#Garden Abundance

It’s a good thing we took a break this week because, by Friday, the refrigerator and countertops overflowed with zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, peppers, and carrots! Time to get to work. Normally, I try to spread it out over a few days, but I decided since I’m between writing projects that I’d take one dayContinue reading “#Garden Abundance”

CUKES & ZUCS – GARDEN MADNESS HAS BEGUN

  Suddenly, I’ve been thrown into overdrive in the kitchen attempting to preserve the produce starting to accumulate. The past two days found me dealing with the cucumber and zucchini madness happening right outside my door.   Yesterday, I decided I had enough cucumbers to do seven quarts of kosher dill pickles. Wrong. I hadContinue reading “CUKES & ZUCS – GARDEN MADNESS HAS BEGUN”

#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”

Garden Overflow Madness

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The rest period is over for gardening here in western Pennsylvania. First, we had a very long winter. Then we went to hot and humid for a week. Now for at least two weeks, the weather pattern is stuck over us with showers nearly every day. It feels as if I’mContinue reading “Garden Overflow Madness”

Garden Loves June

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We shelled peas on Saturday night. Then I blanched them for two minutes before putting away in nine freezer bags. I love those peas on a cold winter night. We’re not halfway through the pea season. Last year, our peas didn’t produce very well. My husband believes he put mushroom manureContinue reading “Garden Loves June”

In the Raw: The Present Moment Cafe

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I wasn’t sure what to expect when my daughter Anna told me she would be a “cook” at an all-raw restaurant. With fourteen years as a cook in a variety of restaurants, Anna knows her way around a kitchen. When she began working at The Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine,Continue reading “In the Raw: The Present Moment Cafe”

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”

Bread & Butter and Cheap Vinegar

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I’ve been canning off and on for the past thirty years, and it seems each time I put something up, I learn something new. The other night I canned seven jars of bread and butter pickles using a recipe in Ball’s Blue Book guide to preserving (page 49). They didn’t specifyContinue reading “Bread & Butter and Cheap Vinegar”

Zucchini Relish

By P.C. Zick @PCZick Anyone who gardens even a little bit knows the truth about zucchini. Once it starts putting off those beautiful blossoms, you need to be ready to do something with the bounty. We grill it, saute it with onions, shred it for bread, and thanks to a recipe I found two yearsContinue reading “Zucchini Relish”