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Archive for September, 2007

Planted Garlic today

Posted by reeeeeen on September 16, 2007

We planted 2 types of garlic today.  They grow just like fall bulbs, they start growing in the spring, and are ready for harvest in late spring when the leaves start to brown.  We’ll see how it works out.  I’ve had good luck and bad luck with garlic so it could go either way.

 These are the two types we planted today (a total of 125 combined):

 35 of Russian Giant

90 of Chesnok Red

If things go well, we can pick, braid and cure the garlic and it’ll keep a long time.  Depending on how much return we get, I may dry some and grind it up for fresh garlic powder, we’ll see!  Also the garlic scapes are awesome in stir fries or salads.   

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Tonight’s Dinner – Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

Posted by reeeeeen on September 11, 2007

Makes 6 servings  POINTS® value | 1 per serving Ingredients

 2 pounds tomatoes, halved
• 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
• 6 peeled garlic cloves
• 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
• 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
• 2 cups no-salt, fat-free vegetable broth
• 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

2. Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, rosemary and thyme on a large, rimmed baking sheet; roast until shriveled and starting to brown, about 45 minutes.  

3. Now you can either: 

Scrape everything from the baking sheet into a food processor fitted with the chopping blade; process until puréed.   Pour the contents of the food processor canister into a large saucepan

****Or****                                                                                                

Scrape everything in 2 batches into a food mill (my preference) and process into a large saucepan. 

4. Stir in the broth, vinegar, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Uncover & simmer 5 more minutes.   

Serving size: 1 cup

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Product review – Boca Meatless ‘Ground Beef’ – WW Friendly comfort food

Posted by reeeeeen on September 9, 2007

I made shepherd’s pie this weekend to have for lunch for a few days, instead of ground beef or chicken, I used that Boca Ground ‘Beef’.    It came 3 packets in a box, each packet was supposed to be equivalent to 2 servings aka ½ lb ground beef.  I figured the points on ALL 3 COMBINED to be 6 points. 
I put it in a saucepan with ½ water, a bouillon cube (which I actually may have been able to do without – but hey 0 points and I was worried it wouldn’t bear any resemblance to actual ground beef; next time I’ll skip that and just add salt I think)  and chopped up carrot (1), onion (1), and garlic (a couple cloves).  When the water was almost evaporated I added a little flour and put that in the bottom of a 2 qt casserole.  I topped that with ½ cup frozen corn and a 10 oz pkg. of frozen green beans.  Then I mashed up 3 med potatoes with a little ff milk, and spread it on top. 
I figured the whole thing as 4 generous servings (cause I’m a generous servings kind of gal) and – get this — at around 5.5 points per serving.   It’s not as much as it sounds, it made a small casserole and could have fit in a 1 ½ qt casserole easily, but since the veggies were frozen I was worried about boiling over.  I always put the veggies in frozen (as well as a little flour in the meat) if I’m not using actual gravy in the meat because the veggie liquid makes a nice gravy with the meat and onions.
Popped it in the oven today for lunch and cooked for about an hour at 350 (it was cold from the fridge so normally I don’t think it would take that long), it just has to heat through and brown on top.  The Boca Ground ‘Beef’ was surprisingly good. 
 I’d had high hopes since I LOVE the Boca Chick’n patties, but it surpassed my expectations.  The taste, the texture, it was everything I’d hoped it would be.  I bet if I served it to you, you wouldn’t notice anything unusual.   It was tasty, moist, filling.  A+ and this is definitely a keeper.
Shepherd’s pie is one of my absolute favorite comfort foods, and I’m thrilled I found a guilt-free way to work it into my repertoire. 

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Finally A Time To Reap!

Posted by reeeeeen on September 6, 2007

7 jars of Polish Refrigerator dills, my FIRST red tomato and 3 newly picked cucumbers that will soon fulfill their destiny of being hot and sweet bread & butter pickle chips!

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 Nice Peppers, I think they’ll be stuffed soon.  They’re the perfect blocky shape for stuffing!

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 Two big tomatoes at that light green stage just before they begin turning red!

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 One or two more days for this one before he’s ready!

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Tonight’s Dinner – Spice Rubbed Baked Cod with Chunky Guacamole

Posted by reeeeeen on September 6, 2007

Spice Rubbed Baked Cod with Chunky Guacamole

This came out great.

The cod was rubbed with curry, Spanish smoked hot pepper, chili powder, salt and pepper. I let it sit overnight (not because I wanted to, but because I just didn’t have the motivation to make dinner last night) refrigerated until after I made the Guacamole (this one except with no sour cream, no chipotle, and a bit of chopped red onion instead of the scallions. SUBSTITUTIONS RULE! 🙂 ).   When the guac was done I broiled the cod until it was flaky and browned. 

MMMMMM! 

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