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Try Tabouli Salad While Tomatoes Are In Season

It’s easy to get into a rut with food.  Even if you have a good background in cooking and hundreds of dishes in your repertoire it’s still easy to fall into preparing just the basic few things that you really like — or have gotten into the habit of fixing.

After reminding myself that the world has great things other than rice, whole wheat noodles and spaghetti, I’ve been trying to re-introduce some grains that I’ve not had for a while and try some new unfamiliar grains. I’ll pass along my findings to you in future posts.

Tabouli Salad – First introduction to bulgur ( bulgar)

The first time I ever tasted bulgur, a nutty-flavored wheat grain, was via a tabouli salad. The lady who lived next door to my parents was a fabulous cook. Her husband was in the service and she had been all over the world and had taken the opportunity to learn of wonderful foods and how to cook them.

That was many years ago, but it was love at first bite.

I got up this morning with the idea of making tabouli salad. I couldn’t find my recipe and to top that off, I didn’t have any plain bulgur.   I did have —–read more—-

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, & Onions - A Simple Salad

I was pressed for a vegetable for dinner the other night and decided to take the easy way and go for cut-up tomatoes and cucumbers and thinly sliced onions —-all from the garden  — with a little feta cheese crumbled in.  Drizzle with olive oil and a couple of splashes of white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste – then toss – and […]

Fresh Tomatoes Elevated to Gourmet Status

Also included: Why an organic gardener’s tomatoes are better and what Organic Gardening Magazine didn’t tell you about oils.

In spite of the drought and also getting a late start with tomatoes this year, we are enjoying an adequate but not abundant amount.

Recently we had special guests come for dinner. To start off with I used a cucumber and tomato as part of my appetizer dish and our guests just raved about the flavor of both. They told me the tomatoes and cucumbers  they had been getting from farm stands had absolutely no flavor and they had been unable to eat them.  They wanted to know why mine were so good. I feel sure the answer would be obvious to almost any organic gardener.

We’ve had severe drought which has effected even organic growers, but I’m sure it is much worse for conventional gardeners and farmers.  Their fields are bare ground. No organic matter to speak of to feed a plant. Chemicals are used to force the ground to produce something. And drought to top it off.  Is it any surprise that their vegetables are dry and have no taste?

As you can tell by the conversation with my guests, my tomatoes were already a hit to begin with, but I wanted to elevate them to gourmet status for the salad course of the meal.  The recipe I am going to give you is so simple and so easy that you probably won’t believe how delicious it is until you try it yourself.

A couple more comments about the ingredients —–read more—-

How Is Your Garden in This Drought?

My guess is if you’re a bare ground gardener you’re not doing well at all.  If you mulch I would imagine you’re still having some difficulties, although you’ve probably made it through a lot better than conventional gardeners.

Even if you’re set up to water, it’s not the same as rain to plants. I don’t water, but when I thought I was going to lose my cucumbers and squash for sure, I hauled several gallons of water to them (twice) to try to get them through.   Fortunately – we had just enough rain last week to help them make a recovery.

The picture below is what you see as you walk into my garden. The cucumber is growing into my asparagus.  Tomatoes are to the left and right. (Summer poinsettia at bottom left corner of picture reseeds in my garden every year.  It’s so lovely I would hate to pull it all up.) This was taken yesterday, July 21, 2010.

Here’s how the same cucumbers  have been —–read more—-

Cukes, Onions & Dill - Summertime Snacks & Meals

This is an easy and quick to fix dish that is good as a snack or with a meal or just before a meal.  I especially like to fix it when I’ve been out in the garden longer than anticipated, am so hungry, and dinner won’t be ready for two hours.

Enjoy it in the summer with everything fresh —–read more—-

Mulching Your Fruits, Vegetables, and Perennials


April 10

Some folks have told me they don’t have an understanding of how to mulch certain vegetable beds.  They reason that the newly emerged vegetables will be mashed by the mulch.

Using crops that are currently planted in my garden (or will be soon) as examples below, I’ve been more specific about just —–read more—-

Lettuce, Tomato and Cucumber in March!

Fresh Salad from the Inside Garden – in March!

You can’t do it all in a life time no matter how long you live and that makes having a friend who does it differently than you – all the more fun.

Our friend is an engineer by trade and he loves gardening. Its part of his nature to look for different ways to do things and he finds great joy in experimenting.

He and his wife enjoy a wonderful southern exposure in a home that he designed and built. Thus, he grows several vegetables inside in the winter with varying degrees of success. —–read more—-