Â Â Space is limited at our little house, so we have quite a small garden right now.Â Iâ€™m glad the heat wave a while back killed the potatoes, because now I have some place to plant the garlic! I know I wonâ€™t be able to enjoy them until at least next July, but I love the ritual of breaking apart and planting the cloves, covering them with hay, and then the waiting, waiting, waiting, until the little green shoots appear between the thick hay next spring.Â Â Â (My apologies for the font size issue.Â WordPress
Â I love autumn.Â Yes, the crispness in the air, the pear and apple harvest, pulling out the fall linens and changing the nature table, not to mention Firecracker’s birthday – all of these are wonderful things.Â However, if I was to be perfectly honest, the fall ritual I most look forward toÂ is planting my garlic and shallots for the coming year. Besides onion, garlic is my favorite veggie, whether the gloves or the scapes. So, the other day we went here to try out some new varieties – I was like a kid in a candy store. Tomorrow, we
The prairie girls make another appearance – at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market.Â This time, they went for a more bohemian look, and were determined to sling their babies in some Indian scarves.Â We grow most of our own veggies, especially fall ones (kale, beets, broccoli, chard, rutabega, peas, potatoes, turnips, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots…you get the picture), but we do run to the farmer’s market for fruit and things I haven’t managed to put in the garden.Â This trip was for butternut and acorn squash, and the last of the peaches for the year.Â
The few precious grapes from our grapevine were finally ready today (not sure of the variety, but they are very flavorful).Â I snapped this shot as quickly as I could – because, well, as you can see below, they didn’t last long!
Â Â Â I am a huge fan of Penzeyâ€™s Spices, and find that their spices add so much to the simple, mostly vegetarian, dinners we cook around here. Their Brady Street Cheese Sprinkle is awesome mixed with sour cream and tossed over garden veggies. Â We had a heat wave last week that sent our potatoes over the edge a few weeks early, so two days ago we dug up the baby potatoes and tonight weâ€™re enjoying the creamy new potatoes with the first of our fall shell peas in Brady Street sour cream sauce.Â So yummy and so very