Seed Season

My mailbox is full of gardening catalogs and the excitement of spring and summer is almost here.  So many new ideas every year are contained in these great publications.  Yes, there is something to actually having a printed catalog in hand, when searching for my lettuce seeds for my summer kitchen garden. Most often, I…

planting pickles and peppers

After a full Spring season of garden clean-up and a fresh layer of mulch for the paths, my kitchen garden is back in operation. Earlier this week I had a chance to plant my summer small-sized cucumber pickles and mild sweet peppers.  The garden continues to be filled with herbs, some vegetables, and perennial flowers…

Raspberry lettuce hearts with pecans

  Last week I needed a quick appetizer to take to a community meeting, and decided on this easy favorite.  These lettuce hearts are easily found at my market and can be combined with a variety of toppings.  Everyone seems to like a small piece of crunchy romaine with a tangy spread of cheese. For…

cherry street market –a wonderful fall experience

Last Friday, we took a relaxing Fall drive Up North to Traverse City Michigan.  I certainly do love Northern Michigan and will never give up an opportunity to experience wonderful food, shopping, and of course the Lake.  The weather was lovely and the air was filled with the crisp cooler weather that has rolled into…

open faced tomato sandwiches

all of my summer tomatoes have ripened and for the past few weeks, i have been making a variety of recipes to take advantage of their delicious homegrown taste. this past week, i made open-faced tomato sandwiches. this process is really not even a recipe, but just a personal preference on how to make a…

a lettuce harvest from my garden

i am a beginning vegetable gardener.  i am still learning how to grow certain vegetables, and don’t always have perfect success stories in my garden.  that is why i am very happy to have the time to be able to practice gardening.  as a registered nurse, i have always favored the term “nursing practice”.  it…

cherry vinaigrette on homegrown lettuce leaves

  it was time to cut some lettuce leaves from my deck garden.  the single lettuce leaves were tender and delicious.  having grown to three to four inches in length, i simply cut them and washed and dried in a salad spinner.  the lettuce flavor is so mild and sweet, also being a great source…

the june garden is in bloom

after the brutal Michigan winter, my June garden is very much welcomed.  i have been walking by and touching all of my plants, because i almost can’t believe how beautiful they are this year.  i must have nearly 200 extremely fragrant pink roses on my climbing rose.  they are in every stage of bloom–small rose…

seeds

edible gardening is more than fun—it is delicious.  i am truly enjoying my lettuces, green onions, and rhubarb this year from my garden. i like to plant my lettuces and green onions in stages—so that i have a supply throughout the summer, with seeds growing to maturity at various intervals. some of my green onion…

microgreens and lettuce

  for the past few years, i have been growing lettuce in pots on my deck.  i find that sowing the seeds in late May, at least past Mother’s day — i have the best germination.  lettuce seeds are a bit temperamental, as if the temperatures are a bit too cold or too warm, they…

Lettuce Bacon and Tomato Wraps

college football season has begun and oh what a great weekend of football games.  in anticipation of great television, i searched for some easy and tasty recipes to serve along with old favorites.  this recipe will keep the cook out of the kitchen and back with the exciting game plays. to make these wraps:gather the…

shrimp salad

are you tired of chicken salad or tuna salad? if so, here is a great recipe for shrimp salad that is wonderful for quick summer dinners. I use pre-cleaned and cooked shrimp and cut each one into thirds. use only enough shrimp that will be consumed at the meal. then, I add a variety of…