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Vegetable gardens 2015

Very sweet of you! I might take you up on it.

44 minutes ago
nothingswrong in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

These guys are shaped a little funky. I didn't thin them, because I've never had luck with carrots anyway, so I figured they'd all die off. The two on the right grew wrapped around each other and came up like a drill bit in reverse. We still have about a dozen left to pick, and I just planted the entire rest of the packet of seeds. It'll be a couple months before they're ready.

about 1 hour ago
nothingswrong in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

Looks absolutely beautiful. Am I the only one who is constantly amazed at the beauty of produce grown at home? It just totally trips me out that you can stick a little dried up seed in the dirt and it turns into gorgeous perfect food. It will never get old to me.

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Me neither. EVER. This year I just left them alone, watered despite my trepidation, and was rewarded. Don't know if the seeds were just a good fit for us or what, but I have been planting carrots every year for 4 or 5 years and have never even had a 2" stub to show for it. This is very exciting!

about 3 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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Advice for new food gardeners

That's a nice read.

I'd like to add to the list--for very new gardeners--that just because you WANT to grow something in your area/climate doesn't mean you can.

I always see reviews on seeds and plants online stating they are bunk because they wouldn't grow in the winter in Minneapolis. Or that outdoor plants died inside. Or that tropical fruits wouldn't grow well on the East Coast. Etc. Might seem obvious to some people, but just thought I'd throw it out there.

about 3 hours ago
nothingswrong in Gardening

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Hope mama ghg gets better soon! You're sweet to bring her mushy things to eat. Hospital mush is absolutely horrid.

Sour cream mashed potatoes are my dinner 5/7 days of the week. Sometimes I mash some carrots in for some extra vitamins. A good vanilla-y tapioca pudding is also a nice treat for dessert.

about 3 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Last night was a freezer/fridge/garden scrounge to use up odds and ends. We picked some rainbow carrots from the garden, as well as a 10" cucumber. It is still as fun to pick carrots to this day as it was when I was a kid in my mother's garden.

The carrots were roasted with olive oil, a bit of honey, salt, and some kind of smoked pepper (can't remember which I grabbed).

The cucumber was peeled and chopped and made into a sort of choriatiki/tzatziki hybrid salad, served cold.

He also grabbed some kind of stuffed meat pastry from the freezer for the main. I think it had ground beef, onions, garlic, and a tomatoey rice sauce inside. Can't remember!

I had picked up some freshly baked french bread from a local bakery, which he ate slathered with butter and salt. Last of the brownies for dessert.

I was in one of those sick dazes where you don't know your own name and fell asleep with an empty tummy on the couch in our new billiard room.

WFD tonight will be pasta with a sauce made of ground turkey, veg, tomatoes, etc. Salad on the side.

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

Interesting, thanks!

about 4 hours ago
nothingswrong in General Topics

Vegetable gardens 2015

The man and I picked some of the rainbow carrots to roast for dinner last night. Also the gigantic cucumber, which was turned into a Greek salad.

Vegetable gardens 2015

Yes, I've never heard of people growing their own paprika peppers here. I would totally do it if I could find them. I love the journey of the seeds. Looking forward to seeing the final product, and what you do with it. Also curious how the flavor will be of freshly made smoked paprika. I'm sure it'll be divine.

about 4 hours ago
nothingswrong in Gardening
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2015) Nominations!

TARTS

This would be great and very versatile.

about 4 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2015) Nominations!

Yes! ASPARAGUS DISHES!

about 4 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Thanks!

I used the Hershey's perfectly chocolate chocolate frosting. I used Rodelle cocoa powder. No fuss and tastes great. My mom was enamored and asked for the recipe, which was very cute, it's off the Hershey's cocoa can.

"PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

about 4 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Agreed. Looks so good steve!

about 4 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

I'm curious too--is this a common thing, to put cacao on pizza? I'm intrigued.

about 4 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

Ugh that is a total bummer coll! Although the images in my head of a very fat and happy groundhog made me chuckle. Little bugger doesn't know what's coming to him.

