Sunday, July 13, 2014

Funny Tomatoes


Kidlet said that one had a penis and one had a butt.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yohboh made up a cocktail


It is one part tomato water, one part steak juice and three parts of vodka in a highball glass full of ice.  I have no idea where his inspiration came from.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Share our Strength

When you vegetable garden, when the cucumbers come it, there is a plethora of them.  More than you, your family, friends and neighbors can possibly eat.  Same goes for squash, peppers, eggplants.  And yes, even tomatoes.

And every year, I would get stressed out because a fresh picked veggie is a time bomb.  And we worked so hard to grow the things, but there is no physical way to eat them all or give them away.

But I have found a solution.  Most food banks in this country are desperate for fresh produce.  If you want a sugary snack, they have those for days.  Fresh vegetable are a rarity.  So through Share Our Strength  and some asking around, I found a food bank near my house and will be donating the extras to them.

I am of the lucky ones.  I do not have to stress about how to make food stretch or if I have to take my kid to the doctor or put gas in the car.   And I have more than enough cucumbers this week.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

First Caprese Salad of the Summer of 2014

Look at the little mozzarella balls!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Critter Begone!

There is something that is eating my tomatoes.

That critter is gonna get got!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

Breakfast Pizza


This is a bacon, egg and cheese pizza with tomatoes.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Cold Sesame Noodles

Why have I never thought to make this at home until recently is beyond me.  It is tasty and I have all the stuff in the pantry.


It is the perfect summer dish.  And  you can add whatever veggies strike your fancy.  This version had leftover grilled chicken and a chopped red pepper and grated carrots.  But I can see adding whatever is ready in the garden to this.  Yohboh thinks it would be excellent with some chopped ripe tomatoes (but really what is NOT improved with a ripe garden tomato?).

Cold Sesame Noodles

For the Sauce
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup chunky peanut butter
2 medium cloves garlic, smashed
1 piece (1-inch) fresh ginger, grated with a microplane
5 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon hot sauce (I used the hot sauce with the chicken on it)
2 tablespoons lightly packed light brown sugar

1 pound of noodles (I used fettucine)

Leftover chicken, thinly sliced
1 bell pepper
1 carrot shredded
2 scallions, sliced on the bias

Cook the noodles according to the directions on the package.  Save a little bit of the pasta water.  What I normally do is stick a coffee mug in the starchy water and take some out that way.

Put all the sauce ingredients in a blender.  Whir it away until it is a paste.  Set it aside.

Slice your chicken and veggies.

Drain the pasta and run cold water on it until is is chilled.  I like to toss it as well.  Add the noodles to a large bowl.  Take the pasta water you saved and add it to the blender and reblend to make a looser sauce  (Loose sauce means runnier.  A tight sauce is thicker).  Add the sauce to the noodles and toss until everything is coated.  Add the chicken and veggies. Toss again.

I have no idea how many servings this made but we ate it within a day.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Smoothie Cleverness

Lately, Kidlet has been asking for smoothies for breakfast.


Here is a formula for smoothies:

Ripe Fruit + Greek Yogurt + Flax Seeds = Tasty Smoothie

One thing I like to do is add a frozen banana to the mix.  More fruit in a smoothie is a good thing. I usually have one or two over ripe bananas at the end of a week and then I like to peel them and stick them in a baggie to freeze.  But also, Chuy likes to eat bananas and insists on eating them like her older sister but she cannot finish one.  So I take that one and stick it in the freezer as well.

Why do I add flax seeds?  Because being regular is part of being healthy.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Garden Update



And we are currently fighting early blight on the tomatoes too.