Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I'm Growing Things We Can Actually Eat!
We finally have a garden this year which I am really excited about! I love the idea of buying seed packets for like $1 and saving probably hundreds of dollars by the time we finish out the summer with our own fruits, veggies and herbs. It's like "CVSing" only not really.
Tonight we had fresh romaine lettuce and some kind of odd hot pepper, both from the garden. I decided that store bought salad dressing was not worthy of my fresh lettuce, so in true "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" (insert Melissa for "Mouse" and "Home Grown Lettuce" for "Cookie") fashion I made some delicious balsamic vinaigrette with fresh basil and oregano from my herb garden. It led to a variety of other "special" things for dinner like bread on the grill with olive oil and spices and I found a bag of shrimp in the freezer for this worthy occasion. I even took a picture of the lettuce, but I'm not actually going to post it because it is just lettuce (although, it looks quite amazing in my Pampered Chef Salad Spinner). I was just a little caught up in it all.....
After The Husband commented my vinaigrette looked like diarrhea (I just LOVE him) we sat down to a feast worthy of Little House on the Prairie except that I didn't actually kill and de-feather the chicken we grilled, nor did I grow the Smiley Fries. But, it definitely made me proud to eat food I grew in my own backyard! The conversation was quite entertaining as well since somehow we began discussing shrimp organs to which #1 has decided to never eat another shrimp again. At the mention of shrimp testicles my grandmother burst out laughing. I'm fairly certain that is the only time she ever heard that particular body part mentioned at the dinner table. And, in case you were wondering......
.....the Diarrhea Vinaigrette was fabulous!!
Tomorrow....broccoli. Perhaps I will decide it is too worthy of being merely steamed in the microwave and I'll have to find some kind of special broccoli soufflé recipe for it. I'll try not to dedicate an entire post to it. You can thank me later.