I've been in my house for thirteen years and the loquat tree in my front yard has never produced anywhere near the volume of fruit it's providing this spring. I have no idea why this is the case but for the past few months I've had to sweep up smashed fruit from my driveway every day. The volume far…Continue
Radishes used to be the items that were hard to use up in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box, but the more I've been playing with them the more the whole family is enjoying them.
It's totally a tease to share a fresh fig recipe in April. I know. But I'd never had a fresh fig until I got some in my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box. Whoa-that is some good eating!
When we moved to Ohio I thought I'd never have that fresh fig experience--after all, by the time fresh figs hit the store they are usually about to mold.
Then I took the dog on a walk through an alley a few blocks away . . . and lo and behold there was a tree with leaves…Continue
Went to the school greenhouse this morning. Picked up thyme, oregeno, and parsley. Got some tomatos I have forgotten the name of (I know which two they WEREN'T, which leaves Jet Star and the one I can't remember as the possibilities), and two mystery tomatos that volunteer grew in the recycled dirt the geraniums I chose were planted in. Grabbed some pretty hostas, marigolds, and coxcombs, too.
You may remember that I told you Mr. Fancher tends to give good deals. That's 2 of…Continue
I admit it's become pretty easy to turn to the contents of my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box and create our family's Friday Night Pizza. The flavor of fresh veggies just rocks, and it's fun to try new ways to enjoy them.
But sometimes I have failures, and that's part of life.…Continue
And then, I decided I would be this awesome doer of stuff type person...
and now I am paying for it. I did finish that section of the yard, however, and most of the second section. It's all short stuff, and I couldn't really tell where I had and hadn't been. Insufficient dandelions there. The last section will probably be done with the much lighter-weight version of that bad boy.
I am awake. I have been outside doing stuff. This is strange and abnormal due to years upon years of 2nd & 3rd shifts.
So, the chickens. Let them out to run around the yard a bit instead of the two pens they've been alternating in so far. No, the outside pen is not finished. I've still to find a door of the proper size. And screws, because the box of jars they said had screws only contained nails. Know where I can get both. Door will be free. Screws, sadly, must be got at…Continue
The more I play with the carrots from my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share, the more fun I have. We like sushi, and I can eat my age in pieces of sushi. That gets pricey, so it makes sense to make it at home.
Here's a colorful sushi roll--and I'm blown away that the photo does justice…Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on April 23, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
You ever make a large quantity of a condiment, and then not know what to do with it? Yeah, that happened to me, too. I had so many tomatoes that after putting up crushed tomatoes, seasoned and plain tomato sauce, green tomato bacon jam and salsa . . . whew . . . I decided to try making tomato jam.
I'm still finding ways to enjoy tomato jam, and this sandwich is a winner.…Continue
When I set the radishes on this pizza I thought it looked like Easter, so I'm sharing it today.
I was trying to duplicate the awesomeness that is a radish sandwich, and added some cheeses to a tender/crunchy pizza crust and wow--my non-radish-eating son ate all the leftovers.
Added by Kirsten Madaus on April 18, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
"Can I clean out the garage gutters, Mommy?"
I let him. He took a box with him to fill one of the planters, filled it, and planted the Alaska peas. So now the pot on top of the chicken house is planted. We both agreed that the two behind the garage are too heavy for us to move, so I'll have to see if the recalcitrant one will put them somewhere more convenient.
Added by Jana Franzen on April 17, 2014 at 5:48pm — No Comments
April is Grilled Cheese month. Did you know that? The things somebody dreams up . . . but hey, I like grilled cheese sandwiches. Especially with tomato soup.
As a kid I grew up enjoying that red & white can, but I've spent the winter trying different ways to turn my pantry of quart jars of crushed tomatoes into a tasty soup. I finally hit upon a recipe that my whole family gave a thumbs up--so I'll share it as the start of my Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup series.…Continue
I am doing it again this year! Not too sure how much of my garden produce is going to make it into the mix (though pretty sure radishes will be up enough!), but the eggs are a definite ingredient to my meals!
Corn, 3 kinds of pumpkin, and zucchini have just been direct seeded into the new plot. Jasper helped plant the sweet corn.
Added by Jana Franzen on April 15, 2014 at 4:01pm — No Comments
When it comes to preparing lamb, HOMEGROWN members like to get creative. Below are five flavorful approaches to this spring favorite. Got another great lamb recipe? Post it below and spread the love!…Continue
Added by HOMEGROWN.org on April 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I'm delighted to roast vegetables--it's easy, and on cool Spring evenings it's pretty awesome to crank up the oven. Here's a simple recipe of roasted asparagus served over noodles in a rich creamy chicken stock gravy. My kids call my 'oops I forgot and let the stock simmer another 2 hours' stock Chicken Jelly, and it makes a terrific sauce for these noodles.…Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on April 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Being a local seasonal eater means I get to eat amazingly delicious foods. Fresh food--tomatoes, strawberries, even celery--just tastes better and I'm usually willing to wait out the winter months for those fresh tastes. But if I limited my diet to solely local foods, I'd miss out on bananas, avocados, olives, shrimp, chocolate, salmon, tea . . . lots of stuff!
This avocado feta hummus is good as a stand alone dip--but it sings when you layer it with fresh &…Continue
And your mind went straight to the gutter didn't it?
Pat Boner fixes my computers. Chris Boner and his boys tend to do the yardwork once I give up on my children.
Today, Chris and one of his boys, Mason, came over. They finished the tilling for the corn/squash area - along with fixing the cultivator I didn't realize was broken because it's been like that the whole time I've owned it - and cleared 2.5 beds and three of the paths of the sewer project dirt. I had…Continue
I think you can tell a lot about the quality of soil from a carrot. When we first moved to Ohio we joined a young Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share. Our carrots that year were super sweet, but tiny and gnarled. Our farmers nurtured their soil with mainly free amendments and now the carrots are lovely, fat, long--and still super sweet.
Here's a simple recipe to showcase those carrots: roasted, simply seasoned with salt and a buttery spread, these carrots make a vegan…Continue
Also, I got 4 more packets of seeds today. Caserta squash, which is apparently some type of zucchini (all hail zuke bread and zuke cake!), curshaw green striped pumpkin, golden beauty corn, and pak choi white stem chinese cabbage. I may actually have to till up a lot more of the yard than I thought, and rearrange some of the planned potted plants that haven't been potted yet.
Did I mention that the fishtank now holds - yes, I did. Okay. Good then. I'm not too sure it's…Continue
Okay, when did decrepit kick in? Ow. I managed to till 1.5 of the borders, and had to stop, and just now managed 2.5 rows with the tiller before I couldn't feel my hands or feet, but could DEFINITELY feel my back having kittens. And cows. And possibly a couple of blue whales.
I am trying to get the corn/squash/pumpkin area tilled up before the thunderstorms start Saturday. Whether or not I will go ahead and plant is debatable, because now the weather man tells me it's going to…Continue