Summer is here and my garden is finally producing veggies. This year it’s small and has been a little slow. My whole reason for growing is tomatoes. I can not stand those things in the grocery store that produce guys says are tomatoes. To me tomatoes are those wonderful things you grow and have flavor. Best picked off the vine, washed off and eaten right then.
I had several tomatoes com of the vine and have been sitting on my counter to ripen up a little more. Today they were calling my name. I just had to have to have one or two. So this morning I was eating late so what to fix. I wanted something a little more than just tomatoes. Something heathy too. I came up this little salad.
1 small can canned chicken
2 medium garden tomatoes
4-6 artichoke hearts
1 small baby cucumber
Little bit of olive oil
Cut veggies, use fork to shred up chicken, and toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
This is a very light salad that you could use tuna instead of chicken. I opted for chicken because I am not a fan of fish.
My salad with some of my garden tomatoes.
This week I made compound butter from the fresh herbs I collected in the garden. It was extremely easy to make. I took softened unsalted butter and combined with the herbs. The first was tarragon with salt and pepper. The second was chives, parsley, and rosemary. Simply softened the butter on the counter, chopped up the herbs and mix. I added salt and pepper to taste. Spread onto wax paper and refrigerated. Have used the butter on wonderful bread from the bakery as well as cooked vegetables. Very tasty.
Another night I made the Shrimp Scampi. It was Red Lobster’s copycat recipe. Super easy and quick. I used Cupcake Vineyard’s Angel Food wine for it. It’s nice and light tasting. Steamed up some broccoli to pair with it and served over angel hair pasta. The bread of course I used the compound butter. Again a hit with the family. Now I have made Shrimp Scampi before, but had not tried this recipe. This was first time I felt the sauce turned out well.
So these last couple of weeks have been crazy and I had been meaning to post on here, but transferring pictures seemed like an issue from iPhone to iPad and then to WordPress. Today I had the 4th update on the iPad and looks like everything is back to working again.
May 22nd, 2014 was a Roasted Pork Tenderloin. Before I had only made in crock pot. On a friends recommendation I took the tenderloin, covered in olive oil and the wrapped fresh rosemary. It turned out rather nice. I served it with boiled potatoes with fresh parsley. Also fresh cut tomatoes with a tad of sour cream and chives. This was my quick simple dinner I made the night my daughter graduated high school.
Last week in May the family was all sick so I didn’t try anything new. Knowing their taste buds were off and not feeling all that adventurous. My garden however is growing well and seems to be flourishing.
While not a recipe it is where all good meals start. I spent the weekend planting my garden. Lots of fresh vegetables and herbs. Tomatoes are my favorite vegetable to plant as I hate to buy those things in the grocery store. I also post pictures of how my garden is growing and what i make from the things I get.