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What I Cooked/Baked for Thanksgiving


If you remember all of those green tomatoes that I showed a few weeks ago, you might not be surprised at all of the ripe tomatoes in the above photo. Just in time for Thanksgiving, I had a lot of ripe ones. I looked up a few recipes and finally settled on the Scalloped Tomatoes recipe in one of Ina Garten’s books. The flavors were really intense. I can only eat a little bit of the dish at a time! It was really nice to be able to use and enjoy my tomatoes (and some of the basil I saved from earlier in the year).


Thanksgiving lunch was quite tasty. We enjoyed the scalloped tomatoes mentioned above, Honeybaked Ham, baked mashed potatoes, green beans gremolata (where I subbed almonds for the pine nuts because I had them), and Red Lobster biscuits.


Dessert was this tasty carmel apple cake, courtesy of Grandma Slack’s recipe. I didn’t have a bundt cake pan or an angel food cake pan, so I made 6 tiny apple cakes instead. I only kept 2 of the tiny cakes for us. I really enjoy cutting tiny slices of tiny cake. lol

The Garden Continues to Grow


I’m still finding quite a few cucumbers and zucchini in the garden. Thought the zucchini has finally slowed down a bit. That is a good thing. I do have to admit to loving the zucchini chips, but not having enough time to process all of them.

I’m also still finding green beans in the garden. This is rather amazing to me as last year the gophers ate my bean plants and I didn’t have many beans after July. When my thighs burn from picking them, I just remind myself how nice it is to have fresh green beans.

There are still some eggplants on the plants and I’m enjoying them enough that I think I will put in a few more plants next year. I could really use some more to make eggplant parmigiana. Yum. Eggplant parmigiana.

And, Yeah, I’m Still In the Garden


There are all manner of things coming out of the garden now. Onions, tomatoes, okra, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, basil, thai chilies, jalapenos, and sometimes potatoes too.   I’m spending at least 30 minutes picking in the garden every day.  Some days it is closer to 90 minutes.  Especially on green bean picking days.


While I was picking said beans, I found a little friend.  I’m actually ok with the praying mantis in the garden.  It freaked me out when I found one on my hand though.  I was expecting a zucchini leaf attached to my hand, not the bug.  I might have done a bit of a dance and yelled “Wa-AAAAAH!”


More Veggies!


Cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, okra, and some potatoes. I am enjoying myself so much. The garden is a lot of work, but I really do love the produce and how healthy I feel from digging around in the dirt. Plus. So. MUCH. Satisfaction. Building a dish or a sauce with things I have grown. I’m sure there will be a few more photos of the lovely garden produce before the season is over!

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A lot of Produce




There are so many zucchini and cucumbers coming on.  The tomatoes are just starting to really produce.  As there are no gophers in garden this year, my green beans are still growing and producing.  I just blanched a bag of beans over the weekend and tossed them in the freezer.  The jalapenos are beginning to really produce.  Of course, I have lots of kale and some basil and cilantro.  It has been a lovely year in the garden and I’m looking forward to eating form the garden all winter long.  🙂


A Bite of Dinner

Well, I had to start sharing some of the things I made with the ample produce from my garden.


If you recall the leeks, potatoes, and kale? They made a very lovely soup one evening.


The green beans and potatoes went into my favorite pot. Along with a bit of onion (and bacon not pictures), I cooked them until everything was tender and lovely. This might be one of my favorite ways to use green beans. Although, Avi did make a nice dish with the green beans and onions one night.

Baskets and Baskets


Of produce coming from the garden.  I’m still harvesting a fair amount of beans.  The zucchini just won’t stop.  I think I’m pulling somewhere around 6-24 a day.  The lowest I have counted is 6 and the highest I have counted is 24.  The light green ones continue to out produce the dark green ones.  The cucumbers are starting to produce well as are the jalapenos.  I pulled a handful of the leeks as well.  The are a bit small, but I was really hankering for some leeks.  Of course, I have lots of kale.  Finally, the tomatoes are starting to produce just enough that we can bring them in and enjoy them instead of tasting them out in the garden.

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Tiny hot peppers. I think these are the jalapenos. I’m not sure though.


Lovely first cucumber. There are more on the way. So many lovely flowers.


Eggplants. They are the tiny variety. I made sure to buy them because I like them so much better than the giant Italian variety.


Tomatoes. I haven’t had many yet, only a handful of the little golden nugget kind.


These are the tigerella tomatoes. I love the green stripes on these fruits.


Zucchini. I might have a few zucchini. Ahem.


Green beans. Or in this case, purple beans. I really love this variety. They are fast, productive, tender, and easy to spot.


Also, the lovely sugarpot watermelon has decided to produce a tiny watermelon for me.

Garden In The Evening


Cucumbers. I don’t have any yet, but I know they are coming. Look at all of the lovely plants and flowers growing up my cage.


Lots of tomatoes growing and growing.  We have had only a very few golden nugget cherry tomatoes so far.  


Potatoes!  I’m a little excited about the potatoes.


The eggplant are just starting to produce nicely.  I’m really happy with the little eggplants coming on.  


The zucchini has really come into its own. I’ve been harvesting the light colored zucchini for a couple of weeks, but the dark green is just starting to produce.  The cilantro and kale are growing really well too!



The okra, basil, basil, thai basil, and cilantro are just starting to really grow. 


Lots of green beans and some lovely onions too! 

How Does My Garden Grow Post 3


The kale and cilantro are going gung-ho. We’ve picked just a little to play with in a quiche or frittata. I am seriously thinking of trying kale chips too.


The zucchini have blossomed in this photo and we are starting to reap the tiny rewards.


Here are the fruits of the zucchini. And some of those lovely green beans too. 20150712_094422

In fact, I picked that sad eggplant too.  Maybe I’ll have to find some eggplant, zucchini, kale, and green bean dish. It seems like I might have some to use!