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Re: What are you eating from your garden today?

Post  CapeCoddess on 9/6/2017, 4:25 pm

Really really nice, Colleen! Glad you are having such a successful growing year. Thanks for sharing the photos, especially of your spices. Very pretty!
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Re: What are you eating from your garden today?

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/6/2017, 6:56 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Cut into the melon. This was taken from a plant grown from seeds that SR sent to me. It was quite tasty but perhaps could have used more time to ripen.

Yep, that is a Minnesota Midget.  It isn't quite there...outside will be orangish.  Any more on the plant?  I usually let them drop or close to drop off.
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Re: What are you eating from your garden today?

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/6/2017, 7:05 pm

Colleen, your healthy influence will be felt!  He may not like eggplant (a lot of people don't) he will like homemade tomato sauce over a nice thin crust pizza or in a great veggie lasagna that you won't even tell him has no meat in it....also a great way to hide eggplant speaking from kid experience here!

Love your pics!

Oh ,and spill the recipe for the jalapeño vinaigrette!  I have them coming out of my ears!  And love them!  Gonna freeze a bunch whole.


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Best Pineapple, EVER!

Post  countrynaturals on 9/6/2017, 9:19 pm

It took 3 years to grow from a grocery store top, but we harvested and ate our pineapple today and it was awesome! I'm not a pineapple fan, but if they always tasted this sweet and mild, pineapple would be my new favorite fruit. I love you (You don't see them this color at the store. Razz)
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Post  sanderson on 9/7/2017, 2:02 am

@countrynaturals wrote:It took 3 years to grow from a grocery store top, but we harvested and ate our pineapple today and it was awesome! I'm not a pineapple fan, but if they always tasted this sweet and mild, pineapple would be my new favorite fruit. I love you (You don't see them this color at the store. Razz)
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Re: What are you eating from your garden today?

Post  brianj555 on 9/7/2017, 8:37 am

@ColleenW wrote:I spent this holiday weekend harvesting and storing my crop. <--- a sentence I didn't think I'd be able to say!  Very Happy  I started harvesting and realized I had way more than I could use right now and so have been learning how to store it, too. I've been having a blast. Here's some of it.



I made the mini eggplants into eggplant pizzas (topped with fresh basil). 



Side note: I ate both platefulls! My husband didn't like them. This turned into a discussion of my telling him I am struggling to figure out what he would like to eat from the garden and that I'm worrying he thinks I'm spending too much time in the garden and him reminding me that he's just not a vegetable guy but that he loves seeing me work in the garden and enjoys how I explain to him everything that's going on in it. Turned into a really good convo but I still want him to eat better! Won't give up on that quite yet ...

I took the tomatoes shown in the above pic, added more from this morning, washed them in vinegar and water (1:3 ratio), cut the stems out, and froze them. Learned a neat trick on YouTube: Put them in a freezer bag and use a straw to create a vacuum pack. Looking forward to fresh sauce and basil when it's snowing this winter! Already asked my husband how he would prefer I prepare the sauce and am looking for recipes to show him. I love you thinking study

The cucumbers get sliced and go into my drinking water and hummus sandwiches all week.

Jalapeños (not pictured but I'm in love with them) get made into vinaigrettes.

And then the herbs: I harvested lemon verbena, chocolate mint, mint, basil, stevia, and oregano and in a fit of initial panic over not being able to choose which method to use to dry them decided to try three methods: oven drying (baking pan), hang drying (colander), refrigerator drying (plate). Here's the chocolate mint demonstrating the prep work:



 The hanging herbs look nice in my kitchen!



The oven-dried herbs will be used in tea concoctions (makes winter coming almost bearable). They're in a rack I got off of Amazon (the bottom row are spices I add to coffee/hot chocolate/oven potpourri). Hoping to get one last harvest from those plants before winter.



And with this task completed, I ended up reorganizing some kitchen cabinets. Who am I?? I like it.

Yes! Very Nice! Could you please share your recipe for making jalapeno vinaigrette?
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Re: What are you eating from your garden today?

Post  trolleydriver on 9/7/2017, 1:54 pm

Another delicious salad ... All from the SFG ... True Black Brandywine Tomato, Butter King Lettuce, Spicy Salad Leaves, Kale, Mizuna, Cucumber, Nasturtium Leaves and Flowers.

Mrs TD commented on the deliciousness of the Brandywine Tomatoes. She said the inside even looks like watermelon. Definitely will have to grow them again.

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Re: What are you eating from your garden today?

Post  CapeCoddess on 9/7/2017, 3:33 pm

Mm...yummy salads, TD.

@countrynaturals wrote:It took 3 years to grow from a grocery store top, but we harvested and ate our pineapple today and it was awesome! I'm not a pineapple fan, but if they always tasted this sweet and mild, pineapple would be my new favorite fruit. I love you (You don't see them this color at the store. Razz)

That's amazing!  Can't believe you stuck it out for 3 years.  Wonder if that's how long they take out in the plantations...?
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/7/2017, 5:51 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Mm...yummy salads, TD.

@countrynaturals wrote:It took 3 years to grow from a grocery store top, but we harvested and ate our pineapple today and it was awesome! I'm not a pineapple fan, but if they always tasted this sweet and mild, pineapple would be my new favorite fruit. I love you (You don't see them this color at the store. Razz)

That's amazing!  Can't believe you stuck it out for 3 years.  Wonder if that's how long they take out in the plantations...?
They must know something I don't or these puppies would cost $10 each. Rolling Eyes
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Re: What are you eating from your garden today?

Post  ColleenW on 9/8/2017, 11:41 am

Nice salad TD! And cool pineapple CN! I love how your patience and nurturing resulted in something beautiful -and- yummy.

