Quick Pickled Veggies

We have beautiful cucumbers and vibrant red carrots coming up in the garden.  Lush, fragrant basil, and bok choi leaves.  I have jars and jars of pickles I put up from last year but I wanted something really crisp and refreshing.  These are great to serve with any meal.  They are nutritious and little something…

Sunchokes (food security,beauty, and preservation tips)

We were back at my beautiful great aunt Donna’s house gathering sunchokes.  I wrote about these gems last fall.  Their other name is Jerusalem artichokes.  I write to you seasonally so the last thing that was available and the first thing that is available seems to be sunchokes! These lovely tubers are much like potatoes with a…

Found Vegetables (dreams, hidden gardens)

I dreamt it was there.  I dreamt that there were vegetables growing at our old house in Kiowa.  I woke up thinking that was preposterous because our weather hasn’t allowed anyone to have vegetables yet!  We decided to go have a look anyway yesterday while driving though.  The house wears a large foreclosure notice on…

Rhubarb (the ultimate early season treat)

My great aunt recalls how nice it was on the farm after a long winter of preserved vegetables to bite into fresh rhubarb crisp.  I can agree with that wholeheartedly since the majority of our dinners were made from the freezer or root cellar.  I am proud that we were able to put up so…

Desperately Seeking Fresh Vegetables (and a fine Brussels recipe)

I stared at the dusty jars lining the warped shelves in the basement.  They still feel like a blessing but at the moment were seeming more and more like a curse.  I swear if I have to eat one more jar of green beans…or peas…or corn…or beets…or… I understand that hunger doesn’t care.  If I…