Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

My Tomato Garden

April 30, 2017

It’s almost time to plant my tomato garden, if this Minnesota weather ever cooperates. (Today it’s trying to snow.) In Minneapolis I like to plant around Memorial Day weekend, just so the ground is nice and warm.  Read more ›

Savory Herb Cheese Lard Biscuits

December 6, 2015

Even after a week of freezing weather and two snow storms, my little herb garden is still producing.  Not wanting to temp fate, I promptly picked some rosemary and chive herbs to make these savory herb cheese lard biscuits for breakfast.   Read more ›

Indian Summer Giardiniera Pickle

September 25, 2015

We are deep in indian summer here in Minnesota.  A couple light frosts have hit the gardens, but produce still continues to ripen, unaware that it’s almost October.  Peppers seem to be the last thing to arrive in the garden, and with 80 degree days, they just keep coming.  To preserve the late bounty of my garden, I made Italian-style giardiniera. Read more ›

Southern Tomato Pie

August 20, 2015

My good friend recently threw an end-of-summer hurrah, complete with a giant slip-and-slide, bonfire and an endless spread of picnic eats and drinks.  No one at the party wished to cook, what with the slip-and-slide and all, so easy finger food was the order of the day.  Since my kitchen countertops are overflowing with tomatoes, Read more ›

Pickled Dilly Beans

August 11, 2015

Summer holds such promise – big, bountiful gardens, lots of fruits and vegetables, excellent foraging and amazing farmer’s markets.  In deep winter I plan all the amazing things I will do with summer produce, along with the great blog posts I will make to accompany them.  Then summer hits me like a full bucket of water, and I am deluged with the harvest. Read more ›

Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Mint

July 15, 2015

Summer just turned up the heat, hitting 90+ a few days ago. After a torrential-downpour storm, I rushed to the garden to harvest the last of my sugar snap peas before the heat turned them all that sugar to starch. This salad is a last hurrah to Spring-like weather and a big hello to hot hot summer. Read more ›

Garden Confetti Salad

July 6, 2015

Summer is a time when dinner is simple, salads are plentiful and the stove remains off. Summer veggies just roll out of the garden one right after another.  It’s time to eat the bounty till your full. And my garden has exploded! Read more ›

Quick Pickled Baby Beets with Stems

June 28, 2015

We’ve had plentiful rain and moderate summer temps the last few weeks and the garden grows by the minute.  Sweet snap peas are bountiful, greens overflow my crisper and the tomato plants are 3 feet tall.  The winding row of mixed color beets are beginning to crowd one another as I never have the heart to thin them. Read more ›

Coriander Flower Liqueur

August 1, 2014

Volunteer coriander is taking over my garden!  Coriander is another name for cilantro.  The seeds must be bulletproof because they survive our deep freeze winters and sprout immediately in spring.  Every year we try eat as much cilantro as possible, but invariably, it gets away from me, reseeding my entire garden plot.  This year I have a different plan of attack. This year I let it all go, then harvested the tiny flowers to make Coriander Flower Liqueur. Read more ›

Fermented Hot Sauce

October 27, 2013

My partner Christopher is the pepper king in this family.  While I focus on tomatoes, he takes on peppers, mostly hot chiles.  This year he grew Scotch Bonnet, Jamaican Red, Caribbean Heat, Giant Cayenne, Tabasco, Thai Dragon, Jalepeño, Read more ›

Dried Strawberries

March 22, 2013

Strawberry season is in full swing!  Well, not in Minnesota.  My strawberry plants are still sleeping under six inches of snow.   But strawberries are plentiful in Florida, Louisiana and California right now.  And while we do have to truck them into the state, the season makes them fresh and affordable.  Read more ›