Category Archives: Gardening

Late summer harvest: Bean Mereville di Piemonte

This has not been my best gardening season here in South Jersey. The incredibly wet early summer followed by intense heat, and a terrible beetle invasion made it difficult to keep any of my vegetable plants going. InĀ  frustration at the beginning of August, I dug up all of my quickly-bolted lettuce greens and put in two varieties of Italian bush beans courtesy Seeds from Italy: a purple variety known as Purple King and a variegated yellow/purple dwarf French bean by the name Mereville di Piemonte. Both have grown like crazy all August and September and now I have an excess of both to harvest and enjoy before the first frost.

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Farro Salad with Figs and Balsamic Vinegar

Figs on the fig treeIt’s taken three years, but we have finally achieved figs here in South Jersey!

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More Ways With Fresh Tomatoes

Well, September is almost over and my summer garden is fading away. As such I’ve been using up and enjoying the last of my tomato harvest in as many different ways as possible. First was a nice and spicy vegetable soup from one of my favorite little cookbooks, Perfect Mexican. This was really satisfying and I made enough to enjoy for several days, almost all with local squash, potatoes and corn along with my own tomatoes.

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Quick and cool tomato salads for summer

This week I’ve been busy working the Salem County Fair, so I haven’t had my usual time for daily cooking. It’s also been so hot and humid outside, I’ve been craving cool summer salads and meals to enjoy – either packed up in my cooler to eat at the fair, or when I get home at the end of the evening and just want a light bite before bed.

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August = Kohlrabi Season

I didn’t know anything about Kohlrabi until I picked up a package of purple Kohlrabi seeds to plant this spring. Truthfully they just looked cool on the package, and I’m a sucker for anything purple.

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