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Imagestormyla
Sep 30, 2010 5:31 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together

Folks I wandered into a great website of a local CSA, Blooming Glen Farm. Boy do they have some excellent veggie recipes to use of some of that fresh produce you all are harvesting!

http://www.bloomingglenfarm.com/recipe_search.php


Chelle, you are a much better gardener than me. My garden is always very good at letting me know that it's the one in charge!! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Imagechelle
Sep 30, 2010 5:31 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
stormyla wrote:
Folks I wandered into a great website of a local CSA, Blooming Glen Farm. Boy do they have some excellent veggie recipes to use of some of that fresh produce you all are harvesting!

http://www.bloomingglenfarm.com/recipe_search.php


That looks very interesting Stormy - thanks for sharing! (although it looks like I'd have to search out some of the ingredients....never heard of "ovoo". Confused )

stormyla wrote:
Chelle, you are a much better gardener than me. My garden is always very good at letting me know that it's the one in charge!! Hilarious! Hilarious!



My secret is mentioning the word herbicide Whistling whenever they want to play rough! Rolling on the floor laughing 'Bout that time though, Mother Nature whispers the words hard freeze in my ear and I'm all kinds of humble again! Hilarious!
Imagestormyla
Sep 30, 2010 5:31 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! Hilarious! Chelle, I don't know what ovoo is either. I will look it up later. It may be an acronym. I'll post what I find out. Praying for some rain here tonight. Big Grin


Hilarious! Hilarious! No herbicides around here either, but there is always the weed dragon! I lied, the poison Ivy gets the Round up. Blinking
Imagechelle
Sep 30, 2010 5:31 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Poison Ivy is dealt with harshly here as well, the rest are just empty threats....well....we do have a particularly obnoxious honeysuckle that just refuses to die. Arggh! Sticking tongue out

I keep thinking of getting a flame weeder. My luck though would be to catch the whole garden on fire. Did you see where I almost burned down my GH last winter? Whistling Hilarious!
Imagechelle
Sep 30, 2010 5:31 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oops.

The unknown ingredient was/is "evoo" - I had mistakenly written "ovoo". *Blush*
Imagechelle
Sep 30, 2010 5:31 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Well!

That just goes to show how often I read recipes! Not!

EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Hilarious!
Imagestormyla
Sep 30, 2010 5:31 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LOL I thought that might be it. Chelle, No I didn't read about your greenhouse. But i have learned not to let DSO anywhere near that Weed Dragon. The Rambo affect takes over. One year he set my mulch on fire and completely defoliated my Asters. Thumbs down
Weedwhacker
Sep 30, 2010 5:34 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
stormyla wrote:
Folks I wandered into a great website of a local CSA, Blooming Glen Farm. Boy do they have some excellent veggie recipes to use of some of that fresh produce you all are harvesting!

http://www.bloomingglenfarm.com/recipe_search.php



In the hope of being able to find this again, I moved it to its own thread... That hot pepper marmalade caught my eye -- I have lots of peppers that need to be picked before things freeze here !
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagechelle
Sep 30, 2010 7:22 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Stormy - Yup, that sounds like something I might do. Did your poor asters survive the burn?

Sandy - I never seem to find time for doing anything purposeful with the last of the peppers except to pickle them in a vinegar solution - then when the urge hits to have a salsa or a stir-fry I open up a jar.
We use these pickled peppers a lot with grilled onions and beer brats for yummy sandwiches too.
Weedwhacker
Sep 30, 2010 7:52 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Chelle, do you ever freeze your peppers? That's what I usually do with a bunch of mine, both hot and bell -- I cut them in strips, spread them out on a big cookie sheet and freeze them, then store them in plastic bags. Easy to just take out a handful and run the faucet over them to partially thaw, then chop up to use in whatever. Might be too soft for a fresh salsa, but works great for anything cooked.

Looks like I'll be doing this soon, as we have predictions of temps in the low 30's for Friday and Saturday nights. After that I'll just be hoping for a long stretch of decent weather to get things cleaned up in the garden!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagechelle
Sep 30, 2010 10:46 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Sandy -

I heard we have a chance of frost over the weekend too - not as cold as you're expecting but still a chance. Blah - too early. I'm getting the GH cleaned out and ready to move stuff into today. Guess I'll hold off on transplanting anything else outside for the remainder of the 2010 season. I'm glad I got a little done at least!

I've never frozen the peppers. I think because we mostly use them as *fresh* so I just blanch them a bit while hoping to keep them as firm as possible. Plus, our freezers are always packed already. Corn, green beans, frozen tomato sauces and juice, zucchini and freezer pickles live there. Big Grin I love those freezer pickles!!!! So easy and yummy......and nothing beats the tomato juice in the dead of winter! No better taste of summer as far as I'm concerned. Smiling

Imagestormyla
Sep 30, 2010 11:38 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sandy, thanks for this thread. I wasn't sure that it was appropriate for your other thread, but thought it was too good a link not to share.

