Thursday, August 21, 2014

Garden Fun—favorite easy recipes!

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My garden this year—kept it pretty small and contained after I completely failed to keep up with last years garden.  It is a new spot (since we are in a new house).  We put it in late and added nothing to the soil (no manure, fertilizer, anything).  It has grown slowly, but really provided just the right amount for our family.  Plus—the weeds grow much less quickly!!!  Oh and it is also a bit of a patchwork since Joseph went plant shopping with me and helped pick out some items, plus snuck a few in the cart.  We have soybeans, two kinds of melons, and sweet potatoes which I have never grown before.  My carrots and cucumbers are much more successful then they ever were in my other garden bed—not sure why.  Peppers and pumpkins were very unproductive.  I love the challenge of growing and then using what is in the garden. 

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Here are some of our current favorite recipes:

Kale chips

Tear washed and dried kale into little pieces, toss with olive oil and a little salt and pepper.  Bake until crispy

Beans with milk

Boil yellow and green beans until tender.  Drain and add a little milk and butter immediately.  Serve in a bowl.

Bean casserole

Boil beans in water, drain, mix with garlicky bread crumbs and sour cream, salt and pepper.  Bake.

Squash casserole

Same as Bean Casserole but with any mixture of summer squashes

Sautéed garden veggies

Obvious

Kale pesto

Process kale, basil, pine nuts (or other kinds of nuts), olive oil, and parmesan

Tart with garden veggies

Spread out a thawed frozen puff pastry and stick any of your favorite veggies on it, maybe some cheese.  Pre-cook veggies if necessary.  You can make very pretty arrangements as well. 

Refrigerator Pickles

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/easy-refrigerator-pickles-10000001646440/
My
new favorites—so easy and yummy.
 

1 comment:

Meredith said...

First, is the time stamp on this correct? You were up and productive at 4:40a??? I'm very impressed :) And your garden looks so neat and pretty. I'm wishing we had one this year, but the groundhog, rabbits and possums decimated my hope the first year and I haven't been brave enough to try again. I think we're going for container gardening next spring. Love the puff pastry veggie idea, I bet the kiddos would eat that! Thanks :)