Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Siberian iris are slimmer more refined than Dutch iris, like ballet dancers on point. These came from my grandparents yard to our yard where I grew up. Then they were divided and moved with my parents to a townhouse downtown. They were divided again when they moved to a suburban apartment. Another division occurred when mom bought a condo in a small neighboring town. Now I have divided them again and they are in my perennial border. This June I'll take a clump to the plant trade.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Raw kale lightly coated with olive oil
Right out of the oven Crisp and Delicious!
Eat More Kale is a command that I recently spotted on a circular car bumper sticker. Well I wasn't so sure I wanted to eat kale at all, let alone more. My gardening, farming son has been singing its praises to my very unreceptive ears. I always thought of kale as an interesting but certainly inedible garnish. Its other purpose I thought was to make interesting garden borders or accents. And that was it. On my son's last visit home he brought two gorgeous bunches of kale grown at Eaters Guild Farm. It was time to confront my prejudices. He had mentioned something about making kale chips and that they were delicious. Since he claimed it was a simple recipe, easy and quick, I thought why not. A hasty internet search returned results from AllReciepes.com, Smitten Kitchen, and Epicurious to name a few. The basic preparation method is the same and each offers a special twist. A video how-to is even available on YouTube I used the AllRecipes.com version for my first try. The resulting kale chips were fantastic. Crunchy, crispy and very flavorful, I plan to EAT MORE KALE.
Eaters Guild Farm is a Michigan supplier to Whole Foods. Everything you ever wanted to know about kale is available here. Whole Foods has an amazing section of kale recipes. Eaters Guild Farm has a CSA membership available and they sell at the Holland Farm Market and the South Haven Market. Get some kale.