Thursday, August 21, 2014

Garden Recipes!

By the end of this day I’m going to be a dishrag. The garden is past peak which means all the good stuff, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, basil and cucumbers, are waiting to be “dealt with.” And with autumn fast approaching I’d better hop to it. But before I do I’m going to lay down a few recipes for you. All using garden fresh produce. Sounds kinda fun, huh? Here we go.

Glazed Carrots

2 large carrots
Brown sugar

Clean carrots and cut into sticks or coins (some call them). Simmer with a little salt until tender and drain. Drop in a chunk (2 TBS.) of butter and an equal amount of brown sugar. Swirl in pan and get ready to fight off the kids and their dad who will try to snag a few before they’re in the bowl and on the table.

Garlic Tomato Salad

I don’t know what else to call this but it is so good for you and really really bad for vampires.

Cut two or three of your gorgeous tomatoes into chunks. Place in a bowl and salt them. Roll up three or four basil leaves and then chop them quick like an enraged Food Network chef. Add to tomatoes. Chop up as many whole garlic cloves as you like and add them to the tomatoes and basil. Now take some Italian dressing and generously add to the salad. Set in fridge to let flavors blend.

Before serving grate some Asiago cheese over the whole mess and eat it with a nice chewy Italian bread. You will be drinking the juice from this one. It’s sooo good. Just don’t expect any passionate hugs and kisses from anyone for a while. Especially if it’s someone named Vlad.

Hope you enjoy – I’m off to make pickles and can up some tomatoes.


  1. This sounds delicious. I may have to try this with some dried basil as I don't have fresh on hand.


    1. Dried works well. It can't always be summer, right?