Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Small Haul

Here is what I picked from the garden

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That white thing in the center is a white eggplant.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Microwaved Beets

Did you know you could microwave beets? I love them roasted but when it is so hot, turning on the oven seems foolish.

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I cut them in half and microwaved them for about 8 minutes. When they were still warm, I drizzled them with olive oil, salt and pepper.

By the way if you ever in doubt on how to cook something, olive oil, salt and pepper are the best shot in the dark you got.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Salad from the Garden

We grew the lettuce and the tomatoes. I spent 39 cents on the cucumber.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

What to do with garden tomatoes Part two

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Caprese Salad

We grew not only the tomatoes but also the basil.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday - I like the alliteration of it. So we had a Taco Tuesday. I did not ever make a taco until I went to college. I always used the preseasoned powder packet that you add to ground beef. But I did not have one so I made it up. I just took the flavors I think would be good and winged it.

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Minjenah's Taco Season Mix

1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 pound of ground beef
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 tablespoon chicken base
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon paprika
1/2 Tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 cup water
Cilantro stems from 1 bunch, chopped

Brown the onions and garlic. Add the ground beef and let it brown well. Add the seasonings but NOT the water and let it cook until fragrant, about five minutes. Add the water and let the beef mixture get a little soupy. Add the cilantro stems off the heat and cover.

Monday, June 20, 2011

What to do with garden tomatoes Part one

Open face Early Girl tomato sandwich with anchovy mayo and lots of pepper.

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What is anchovy mayo? Mayo with a little anchovy paste mixed in. It is salty and has that whole umami thing.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day Steak

Yohboh got a big steak for father's day.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Beets

We grew beets!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Green Tomato Pizza

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So we have green tomatoes from the garden, which we usually fry. But I possess a cookbook that suggested a green tomato pizza. So I made one. I actually never read the recipe, I just read the title and figured I would make one. That's the kind of ballsy cook I am.
Yep, ballsy.


Green Tomato Pizza

1 whole wheat pizza crust
Roasted garlic oil
1 large green tomato, thinly sliced
Salt
Pepper
Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese

Preheat your oven to the highest it will go. For my oven, that is 550. Roll out your pizza crust until it is wafer thin. Brush on a thin layer of garlic oil. Add the tomato on one layer. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Add the cheeses and sprinkle liberally with MORE salt and pepper. Bake for about ten minutes or until the cheese is all bubbly.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Superior Combinations

Milk and ice cream

Ginger ale and sherbet

Peanut butter and cinnamon sugar

Monday, June 13, 2011

First tomato

So we had a red early girl tomato. And we ate it standing up. It was good.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Basil One Week Later

Here is what the basil looked like a week ago. Here it is seven days later.
The Genovese:
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The yellow flags are a good comparison.

The Napoli:
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Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Tomatoes the Heirloom Edition

So I bought this tomato last year and I loved it. It was super delicious.

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The German Queen. It did not make a lot of tomatoes but they were large, dark red to the point of purple and delish.

I have a generous neighbor who is in a fancy gardening club. He gave us some heirloom tomatoes to put in the ground:

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Great White Tomato

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Muskovich Tomato

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Valencia Tomato

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Mountain Fresh Tomato

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Cherokee Green Tomato

I am very excited by the heirlooms. I know that they do not produce at the level of the ones I get at WalMart but they taste AMAZING.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tomato Plants The Non Heirloom Series

The whole point of vegetable gardens is a garden grown tomato. Pat Conroy describes it as one of the single culinary joys he has ever known. Yohboh has been known to put tomatoes in a bowl, salt them eat all the tomatoes and then drink the tomato water. I like to make my favorite pasta EVERY DAY for lunch when we have tomatoes. I also like a tomato sandwich and garden salsa.

Last year we had 27 tomato plants. About half of them were successful because one of our friends put some of his tomatoes in the ground and staked them. This did not work and there were rotten tomatoes everywhere. So this year, we put every tomato plant in a cage. Here are two of our three rows. I can't think of anything prettier.

There are Romas, Rutgers, Cherry, Grape, Early Girls, Best Boys, Celebrity. All from those 1.68 four packs (why did they stop selling 9 packs?) from Wal Mart.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Naeng Myun

We interrupt Garden Week to show you the yummy dinner I had tonight. My mother made this for me because I cannot be trusted to make it. Actually, I have made it from a mix and my mother's is SO MUCH BETTER. Yohboh had this and said, "Your mother's cooking is the shit."

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This is Mool Naeng Myun. It is a cold buckwheat noodle bowl in a beef broth with radish kimchi, beef, cucumbers, a soft boiled egg, sharp vinegar and mustard oil. It is wonderfully cooling. I don't think I can be friends with someone who does not like this.

Italian Trumpet Zucchini

Last year, we lost all the squash to borers. I was on the internet trying to figure out what we would do. I was told that Italian Trumpet Zucchini is squash borer resistant. So I ordered some seeds and here are the hopeful sprouts.

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Is there anything more hopeful than a sprout?

Hopefully, I will be up to my ears in zucchini.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Basil

We are growing two different kinds of Italian basil. We started them from seed.

We have the regular Genovese Basil:
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Which is lovely and fragrant.

We are also growing Italian large leaf basil or Napoli basil. Which is even more fragrant than the Genovese.
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I predict there will be a lot of pesto in my future.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Garden Week

The garden is progressing nicely. I thought I would show you the garden a bit this week. Here is a general overview.

It is about 1800 square feet. We are groing crookneck squash, Black beauty zucchini, acorn squash, butternut squash, trumpet zucchini, cucumbers, 30 tomato plants, Ichiban eggplant, white eggplant, bell peppers, banana peppers, two kinds of basil, Swiss Chard, romaine lettuce, Italian lettuce, fava beans, sweet peas, blueberries, collards, turnips, beets, broccoli, kale.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Barbecue in a hot dog bun

So this is the smoked pork butt with whiskey barbecue sauce, homemade cole slaw and my mother's cucumber kimchi in a hot dog bun.

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