Last of Summer.

Fall is officially starting in 10 days!!! And because it is my favorite season, this is exciting news.  So I figured while summer is officially still here, I’d post one last snippet of my garden. 
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Hard to believe we actually grew corn Smile
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My favorite meals this summer came from our garden.  It was really neat knowing that we planted these tiny plants when we first moved in and by the end of summer we had an overflowing garden!
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While eggplant is one of my favorite foods, I never realized how easy it is to cook!  Here I diced it up, and then sautéed it with some olive oil, adding some salt and pepper.  It came out really tender and a bit crunchy on the outside.
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Our favorite way to eat potatoes came from a recipe from this lady.  So easy yet so incredibly delicious!!  And the recipe includes Lowry’s seasoning which I am now in love with.
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And of course you can’t forget our friendly neighborhood cat, who hung out in our garden (literally) all summer long.
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One last exciting gift from our garden is that it grew baby pumpkins!!!  I was really hoping they’d turn out and they did Smile Now I’m all set for fall.  It was a lot of work and took up a ton of space in our tiny backyard, but it was definitely fun to do.  Will we do it again next year?  Check back with me in a few more seasons once I’m done obsessing over anything that smells like cinnamon and spice :)

From growing to eating.

    As summer is winding down and our garden continues to grow, I’m always pondering what to create.  I’ve taken many pictures of our bounty of veggies that I still need to share. 
    My favorite thing that we’ve grown… eggplant!  One of my favorite veggies.  The real trick is how to to prepare it and keep it interesting.  I personally think eggplant parmesan is the best way to enjoy the purple vegetable, but there are so many other fun varieties to try.
    Honestly, I was really surprised that our eggplant even grew at all.  It took a long time to get started and there was a ton of plant and not much vegetable action going on.  Slowly but surely, they started to show themselves.  I’m sure not many of you know this but there are thorns on their vines!  And the vine that connects the actual eggplant is so thick and sturdy that you have to twist it to get it off.  At least that’s what I do. I’m sure you could…cut it?  Oh, and they actually hang from the vines.  I always expected them to rest on the ground.  I just find watching things grow so fascinating!!
    This time around I decided to make a fresh eggplant salad.  Simply components and fresh food.
    You will need:
    • eggplant
    • olive oil
    • salt and pepper
    • roasted peppers ( I prefer in a jar)
    • tomato
    • fresh basil
    After slicing the eggplant really thin and drizzling with olive oil, Jay threw it on the grill.  I then layered pieces of tomato, roasted peppers and basil.  Both the tomatoes and the basil were also from the garden.  I drizzled a little more olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper and threw in some basil.062
    It was a pretty simple side dish so there wasn’t much measuring going on.  I went more with what I thought looked tasty.  And tasty it was!

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    Growing Garden.

    Last summer I visited different farm stands, stops, and markets in search for Jersey fresh produce.  My “Farm Fresh Friday” was a way for me to not only explore different areas and foods, but also to share what I found.
    In May, Jay and I moved to Philadelphia!  Of course I will share more photos and stories soon.  In the meantime we are still getting the house together.  During the first few weeks we slept in the dining room while we waited for our floors to be finished.  And while we didn’t anticipate having the opportunity to focus on other projects first, it was a fun chance to do some fun things to our home first. 
    Such as… start a garden!!  While growing up my Dad always had an epic garden in our backyard.  I remember picking green beans and popping them into my mouth.  There are also many vivid memories of carrying heaving zucchini across the yard to and into the kitchen for dinner. 
    The garden is growing and I love peeking out the door every morning to see its progress.  In the meantime, I have been buying plenty of produce.  I’m hoping that by mid July I will be buying less and growing more!
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    Last week I had my sister over for lunch and we enjoyed a very veggie filled meal!  I sautéed zucchini, onions, green beans, mushrooms and peppers.

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    Sautéed veggies —> lunch!  I served the peppers and onions with some Italian chicken sausage on a wheat roll and the rest of the veggies on the side.  Perfect nutritious and delicious lunch!

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    Aside from my growing garden, I have so much to share!  Especially the changes we’ve made and our beautiful kitchen!  As we make progress I will post photos and share with you.  Such an exciting time in our lives!!!
    Until next time Smile