Friday Recipe Exchange: Garden Harvest

jeffrey w stuffed anaheim peppers

From our Food Goddess, TaMara:

We are raiding JeffreyW’s garden this week. He’s been busy in the garden this summer and coming up with some terrific meals, so I thought it would be the perfect topic for tonight’s recipe exchange.

Let’s start with his Stuffed Anaheim Peppers, pictured above and recipe here.

He made another batch of Homemade Sauerkraut, instructions here.

jeffrey w cherry tomato crate

Got tomatoes? JeffreyW does and he’s making me jealous.

Fresh Salsas for those tomatoes, here and here.

And this photo of one of JeffreyW’s homemade pizzas with his fresh cherry tomatoes will make your mouth water.

Too Hot to Cook? I have slow-cooker Polynesian Ribs and complete dinner menu here.

What’s your recipe for fun this weekend? Cooking anything special? Share your harvest recipes (or any other recipes) in the comments. Would love to hear if you’re canning or freezing your summer bounty.

There are two featured recipes tonight, both taking advantage of fresh from the garden veggies. They are simple and quick to make, so you can get back outside to take advantage of the quickly diminishing summer days.

Pasta w/Fresh Basil
10 oz bow-tie pasta
3 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch basil (1 loose cup)
2 tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup grated parmesan

Cook pasta in saucepan according to package directions. Drain well. In saucepan, heat oil, basil, tomatoes and sauté for 1 minute, add pasta and toss with cheese. Serve immediately.

Collard Greens w/ Bacon
4 slices bacon
6 green onions, chopped
1 bunch collard greens (or spinach)
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey
salt & pepper to taste
skillet, saucepan, steamer

Wash collard greens. In skillet, cook bacon till crisp, remove, cool and crumble. In bacon drippings, sauté onions, remove. In saucepan, place steamer and enough water to come to the bottom of the steamer, add greens and steam until tender. Mix honey & vinegar, and a little of the bacon drippings if you like. Toss all ingredients together and serve.

If you’d like to see how I’m going to be spending my final weeks of summer, click here. That’s all for this week’s exchange, next Friday we’ll take advantage of the abundant peaches from Palisades, Colorado. – TaMara

39 replies
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    NotMax says:

    Have been working on a recipe which I’m going to try out on people very soon. As an homage to the Showtime series, it is called Penne Redful.

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    raven says:

    Unfried chile relleno’s!

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    Next week will be going to SF. I wonder whether a BJ meetup is possible? This weekend will probably make Tandoori Chicken on the grill, roast some veggies and make Punhe‘.

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    @jeffreyw: How is the nawty kitteh? Bitsy and the other crew?

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    raven says:

    @jeffreyw: Usin a different photo program huh?

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    jeffreyw says:

    Homer is now garage cat. Mrs J keeps her bird seed in there and it is home to a squadron of mice. This arrangement has meant quiet evenings for the last week or so with no fur flying. He comes and goes during the daytime but is locked in the garage at night. It’s a pretty good sized building – 30’x60′.

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    @jeffreyw: Oh noes, he has been banished. Is this a temporary measure?

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    jeffreyw says:

    @raven: You mean photo hosting? I like Imgur better than Flickr for casual use, not as much cruft.

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    raven says:

    @jeffreyw: Yea. What’s cruft?
    eta the google is my friend

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    jeffreyw says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Not sure, but the enmity between Homer and Toby was getting out of hand and scaring the dogs.

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    @jeffreyw: They both want to be the alpha male?

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    jeffreyw says:

    @raven: Flickr has made some moves to make their pages more about the picture, they have reduced a lot of distractions. Imgur goes the extra mile, providing clean URLs to the images with just a right click and copy.

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    raven says:

    @jeffreyw: I’ve gotten so used to flickr I proly will stick with it. It’s funny but with some browsers it’s easy to generate a blind url and with others (FF) you can’t. I had a problem with a picture of tomatoes I took. I posted it on facebook and people love it. My bride said she wanted a print and it took forever to figure out I had to order an11x17 to get the entire pic in without cropping.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: I can’t say for sure, but I think when Ginger came Toby just got tired of Homer picking on him. Ginger and Tobe get along very well, they play hard and squawk some but it’s all in fun. I think Toby would hurt Homer if he could.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @raven: I tend to use Flickr as the host of record, I post full res there. I use Imgur for posting links at Reddit and I always resize them before I post there – usually 1600×1060. That’s still pretty big for a smart phone screen but most mobile platforms can reduce images small enough to see without a lot of scrolling.

