Eating my garden

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Eating my garden

Who has some fun recipes for the things growing in my garden?? Smile

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I'm absolutely no help. Last year we ate everything we planted pretty much as is (we didn't plant much since it was our first year). This year I'm not sure because I planted stuff I know I'm going to be the only one to eat. So I'll probably need to make some stuff to freeze so I'll be interested too. Specifically Summer Squash and Zucchini and things like that.

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I do...now to hunt up the time to hunt them up. Biggrin

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I guess I will be hunting Pinterest for fun recipes. So fun to eat something you grew.

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Here is my VERY favorite summer squash soup recipe. My kids have liked it since toddlerhood.

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, strings removed and chopped
1 1/2 pounds small yellow squash, chopped (or young zucchini)
1/4 pepper
3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional, for color)
1 tablespoon tahini (optional)

In a pan, heat the olive oil. Add onion and celery. Brown slightly while stirring. Add garlic and cook a minute or so. If your family like spicy stuff, add a seeded jalepeno with the garlic.

Slowly add vegetable or chicken broth. Dump in the remaining ingredients and cook until the squash is tender. Cool a bit. Blend in small batches. Return to pan and if necessary, reheat. Garnish with slivers of red bell pepper, parsley, green onion rounds, freshly ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, or with your choice of goodies. Great with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

Okay, NOW I want summer squash soup. lol

Bonita, hope this helps. I will bring more over the next few days. Biggrin And be sure to share those you find and like! (Robin, my teen, is going to write you up the recipe she uses for Greek salad.)

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Yay! Thank you.

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We ate our first squash from the garden today. I also bought some from the store to add to it. I cut up one squash and added it to my normal fried chicken and rice recipe. Then I made a squash casserole. I have to admit squash is not my favorite, but everyone ate it, even the girls.

I also got some more peas out of my garden today. They were SO good. We are just washing them and eating them plain. They are my favorite veggie by far. I am planning to do a second crop of them in the Fall.

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I got about 15 more peas this AM. So fun. I also had to stake my tomatoes because they have grown taller than the cages. I have several green tomatoes now. This is the fun part Smile

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I got about 15 more peas this AM. So fun. I also had to stake my tomatoes because they have grown taller than the cages. I have several green tomatoes now. This is the fun part Smile

YAY!!! I wish it would dry out here. We aren't having a wonderful start. Nothing wants to grow because the ground is too wet.

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Ha, I wish we could balance each other out. We have only had rain a few times in the last couple months. Only once that was a really good soaking.

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I love to use squash and zucchini in my pasta sauce. I just cut it up small and it makes the sauce chunkier.

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Bonita, I saw the cucumbers in your post...

Refrigerator cucumber pickles:

1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
shake or two of salt
several grinds of black pepper
thinly sliced cucumbers - don't peel them
1/4 thinly sliced onion
red pepper if you like hot pickles
1 to 2 cloves garlic

place peeled garlic cloves in the bottom of your container (bowl, jar, etc). Layer cucumber slices and onion slices. Add red pepper. Cover with water, vinegar and salt mixture. Top with freshly ground pepper. Let set overnight or longer. You can add more cucumbers when close to empty. I usually add a couple tablespoons more vinegar with the fresh cucs.

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Ooo, thank you.