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1998 Okra Festival

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Once upon a mid-summer's day the Linkmaster welcomed the Cyberbabe and her SO back to the DC area from a sojourn in New Orleans by holding an Okra Festival. After all, you can't have gumbo without okra, and transplanted New Yawkuh was raising a stand of the gummy but yummy relative of both hibiscus and cotton in his garden.

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A decade and a half flowed by, and the seasons changed and roses died, and once again the okra crop was bountiful. On a Sunday with the sun in Leo the members of DC Dead and fellow travelers gathered in the shade of a spreading chestnut tree to listen to music, trade stories, and partake of barbecue, beer, and of course, many succulent morsels of our spiky friend, straight from the garden to the table. YUM!!!

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All photos by Lee Korman

Southern Fried Okra
2 cups sliced fresh okra
1 cup cornmeal
1-2 cup flour
salt & pepper to taste
vegetable oil

Salt and pepper the sliced okra and toss in the mixed cornmeal and flour to coat. In a large, preferably, iron skillet, heat 1-2 inch of oil. When the oil is hot, add the okra pieces one layer deep and cook until brown. Turn and cook the other side. Remove the cooked okra to a paper towel to drain and serve.