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Summer Vegetables 
Jun. 14, 2010 3:27 pm 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2010 8:54 pm
Just got the word that the first box of vegetables from my organic farm share will be ready next week. I can hardly wait. I write a weekly recipe email newletter for all of the farm shareholders who want to receive one. I try to furnish recipes for the vegetables we are receiving for that particular week. We get A LOT of Swiss Chard at first. It grows well in our area and comes on early. Tuesday's recipe is for the basic way I prepare chard as a side dish. We are lucky at this time and place in history. We can get most fresh fruits and vegetable all year long. It wasn't that long ago that fresh produce changed with the seasons. Some people who are new to subscribing to an organic farm complain about huge amounts of certain vegetables at certain times. They need to remember that what we get in our boxes depends on the growing conditions for that particular year. Whatever grows well naturally will be the lion's share in our boxes. Who knows, if there is ever a natural disaster or socio-economic upheaval, we may need to get used to a little deprivation in the food supply chain. So I'll just keep trying lots of chard, cabbage, onion and zucchini recipes for when they are truly plentiful.
Jun. 14, 2010 5:49 pm
I have never had chard - what do you do with it and what does it taste like?
Jun. 14, 2010 7:38 pm
Local organic vegetables are the best. I really love summer because the produce that is already really great really just shines.
Jun. 14, 2010 7:38 pm
Mother Ann: I use swiss chard in like stirfry or Zuppa Toscana soup.
Jun. 14, 2010 8:54 pm
love swiss chard-borscht soup, and cream sauces just are not the same without it. When the garden produces we eat what is in season, alot of it!
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I love to develop new recipes. I have had 15 recipes published by Reiman publications, publishers of TASTE OF HOME magazine. I like to try at least one new recipe a week. My other interests that aren't listed above are running and horse racing. By profession I am a registered medical technologist currently working in microbiology at a local medical center.
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Soups. Main dishes for interesting evening meals. Simple baking like cookie jar cookies and quick breads.
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I basically make Thanksgiving dinner like my mom did.
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Winning a runner up prize for my lasagne recipe when I worked for the Nestle corporation. (I was a part time R&D assistant for the Willy Wonka Candy Factory)
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Trying to make sweet and sour shrimp with deep fried shrimp. Coating came off the shrimp when I put the sauce on. My familiy refused to eat it. We were short of money then and it hurt to waste the food and then go get MacDonald's for dinner.
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