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Leftovers

What is sitting there in your pantry?

What is just about got to go in your fridge?

Well don’t just sit there……..get up and do something with it!

Nothing make me more excited that using up stuff. It is not that I am really cheap or just cannot throw away anything. I just simply love the challenge of creating something delicious out of lonely,past their prime, food products.

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Last of the Winter Veggies

As you can see from above, I had some almost done winter vegetables. Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Delicata, and some Yellow Zucchini.After a good hour of somehow cutting threw these hard heads and cutting them into nice 3/4 inch rectangles, I cranked up the oven to 450.

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After a god drenching of olive oil and sprinkles of pepper, turmeric, cardamon, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. I roasted this for a little over 25 minutes until they were nice and soft. After cooling I pureed them and aded a little heavy cream and a quarter cup of sherry. Thats it!

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Lastly, I whipped up a cup of whipping cream and a third cup of sour cream. And Viola!

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What I did not tell you before was the secret ingredient, a quarter cup of Barbeyaki Smoke Sauce.

Barbeyaki JR.

Barbeyaki JR.

Do the uses of this wonder sauce ever end? Wish you could taste the soup. Delicious and so hearty. All from leftovers.

Leftovers are about as useless as a screen door on a submarine. You think????

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Winter Is Here…..As In Vegetables

The Sabbath is over. My last garden post was a couple days ago but in reality my garden has been resting for almost two months now. I have fed it well with 25 bags of Turkey Poop, 15 bags of Top Soil, soaked it with Beneficial Nematodes, and watered it daily. It is now ready to go and so am I.

All Rested and Full of Nutrients

For my Winter Garden, I have selected 6 different varieties of Lettuce, 4 different Squashes, 3 unusual types of Onions, 3 types of Cauliflower, and two types of Broccoli. After learning from my summer mistakes, I have provided each vegetable ample room to grow.

The Planted Winter Garden

Proper Spacing for Squash

So, keep your fingers crossed. I have failed a couple of times before with Lettuce. Too much heat in the summer and bunnies! Already off to a stinky start as you would know, 2 days after I planted the Winter Garden, the heat hit 90 degrees again. So say a little prayer for my garden this week. With my brown thumb it will definitely need it. And with a little luck and a big blessing, This little patch might bring us some  Winter delight.

Day One

The Dream

Weedin’ a Pretty Wide Row

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Gardening Musts

I think most of you are very much aware of my fondness for Gardening. 

I must admit is has been a huge learning curve for me this year with many successes and a few complete failures. But I did manage to not buy one stinkin’ vegetable the entire summer  and was fortunate to taste what fresh organically grown stuff really taste like as compared to the Grocery Store’s Steroidal Stuff.

I am now in the process of clearing out the residue of Spring and Summer. The plants have done their job and provided for me for 6 months now. Now begins the toiling task of reenergizing the soil that has produced so much. My next posting will discuss The Sabbath, The resting period for the garden. But before that I wanted to share some wisdom I received from a 90 year old Aunt-in-law who has spent her life in gardens and soil. I hope you find it as meaningful as I did.

1. Plant Three Rows Of Peas (P’s)

P’s

1.Perseverance

2. Politeness

3. Prayer

2. Plant Three Rows of Squash

Squash

1.Squash Gossip

2.Squash Selfishness

3. Squash Indifference

3. Plants Three Rows of Lettuce

Lettuce

1. Let Us Be Loyal

2. Let Us Be Truthful

3. Let Us Love One Another

4. And finally, No Garden Is Complete Without Four Turnips

Turnips

1. Turn Up For Work

2. Turn Up For Church

3. Turn Up With A Smile

4. Turn Up On Time

P.S. She did tell me to pass on to make sure you pulled up the weeds!

Where do these “Older” folks get this great stuff. We will be forever indebted to their immense wisdom.

Thank you Aunt Ruby!

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Eggplant Parmesan Anyone?

Squash

Eggplant and Zuchinni

Last week the eggplant, squash, and zucchini were all ripe and ready to pick at the same at the same time. It is a rare day when nature blesses us with such beautiful vegetables all available for consumption at one time. For me it immediately sets the wheels in motion to try to figure out what to create with this manna from heaven. So here is what I came up with.

Eggplant Parmesan

Squash Suffle

And by the way, that homemade tomato sauce used in the Parmesan was made from whole,skinned, San Marzanos from the garden also.

Nuttin’ Better

These dishes were very simple to make and were delicious. Not because of my culinary skills but because of the freshness of the veggies.

Grilled and Ready

I started off grilling the eggplant and zucchini while to tomato sauce was simmering. Nothing fancy about the sauce except using shredded carrots to sweeten and lots of garlic and onions. Then layered the eggplant with fresh mozzarella on top followed by the sauce. Then a layer of zucchini with more cheese and sauce.

Fresh Mozzarella

Lastly, I covered the top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and baked for 1 hour on 350. Pretty simple, huh?

Fresca Italia

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Going Nuts?

Yum Yum!

Now this is what I think about when I think of Acorns. You too? A cute little squirrel dipping and diving under tree branches, flying to the ground to scoop up that precious Acorn. Then munching at the speed of light to secure that tasty treat inside.

But did you know that there was another type of Acorn that squirrels don’t eat. Another kind of Acorn that you and I should eat every chance we can. WEll there is. And this one is called an Acorn Squash.

Acorn Squash

An Acorn Squash has a fairly similar shape to an Acorn, but that is about all the similarity you will find. All I can telll you is that if you treat them right, this will definitely become one of your favorite veggies! These things are very easy to grow. They take about 2 1/2 months to mature and will work in

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almost any moderate climate. You have to spread them out because the vine growth can reach up to 6 feet. But the best part about Acorn Squashes is what they taste like So let me tell you a very simple way to prepare them and I will let you take the first bite without me blowing it for you and telling you how great these things are.

Start by cutting the Acorn Squash in half from the stem in down to the other end. Scoop out the pulp and seeds that you will find in the middle. Then take a pairing knife and score the squash from the center to the edge about 8 times around. Then here comes the magic. Take a little softened butter and smear it with your fingers all over the inside of the Squash. Then sprinkle a half teaspoon of Brown Sugar on top of the butter. Next drizzle a tiny bit of real Maple Syrup into the center of the cut piece. And last but not least, drop some home made bacon bits on top and throw it in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 400 degrees and get ready. This is going to be the best thing you ever put in your mouth. Make sure you let me know how it was right after you try this.

Oh La La

You Owe Me Big Time

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