2012 G.I.G. Gardeners' Gathering and Plant Swap

By Arlene Marshall (TwinLakesChef) on April 2, 2012

10th Annual Event . . . All are welcome. This is a great opportunity to share ideas with other gardeners . . . as well as plants.

Saturday, May 19th ,2012

At Nancy's home near Boone, Iowa

(C-mail TwinLakesChef for directions)

8:30 AM  There will be Coffee and Juice available for earlybirds.

10:30 AM  Brief Meeting to Discuss location for next year.

NOON  Potluck Lunch

Please post what side dish you wish to bring to go with the meat.

(Group Picture will follow lunch)

Door Prizes and Plant Swap will follow

Here is the article on the plant swap.  Go on in and reserve a post to list what you plan to bring and what you are looking for.  As time goes by, you can edit the post to keep track of what you have promised, all in  . . .one tidy little spot!


Those who are spending the night in Boone will meet up for dinner at the Gigglin’ Goat.


Several years back Nannybee had a “Tomato Tasting” dinner at her lovely home.   We were just 6 people who loved growing tomatoes.   We started by tasting each other’s tomatoes.  One person had brought tomato jam for each of us.  We had a tomato cake . . . interesting.


But, for us, the highlight of the meal was not about tomatoes.


For some years, my husband and I had noticed that we didn’t care for the way our steak was tasting.  I tried wet aging, dry aging, different cuts of meat.  Nancy had offered to cook steaks on her ceramic grill/smoker for the "Tomato Tasting Dinner".  Immediately, my mind started working overtime.

“OK.  I have these steaks that we recently tried.  We don't like them . . .we don't WANT them.  They come off the grill looking good but are not impressive on the taste buds.  Hmmmm . . . . I’ll offer to provide the steaks and see if Nancy can do any better with her ceramic grill.”

To make a long story short, those were the best steaks we had tasted in years.  There was nothing wrong with the meat . . . it was all about the method of grilling them. 

We drooled our way through the meal, savoring every bite of steak, nice grill marks, medium rare in the center, moist, tender, with just the right amount of smoke.  We salute Nancy and DH . . . grill meisters in their own right!

This May Nancy has graciously offered her home for the second year in a row for us to have our annual gardening meeting.  She will provide hamburgers and brats, cooked on her ceramic grill but has also offered to cook steaks, chicken, fish etc. if you wish to provide your own.  What a great opportunity to see what these grills can do!  But I must warn you . . . once you taste food cooked in this way . . . you’ll be saving your pennies to invest in a ceramic cooker.

 Join us May 19th for a fun event!

With the early Spring we are experiencing in Iowa, we look forward to good weather for this event.

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About Arlene Marshall
Iowans and gardeners from many surrounding states have been meeting each year in May since 2003. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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