Monday, August 13, 2012

Comfort food from the garden

With the weather feeling like fall and my kitchen counters full of produce from the garden I spent some serious time in the kitchen this evening and made one of the best meals I have had in a long time if I do say so myself. I thought I would share the menu and recipes.

Salad: Tomato, Cucumber & Feta Salad

This is the standard summer salad in our house because we always have a tons of tomatoes and cukes that we need to use. For this salad I always just taste test as I go and keep adding stuff until I get the taste I want.

Tomatoes- I use whatever I have...large ones cut into chucks, small ones cut in half
Cucumbers- Usually just one or two of the ones with the small seeds such as the Persian or Armenian ones
fresh mint cuts into ribbons
fresh chives cut
sheep's milk feta to taste
red wine vinegar or champagne vinegar to taste
E.V.O.O to taste
salt and pepper
*Sometimes I will add an avocado or red onion instead of the chives, or croutons if I want it more of a bread salad.

Chunky Veggie Lentil Soup:

2 TBSP. of olive oil
1 onion cut into thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 cup of green lentils
4 carrots thinly sliced
2 celery stalks chopped
1 qt. of veggie stock
2 cups of water
1/2 small head of cabbage thinly sliced
4-5 swiss chard leaves thinly sliced
salt and pepper

Cook onion and garlic in olive oil until soft and then add the lentils and coat the lentils with the oil and onions. Add the stock and the water and then the celery, the carrots and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and let simmer for 25-30 minutes covered. Once the veggies and lentils are soft enough to eat add the cabbage and the swiss chard and cook until they are soft, about 7-8 minutes. Adjust the salt and pepper to your liking.

Potato-Crusted Swiss Chard and Tomato Quiche:

The basics for the recipe are from the cookbook Simply in Season, which I LOVE!! I make the potato crust often since it is a gluten free option and use whatever veggies and cheese that I have in the house.

3 cups of Grated potatoes
3 TBSP. oil
salt and pepper

Grate the potatoes and then toss with the oil salt and pepper. Cook at 425 degrees for 20 minutes until starting to brown and then pull out of the oven and cool it a bit.


3 Eggs
1 cup of evaporated milk
Veggies and cheese
Salt and Pepper

For this quiche I sauted some onions from the garden and then tossed in the swiss chard stems and sauteed both until they were soft. I added the swill chard leaves which I sliced thin and cooked until the leaves were just wilted. Set aside and let cool a bit.

Beat the eggs and then mix in the evaporated milk a pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Once the veggies have cooled a bit add those and some shredded cheese and gently pour into the potato crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes and then turn the temperature down to 350 and cook for another 25-30 minutes until the eggs are browned on top and set in the middle.Pull and let set up for about 15-20 minutes.

I have made this with all types of veggies and types of cheeses and always tastes great so get creative!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I'M BACK!!!!!

Well, well, well... it has been ages since I have sat down and actually posted, even though it crosses my mind numerous times every week and I am just too damn tired to actually do it! SO, now that the garden is in full swing, the produce is rolling in and the canning projects are beginning I thought it would be a good time to return. The last two years have been a whirlwind, I can't believe that a graduate program was started and completed and now I am moving on to the next phase of career. I have somehow stayed somewhat sane in this process-doing this with kiddos is a whole different game-although my joy for cooking disappeared and trying to read any book right now makes me sick to my stomach! But I did it and now I am once again feeling as though I can enjoy the things that I love. My canning list is longer than it has even been and I can't wait to try some new jams and pickling recipes as well as share some amazing recipes and house and sewing projects. August is going to be a very busy month for me as I finalize my thesis for an online journal, finalize my syllabuses for classes I will be teaching starting this fall semester, get the kiddos off to school, sew thank you projects for some amazing people and get our house and garden ready for our neighborhood's historic home and garden tour. I hope to have plenty of recipes, pictures and stories to share. So stay tuned...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekly Menu

Sunday: Veggie Lasagna & salad

Monday: ; Curry potato and veggie wraps

Tuesday: left-over lasagna & spinach salad

Wednesday: Tomato soup, grilled cheese

Thursday: Greek rice pilaf

Friday: left-over pilaf w/salad
Saturday: Potato kale soup, & arugula salad w/roasted beets & pumpkin vinaigrette

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Weekly Menu

Sunday: Veggies left over from making stock w/egg noodles, steamed broccoli from the garden & fall salad

Monday: Spicy tomato soup

Tuesday: Swiss chard, mushroom, feta & dill fritatta & hummos & fresh veggies

Wednesday: Italian bean & squash soup, fresh bread & arugula salad

Thursday: left- over soup, small plates & arugula salad

Friday: Pizza & salad
Saturday: small plates, left over pizza & salad