Friday, April 22, 2011

A Little more Garden! + How to Cook what comes from it!

First off, you knew I had to post some pics of our ever growing garden! So here ya go!

On the right MORE RADISHES! And on the left you've got some Rutabaga's... Read below for how these turned out on my first attempt to cook them...

I'm so excited about this cabbage, I LOVE cabbage! My new favorite recipe is Cabbage Beef Soup Add Chili toppings to it.. It's amazing! (but it will give you the poots! so weekends are prolly the best time to make it ;) I got this Bierocks recipe from my Brother Russ it's also really good! But he showed me to use the cans of pizza dough! You just roll it out and cut it into squares!
I also like it sauteed with a little ham and butter! Or you can add link sausage instead of ham. I'm going to be trying

OKAY! So who wants some Squash? Because I'm going to have a TON of it soon... This was the biggest one when I took this picture last week, but now I've got about 20 this size and who know how many a bit smaller! PLUS, They are still getting blooms! So I've promised my mom some and I'll probably give some to a few of the older people in our neighborhood. (this is actual size btw, though it's bigger now because like I said, this is a picture from last week!)

Can anyone tell me what they see here? If you said a Green Bell Pepper, you are correct! This is our first one on these plants! It was so tiny! I put my finger with it so you can see just how tiny it was. It's now 3 times bigger, AND (!!!) It has 5 little siblings! Dustin has already planned Stuffed Peppers for these little ones. I don't have a link to that recipe, Sorry! He made it up! I do know it has 2 boxes of Mexican rice,1 can tomato sauce,1 can diced tomatoes,1 lb hamburger and cheese.. LOTS of Cheese! salt and pepper to taste. Start by browning your meat, While that is browning, wash and cut out the tops of your peppers (this recipe will make 6 large peppers but have 7 on hand) clean them out with a spoon. Then you blanch them. Put 6 them in the pan you'll be baking them in, and chop up the 7th adding it to your ground beef. Add both tomato cans mix well. Add about 1 cup of cheese mix again! Fill the peppers with your mixture, surrounding them with the extra rice mix and top it with cheese, bake at 350 until the cheese is toasty and eat.... YUM!

OK, so the other day I realized that while I have shown you everything we've been pulling out of the ground, maybe you'd like to know how we knew things were ready! SO, these... are ready! You can see they stick up over the ground so MOST of the time it's really easy to tell. But sometimes you get one that stays under ground, and it's not easy to tell in that case. BUT at least with radishes, you can brush away the top soil and look to see, not ready? Cover it back up and leave it for a few more days. The radishes out of everything in our garden have the fastest growing time. From seed to pick they were ready first.. Umm about 4 weeks? Maybe?

These are R.E.A.D.Y(for us I know some people like them darker red but.. not us)!! We picked them right after I took this picture! And BOY they were good! Dustin said he likes to eat them like an apple when they taste like this... And I have to admit, after my first slice I could have too!

This is Bob... Yes, Bob the Tomato Plant.. He loves me, I bought him from a little ol' lady in Blountstown. Every first Saturday of the month, they have a.. well I don't know really! You just go up there and set up a booth in the square! They have people selling all kinds of things, for puppies, to pickles! Tomatoes to, Furniture! All kinds of things. Anyway, back to "Bob"! He's a plum tomato plant, and as you can see, he's bloomin'! Still none ready.. :( but they will be soon!

........ I love them..... I had them at a church dinner for the first time and BOY they were awesome! So I decided to try to cook them.. It didn't come out so "awesome"... First off, (MISTAKE#1) I didn't know how they lady form church had cooked them, so I just guessed! I looked it up on google, and found one that started off right. Well,(MISTAKE #2) of course I didn't read it all the way before I started! And by the time I got to the end they were talking about adding pepper and I knew hers didn't have any of that, Hers were SWEET!... *sigh* so I left google to it's own, and started adding things on my own. That was MISTAKE #3! because I do NOT have a good sense of what will taste good with what. Needless to say.. I ate about 5 bites and the rest are in the trash.. :( So if anyone knows a GOOD way to cook them, let me know! I've got 2 more in the ground!