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Re: 2014 What did you eat from your garden today?

Birds and squirrels damaging tomatoes. I have tons of both in ouryard and they only seem to bother the tomatoes during drought. So I would agree with you comment. Provide them with water.
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Picked a quart of snow peas so far. Steamed them for 2 minutes, then tossed them with sesame oil to get them crispy, then tossed with a little soy sauce. All told less than 5 minutes cooking and still very crunchy. Soooo sweet and tasty! Just the perfect first thing from the garden.

Cukes and tomatoes are going like mad right now. Beans are loading up with flowers. I think I am going to be buried in beans, about 2 weeks, then cukes, then tomatoes, then corn!
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Herbs, herbs, herbs! Tonight we had some quick grilled chicken that I smeared with s&p, tarragon, and Dijon mustard.

Tarragon and chicken are such a great match!

I miss my asparagus... I always do the first week.
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Strawberries are starting to come in. Finding some pecked by birds -- I think it's those sneaky catbirds. Picked what might be the last asparagus today -- didn't eat it but put it in the quart freezer bag with others for a meal later.
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Funny how similar catbirds are to mockingbirds. Yet we had a couple of catbirds two or three seasons ago, and they were so much more active and persistent in eating our fruit. The cat killed both of them, and sad to say, I wasn't sorry to see them go. The mockingbirds show just light interest, and I'm willing to share at that level.
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I made pesto with basil, walnuts, garlic greens, manchego cheese, and evoo! Kid picket bow tie pasta! Very tasty!

Tomorrow though....... :() :() :()
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Squash, zucchini, and scallions stir fried with a little sesame oil and soy sauce. Yum! During the day, I snacked on the last of the green beans and snow peas and the first of the cherry tomatoes.

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Feldon, this is random, but I think I bought the same yellow twine you did. It's holding up much better than the green stuff in the garden center did, I have to say.

I picked two early cherries today and gave them to the boyfriend because I already has a sun gold and early cherry a few days ago.

I'm jealous you guys all have peas already. I had to start mine kind of late so they're only 6-8" tall. :(

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Susan, if you have a morning sun location, you can keep bush beans growing much later into the heat of summer. I have five small beds under the edge of an oak canopy. Green beans, egg plant, peppers, and arugula do well there any time during the summer.
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Last night I had company over and served a big salad all from the garden! Lettuce, kale, lots of spinach which I am trying to use up since it is starting to bolt, celery, fresh picked peas!, chard (with the colorful stems chopped up into it), BROCCOLI! (first one) along with some of the broccoli leaves, and lots of herbs thrown in - lemon balm, dill, fennel, green and purple basil. That and some black bean burgers on the grill made dinner.
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Fresh strawberries and blue berries on homemade shortcake with homemade whipped cream. Yummy! Also had out of the garden squash, onions, garlic, tomatoes with dinner.

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hendi_alex wrote:Fresh strawberries and blue berries on homemade shortcake with homemade whipped cream. Yummy! Also had out of the garden squash, onions, garlic, tomatoes with dinner.
WOW! StrawBlueBerry Shortcake. Looks great
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Lunch was a salad with steamed cauliflower and broccoli shoots over rice.

Dinner (can't wait!) portabella mushroom cap (not from the garden) "burgers," currently marinating in olive oil and minced baby garlic, with bbq roasted turnips and baby carrots with rosemary and more garlic.

I have one tomato that as of yesterday, is showing its first blush of red! Still unsure when the biggest Green Sausage tomato will look ripe, but it's still extremely firm. Might pick it anyway, to slice for the burgers, because I'm impatient like that. :hehe:
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When green sausage gets ripe, it turns very very yellow. The stripes stay green! They stay pretty firm. Very low water.
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You guys are killing me! I can finally start on my garden next month (moving soon).
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My garden was NOT productive this summer but I just made soup with cannelini beans from my mom's garden. Very delicious!

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This!!

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My son and his family are visiting from North Carolina. They really enjoy fresh veggies, so I was glad the garden gave us some produce for a great meal. Oddly enough, our daughter in law gave us a gift of Fried Green Tomato batter. So glad we were able to try it out.
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Lindsaylew82 wrote:When green sausage gets ripe, it turns very very yellow. The stripes stay green! They stay pretty firm. Very low water.
I was so close! But I decided to wait based on your advice. Sliced up an un-identified store-bought organic heirloom instead.

tick tock....
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Today, I got 3 strawberries, and, the fledgling birds and their parents moved out, leaving me a lone raspberry in payment of rent for the ledge where they nested. Harvested some kale and chard to sautee for greens with dinner.
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They look like this when they're ripe! My husband's absolute favorite!!! :()
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Did you get your green sausage yet?! We had our second one. Both grainy...meh.

Kid said she wanted green beans for supper tonight while we were on the way home from work. She's in luck!! I went out thinking there were enough to give her, and ended up with her little shirt full of them! First time she got to pick anything! She thought it was great fun! She liked breaking them up too! We got enough for a side dish tonight and for our lunches tomorrow!

We also picked about 10 good sized yellow squash. I sautéed them and had them with our beans, a few cherry tomatoes and some quinoa! It was yummy! And I had a great time sharing this experience with my daughter!
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First Green Sausage came off on the 8th. It was awesome too. Tart and meaty. Hubby liked it a lot. I want to make a cooked green salsa with tomatillos and then blend these in chopped and raw. They are also good on toast. But I haven't met a tomato yet that I won't put on toast. LOL

I picked 3 more in the last couple days. More are coming, but that first one teased me by being way ahead of the others. Here's how it looked when we ate it.
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I have a black plum but it's called brown berry. The first is ripening on the window!
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I ate nishime (Japanese vegetable stew) using the dasheen that I grew. I also had cucumber and tomato salad with my first cucumbers and cherry and beefsteak tomatoes from the garden. I have a zucchini in the frig, still thinking what I am going to do with it. I have pak choi, papaya and one fig waiting for me too.
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cucumber salad with some of our Japanese cucumbers.