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    raven says:

    @jeffreyw: got it

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    ruemara says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: I can do something, probably on the weekend. if you’re up to it, let us all know.

    I spent the day talking down my DP/Editor, massaging my boss into approving things and I probably will be working all weekend because our product launch is delayed due to last minute artistic choices. I think I may make my apple spice cake with blue cheese crumbles. It’s weird, but delicious in that sharp cheese with apples way. And my apartment has a backed up water main. I just ate cold tofu, seaweed chips and 2 cucumbers. Promises to be an interesting weekend.

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    @ruemara: Thanks, I will keep you posted!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Heh, I just learned about cruft a couple of days ago. Great word, innit?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Someone gave me some goat cheese earlier in the week so I’m making everything I can think of with goat cheese in the recipe. Right now I have in the oven prosciutto wrapped asparagus with beer, sea salt and goat cheese.

    Yesterday I baked sesame crackers in olive oil then topped them with goat cheese, cucumber slices and cracked pepper.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Is cruft going to be like kale – suddenly we will be hearing about it everywhere, all the time?

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @WaterGirl: I am not sure that cruft is edible. OTOH, I have that same doubt about kale. Never mind.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @WaterGirl: I Goggled it. Cruft seems to have several meanings. The one thing in common is the implication of garbage.

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    KG says:

    Don’t know if anyone was watching the USA basketball scrimmage, but Paul George just had probably the second worst injury I’ve ever seen… Only Kevin Ware a couple years ago was worse. His foot got caught under the base of the hoop when landing trying to block a fast break

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @KG: You didn’t see the Theisman?

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    KG says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): too young to have seen it live, seen clips though. Ware and George were both landing vs Theisman getting twisted up. And with aware you could see bone. Tonight wasn’t quite that bad, but I’ve already looked away when they’ve shown the replay

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): I did on the tv machine, horrid.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: I cannot watch it. I had an ankle pop three times while being tackled in a rugby game. And then the pain came.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): I was watching the game when it happened.

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    nancydarling says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Try baby kale in your salads. I recently took a cooking class in which we made caesar salad with kale instead of romaine. It was delicious. There is a world of difference in homemade caesar salad dressing and the bottled kind.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @nancydarling: I don’t want to kill babies. Although, I do like veal and lamb. Golly. This is complicated.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @KG: The twitter machine is telling me there are suggestions the basket stanchions were closer to the baseline than normal NBA versions.

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    KG says:

    @Hill Dweller: yeah, it’s unique to Thomas & Mack in Vegas. But it’s a freak thing more than anything. UNLV plays all their games there with that set up. The. Mountain West and Pac12 have had conference tournaments there, they play the NBA summer league there. Someone on ESPN was saying it’s not much closer than maybe a foot.

    ETA: in fact the NBA had an all star game there a few years back, but decided that because of the location of the base, they couldn’t have a team there full time (translation: if you want a team Vegas, build a new arena)

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    I saw the game in which Theismann was injured. That was horrific, but I can’t resist passing on this possibly apocryphal anecdote: Supposedly, while they were waiting for the cart to take him off the field, Theismann, ever the gritty competitor, said, “I’ll be back.” To which Lawrence Taylor said: “Not tonight you won’t.”

    The other horrific-looking injury I remember from TV is some hockey game where a player got slashed across the throat by a skate and was spurting blood on the ice.

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    raven says:

    @Steeplejack: I fractured my right leg into 18 bone fragments when I fell out of an apple tree after 8th grade football practice. It was just like these leg injuries we are talking about except, somehow, it did no pierce the skin. It’s a lot easier to heal when you are a kid but broken bones are better than a blown joint.

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    OldDave says:

    @Steeplejack: “The other horrific-looking injury I remember from TV is some hockey game where a player got slashed across the throat by a skate and was spurting blood on the ice.”

    A couple of incidents come to mind – the most recent I know of is when the Florida Panthers played at Buffalo in 2008. The other incident – also in Buffalo – was in 1989 when Buffalo goalie Clint Malachuk suffered a similar injury.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): I’m just getting back to the thread this morning, and you made me laugh! I share your thoughts about kale.

    edited to remove the ? that had no business being in there when I am absolutely certain I typed an !.

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