This year will be remembered as the “Year of the Eggplant.” I don’t remember other years when crops have fared so poorly, but the eggplants held on to outshine them all. They may be blemished from getting battered about in storms, but they’ve still provided delicious meals throughout the summer. One of my favorite recipes
Farmers markets are often defined as places where local farmers can sell their agricultural products directly to consumers. But, like the term “farm-to-table,” the term “farmers market” has become so pervasive that its integrity has been compromised. Individuals must become discerning customers. It is important to know one’s market and the farmers who sell there.
This hasn’t been a great year for gardening, however, beans have produced in abundance. I have canned all that we will need this winter, so I’ve been looking at other ways to use the surplus. It has been a long time since I’ve made Three Bean Salad. In the past, I made it with commercially
Caprese salad is a very simple Italian salad made with slices of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil arranged on a plate and drizzled with olive oil. The ingredients are simple, but intense. The origin of Caprese salad is unknown, but it is definitely a discovery of the twentieth century. Some say it was the invention of
I always grow too much basil. I usually start my own seeds, but occasionally I will buy plants, especially if the basil is a unique variety. I’ve grown Greek basil, Genovese basil, Thai basil, lemon and lime basil, Holy basil, cinnamon basil, purple basil and spicy globe basil. Sometimes I get volunteer plants from the