Finally – the Garden Grows

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Robert worked outside from early morning until the light faded from the yard over the weekend. Each night, he came inside with hands covered in dirt and a bent back after hours of leaning. But the smile on his face told me the physical hardships did nothing to dampen the sheerContinue reading “Finally – the Garden Grows”

The Pasty – A Handful of Food with a Smattering of History

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I love foods with a history, especially a functional one. The Cornish pasty not only qualifies, it touches my life history as well. The pasty originates in Cornwall, England. The first mention of it in written history occurs in 1150 by Chretien de Troyes, who wrote Arthurian romances. The recipe migratedContinue reading “The Pasty – A Handful of Food with a Smattering of History”

Spring(?) Garden Update

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Spring sprung more than ten days ago, yet we’re stymied by cold temperatures. Seeds sprouted a month ago are now seedlings growing under lights in our family room. But I can tell they are yearning, as we are, for the warmer days and nights of spring, for the sunshine to heatContinue reading “Spring(?) Garden Update”

The Well-Traveled Tomato Seeds

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We recently flew to Florida for a working vacation. When I put my large suitcase on the scales, it weighed in at sixty-one pounds. “Either lighten the load or pay $90,” the airline agent said. My husband went for the zipper of my suitcase. He pulled out four ping-pong paddles. “WhyContinue reading “The Well-Traveled Tomato Seeds”

January Gardening?

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The seed catalogs appear in the mailbox daily now. Today we ordered seeds for broccoli, brussel sprouts, radishes (both red and the long white variety), lettuce, Swiss chard, parsley, basil, and flowers. However, the catalogs came a little late for onions. After consultation with Llewellyn’s 2013 Moon Sign Book, my husbandContinue reading “January Gardening?”

Salsa Heat

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Warning: This salsa is not for you mild salsa lovers. However, you can modify this recipe to fit your taste buds. This one won’t make you choke, but it might make your nose run and your eyes water – until you get used to the fiery heat. I use salsa inContinue reading “Salsa Heat”

Kitchen Love

By Patricia Zick @PCZick This past weekend we put up seven quarts of Italian sauce from our tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic and basil. See my post “The Tomato – Luscious and Delicious for the process and recipe. This is our third year for preserving the harvest from our garden. We’ve developed a rhythm for ourContinue reading “Kitchen Love”

The Tomato – Luscious and Delicious

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We’re eating tomatoes with every meal and still the windowsills in our home are filled with the beautiful red bounty of summer. The tomato is one of the most versatile of vegetables because it’s fantastic raw, but it’s also a wonder for turning into a myriad of sauces and dishes. AsContinue reading “The Tomato – Luscious and Delicious”

Zucchini Madness

By Patricia Zick @P.C. Zick It starts innocently enough. The beautiful blossom and then a medium-sized zucchini perfect for quartering and putting on the grill with other vegetables appears one day in the garden. A few more are on the vine the next day. Then one day (like yesterday), I go to the garden andContinue reading “Zucchini Madness”

Green Bean Salad

By P.C. Zick @PCZick The crisper is filling faster than we can eat the vegetables, but we don’t have quite enough yet to start preserving, although I think I’ll start grating  and freezing zucchini in two-cup portions to use in recipes for bread later today. We’re getting ready to go out on the boat thisContinue reading “Green Bean Salad”