Fried yellow squash, using our crook neck squash, with some shallots (not ours) and fried with some smoked jowl meat

and bacon/tomato sandwiches with some of our Better Boy and Big Beef tomatoes...real good...we let the tomatoes get really vine ripened and then after picking, put them in a closed container for a couple of days

not from my garden or anything, but also had some homemade Brioche, using a really good recipe for no knead brioche that i picked up from Cook's Country on PBS....great show....one of my favorite TV cooking shows... the brioche has to slowly "rise" in the icebox for about 24 hours, but the recipe is dead simple and really tastes buttery good

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We're currently harvesting snow peas and the broccoli is coming in as well. The summer squash are starting up too!

We just love when the fresh veggies start rolling in :)

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But I haven't met a tomato yet that I won't put on toast. LOL
I like to toast thick crusty bread in the oven with garlic infused evoo. And then I just rub a big messy tomato all over it.....

Mmmmmm... Now I'm hungry. Imma have to make some bread this weekend and save up my cherries.
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Your tomatoes look like gems on that plate, grrlgeek. So pretty!

We're just nibbling broccoli greens while we wait for the side shoots to get a little bigger. I could probably start eating some of my eggplant. There aren't a lot of good photos online to tell me how big the variety is supposed to get.

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sigh work day and then a lecture in the evening. I'm about to go from one to the other. I won't see my garden today, except I always go out on the deck before work in the AM and deadhead flowers and greet the day.

Generally what I'm eating from the garden is lettuce, kale, chard, broccoli, cabbage, celery, herbs. I have some tomatoes that are blushed and peppers that I could pick or let get bigger. I could start thinning carrots by eating the babies.
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Cola, thank you!

I read in your garden progress that you're growing Mangan eggplant? I almost picked that this year, but opted for Rosa Bianca and Lao Purple Stripe for my purples. I have never grown any eggplant successfully before so I studied hard all winter to do better this year. Size is less important when testing for readiness. As long as the skin still has a shiny appearance you should be fine, but once it gets dull, you've missed your window and they will start getting bitter.

Univ of IL Extension has this to say:
"Harvest eggplants when they are young. Size is not always an indication of maturity. To test, hold the eggplant in your palm and gently press it with your thumb. If the flesh presses in but bounces back, it is ready for harvesting. If the flesh is hard and does not give, the eggplant is immature and too young to harvest. If the thumb indentation remains, the eggplant to over mature and may be completely brown inside and bitter with large tough seeds."
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The Japanese varieties are exceptionally sensitive and perishable. You can maintain freshness longer by rapid cooling to 50°F immediately after harvest. Also - don't put them in the fridge, but if you do, don't let them sit in there more than a couple days.

" Eggplant fruit are chilling sensitive at temperatures below 10°C (50°F). At 5°C (41°F) chilling injury will occur in 6-8 days." . - https://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/pfvegetable/Eggplant/

I pulled my first Casper and Lao White eggplants just a little while ago. I am so excited. Trying to decide what to make out of them! The purples have only just set fruit this week so that's going to be a long wait for me.

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I like to toast thick crusty bread in the oven with garlic infused evoo. And then I just rub a big messy tomato all over it.....

Mmmmmm... Now I'm hungry. Imma have to make some bread this weekend and save up my cherries.
Yum back at ya! I will expand my toast horizons and make that as the side dish for whatever I make out of my eggplants!
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Green beans and squash again tonight! Also my first zucchini and a few sungolds!
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Just finished drying out most of my shallots. Sliced a couple of the big ones and caramelized them in one skillet with olive oil and butter. Added sliced yellow crook necks and stirred. Meanwhile in another skillet, sliced okra with lemon thyme was also frying in olive oil and butter. Added a little salt and pepper to both and yum. No I didn't bread the okra. Went great with fried chicken. Would have put a smiley face thing here but couldn't find one that was licking it's lips.

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We had a nice salad last night 4 different kinds of lettuce and I pulled a few carrots.

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Ohio Tiller wrote:We had a nice salad last night 4 different kinds of lettuce and I pulled a few carrots.
Hard to beat fresh lettuce, and variety would be an added attraction. Wish I could ship you a few of my cherry tomatoes to add to your salad.
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Fresh from the garden squash blossom petals and nasturtium leaves in a sandwich with leftover thinly sliced cold steak. 8)
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I can see how those nasturtium leaves would pair well with steak! Mine tasted strongly of horseradish!
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Yep. My nasturtiums are still small -- no flowers yet -- so it took three leaves for this sandwich made with Italian bread slices, but soon they will be big and round and just the right size for hamburgers, along with big beefsteak size tomato slices that are bigger than the hamburger patty. Can't wait! :()
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Mmmmm... :() I'm DEFINITELY ready for a big juicy tomato!
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This is about half of what we have in the fridge, on the table, generally being ready to eat or to process. Has been a great garden so far, especially since projects have kept me from attending the garden as I would like.

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hendi_alex wrote:This is about half of what we have in the fridge, on the table, generally being ready to eat or to process. Has been a great garden so far, especially since projects have kept me from attending the garden as I would like.
Looks great hendi_alex. Amazing what Mother Nature can do, but I'm still giving you a lot of credit.
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