Sunday, August 14, 2011

I Heart Macro
The Fruits of our Labor

Well, to be accurate, the vegetables of my husband's labor!  LOL 

Once again, following the awesome Lori Plyler over at Studio Waterstone 
for I Heart Macro today...Please join us, it's tons of fun!

In another I Heart Macro post I'd taken you on a macro tour of the garden.  Here, I'd like to share what we are getting out of that garden!  So please join us in our kitchen.  

(oh, wait, give me a second or two to straighten up from breakfast!  There, all better now...)

Our gather-basket.  I love woven baskets and have a good collection of them.

Jalapeno peppers - my husband loves hot peppers! 

Cherokee purple tomato. 
If you are looking for a tomato that is a great eating as is or BLT tomato,
this heirloom is the way to go!!

Grape tomatoes
The yellow is an heirloom we picked up at Old Sturbridge Village - so nummy!

Patty Pan Squash
Still looking for more recipes!  We've an overabundance of these too ;)

This was all gathered yesterday from the garden.
And isn't even everything - more tomatoes are still in the basket. 
To say we have a bumper crop of tomatoes would be accurate ;)

And what have we been making with these goodies, you ask?  Well, let's see.  Squash is about coming out of our ears, so we've been having that alot lately in many variations.  My favorite recipe so far has been one that Barbara Bechtel (of Second Surf and Floridity) sent me on Facebook - it's a corn and squash quesadilla.  I did add some black beans and ground turkey to the recipe, because we had it on hand.  Big hit in our house! 

We've also been loving tomato, cucumber and red onion tossed with extra virgin olive oil and balsalmic vinegar and fresh basil.  (the cukes and basil are also from our garden.)  And BLTs.  With those incredible Cherokee Purple tomatoes.  And cheeseburgers from the grill with those incredible Cherokee Purple tomatoes on top.  And broiled cheese and tomato sandwiches.  And pasta with sauteed squash, grape tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic.

I've also made zucchini bread.  And zucchini muffins.  Which everyone except Nate, the 3 year old likes.  He's anti-veggie right now.  Unless it's carrots.  Raw carrots.  Those he'll eat.  He won't touch a cooked carrot if his life depended on it.  Boys, what can you say.  Unless it's a three year old thing ;)  (But when Erin was three she loved veggies...ah well, whatever ;))

Zucchini nut bread.  So moist.  And dense.  And yummy!

Zucchini nut muffins - same recipe as above. 
Excuse the nibble. 
The photographer got hungry.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what my husband has been so busy with lately!  When he's not at work, he's in the garden ;)  He does an awesome job.  Do you do a vegetable garden in the summer?  What is your favorite recipe using fresh vegetables?

And don't forget to join everyone over at I Heart Macro and Lori's awesome blog!  It's alot of fun :)

studio waterstone


Anonymous said...

Holly! Everything looks so delicious!!

My 3year old boy is the same way, he will eat raw carrots but wouldn't even look at a cooked one. I even tried with honey on them, no deal!

T... said...

oh yum, what wonderful photos and now I want a muffin......

Barbara said...

Purple Cherokees are my absolute favorite!!!! They put all other tomatoes to shame. I do a little bit of veggie gardening here in florida but our seasons are out of whack with everyone else so I was actually tearing out my raised beds this morning to prepare them for another set in the fall! It'll be the first time I've tried doing a fall planting here so I've got my fingers crossed!

Alison said...

Yum, brilliant photos!

My 3yo daughter is the same, at the moment the only veg she will eat is frozen peas and sweetcorn.....!! When my son was this age he wasn't nearly as fussy!

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

The photos are gorgeous and your food talk has me wanting some - and I just ate!! Seriously, aren't summer vegetables the absolute best?

Michelle said...

OH MY! Those veggies are amazing!! Trade ya - my roses for your veggies! :) LOL!!

Kristi Bowman said...

Sounds like my husband, won't touch a veggie (or fruit) oh no he won't. He'll even say "that smells good" but won't touch it, raw carrots is about it. Beautiful photos, Make me hope even more I actually get a garden started next year.

Tracey N. said...

This is a feast for the eyes, absolutely gorgeous pictures. You seriously made my mouth water.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Ironically none of my 5 boys will eat a cooked carrot!!! Yes that includes my husband.It must be a y linked trait - lol

My garden haven said...

Congratulations on your bumper harvest.I take my hat off to successful vegetable gardens. The photos are vivid.


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