Sunday, August 27

Happy Kitchen Garden Day!


Celebrate Kitchen Garden Day today! Take a garden tour, eat at a restaurant that utilizes local produce, or simply enjoy the bounty of your own kitchen garden.

I have already enjoyed ripe volunteer cherry tomatoes as part of my lunch. Tonight for dinner I will saute some of the lovely 'Rhubarb' chard you see here in olive oil and chopped garlic, and serve it over whole wheat pasta along with grated asiago cheese.

I have begun enjoying a cup of herbal tea before bedtime each night, and will either be making a mug of black peppermint, mixed sage, or sage and lemon thyme tea later as well. Tea from your own garden is such a simple pleasure, but immensely satisfying. I have a mental note to add more teaworthy herbs to my garden next year.

12 comments:

K-Oh said...

Love the chard picture! Love the blog! Love the idea about the teas-- I add the lemon basil to salad and sandwich all the time, but it would make a great tea, too.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Ooh... adding the herbs to salad is a wonderful idea! I think all of my basil has bolted, but I could sprinkle some lemon thyme or oregano in there... hmm. Thanks for the idea. :)

steven said...

Beautiful chard!

Colleen said...

I'm always looking for new chard recipes...it's the one thing I plant every year that has never failed to grow spectacularly. I'm going to give yours a try for sure!

Totally agree on the herbal teas. I started a mint patch (pineapple mint, apple mint, and spearmint) and love blending the flavors. I also love chamomile tea, but haven't had a ton of luck growing it. Oh well, if at first you don't succeed, and all that....

I love your blog!
Colleen

Sigrun said...

We have so much chard on the raised bed! Nobody will eat it again, also the neighbours!

Sigrun

meresy_g said...

Great picture of Chard. Mine seems to be perking up with the cool nights and I'll be eating a lot of chard this fall apparently.

Patrick said...

Chard sauted in olive oil with garlic over whole wheat pasta and grated cheese... Yum, I'm going to have to try that!

Sandy said...

I love your photo! Who would of thought of chard art??
The way you are going to fix it sounds good.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Thanks for all the compliments! I was surprised at how much I like this pretty plant, myself.

I didn't know that so many people grew chard, or I'd have passed this idea along above: On another blog (I'd attribute it if I could remember who, but my brain is fuzzy) the author talked about dehydrating swiss chard after slicing it into strips. He/she stores it in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and adds it to soups/stews throughout the winter. I planted way too much chard this year, so I'm definitely going to try that.

Brooke said...

Wow! That's really electric with the black background of the blog!! Brooke

Patrick said...

Hi Kim, The dehydrated swiss chard was on my blog...

http://www.patnsteph.net/weblog/?p=49

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Thanks, Patrick!!! I had gone through a week of Garden Voices postings hoping to find it, and when I didn't I just gave up. I appreciate the link. :)

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