Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Garden Party - The Seasonal Recipe Edition

My garden has finally wound down, which makes me feel a little sad. It was a very strange summer, temperature-wise, so things didn't grow exactly as expected. I'm working on modifying my list of what I want to grow next year (you know that I'll forget if I wait until next spring), & devising a plan to use all of the luscious items that I froze for later consumption.

Here's are my plans for my harvest:
  • Chocolate chip pumpkin bread with my wonderful garden pumpkins. Best pumpkin bread ever, if you're a sweet lover. This is definitely a dessert-like bread. :-)
  • Incorporate my pesto into a variety of recipes. I'm thinking of trying this pesto lasagna, Tuscan Chicken Simmer, Pesto Chicken Florentine, Pesto Chicken Paninis, Spinach & Feta Pita Bake, to name just a few. If you have a great recipe to use up pesto, please share!
  • I will also be using my fresh tomato sauce tossed with pasta & grated parmesan cheese as a side dish to lighter fish recipes. I made a few batches of a bolognese sauce that I've stashed away in the freezer for future use.
  • Although I use most of my frozen blackberries for smoothies (my kids adore smoothies), I'm thinking of trying this Blackberry-Lemon Pudding Cake, that looks delicious.  
And, from my Garden spreadsheet, here are my plans for next spring!

  • 4x the amount of cucumbers
  • Smaller tomato varieties (grape or cherry?)
  • Carrots
  • Green onions
  • Broccoli
  • Leeks
  • Greens
  • Onions
  • Snap beans
  • Snap peas
  • Basil
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Radishes
  • Mint

For more posts on gardening & fall harvests, check out the Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage!

1 comment:

  1. Ooo, I was just thinking I needed some other recipes for pesto other than our standby of Creamy Pesto Pasta- these sound wonderful. Thank you!

    An Oregon Cottage