Do you grow your peppers outside or in one of your hoop houses?
Weedwhacker
Sep 30, 2010 1:54 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Chelle, I'm still thinking about making some tomato juice but hadn't thought about freezing it, that sounds easier than canning (which is kind of what has been keeping me away from doing it, especially since the big burner on my stove is dead and I've had to haul everything to the garage to water-bath it on a propane burner.. a whole 'nother story). I've already done a bunch of roasted tomato sauce and frozen it, might do some more of that as well. I've done some freezer pickles in the past and they definitely are good (and easy) -- still have a bunch of cukes hanging around the kitchen, maybe I'll do a batch of those as well (you're quite the inspiration! Smiling )

Stormy, I have pepper plants both places, as well as tomato plants -- the ones in the hoop houses should keep going for a while yet. I have concluded, however, that it would be better to grow shorter, determinate varieties in the HH's -- everything seems to get a bit taller than usual, maybe from the somewhat filtered sunlight, added to the higher temps, and some of the plants got ridiculously tall.

BTW, please feel fee to start a new thread anytime you want to!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagestormyla
Sep 30, 2010 3:03 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Sandy!! I've been looking around for lots of good produce recipes and what not for my cubit and will be happy to share them with you.

You have a lot more produce growing than I do. We folks in suburbia just don't get to do the veggie gardening that some of you all do. But, we are always trying to eat healthier and that means lots of fresh produce.

Only my cherry & romas are still bearing fruit. I've roasted all of the larger tomatoes and still have about a dozen left to make tomato mozzarella salad with. This year I also blanched quite a few whole and froze them that way, as well as diced and froze many.

I was wondering if your peppers wouldn't keep longer in the hoop house. It sounds like those really are wonderful investments for you, but like anything else would involve some adjusting too.
Weedwhacker
Sep 30, 2010 3:44 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Yes, some adjusting is probably putting it mildly -- I have some photos on my camera that I need to put on my "hoophouse project" blog; talk about a beginner's mistake, I mixed my compost in with the dirt and then planted some lettuce, broccoli etc. for late stuff in the HH's, forgetting about all the tomato seedlings that always manage to sprout from the compost.... not a lost cause, but what a mess and more work than necessary to get all those tomatoes out of there! Hilarious!

That was just kind of dimwitted on my part, but learning when to plant and what will do well is another matter, but a very interesting project!! I really want a big greenhouse over my entire garden, house and yard, then I could grow all sorts of warm-climate stuff year around and the heating bills would be lower, too!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagestormyla
Sep 30, 2010 4:15 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LOL That would never work for me Sandy. I get hot flashes in 5 degree weather & have to go outside sleeveless for half an hour to cool off. Blinking

We had somebody in my cubit post a really neat photo of one of those Octagonal GH's but I can't find it right now. Have you ever seen one of them? It is supposed to be much more practical of a design.
Imagechelle
Sep 30, 2010 7:22 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I tried roasting some tomatoes in the oven last year. My first attempt. I wasn't all that keen on how they turned out - and they seemed to take forever! There must be something I'm missing. Blinking

Even after all the time spent fussing over them they didn't taste as good as the jarred stuff from the store - that's so backwards from the usual. The things we make from backyard produce almost always tastes better than store-bought. Confused

I actually got the GH all done! Hurray! Repaired the big burn holes, washed down the film and got all the clutter cleaned up and organized. It's ready! Whew, I'm always amazed when I get something done even one day ahead of time! Hilarious! This might have been done two days ahead of a pressing need! Big Grin
Imagestormyla
Sep 30, 2010 7:25 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Chele, Was it a heater that set it ablaze?
Imagechelle
Sep 30, 2010 7:58 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
It was an experiment that worked....and didn't work.

I don't heat the GH. So no, not the kind of heater you might be thinking of. Do you know of livestock water tank heaters? Well,
a few things happened (wrongly) together at the same time. Here's a link to what happened - with a really ugly pix of the (thankfully minor) damage. Rolling my eyes.
http://cubits.org/planthaven/thread/view/9059/

[Sorry Sandy - I'm OT again. *blushing* ]
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Imagestormyla
Sep 30, 2010 8:15 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Me too. *Blush* Thanks, Chele.

I find that the roasty sauce is very different and I use it differently. Rarely do I use it to sauce a whole pound of pasta or anything like that. More so it gets used on things like a specialty Ravioli dish or in something that I am sauteing. I also use it quite a bit under some food item, sort of a "flavor floor".

I make many dishes that sit on a bed of beans or greens and often will use the roasty sauce as the floor, or even as a warm dressing.

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