Saturday, September 10, 2011

Garden to table to jar

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Tomatoes EVERYWHERE!! 

We love our garden so.  This year we planted kale, lettuce, broccoli, green beans, onion, sunflowers, zinnias, green peppers, red peppers, hot peppers, basil, rosemary, parsley, tomatoes (A LOT of those—Roma, some normal kind. and grape) cucumbers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, and zucchini.  It is such a fun challenge to try and figure out how to use all the produce we have! 

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So far: spaghetti sauce, ketchup, pizza sauce, tomato soup, creamy tomato sauce, more sauce, and more sauce (my favorite recipe yet), more soup.  Basically every night I think, “what is a different way I can use tomato sauce?”

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Making Christmas Pickles—Joseph’s favorite. 

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The garden—a few of the sunflowers were knocked down during Irene.  More importantly though, the garden used to be at the edge of the woods, but we cleared (well—hired our bud Leo to clear) some of the brambles and enlarged the yard area.  So lots of grass growing work as well! 

How does your garden grow?  And I would love your favorite table and preserving recipes!

1 comment:

JG said...

Jealous of all your tomatoes! I need to plant more of those next year! And, also totally coveting your sunshine. I don't think our garden will get much bigger, with all of our darn shade trees! Good job... you are a gardening inspiration. You'll have to teach me about canning/jars sometime... I'm afraid to do it and kill my family with botulism! I'm such a chicken! Have I given you my mom's naughty zucchini/squash casserole recipe? You have a lot of good gazpacho ingredients, too, which is an amazing dish... I spent a few days eating gazpacho 2 weeks ago and I felt full all the time and lost weight! No joke! I did have garlic breath around the clock, though :)