisins (just enough left in the box). Goody. Two more boxes from the pantry I can throw away! We’re not leaving for 10 days, but I already zipped up most of the herbs and spices into a bag, so I had to go digging for the cinnamon.

The freezer still has a few portions of vegetable soup in it, so that’s coming up on my hit list.

See, I have already moved on in my mind to meals I am thinking of from Pensacola, Florida. It’s on the uncrowded northwest coast of Florida, so our access to fabulous seafood is almost unbeatable. I am already thinking about Gulf Coast Bouillabaisse, baked oysters, baked whole red snapper stuffed with crab meat in a garlic and white wine sauce, fried oysters, spicy boiled shrimp, oysters on the half shell, and gallons of seafood gumbo, for starters. Gotta go. I need to pack!

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