Hopefully you can protect the rest of your plants.

about 20 hours ago
nothingswrong in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

Very cool. I love that you're drying and grinding your own. I'm sure they'll be delicious. Keep us updated if you can about the process, I for one am very interested. Maybe you can start your own thread about it when the time comes.

about 20 hours ago
nothingswrong in Gardening
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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Interesting. How does it get large chunks of butter in the dough with warm butter? Or I guess warm doesn't mean melted... I'm very curious how it turns out, and what you're making with it. Let us know. Photos welcome :)

about 20 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2015) Nominations!

Is coleslaw always cabbage slaw? Or would we be able to make other types of slaws with different veggies/fruits?

about 20 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

Beautiful! Now, what are you going to do with these?

about 20 hours ago
nothingswrong in Gardening

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

Wait what is this about it raising your INR?? I'm on coumadin too and have never heard of this.

about 23 hours ago
nothingswrong in General Topics

Pollinating Tomato Plants

The leaves will likely start to yellow if you're overwatering. More bothersome will be the watery tasteless tomatoes.

I was just watching something on TV about tomato plants that are severely under watered. Some farms do this on purpose because they claim the actual fruit will pull all the moisture from the soil, letting the plant/leaves brown and dry out, resulting in a very flavorful concentrated tomato-tasting tomato. It was interesting, and I've actually experienced this first hand when letting one of my old HUGE plants die slowly. Once I stopped watering it, the plant turned brown (looked dead) but kept producing fruit for quite a while. They were far redder and more flavorful than the tomatoes I'd been picking all season. Kind of interesting. I'm thinking of trying it this year with my one plant.

1 day ago
nothingswrong in Gardening

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Met up with the ladies tonight. Put together a pasta salad before I left (for the DOTM thread): rotini, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, peppers, black olives, shallots, spinach, basil, and cheese. Vinaigrette had all sorts of stuff in it... umm olive oil, RW vinegar, syrupy balsamic, oregano, garlic, dijon, honey, s+p. Made some extra for his lunch tomorrow.

He had it with panko parmesan chicken tenders and who knows what else, probably more carbs once I left.

For me, half a baked tater with sour cream and seasoned salt. Not feeling too fabulous tonight, hoping I just need some sleep.

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Looks great! The man is already asking for another. Maybe I'll try smoking the chicken this time, I think that would be fab.

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

http://www.marthastewart.com/907490/b...

I've been obsessed for months now. I think they're better after sitting, so I'll cook them and let them soak up the broth for a few hours in the fridge and eat them room temp. I love the leftovers too.

The man doesn't think they're anything special but one of my gfs came over for dinner and ate the whole bowl by herself (a lb of beans) so I know it's not just me.

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Old school PB and good quality preserves are the way to make a PB&J. Dinner of champs.

COLD VEGETABLE & PASTA/GRAIN SALAD! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2015)

Made the man's favorite pasta salad. He likes it cold for lunch.

Rotini, raw spinach, artichoke hearts, yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, black olives, thinly sliced shallots, mozz and parm, fresh basil from the porch. Tossed in a tangy dressing of olive oil, RW vinegar, balsamic syrup, honey, garlic, oregano, dijon mustard, s+p.

I try to make double so he can have it for 2 days but he always eats it in one sitting, no matter how much I make.

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Ha! That doesn't make me feel any better. Your stories about his steaks are cringe-worthy.

May 20, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

The man put in a request for brownies with peanut butter frosting yesterday. Somehow managed to put them together while prepping a big dinner. As he ate his brownie, he kept groaning and mumbling "You're the best." Don't know if he was talking to me or the brownie, as I was in the other room. PB + chocolate makes him insane.

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Sounds delicious. I'm so glad you're getting some goodies from the garden!

May 20, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking