Chiffonade. Not just for basil anymore!

I’m a big believer in slicing my herbs, not chopping them, especially soft herbs. Everyone gets all gung-ho to chiffonade basil, which by the way you don’t have to really roll into a super tight bundle. But nobody respects that parsley, et. all.  Just grab a handful in your “claw” hand and slice thin. With only one cut with a sharp knife you get more flavor, less leaching, nice presentation, and it last several days if you do extra.

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Easy dinner

Pork Tenderloin. Season. Sear. Roast at 350 on a rack. I do it in the toaster oven.

Asparagus. Trim. Boil. Saute in EVOO with S&P. Lemon.

Potatoes. Cut. Season. Sear. Toast at 425 for about 30 minutes.

Garnish with aged balsamic or sea salt if you want to.

Dinner. Done!

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Espaliered Fruit Trees Coming Along Nicely

My fruit trees were planted in Nov. of 2016 as one year old whips. They grew some the first year but have gone crazy this year. Some are challenging and not meeting my expectations. But all in all, they are doing great. A few are actually fully covering their section of wire. I’m anticipating getting a decent harvest next year… if I can figure out how to effectively net them.

 

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SSW facing wall: Grapes, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Moonglow Pear, Bartlett, Grapes
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SSW facing shed wall: Sour Cherry
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WSW facing shed wall: Sweet Cherry (planted spring 2018 – semi-dwarf)
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Grape trellis made from an old roofing ladder that came with our house. Four different varieties.

My first 100% garden salad

So the lettuce finally came in. So, not counting my cucumber panzanella, this is my first salad totally from the garden. (Except for the salami — my wife won’t let me get pigs… yet.) Salad, breakfast of champions.

Also, we’ve had torrential rain the last week or so. Many of my beautiful sungold toms have split even though I harvest daily. It happens. Don’t’ toss them. Make a salad or oven roast them and put them under oil. They’ll last months. More on that later.

 

 

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The sprouts are coming!

So, I can’t seem to get my brussels sprouts to grow well from seed. They germinate and then get all stringy and fall over or die. Three years in a row. And, I wanted to get them in the ground early. So, I didn’t wait for the local place where I love to get herbs etc.  Eagle Farms So I bought seedlings at Home Depot. (Gasp!) But they’ve been really good. I’ve Capt’n Jacked them weekly during pest season, but they have seemed to thrive in less sunny, less well drained bed. I just topped them on the 10th of Sept. (Because I’m writing this retroactively. But this pic was when I first noticed that they were really coming in on Aug. 20th.B.Sprouts

Back in the saddle!

I’ve been gone for a few years. Time has been tight with our second child in the picture. I’ve focused all my “extra” time on making the garden work. But I have been taking pictures all along. She’s 4 1/2 now and our oldest is 9 1/2. I’m going to try to go back and retroactively post my pics and do the same going forward. Probably not a lot of time for text but at least I’ll get back into it.

Bought a bass today ’cause I missed butchering.

Pan seared bass, poached potatoes, sauteed green beans and a blistered sungold tomato and basil sauce. Everything but the fish was from the garden!