July 19, 2008

Vegetable Frenzy

Things are rolling in from the garden and the weather is perfect for fast growth. I'm using all my tricks and pulling my cookbooks off the shelf in order to make the most of all this wonderful produce. Here is a BLT salad we took to a church function - made with turkey bacon of course. Gee it seems like I've written quite a few times lately about using turkey bacon! The package is finally gone so maybe I'll move on to another key ingredient now! Other vegetable dishes as of late: fried rice using our onions and chopped mustard greens; pasta primavera using our onions, green pepper, and baby zucchini; and tonight we're having our first roasted beets, yum! This is what we're trying for dinner with a little salmon on the side...
Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with Sherry Walnut Vinaigrette

This recipe is from the Whole Foods website and looks wonderful! (We ache for a Whole Foods here - there are NONE in Iowa - why??????!) I have Feta cheese instead of goat cheese, so we'll go with that tonight. Last year was the first time I had really played with beets at all and we ended up liking them a lot. Now I've learned that if you want to roast them, you leave the root on and one inch of the stem, then remove those after roasting, along with the skin, which slips right off at that point. I have a younger brother who has always been a fan of pickled beets and will eat a whole jar in one sitting, but that's one form of beet I can't handle. It's associated with a memory of a favorite great aunt, who once thought it was important to force me to eat them, and they just gagged me! A few years later I was in 3rd grade and having my tonsils out, and wouldn't you know it, the hospital dinner tray had pickled beets on it! I pulled a drama act and insisted that my mom take them off my tray and out of the room before I would eat my dinner. What a little twit huh?!

Photos from our garden this afternoon of what's in progress:

They're getting closer! Watching these things grow and mature is a thrill and a reminder of how great a Creator we have.

Well, this is all then.

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