Dinner and a Lot of Work

Between thunder and lightening storms with lots of wind and torrential rain I tried to get a lot done inside. I got a lot more of the house organized, cleaned, etc. and then made a FREE dinner (well almost). I had a bunch of stuff from my garden and my mom and step-father’s garden. I was trying to figure out what to do with them for dinner and it came to me… a frittata 🙂

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This one I made by sautéing onions from my garden with peppers from mom’s garden in a large cast iron skillet. Then I added in some garlic (free still because my mom shared some she had excess of). Then I added in squash and zucchini from mom’s garden and kale from my garden. Sautéed this till it was all tender. Then I added 18 scrambled eggs from our chickens and seasoned it with salt and pepper. Then I put goat cheese I had left over from another meal on top and it went into a 375* oven for 20 minutes until the eggs were set. I served it with a few spring onions and tomatoes from the garden on top. Delicious 🙂

This is before I added the spring onions or tomatoes I kind of forgot to get a picture of that... silly me ;)

This is before I added the spring onions or tomatoes I kind of forgot to get a picture of that… silly me 😉

In the mean time I put some peanut oil in a deep cast iron skillet and cut up two green tomatoes I had fairly thin. Then I coated them in a rice flour/ corn meal mixture I seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder (these things I always have on hand, but yes the only other things I had that were store “bought”) I let them sit while the oil got hot (about 350*) and then fried them till they started to brown about 2-3 at a time so the oil will stay hot enough. I turned them a couple times so they would brown evenly. Once fried I put them on a plate lined with a paper towel and then sprinkled them with a little extra sea salt.

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This meal came out great and hubby was surprised he enjoyed it so very much. He is usually a meat and potatoes guy 😉 You can make the frittata with any garden vegetables you have on hand and can add meat like ham or bacon (those would be delicious). You can also use a variety of cheeses. I hope you can make your own summer frittata and enjoy a little taste of summer in your home 🙂

 

 

Adventures in preserving food…

What a nice weather weekend…Gerber

I got a lot done including some canning… today it was ketchup. A couple of weekends ago it was yellow tomato salsa…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have already given a couple of jars away to family who have been visiting and wanted to raid my stash… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have also been making batches of tomato sauce to freeze. I start with a bunch of tomatoes’ washed…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then cooked with all sorts of yummy seasoning and veggies…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then pure it till smooth, put it in freezer containers, and into the downstairs freezer for the winter 🙂 I also canned some tomatoes diced and whole for my stash 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I am hoping this year I have enough to last all winter… I hate taking out the last jar too early 😦 In the garden, I still have tomatoes, peppers, and a few green beans growing, so I hope to keep stocking my freezer and caning shelves 🙂

Garden Goodies

My garden is in full bloom right now. I planted a little later then others in my area so as their gardens are dying, mine is still giving me lots of good stuff 🙂 This is what I have gotten so far this week…Garden goodies

I have already canned 17 pints of diced tomatoes, three of cherry tomatoes, 15 jars of yellow tomato salsa, and frozen quite a few quarts of tomato sauce made from our tomatoes, onions, peppers, etc. I also have baked some more gluten free bread for myself…Bread

It is a simple recipe and my bread maker makes things so much easier 🙂 It also makes the bread taste better when you make it yourself. And the lovely aroma in the house of fresh baked bread can not be beat 🙂 It makes you just relax and take a deep breath…. yummmmmm 🙂

Great Neighbors

It’s great to have neighbors like we have… you can depend on them, trust them, and you can bless them if they let you… This evening I went over to visit one of our neighbors. I could see him out in his garden. He is in his 80’s and currently struggling with lymes disease among other things. He isn’t getting around as he used to so when I can spy him out from across our field I go see what I can do. I try to go over with a question or to ask to get an onion or something, but usually it’s a way I can go over to talk to him and help out now.kims phone pictures 349Tonight he was going to pick tomatoes for his wife to can… so an hour later we had pulled up potatoes, onions, picked tomatoes of all kinds, and picked blackberries. As a reward I got a bucket full of potatoes, onions, topped with tomatoes, and a basket of blackberries. It wasn’t what I went for, only to help as I knew he couldn’t get down to get the low stuff and he had been complaining his hands aren’t working lately. So despite me going over to give, not take… I got a gift… outside of the food… I got a memory of time with my neighbor and the knowledge that it made a difference to him. That is a true blessing 🙂