Monthly Archives: October 2008

pear abundance

Date: 10/15
Common Name: pear
Location Grown: Elmhurst, IL
Obtained From: driveway
Use: sliced and spiralized and dried for snacks and salads

Check out that pear tree! It is actually in our neighbor’s yard, but a quarter of the tree hangs over our driveway, so we get loads of pears just waiting for us to pick up! Dehydrating the pears have been wonderful, but if anybody has any other suggestions for pears that are lightly smashed on one side (from falling on the driveway) and slightly tough skinned, please let me know. I’d love to make more, it is always fun to share the abundance!

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Georgia Sweet Candy Roaster

Date: 10/14/08
Common Name: Georgia Sweet Candy Roaster
Location Grown: Wolfe Farms, Monticello, IL
Obtained From: Wolfe Farms
Use: As a tureen to bake chili

I had never seen this variety of squash. It looks like a huge torpedo and I assumed the taste would be mealy and dry. My experience with with large squash is overgrown zucchini and taste definitely does not improve with size for that variety.   No so with the Georgia Sweet.  The taste was close to a delicate pumpkin but without any of the stringiness.  The torpedo shape held its form better than a pumpkin and the skin was more delicate.  Basically, this squash beats pumpkins hands down.

Recipe:

  • Make your favorite chili
  • cut an opening in the top of the squash and scoop out seeds and and innards
  • place chili in squash and add “lid”
  • Bake at 350 for one hour or until warm and soft
  • Scoop flesh of Georgia Sweet with every scoop of chili

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Organic Tomatoes

Date: 9/29/08
Common Name: Organic Beefsteak Tomatoes
Location Grown: IL (one of 50 local farms)
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Tomato sauce

Date: 9/29/08
Common Name: Organic Yellow Tomatoes
Location Grown: IL (one of 50 local farms)
Obtained From: Fresh Picks (delivered right to my door)
Use: Tomato sauce

Other:  There are so many seeds in each tomato.  I do not know if beefsteaks are hybrid (gotta check that), but I suspect they are, just given their size.  I have been thinking about extending the use of tomato plants that do not produce fruit.  When you rub a tomato plant and smell your hands, that is one of my favorite smells.  I would like to learn to make tomato oil/essence and make tomato soap.  A drop of that smell in salad dressing, in the middle of winter, that would bring a sense of summer back.

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Salsa

Date: 9/29/08
Common Name: Jalapeno Pepper
Location Grown: Raised beds in SAIC courtyard
Obtained From: SAIC courtyard
Use: Salsa

Date: 9/29/08
Common Name: Organic Lemon
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Salsa

Date: 9/29/08
Common Name: Organic Lemon
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Salsa

We started getting organic veggies delivery weekly from Fresh Picks.  I have been saving all the plastic I cannot resure for the last year. It will become a year-long length of rope in January.  Having veggies delivered in a box had greatly reduced the amount of plastic that moves through the house.

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Eggplant

Date: 10/1/08
Common Name: Organic Lemon
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Roasted Eggplant for salad

I got a discount on this eggplant because it had a bruise.  As I scarped seeds, the surface flesh oxidized and turned brown, causing further bruising.  I don’t know if it was the inherent flavor in the eggplant or the juicing it got from my seed harvesting, but it turned out really sweet. I baked the slices at 390 until brown after brushing them with olive oil and giving them a generous sprinkling of salt.

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Saved a Spaghetti Squash

Date: 10/3/08
Common Name: Organic Spaghetti Squash
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Seed Harvesting

As sometimes happens, this squash went bad before we ate it.  I always feel really lousy throwing food away.  By harvesting the seeds, at least this squash can have a second life.

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Peppers

Date: 10/3/08
Common Name: Organic Peppers
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Roasted for pasta

I always roast my peeper whole over the gas flame.  I realized I would loose the growing power of the seeds if I cooked them.  I slit the peppers, took out the seeds and then roasted them. It went much faster without the bulk in the middle of the pepper.

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