The Cheapskate's Guide to Food Preservation

I’ve had a lot of questions lately about the economics of food preservation. If you have to buy 20 pounds of tomatoes to make it worth your while, and farmer’s market tomatoes cost $3 a pound, how can you afford it? And if you can only afford to can/freeze/dehydrate supermarket tomatoes, why bother? This is […]

Dijon Potato and Green Bean Salad

Remember my abundance of green beans? And my sad little potatoes?

They’ll make a happy little salad.

About half a pound of potatoes, preferably small and garden-fresh
About half a pound of various fresh beans (string, romano, wax, etc.)
A large tomato, chopped
A handful of basil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 T olive oil
1 T Dijon mustard
Salt

1) Bring a small pot […]

Tomatillo Salsa/Salsa Verde

You’ve heard about my gardening woes. Fortunately, not all is lost: I am growing a bumper crop of tomatillos. For the uninitiated, tomatillos are closely related to tomatoes, except that they’re green and grow in husks. The husks puff up when the plant starts to set fruit, and when the fruit fills the husk, they’re […]

Dehydrated Cherry Tomatoes

Around this time of year, the plots in my community garden start looking a bit ragged. It’s been hot, and the weeds are out of control. Because it’s been wet, no one can quite keep up with the beans. And then there are the tomatoes—particularly the cherry tomatoes. Some of my neighbors’ plots are producing […]

Garden FAIL

There are people who will tell you that you can grow potatoes in pots.

They would be wrong. And yes, that is my entire crop.

Pink Sauerkraut

Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions about what to do with all of my red cabbage. The folks on Facebook were big fans of various braised cabbage options, but I’m sticking with the blog favorite: sauerkraut. Let’s hold off on sharing that recipe until we see if it works, shall we? Nicely salted and […]

The Great Bean Conundrum (plus a 4-bean salad to can)

I am drowning in beans. Somehow, the two 4-foot rows that I planted in my community garden plots are producing an average of about a pound of beans a day. Never, ever would I have guessed that they would produce so much. The obvious solution is to preserve them, but beans—the classic low-acid food—are a […]

Green Bean and Beet Salad

Simple, improvised salads are one of the purest joys of summer. Get a few flavor combinations down, and you’re set. Mark Bittman’s recent list of ideas of 101 salads is a great place to start, but really: just toss together whatever comes in from the garden and eat what you like. Not coincidentally, things that […]

Cabbage Overload

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t grow plenty of produce without a large garden. You’re looking at the 10 pounds of cabbage that I grew in the little speck of green in front of my house in West Philly. Nestled among the herbs, day lilies, irises, horseradish, strawberries, and chard, these guys provided […]

Freezing Beet Greens

As you can see from the date on the plastic bag, this post is a bit late in the offing, but I wanted to share it in case you’re still bringing in beets by the bucketload. Young beet greens—especially from yellow beets—are just as delicious as chard and can be used pretty much interchangeably, so […]

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