Here are a few of my favorite things to do with fruits and vegetables grown in my garden. I’m no chef, but I do like to eat and the family, well, they sort of expect it, actually. And while I don’t usually think about dinner until about an hour before it’s time to serve, I’ve made a wealth of progress in this area. Harvest in hand, I’m looking for ways to prepare food these days! Otherwise, it will rot, and I refuse to give my compost pile the satisfaction.
So use the excitement gained from growing your own food and take your bounty to the kitchen. Get creative! Or do like I do and call your friends and family – preferably those who tend to excel in this department – and get recipe ideas from them. But be wary. Some of them will alter the ingredients ever so slightly, so your dish won’t turn out as perfectly “delish” as theirs - my mother is famous for this trick, though she claims it is I who isn’t following her directions, exactly as written. As if they were written! I take diligent notes when she dictates, but what the heck does a “dash” mean, or “to taste?” Who’s taste? Mine? Or that of the original chef? The woman can’t eat the first okra without a sprinkle of salt… Me, I avoid the stuff altogether, if I can, though it does make a fast food french fry irresistible.
Whatever your preference, get cooking and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You deserve it!