Saturday, July 30, 2011


Growing up, ramen was my family's default Sunday breakfast. We did eat pancakes and waffles but I cannot recall getting bacon often. But I remember my mother making Sapporo Ichiban in the red packets often. I still love Sapporo Ichiban. It must be the MSG.


This was our Sunday breakfast. The key is the leftovers you sprinkle on top. That is cucumber kimchi from cucumbers from my garden, sliced London Broil, chopped scallions, and a fried egg.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


When you have a Vitamix and a lot of ripe fruit, there are smoothies. This is a peach banana smoothie.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ichiban Eggplants

I grow two of these plants. Ichiban are eggplants that have no bitterness.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

A more mature Italian Trumpet Zucchini


Italian Trumpet Zucchini turns dark green when you let it grow some more. I was too impatient at first. It tastes really good too. But honestly, doesn't everything from a garden taste better?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cucumber Avocado Soup

This is very refreshing, but not very filling.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What to do with garden tomatoes Part Six


I make this every summer. It is so much better with a garden tomato.


3 baseball sized garden ripe tomatoes
2 garden cucumbers
1 onion
1 bell pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Put all this stuff in a Vitamix (my new blender which is the greatest thing that blends--thanks Mom!) and puree that for about 45 seconds.

When serving, I like a little hot sauce and a drizzle of olive oil.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Kidlet Dinner

Sometimes, in this heat you do not want to eat anything heavy.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Quick Pick-- Tomatoes!

I picked these in about 30 minutes today.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Children's Pickings

This is what my godson picked one day last week. He had gardening camp. Which meant I had cheap labor. I paid him in Capri Sun and peanut butter sandwiches.


Acorn Squash!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ice Cream Thoughts

I have been consuming a lot of ice cream in this heat. 2011 is the Summer of Ice Cream.

Mayfield Ice Cream is soft. No matter how cold it is. It is like soft whipped cream. When it melts, the texture is very similar to how it is frozen. My favorite is plain vanilla and butter pecan.

Ben and Jerry's is HARD and rich. I actually like to mix a bit of milk in it because it is so dense. You cannot eat a lot of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I like the chunks in Late Night Snack. It has chocolate covered potato chips. Yohboh really liked the peanut brittle flavor. So much so that I did not get a taste.

Breyers is in between the two above. I like the Reese's peanut butter. Yohboh likes the Heath.

I like the Magnum ice cream bars. They are very rich. They are really good with hot coffee.

A few weeks ago, I became obsessed with push ups. Do you remember the orange push up? It took me a week to find them and they are currently my four year old's favorite.

Also I am really liking rainbow sherbet with 7Up. Who was the clever home economist who came up with this concoction? Rainbow sherbet is also really good with ginger ale.

Ice cream is an excellent way to keep cool.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Happy Summer Meal


Marinated tomatoes with garlic, cucumber salad, the first tomato pie of the year, sauteed eggplant and trumpet zucchini.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What to do with garden tomatoes Part four


Scrambled eggs with tomatoes

Why we garden

My four year old asked for a snack of cherry and grape tomatoes. Because they are so good that she cannot stop eating them.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Italian Trumpet Zucchini

These are squash that are squash borer resistant. Which is good because all the zucchini looks like the borers have gotten to them. DAMN THOSE THINGS!


But I have fancy Italian squash to comfort me.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011


So this is one row of the basil that we harvested.


I made 42 cups of pesto......

One more row to go!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Eggplant Pizza

White Eggplant tastes like mushrooms.


Friday, July 1, 2011

What to do with garden tomatoes Part three

Tomato Salad with truffle salt, pepper, and olive oil.