Okra and Tomatoes
After a bite of this colorful dish, you'll know why it's a staple of Southern dining.
When buying okra, choose firm, brightly colored pods that don't exceed four inches in length; larger pods are more likely to be tough and fibrous. Use a heavy-bottomed pan to cook the tomatoes and okra so they won't burn, and don't use tin or iron pans, which can turn the okra black. Serve the dish spooned over steamed white rice.