Archive for July 2009

here come the squash

July 28, 2009

and I say

it’s alright

do do do do do do do do do do do 

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leggy roots

July 26, 2009

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easy cheese

July 26, 2009

000_0809000_0810Lemon-thyme ricotta. Looks revolting, but tastes delicious with sea salt, olive oil and chopped tomatoes. Also with blueberries and honey. Also…. more news to come with the next batch, I’m sure.

warm, comforting….lettuce?

July 21, 2009

It’s still raining. The lettuce is thriving, but I’m craving mac & cheese.

Compromise comfort food:

Melt butter.

Wilt lettuce.

Stir in some cream.

Shave parm over top.

Dunk bread (not shown) in lettucey-creamy-goodness.

Feel much better.

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to this we’ve come

July 20, 2009

Yep, that’s a lettuce frittata. With sorrel, chives, and feta. Sort of odd, sort of whydidntithinkofthatsooner? Delicate and delicious, and a good way to collapse several salads worth of romaine.000_0795

harvest party for one

July 16, 2009

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tough love

July 16, 2009

It never gets old, the magical emergence of seedlings. Put something that looks like a Grape-nut in the earth, and a few days later a red-rimmed pair of leaves appears. When plants are still small, their daily growth is obvious and astonishing. One is supposed to thin seedlings at a certain point, but I had never been able to bring myself to do it.

Until now. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen too many harvests of beets that offered unimpressive roots. Or watched lush crowds of bean plants that produced only a few pods apiece. Maybe I’m getting a little less sentimental in this, my fourth year of gardening. Or maybe I’m just realizing I’ll probably have more than enough to feed myself all year, with or without all the little plants I disconnected from their nourishing soil.

After yesterday’s experience, I will have a new reason for thinning–these infant plants are delicious! 000_0792