GARDENING BY DEFAULT – TOMATOES, PEPPERS, AND PRAYING MANTIS

I’ve written several tons about my husband’s gardening abilities and prowess. But this year, we’ve had to readjust because of the major transition in our lives. We’re still one foot in Pittsburgh and heart and soul in the Smoky Mountains. He knew this year’s gardening would be non-existent, but still he refused to give up completely.Continue reading “GARDENING BY DEFAULT – TOMATOES, PEPPERS, AND PRAYING MANTIS”

Where Did Summer Go?

I haven’t forgotten you, Living Lightly blog. In fact, I think of you often, and then something comes along to interrupt so I don’t end up writing the post. I’m sorry. Now that I’ve apologized, it’s time to move on–right into autumn. Now that I think about it, I know exactly where summer went. ItContinue reading “Where Did Summer Go?”

#Gardening and #Raspberries

We’re getting a steady influx of vegetables these days, but nothing much to preserve yet. There are a few tomatoes ripening on the kitchen windowsill. Last night I grilled zucchini and green peppers. Cucumbers are trickling in, but not enough to turn into pickles and relish. Usually this waiting period occurs in late June, butContinue reading “#Gardening and #Raspberries”

Bread & Sauce

Sunday afternoon fun. I raided the freezer and found a bag of shredded zucchini and a bag of fresh-frozen tomatoes. Baking bread and cooking sauce smells soon permeated the airwaves of our house. Eating it wasn’t so bad either.             Recipes from From Seed to Table: Walnut Date Zucchini BreadContinue reading “Bread & Sauce”

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?”

To Everything There is a season

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 By Patricia Zick @PCZick And so it is with gardening. The winter season of gardening is a time of planning, considering, and enjoying the bounty of the previous seasons. Almost every night we’re eating something from the freezerContinue reading “To Everything There is a season”

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”

Garden Art

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Vegetables are works of art as well as sustenance. Last year, we had an abundance of cayenne peppers so I decided they would become a decoration in the kitchen. I strung them up and hung them in front of a cupboard with some of my favorites dishes. When I need aContinue reading “Garden Art”

Grilled Pizza

By Patricia Zick @PCZick This recipe is one I’ve been perfecting over the past several years, and best made with the freshest of tomatoes from the garden. Pizza is personal. I’m giving you the way I make it, but you may find other toppings you like better. Just like with pie, it all starts withContinue reading “Grilled Pizza”

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”