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Busy Times Shouldn't Mean Bad Food 
 
Jul. 27, 2011 7:08 am 
Updated: Jul. 27, 2011 7:09 pm
I haven't had the time to blog about our food adventures lately because I have been so busy. I have been unemployed for 8 months now, but I was lucky to get some contract work in June. Since taking these assignments, I have been busy busy busy. For several weeks the man had to cook since I had even less time than usual. He grumbled a bit, but kept us fed! July is also filled with guests and birthdays, so there was a LOT of eating out. With all of this it has been nearly impossible to keep with our plan of 3 homegrown meals a week. But we have tried valiantly to make the most of the meals that we prepared. I have put links to the stores and recipes when I could so you can see what amazing stuff we've managed to eat, even if it's not totally homemade, we've been keeping to at least our "local" goal. Also, Maryland has just rolled out the Buy Local Challenge - and we have certainly done so! Amazingly, our budget has still been easy to keep. My garden, along with those of two dear friends have been the primary sources of fruits and veggies for us, though the man is not to be trusted not to buy the tasty kakes when he goes to the grocery by himself. I have been much better about not eating them though!
  1. Party! - I thew a giant party during the first week of July -  check out my menu. I used fresh tomatoes, okra, corn, bell peppers and jalapenos to make much of the food. Eastern Shore produce is wonderful! We also had fresh bread and local cheeses.
  2. Crab Cake dinner - my friend Ann makes the BEST crabcakes. Really, the best. fresh, locally fished and picked crab, local Argent corn, tomatoes and cukes. YUMMO!
  3. My birthday Taster's dinner with friends - everyone brought something that was either local or homemade. We had local cheeses from my favorite deli, spicy, garden fresh cukes, tomatoes and onions, cold avocado lime soup, homemade venison salami, blue crab peanuts and local bread. And the man made me a totally from scratch pineapple upside down cake.
  4. Weeknight Dinner #1 - fresh chicken cacciatore - local chicken, fresh herbs, garden tomaotes and squash. Served with risotto.
  5. Weeknight Dinner #2 - Appetizer of cuke baguettes , homemade bread, fresh cukes, and homemade dill dip using herbs from my garden, turkey kielbasa [store bought :(] sauteed with tomatoes, wax beans and onions from my garden. Served with the last of this winter's homemade pierogies [grandma's recipe].
  6. Weeknight Dinner #3 - Shanghai Noodle Salad made with fresh zucchini, onions, bell peppers, carrots and yellow squash - straight from the garden! I made this into a main dish by adding chicken marinated in the sauce.
  7. Lunch #1 - BLTs! Fresh baked bread (thank goodness for my breadmaker in all this heat!), turkey bacon from the Amish market, garden tomatoes and lettuce.
  8. Lunch #2 - tuna salad - I like to mix veggies straight into the tuna salad - I diced up some fresh cucumbers and cherry tomatoes in this batch and stirred in dill from the garden. So tasty served with fresh lettuce and slices of tomatoes.
Since June, I have managed to lose 15 pounds. Between the better eating, and my new exercise routine I have done so well! I haven't decided what's for dinner tonight, but I have tomatoes, cukes and squash....plus, MY corn is almost ready to harvest. Now that work has slowed down, I am hoping that we can get out on the boat and go crabbing! I can't wait for some fresh rockfish and crabs. By next week, my first cantelopes should be ready with the watermelons coming in the week after that, and I can't forget the eggplants that are growing too. Here's some food pics, next time some garden pictures!
Ann's Crabcakes!
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Garden fresh tomatoes, corn and okra!
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Cutest litte cuke baguettes!
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Shanghai Noodle Salad
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A taster's feast!
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Fresh chicken "cacciatore" - look at those colors!
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The finished product! Man was that good.
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Fast, easy and oh so tasty! Kielbasa with wax beans and fresh pierogies.
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Comments
Jul. 27, 2011 9:40 am
WOW! As soon as I saw your pics in the photo gallery I had to hop over to the blog section. Was hoping you had done one and I was right. The dishes look amazing! Kuddos on the 15 pounds too!
 
Jul. 27, 2011 11:21 am
The garden sounds. The weight loss sounds great. The food all looks great.
 
AZ 
Jul. 27, 2011 11:25 am
Thanks Fabius! Can you belive I have been eating this amazing food and am still losing weight???????? I have 15# left to go. You would die for my friend's crab cakes, and another's crab dip - she adds cayenne pepper. soooooo goood!
 
AZ 
Jul. 27, 2011 12:23 pm
Doug - I am continually impressed by your achievements as well! We're in it together on the bags of sugar!
 
Jul. 27, 2011 1:09 pm
Stop that right now you know you are driving me crazy! Crab cakes and crab dips are my favorite foods! Actually a place called Loonies Pub has a very tasty crab dip and they give you alot. Way to go girl!
 
Jul. 27, 2011 7:09 pm
Hey AZ, nice to see you again. I miss real crab cakes. My Mom use to get crabmeat picked fresh from some crabbers in Rock Hall (on eastern shore)
 
 
 
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About Me
I love to garden, and I love to cook what's in my garden. I grew up vegetarian and went through many styles of diet until I ended up where I am today. I love vegetarian food, seafood and poultry. I love to try new things and every year in the garden I rearrange what I'm growing - one of these days I'll find the perfect balance for me.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake bread and desserts, and since the man joined me in the house with two crazy dogs, I get to bake a lot more. My friends and neighbors still end up the lucky recipients for anything he doesn't scarf down though. Cajun and southern food is a particular favorite, I never met a grit or a fricasee that I didn't LOVE!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am the family baker, so I get to play around with desserts every year for all of the holidays. I am not allowed to skip the brandied pumpkin pies for thanksgiving or christmas, and we have to have lemon something for easter. I also make huge batches of apple butter every winter and that's become my favoite part of fall.
My cooking triumphs
Hosting Thanksgiving last year I served 12 with no assistance. I made the soup, rolls, salads, sides, turkey and desserts. It was a treat for me to be able to do that for my family instead of the normal potluck that we do. No one else had to lift a finger and I got to do what I love!
My cooking tragedies
I have a few, but last year's jalapeno fume cloud takes the cake. I was making a jalapeno pickling liquid and forgot to turn the vent fan on. I ended up having the get my dog and leave the house for several hours while the vapors diminished! Thank goodness I did not throw the habaneros in the pot too!
 
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