fruits and vegetables


Juicy peaches.

I handed one to Sarah Joy yesterday and she ate the whole thing..her first fuzzy peachy peach..I sat on the porch with her on my lap, Seth by my side, Caleb behind me, and we read books as they dripped peach juices on my arm.  If I hadn’t pulled the pit off the remaining bite, she might have tried eating that, too. 

And dark red beets.

I made six pints of pickled beets yesterday, a process that took hours, but such satisfying hours indeed.  Art, in the kitchen.

Pickled beets taste wonderful as a salad topping.

Our very industrious 70-something neighbor has eggplant, scallions, fresh herbs, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, beets, zucchini, summer squash, corn, and sunflowers; all for sale at his roadside stand.

I love using his produce that grew just down the road from our place in his huge garden, in the same air, the same dirt, the same rainfall.

In my tiny garden, I’m currently harvesting a great many cherry tomatoes, sweet and tasty.  The big tomatoes are also ripening. 

Yesterday, I used five of those big ones to make a single jar of fresh sauce, which I will use today for dinner in Eggplant Parmesan.

Yes, it is that abundant time of year when most of us are enjoying the fresh fruits and vegetables of the season. 

Shanda’s Summer Squash Recipe

Cut 3-4 squash lengthwise, trim away seeds and cut into small chunks
Drizzle olive oil or saved bacon drippings on a baking sheet, pile on the squash chunks
Cut a small red onion into wedges and sprinkle them into the squash, toss everything together with your hands until the pieces are lightly coated with bacon drippings.
Season with 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, a minced clove of garlic, and plenty of salt and pepper.

Roast in a hot oven (400 or so).  Be sure to give it a stir now and then.  This dish is done when the squash is soft and there is a nice brown color from the roasting.

Rich and I ate it all for a nice light summer dinner.  It was delicious.


What are you doing with the bounty?  Any specialties or favorite dishes to share with us?

0 thoughts on “fruits and vegetables

  1. Where do I start? Haha!Umm…I am making lots of sun-dried tomatoes today. (I’ll put the recipe up later! =) That is my favorite thing to do with tomatoes.Since all of our tomatoes are coming in like crazy, we’ve been eating lots of tomato salads with olive oil, fresh mozzarella, fresh herbs and onions. I froze broccoli last night. Roasted beets to put on top of our salads. Because of the drought we had I only have about 1/3 of the peppers I planted. I’m pretty sad about that, but it is what it is!Your recipes look wonderful! I will have to try your squash in the next week or so. I have a great summer squash soup recipe if you want’s one of Jeff’s favorites.Your beets look so pretty in the jars. and little Sarah with her peach…too cute! Love the fiesta bowl too! ;)Such a fun summer-y post.Happy Thursday to you.

  2. What a blessing to have that neighbor right down the street. I like to go to the stand in the nearby valley, about 10 min away for other produce we don’t grow. This week I bought green beans, peaches, nectarines, cauliflower, and a cantaloupe ( I will eat some of that for breakfast!). This year we have lots of tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini in our garden. We have had quite a few cucumber and tomato salads with dill, rice vinegar, olive oil, pepper, and a sprinkle of crumbly goat cheese. We put the tomatoes and zucchini in stir fry, soups, sauces, and just use them up I have never canned before and would like to learn from someone who knows how. I admire your pickled beets and I know they are so good for you!

  3. We have no bounty! The only thing I grew and enjoyed was Cilantro. I was too depressed or busy to bother with a garden. Plus our weather was too nuts to figure out what to plant and when. So, now I’m thinking I could try a Fall garden if the temps ever go down. I love fresh grown food…there’s nothing better than what comes right out of well cared for dirt. We used to garden each year and my favorite things were the snap peas! Last year, it was the yellow squash, so I would’ve tried your yummy recipe!  Your photo up there makes me think I’d better hunt down some peaches. Somewhere in the ‘hood is a tree, loaded with them. I’m not brave enough to go up to that person’s door and ask if I could pick some! I love your little profile pic; so colorful and happy and you look like a gal who’s ready for fun!

  4. No bounty for apartment dwellers! But, my daughter was just asking me last night what she could do with hers, so I shared your recipe with her. She has a neighbor who keeps giving her boxes of blessings!

  5. Made the squash recipe for supper tonight YUM! Thanks 4 sharing. It’s such a good feeling to harvest from your own garden isn’t it? Our project tomorrow is to pick our early apple tree and make some sauce and a chocolate cake 🙂 mmmm….
    Thanks for the blog comments btw. Its always fun to hear from you.
    Hugs to you and your beautiful family!

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