Saturday, July 27, 2013
It is such a treat to be able to go out in the garden & pick fresh vegetables to use for cooking. I love the summer for the Indiana tomatoes especially. Last summer we had a drought. This summer it is back to plenty. The squash & zucchini are rampant and ginormous! The tomatoes are everywhere & in every shade of red & orange you can imagine. We made a wonderful yellow squash casserole that I can't stop eating. Mom made a great crunchy pasta salad. Dad made a bulgar wheat salad with tomatoes & cucumbers. We also made potato salad with fresh dill, cucumbers & sweet onions in vinegar, & a summer tomatoe pie with bacon, cheese, & sweet onions in a pie shell-scrumptious!! The garden this year makes it easy to imagine being a vegetarian. The huge amout & size of the zucchini make me think that zucchini bread is in my future. As a chef I am so happy to have all kinds of edible garnish out there whenever I need it. There is oregano, green & purple basil, three kinds of sage, rosemary, parsely, dill, tarragon, wild lettuces, & mint. There is also lavender which I love to make syrups out of for any fresh fruit. It is just delicious & unique. So many variations and unlimited creativity just outside the back door. Wish it could always be summer in Indiana.