We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday's Harvest

Well this year the harvest of tomatoes and eggplant has been several weeks early. The tomatoes taste great. I have a tendency to pick the tomatoes early and let then ripen up further in the house. Otherwise the critters will get them, especially squirrels.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Frose Cocktail

The Frose was the hit new summer drink in NYC last year. Well I just got around to making it and it is a wonderful summer refreshment. I took liberties with the Bon Appetite recipe for Frose. After letting the strawberries sit in the hot sugar water for 30 minutes, I tossed the mixture in the blender with the lemon juice and blended. I added the frozen rose that I froze the day before in a 13 x 9 inch pan and whipped everything together for about 10-15 seconds. Poured the mixture into a ziplock freezer bag and tosed it back in the freezer. It freezes for a week. When we want a cocktail we can scoop it from the freezer bag and drink as is or whip it up for 5 seconds in the blender. Delicious.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Basil and Pesto

I harvested 8 cups of basil today and made pesto in my Cuisinart food processor. Some of you may have heard that Cuisinart recalled the chopping blade right before Christmas. It has taken about 6 months to receive my new blade and it worked well. I made 16 servings of pesto. We will use 2 tonight and the rest are freezing in packets in the fridge. I have at least 15 more basil plants to harvest and I hope to make more pesto to freeze.  I should end up with at least 40 servings of pesto to go on pasta. By the way, my garlic harvest has not been nearly as great as last year, which was a banner harvest. Such is gardening.

Friday, June 9, 2017

First Tomato and it Came Early

Below is the first tomato out of the garden. I have never had one this ripe  that could be harvested.
This is a sun gold which is a very small salad tomato. Usually I harvest these around the end of June if I am lucky. Also my garlic is probably going to be harvested early too. Our winter was not really that cold, and we only had a couple of snows which is unusual for southwest Ohio.. Thus, I am hoping my garlic has large heads. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Gardening Update

Well I have my tomatoes waiting more patiently than I am. They need to go into the ground, but the weather has been unseasonably cool. We do not have frost, but tomatoes need to have soil temps at least at 55, and we are at best close to 50. Hopefully by the end of next week I can plant them along with the eggplant.

Monday, May 8, 2017

King Arthur May Baking Challenge -Berry Blitz Torte

Yep it is time again for the monthly Baking Challenge from King Arthur. Although this torte may look difficult, it really is not. I made the filling yesterday and refrigerated it, along with the strawberries, Today I baked the cake. I had never seen a cake batter topped with a meringue batter before. It certainly looks delicious. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

If you are interested in the recipe go to King Arthur Flour by clicking here.

Any type of berry could be used for the filling. Also I did not use the whipped cream that was an optional suggestion to fold into the filling. I cannot imagine adding it, because the filling already tastes like vanilla pudding. Adding whipped cream in my opinion would be too much. The cake is a vanilla base with meringue baked on top of it. Almonds were also added  prior to baking.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

King Arthur April Baking Challenge - Chocolate Babka

This months Baking Challenge from King Arthur is Chocolate Babka. Some of you may remember the Seinfeld episode over the Babka and may wonder if it is really that great. At our house the answer is yes. When we used to travel to NYC  we would always go to Zabars for their Babka and would take home several loaves. I would even order it as Christmas gifts. I love the cinnamon version, but my husband likes chocolate. Well that is what he got today, because the the King Arthur Baking Challenge was Chocolate Babka. I did not include the walnuts because frankly the version we would buy from Zabars did not have that in their loaves. Otherwise I followed the recipe. If you are interested go to King Arthur for their Babka recipe by clicking here.
Hope you enjoy the photos. We certainly enjoyed the Babka this evening.