Today I wanted a healthy, quick lunch. I also wanted to only use what I had on hand so I didn’t have to run to the store. My garden is starting to come in, so I always have fresh salad greens and herbs. I keep canned salmon on hand, so salad topped with salmon cakes seemed to be right up my alley.
This isn’t revolutionary and it really isn’t even a recipe. But up until this year, I’ve pretty much only eaten fresh green beans steamed. I have to say that squeak really creeps me out! But it’s fine. Add some butter and salt and it’s an acceptable vegetable addition. But this year I wanted to change things up….especially since I have an exorbitant amount of beans coming in! I planted two green bean tepees this year. 5 poles with 5 plants around each pole. So I have 50 bean plants! I want to eat a ton and share a lot and preserve a lot. I think I’m on track for all of that! Continue reading
It’s spring in NE Ohio. The days are getting longer. The sun is shining. The birds are building nests. After a long, hard winter there is great relief that comes in the form of spring. I went out hunting in my garden today and was moving dry, dead leaves to see if I could find green shoots peeking out. Suddenly, I was reminded of how much God speaks to me through my garden.
Some of the varieties of tomatoes I had this year, I just loved! I had purchased a few organic, heirloom plants at a huge sale around me at the beginning of the summer. They were $3 a pop, so I hoped that if I loved them, I might be able to figure out how to save seeds to recreate this year’s abundant harvest. My problem had been trying to get seeds separated from that weird, goopy, gross part. I had tried everything in the past…smooshing it onto a napkin to dry, putting it in a strainer and trying to rinse it. I just couldn’t get it right. So I googled how to save seeds and saw a blog post from one of the college agriculture extensions (I’m so sorry that I can’t find that post again to give credit to them). I followed their simple steps and couldn’t believe how easy it was! So if you have some tomatoes left from your harvest, try this method: