One fun experiment I did this year were the poblano peppers. I always buy them at the grocery store for chile rellenos and stuffed, roasted peppers. They are so mild that we really enjoy them so this spring I decided to keep a few seeds and started them in little paper pots. I set them out when they were quite small, not sure they would make it, but they did, and they are really beautiful! I can't wait to eat, them filled with cream cheese and roasted. Mmmm.
I've been robbing a few spuds from the potato patch now and then. I don't pull the plants, but leave them growing while I pluck a few of the potatoes that are close to the surface underneath the straw. There is just something extra-good about homegrown potatoes. We had some spuds pan roasted with a little olive oil, butter and Parmesan tonight. Similar to this recipe, but in the skillet. Mmmmm!
The last photo boasts of cucumbers. Actually, my dad gave me some ginormous cukes from his garden. I really didn't know what I was going to do with them, but decided to dice them up and make bread 'n' butter relish. I also sliced some of them into spears and make a few jars of dills. Another experiment I am doing is on pickles. I have noticed that the Vlasic variety of pickles that are so crisp and delicious have an ingredient that most of us don't use in our pickle recipes -- calcium chloride. I bought a small jar of Ball Pickle Crisp to try out in my pickles this year to see if I can get the same crunch as Vlasic. I'll let you know if it works.
We had a very busy week last week. The men removed old shingles and put all new shingles on our roof and NumberOneSon's roof. What a TON of work that was! Everything looks great and it's nice to have that project done before winter. We also had friends from So. Cal. come visit for a couple days. It was so nice to catch up with them and have some wonderful heart to heart talks.
Autumn is in the air! The mornings are cool and crisp. We wake up and put on jeans and long sleeves and by noon we are into our short-sleeves and I put on shorts. By evening, we are back to pants and long sleeves again. Such is fall here. We've had a few showers of rain which has been good. At least we know it can rain. We are hopeful that there might be more rain on the way for us this fall. It would be nice to put the trees and grasses to bed with a good amount of wetness at the roots. God knows. How is your fall going so far?