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Garden update

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Today I thought I’d give you a brief update on the garden. Above are the beets I transplanted last week. They are among the few things that have taken well to the garden. The various cabbage and cauliflower seedlings I planted have been walloped by the bugs.  Seeing these tattered leaves is very humbling.  It gives me a whole new appreciation for the challenges organic farmers face, and crop losses they must endure.  It’s evident why organic is more expensive!  I certainly don’t begrudge them their prices after seeing my poor results. Continue reading Garden update

Zucchini quinoa cakes

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After making zucchini fritters I had some leftover grated zucchini.  I also had some leftover cooked quinoa in the fridge.  I don’t love quinoa, but I’m trying to work on our relationship as I know it is a worthy staple.  Inexpensive, fast, easy and nutritious.  Gotta love that.  Just not the taste and texture so much.  But I thought I’d give it a second (er, twelfth?) chance as a supporting character and with a twice-cooked approach to alter the texture.  Big improvement.  Continue reading Zucchini quinoa cakes

Zucchini rice cakes

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Two events coincided to provide the opportunity for me to create this recipe.  Being two and a half weeks into my $200 grocery month challenge (see a future post on this), I’m digging deep into the freezer these days.  Recently my hunt yielded a bag of frozen, cooked rice.  Couple that with the fact that my miracle zucchini plant is still producing more than 5 medium to large zucchinis each week, and you get zucchini rice cakes!  Continue reading Zucchini rice cakes

Zucchini soup two ways. And a confessional

 

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We are deep into zucchini season now, and my monster is still pumping out 3-5 lbs of fruit a week.  At last count we had 24 pounds stashed in the freezer.  As nice as it is to have an enormous supply of garden fresh vegetables ready to cook into something delicious, I find it even more helpful to have my freezer stocked with meals I have already prepared. Continue reading Zucchini soup two ways. And a confessional

Roasted tomato sauce – Take I

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This recipe is adapted from several I found in The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook and The Earthbound Cook but simplifies the techniques they use.  My version yields the benefits of cooking the tomatoes in a two-step-process (i.e., roasting and simmering) just as some of the cookbook versions do, but avoids the tedious steps the originals use to remove the tomato skins.  Continue reading Roasted tomato sauce – Take I