Thanks for the nice words about my harvest. Here's the jalepeno dressing recipe that I use as a base: http://lisasdinnertimedish.com/spicy-jalapeno-lime-vinaigrette/ . I don't always have all of those ingredients so I usually modify it. Lately I've been using this mix of ingredients:

2-5 cloves of garlic (I love garlic, can't get enough), peeled and roughly chopped
2 jalapeños (because I'm using those suckers up), seeds removed and roughly chopped
¼ cup fresh basil (my parsley didn't do well this year)
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
juice of 2 limes
½ cup olive oil (or less, I prefer a tart, light dressing)

I funnel that into a saved glass dressing bottle and it lasts for a week in the fridge.
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Re: What are you eating from your garden today?

Post  countrynaturals on 9/8/2017, 8:50 pm

"Garden Medley" zucchini, pattypan, & asparagus beans, cooked up in ham broth. Delish! Very Happy
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Re: What are you eating from your garden today?

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/8/2017, 9:58 pm

@ColleenW wrote:Nice salad TD! And cool pineapple CN! I love how your patience and nurturing resulted in something beautiful -and- yummy.

Thanks for the nice words about my harvest. Here's the jalepeno dressing recipe that I use as a base: http://lisasdinnertimedish.com/spicy-jalapeno-lime-vinaigrette/ . I don't always have all of those ingredients so I usually modify it. Lately I've been using this mix of ingredients:

2-5 cloves of garlic (I love garlic, can't get enough), peeled and roughly chopped
2 jalapeños (because I'm using those suckers up), seeds removed and roughly chopped
¼ cup fresh basil (my parsley didn't do well this year)
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
juice of 2 limes
½ cup olive oil (or less, I prefer a tart, light dressing)

I funnel that into a saved glass dressing bottle and it lasts for a week in the fridge.
Thanks!
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Grabbed this morning

Post  stealthmayhem on 9/13/2017, 7:36 am

I Figured I would get to see what was in the garden before the rain hit this afternoon and I noticed a cucumber, then another, then another.  They are really coming on now. So I decided to see what else I could find.  Below is what I gtrabbed this morning.  My father -in-law planted some yellow tomatoes, but I have no idea what variety they are.  I have more tendergreen beans, but I ate them while I was looking for more to harvest ( Rolling Eyes ).
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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/13/2017, 1:32 pm

Nice! It's fun to find things you didn't know where even there.
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Post  hammock gal on 9/13/2017, 5:41 pm

More tomatoes...the cherries just will not quit. And I'm not complaining. I think I'll make the burst cherry tomato sauce for pasta again tonight. Third time, it's that good. And look! Finally a pepper. I'm so happy to see there are still so many green tomatoes on the vines. Picking the last one will be a sad day. Sad
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/13/2017, 7:32 pm

Nice haul!

Homemade chili with homegrown peppers& garlic!  Yum!  Some heat in there too!cherry
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Re: What are you eating from your garden today?

Post  Judy McConnell on 9/16/2017, 2:11 pm

Since the cucs are gone - no more pickles to be made.

Tomatoes are at every meal (even breakfast) and the onions and peppers have gone into making marinara sauce for winter. 

Beans cooked in ham juice were on the plate last night - the rest will be frozen for this winter.

Made apple butter yesterday and had some on toast this am.  Later on today I'll make apple sauce and can it. Some will be saved for Monday's dinner with (store-bought) pork chops, and cabbage (the last one from the garden).
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Post  Mimi2 on 9/16/2017, 9:15 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Another delicious salad ... All from the SFG ... True Black Brandywine Tomato, Butter King Lettuce, Spicy Salad Leaves, Kale, Mizuna, Cucumber, Nasturtium Leaves and Flowers.

Mrs TD commented on the deliciousness of the Brandywine Tomatoes. She said the inside even looks like watermelon. Definitely will have to grow them again.
Very nice. You are an artist TD.
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Post  Mimi2 on 9/16/2017, 9:19 pm

I just put on a pot of crock pot marinara using my own herbs and tomatoes given to me for volunteering at a local organic farm. 
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Post  bigdogrock on 9/16/2017, 9:55 pm

I got to spend time in the garden today, some tasty things on the plate tonight. All those potatoes came from five store bought potatoes!
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Post  brianj555 on 9/16/2017, 10:38 pm

@bigdogrock wrote:I got to spend time in the garden today, some tasty things on the plate tonight. All those potatoes came from five store bought potatoes!
What kind of tomato is that at the top , in the middle?  Brandy wine? Cherokee ?
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Post  trolleydriver on 9/16/2017, 10:42 pm

Mimi and Rock ... Excellent ... well done!

As part of our dinner this evening we had old style SFG grown golden wax beans (boiled) together with tomatillos (sauteed). 

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Post  bigdogrock on 9/17/2017, 8:43 am

I got those from my neighbor, he got them at a local grocery store. The tag said "Beefy tomato" and nothing else. I do not know if it is a hybrid or not. The one on the bottom, purpleish is a Cherokee Purple. Even though I was busier than a bee this summer, I was able to plant some containers of tomatoes, I think they did well.
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More Cukes...and Green Beans

Post  stealthmayhem on 9/21/2017, 5:19 pm

More Cukes, With more on the way.  My green beans are really coming in as well.  Cherry tomatoes are still producing, but have slowed down to about 10 a day.
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The Big Salad

Post  trolleydriver on 9/23/2017, 2:23 pm

Anyone remember the Big Salad episode on Seinfeld? I made one for my lunch today. The ingredients all came from the SFG.

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