Jersey Fresh Bounty
If any of you have ever grown cucumbers, you know that hidden amongst the leaves is a surprise bounty. Better yet is when they are twelve inches long like these burpless cukes! There’s nothing like a fresh cucumber right off the vine—no waxy skins, no rotting remains from preservatives.
I recall a dinner that Dapper G made for me when we were first married. When I looked at the plate: mashed potatoes, corn, and chicken, I said to him, “There’s no color on the plate!” Having come from a household where salt and pepper were the only “spices,” he had no idea what my gripe was. So I thought I’d try a yellow zucchini just to keep things balanced . . . and colorful.
Early in the spring I had been finding young corn plants throughout the yard, forgetting that Dapper G had feed corn left from hunting that the squirrels had been, well, squirreling away all over the yard. I replanted them with the Silver Queen corn that I had already planted—geez, I hope they don’t cross. I suppose we’ll be in for a big surprise come harvest time.
These are the first green peppers that I’ve ever grown to look this good. I could never figure out why they were so small—Dapper even went to one of the neighbors for wheelbarrows full of manure to beef up the soil, but we always ended up with tiny, undeveloped peppers. Gosh, these are so good-looking, I almost hate to put a knife to them!
Saute red onions in olive oil until translucent, add zucchini and saute with salt and pepper. Place a dollop of sour cream on top and serve!
Brandywine tomatoes are a large-fruited, pink heirloom tomato that growers boast about. It’s hard to believe that these tiny tomato blossoms are going to yield fruit up to 1.5 pounds!
With all the Mexican restaurants cropping up in the area, many of the markets are selling produce often used in Mexican dishes, like jalapeños. I’m looking forward to some homemade salsa by mid-July!
Growing your own vegetables is very rewarding. Minus all the pesticides and fertilizers, growing organically is safer too. Do you have a vegetable garden? Why not?
Daily Gratitude: the retirement party Dapper threw for me, electricity
Quote of the Day for YOU: I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse
© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012.
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