Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What's for Dinner

garden salad
I'm always curious to read about what other bloggers do with their harvests, especially what sort of dishes they prepare. In the spirit of this, I thought I'd share a few goodies I've made using my recent harvests.

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Chicken Soup with White Wine and Homegrown Turnip Greens

This past weekend, I made chicken soup featuring some turnip greens that I harvested from the garden. I've never had turnip greens before, and was a bit apprehensive to add them to this soup. However, they added a wonderful flavor, which I would describe as a cross between spinach and pak choi. I will have to try them stir-fried one of these days as there seems to be no shortage of turnip greens in the garden.

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Fall Mesclun, Grilled Local Apples and Green Beans, Candied Pecans, Feta, Citronette

Last night, I made a salad featuring the mesclun and green beans from my garden and apples I purchased from a local farmer's market. Since the temperatures have steadily dropped during the past few weeks, the mesclun has been tasting absolutely delicious! The arugula is especially good, losing much of the sharpness that was a bit overwhelming in previous cuttings. Hopefully, we will get a few more cuttings from the patch we have growing before we move on to the all lettuce mix. This salad took me about 15 minutes to put together and was the highlight of our dinner.

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Beer-Battered and Panko Encrusted Shrimp, Green Beans and Zucchini Flowers

Finally, what do you do when mother nature offers you her bounty one handful at a time? Which is what happened when I harvested a handful of green beans and zucchini flowers recently. You make tempura of course. The great thing about this dish is that you don't need a large quantity of one vegetable, but instead can gather together the random pickings from your garden to make a good sized appetizer for everyone. Broccoli side shoots would work perfectly for this!

Hopefully, I will get around to posting the recipes for these dishes (if anyone is interested). What have YOU been cooking up recently? I'm always looking for new homegrown dinner suggestions!


  1. Can you please come and whip up something over at our place? We promise to clean our plates. That salad sounds scrumptious.

  2. I need a good tempura batter recipe that will stick on jalapeno poppers, if you think yours would.

  3. favorite question. And I ask myself that very question every morning...I LOVE to cook.

    Last night we had homemade pizza, the night before was roast chicken with an herb stuffing with herbs from my garden. I had a piece of french bread that I let dry out and stuffed the chicken was a winner...

    I'm in a "farm mood" today. Crock Pot territory. Pot roast. My gate is bolted and I feel some afternoon pie baking coming on.....

  4. I found your blog the other day and I like it. I have read from the very begining. Yes it took a while, but I enjoyed it. You are just so entusiastic.

  5. YUM, this all looks so tasty!
    Fabulous pics once again.

    I'm keeping you to your word - I'm definitely interested in your recipes :)