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tropit 05-17-2020 07:41 AM

Cooking From The Garden
I never know from week, to week, what is going to be available at the grocery store. For the most part, they've got the basic, fresh food necessities, but so, so expensive. It seems like every day the price of produce goes up a point, or two. I have to say, if it were not for our gardens, we'd be eating a lot less healthy. I'm anxiously awaiting those mid-summer veggies like tomatoes and peppers, but for now, we still have a lot of onion greens, spinach, lettuce, artichokes and cauliflower.

This morning I made a spinach,onion, tofu scramble. For lunch, we'll include a nice salad and for dinner, we'll have some cauliflower rice and an artichoke with our meal. How are you incorporating your garden bounties into your menus these days?

Totally OT: For Mother's Day, my dau gave me a peach tree. She know's me well. Thanks hon! :D

~ C

Tartan 05-17-2020 07:45 AM

The only thing from the garden so far has been my rhubarb for cake. I do have some mint coming for beverages but everything else will be awhile. The top of my ferns and hostas got touched by frost that last polar blast.

pennycandy 05-17-2020 04:08 PM

How nice you have some fresh produce from your garden. I have been able to harvest some chives and mint is just starting to come up. No planting until next weekend for me. I'll be prepping the beds this week.

tranum 05-18-2020 04:34 AM

My space is limited so I have a Community garden 8x20. Potatoes, beets, rainbow carrots, radish & a row of flowers (required) just planted. Last year we replaced old bushes on South of house with 6 tomato plants. They loved heat reflecting off house & I canned many jars of tomato juice. Also have English cucumbers & use a trellis DH made for them.

Produce is fresh & reasonable & we’re in Midwest. I get green peppers & mushrooms on sale cut them up & freze. Cabbage keeps well & 28 cents/lb at St Patrick’s so I got 2 & fresh pineapple $1.09 each this week. My Mom’s motto was Eat what’s cheap

Neighbor has amazing plum tree & we can have all we want because they don’t use them. It had storm damage last year & we trimmed it up & disposed of branches (it’s called barter !)

SusieQOH 05-18-2020 03:43 PM

Tropit- my son in California has tons of tomatoes!!! I don't know how far away you are though. Not too familiar with the state.

tropit 05-19-2020 11:35 AM

Originally Posted by SusieQOH (Post 8386433)
Tropit- my son in California has tons of tomatoes!!! I don't know how far away you are though. Not too familiar with the state.

Wow! It's really early for tomatoes! I'm in Northern CA. He's probably in Southern CA.

~ C

SusieQOH 05-19-2020 01:38 PM

Originally Posted by tropit (Post 8386632)
Wow! It's really early for tomatoes! I'm in Northern CA. He's probably in Southern CA.

~ C

Yes, he's in LA

toverly 05-20-2020 06:20 AM

Right now we are having blueberries, cucumbers and green beans. For a lark this year DH planted some spaghetti squash seeds, Acorn Squash seeds and asparagus shoots. The squash are growing and looking pretty good. We'll see if they will ripen. Never tried them before. DH wanted me to make pickles. No way. I told him to put the extra cukes in a bag, ring the neighbors doorbell and run.

tranum 05-20-2020 08:15 AM

WantIng to use some red & green cabbage heads today (from store). I’m making creamed cabbage. Also making my Grandma’s Red Cabbage.

Red Cabbage: 1 head red cabbage - I use food processor slice blade - not shred blade, that’s too fine for my taste. Put in large kettle & add 4 Tblsp sugar, 1/2 stick butter, 2 Tblsp white OR apple cider vinegar (preferred) & 1/2 cup water. Heat up, cover & simmer 2.5 hours. Towards end add a bit more vinegar & sugar (or substitute current jelly). It makes a lot but improves & reheats well.

Any side dishes to share ? I’m always looking for them since DH often takes care of Main dish.

Onebyone 05-20-2020 10:12 AM

There is an excellent Farmer's Market in my town and lots of roadside stands. I can stop and buy different produce and fruits from the stands. I love that. Cheap too. Living in the south, most everyone has backyard garden and grows way more the they can eat or want to can. DH has tomatoes and peppers growing in our little garden plot. My daughter has squash, butter beans,and potatoes in her garden. We share and exchange with neighbors who have gardens. Walmart here buys the local produce and sells it in the store at special displays all summer long.

Onebyone 05-20-2020 10:16 AM

I'm stocking the freezer now with strawberries. Soon it will be blackberries that I have a big patch of. My patch has huge berries and I have two bags in freezer left over from last summer. I timed my cobbler making just right during the year. I have a peach tree that is loaded but usually the deer/raccoons/possums get those and the apples before they are fully ripe. And I live in town. LOL

Purpleprint 06-07-2020 12:23 PM

We have been eating the swiss chard for over a month. If we have a mile winter it seems to winter over well.

Does anyone have any recipes for soy dairy and sugar free meals? I seem to fix soup and stir fry a lot, just looking for a change every now and then.

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