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A FESTIVE VEGETATARIAN RICE GRATIN

If you have lots of fresh vegetables in the fridge, and some leftover cooked rice – this is a great healthy way to use up extra ingredients.  It would be even better with fresh basil – which I did not have, nonetheless it was mighty tasty.

2 cups cooked brown rice

4 Tblsp. Grape Seed Oil

1/2 of [...]

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THE GARDEN IS NOW OFFICIALLY FINISHED

Do you see these vegetables? I could not believe my eyes!  On October 31, 2011, I finally went out to the garden, as there was a wee bit of sunshine, after many days of rain.  I was surveying the garden, with the thought of putting the garden to rest for the winter.  This is what [...]

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GERMAN ROULADEN

Before I get into this lovely recipe, I just had to post a picture of these gorgeous Calendula Flowers…in October?  I have never seen that before!  Usually, they are long gone by early September…our weather this year has been so strange.  Although, I must say, I appreciate the pretty color….

Onto the recipe.  This is my [...]

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BRAISED MIXED GREENS

As of October 9th, all of the garden vegetables have been picked.  With an abundance of mixed greens, Chard, Collards, and Red Kale, I decided to make a mixed braised greens dish, (that was a mouthful!) which we had with our Thanksgiving dinner.  This is a great way to get the healthy benefits of all [...]

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WHAT THE GARDEN HAS TAUGHT ME THIS YEAR - 2011

Each year has brought it’s own unique learning experience in the garden. Everything we have learned about gardening has been trial and error…with lots of errors.  One of the biggest learning curves, is understanding how we are at the mercy of the weather and mother nature.  Here it is, early September, and we have been [...]

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SAVOURY ITALIAN CHICKEN STEW

I love seeing green and yellow beans, and zucchini from the garden!  As you can probably tell from my posts – they have been served every which way, in just about every meal we eat – we are loving it!

Check out this fresh pic:

I could not be more thrilled.  As I have mentioned before, this [...]

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MARINATED SUMMER VEGETABLE SALAD

These past few days we have all been about salads, in this house.  We actually had a two day heat wave…mercy…even here on the West Coast!!  I never did find out what the temperature was.  When you see flowers wilt on the West Coast, and they have already been watered…it is hot!

All the vegetables and [...]

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FRESH HEIRLOOM TOMATO BASIL SALAD

After going to the farmer’s market the other day, I could not wait to try these beautiful heirloom tomatoes.  This next picture makes me very happy:

I love taking pictures of fresh organic produce – probably more enjoyable for me than taking a picture of anything else.

First, came a simple tomato sandwich:

Mercy!  I was in heaven….total [...]

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SUMMER LOVE IN THE GARDEN

When we got back from our weekend getaway, it seemed the garden took off in a bloom of color and a growth spirt!  The first few days back home were crazy busy at work.  Meanwhile, the garden really needed tending too.  After three days, I finally got out there to pick fresh lettuce greens, beets, [...]

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FLOWERS IN THE GARDEN AND PROGRESS WITH MISS LILY

Looking at the flowers in the garden today, I could not resist taking a few photos.  I always forget what the name of this lovely flower is.  Commonly seen in many bouquets, this started as one single plant that has spread to an area of now close to three feet.  I love it when that [...]