Friday, July 18, 2014

Photo Update

Hello Everyone!

We've been getting quite a lot of rain, and everything in the garden is green and popping!
Here are a few updated pictures.
A beautiful morning in the garden.

Purple Kohlrabi

Kale is amazing!

Summer squash is taking off.

So much green.

Tomatoes are getting ready.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Can't Beet These Easy Recipes

Roasted Beets
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Wrap beets in foil
-Add olive oil, salt and pepper
-Cook for 1 hour or until beets are soft

Steamed Beets
-Slice beets in 1/2 in sections
-Place into a pot with a bit of water and a steamer
(make sure that the beets are seated in the steamer above the water line)
-Cook on stove top for 20 minutes

Pickled Beets
-Steam beets
-In a bowl cover with half water, half white vinegar
-Add 1 Tablespoon of sugar
-Add salt and pepper to taste
-Cover, and let sit in fridge for at least 20 minutes

For the Adventurous...
Red Velvet Beet Cake from Food & Wine Magazine

I leave you with one more. This is one of our favorite home recipes.

Swiss Chard/Spinach Enchiladas

1.5 lbs ground beef (leave out for vegetarian)
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup chopped onion or chives
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 tomatoes, chopped
8 oz tomato sauce
2, 4 oz cans of diced green chiles
10 oz fresh Spinach and/or Swiss Chard
10, 6 in corn tortillas
3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

In large skillet, cook ground beef with garlic, onion/chives, salt, and pepper until beef is crumbles and no longer pink. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chiles, and spinach/swiss chard. Mix well. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Grease a 9x13 in baking dish. Put each tortilla in the dish, fill it with beef mixture and cheese, and then roll it up. Fit the tortillas in tightly together as to keep their shape. Pour the remaining beef mixture on top and sprinkle another layer of cheese on top. You can also add chives on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Broccoli Rabe Recipe

  • 1 large bunch broccoli rabe, tough stems removed
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Heat oven to 400°. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When water boils, add broccoli rabe and blanch one minute. Remove from water and DRAIN WELL in a colander.

Add to a baking dish and mix with garlic, oil, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes. Roast 15-20 minutes.

                                             Beautiful garden in June!

                                             Broccoli Rabe and other concrete beds
                                            Lots of greens!
                                                    Everything is looking alive and well.
                                                  Beans are sprouting!
                                         Red beets and Onions
                                              The chicks are growing too!