The Gardener Cook http://www.thegardenercook.com A journey from garden to table... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:50:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 63753308 Kendra’s Cucumber Salad http://www.thegardenercook.com/kendras-cucumber-salad/ http://www.thegardenercook.com/kendras-cucumber-salad/#comments Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:50:33 +0000 http://www.thegardenercook.com/?p=4409 Kendra and Eduardo are visiting for a few days before they head back to grad school and Kendra made us a cucumber salad for our lunch. I ate it with a smile, despite my disdain of raw onions soaked in vinegar. Kendra loves sour things and worked in a Korean restaurant when she and her...

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Spring Into Summer Stew http://www.thegardenercook.com/spring-summer-stew/ http://www.thegardenercook.com/spring-summer-stew/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:55:25 +0000 http://www.thegardenercook.com/?p=4356 The garden’s abundance finally rewards us for all of our hard work since March. A long time coming, but all is forgotten as we enjoy the bounty of the harvest. Here’s an easy way to eat your vegetables. I don’t use stock or broth, preferring the easy way of always making sure I’ve got some...

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Sour Cherry Clafoutis http://www.thegardenercook.com/sour-cherry-clafoutis/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:02:20 +0000 http://www.thegardenercook.com/?p=4087 With pits. You need powdered sugar to make this a bit more presentable. It was 98 degrees in the kitchen and the clafoutis was cold, so I had to keep mounding on the sugar to get the top photo. Pudding or cake. I guess if we have to choose it’s more towards pudding – and...

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Spring Vegetable Salad with Dijon-Honey-Paprika Dressing and Coconut Bacon http://www.thegardenercook.com/spring-vegetable-salad-dijon-honey-paprika-dressing-coconut-bacon/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:43:11 +0000 http://www.thegardenercook.com/?p=4072 Sonia and I are on a journey to find a suitable replacement for bacon in our baconless life. The desire becomes heightened as warm weather settles in for the summer, because the heirloom tomatoes in the garden, with barely a bloom to be had yet, beckon for BLT’s when nothing else will do. Found a...

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Tree Peonies http://www.thegardenercook.com/tree-peonies/ http://www.thegardenercook.com/tree-peonies/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:04:00 +0000 http://www.thegardenercook.com/?p=4043 Guess what I splurged on (ssshhhh, don’t tell Lewis)? I’ve wanted a tree peony for ages. Here she is. Tomorrow I’ll cut some of the precious blooms and bring them inside to photograph. Check back. -Sheila Photographing flowers outside is so difficult because they won’t stop moving even if there is just a breath of...

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Rhubarb http://www.thegardenercook.com/rhubarb/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:36:24 +0000 http://www.thegardenercook.com/?p=3903 Spring rhubarb, the first “fruit” of the year from the garden. They might seem on the fibrous side when you’re cutting the stalks, but when rhubarb is cooked it melts into a soft custard that fully expresses itself when paired with sugar. Synonymous with strawberries, but don’t forget the other berries, especially raspberries. Ginger (fresh,...

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Hellebore – Lenten Rose http://www.thegardenercook.com/hellebore-lenten-rose/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 03:17:30 +0000 http://www.thegardenercook.com/?p=3969 There’s not much out in the garden yet to pair with these delightful hellebore flowers. They are much too sophisticated to hang out with daffodils. Their exquisite beauty works singularly, en masse, luckily. This frilly double white below is graceful with just a few blooms. After this photo, I snipped them to about 7-inches  long...

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Sweeteners http://www.thegardenercook.com/sweeteners/ Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:31:39 +0000 http://www.thegardenercook.com/?p=3897 Top, left to right: Confectioners Sugar, Palm Sugar, Jaggery, Piloncilla, Panela, Buckwheat Honey, Wildflower Honey Center, left to right: Superfine/Caster Sugar, Raw/Demerra Sugar, Barley Malt Syrup Bottom, left to right: White Granulated Sugar, Coconut Sugar, Dark Brown Sugar, Light brown sugar, Molasses, Brown Rice Syrup, Coconut Nectar White Sugars White Granulated Sugar – highly refined,...

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Spring Garlic, Pea, and Potato Spanish Tortilla http://www.thegardenercook.com/spring-garlic-pea-potato-spanish-tortilla/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:10:13 +0000 http://www.thegardenercook.com/?p=3942 Ramps, ramps, ramps. It’s April and all we’ll hear about are ramps for the next 3 weeks. I do have some Spring garlic behind the greenhouse that are the perfect size and look just like ramps. Paired with peas and potatoes and the freshest eggs, there is no doubt it’s Spring. Just much later than...

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Eggs http://www.thegardenercook.com/eggs/ http://www.thegardenercook.com/eggs/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:51:16 +0000 http://www.thegardenercook.com/?p=3959 These are Meg’s eggs. When we had our little farm stand in our barn, we had 100 Araucana chickens. Too many chickens. Now I run down to Kimberton Health Foods and get these. No chicken poop, no roosters attacking, and no headless chickens (don’t ask).   Where’s my soapbox. I only buy pastured eggs now....

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