Wednesday, August 31, 2011

{august garden}


Roots and beans were the theme this month. And, of course, tomatoes. Always tomatoes.

Cherokee Purple and Abraham Lincoln.

Weekly canning necessitated.  Garden Box 3 kept us busy in August!

Five to six quarts a week, now stashed for winter in the cupbord under the stairs.

Butter beans were a welcome addition to our favorite soup recipe. Our bean crop is thriving thanks to the resident Guardian of Garden Box 1, appearing by day in the form of a six-inch mantis...

Shelling beans on a summer evening. Doing my ancestors proud.

September's star crop will almost certainly bjalapeƱo peppers. Tell me your favorite hot pepper recipes and I'll give them a go. Faves to be posted with photos and due credit!

4 comments:

  1. ok, one of my favorite things is soooo simple, but not super healthy: cranberry jalapeno dip. so all it is: cream cheese (usually atleast do a reduced fat, or if I'm bringing it to a party i usually do two blocks: one fat free and one reduced or full, block of cream cheese.) let it soften a bit. then finely chopped jalapenos. seeded of course. usually about 3 or 4 per block of cream cheese....and the weird ingredient: dried cranberries. maybe 2/3 a cup? 3/4? i eyeball it. you can play with the proportions. and put the cranberries in water for about ten minutes to soften them up a bit, then drain them well, and mix all three ingredients together. serve with crackers...i usually do wheat thins. pita chips are good too, but you need a sturdy chip to dip otherwise it breaks off. its really addicting and always a hit at parties! let me know if you try it. :)

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  2. Oh, we WILL be making this! Spicy-sweet is one of my favorite combos at the moment.

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  3. I have a favorite quinoa salad with corn, black beans, cilantro and diced jalapenos(I use fresh). Add a cumin vinaigrette and chill. It's delicious
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Quinoa-and-Black-Bean-Salad-12245

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  4. That sounds amazing! Quinoa, cilantro and cumin are all favorites here, so you can be sure this will make our menu very soon. Thank you!

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