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The dirt on the garden . . .

Picking kumquats in the sunny south 
Feb. 12, 2009 10:43 am 
Last week we're freezing, this week it is 75. The plants don't know what to do and the garden reflects it. Unfortunately the frosts a month ago and then again last week have kept things on a slow recovery. The broccoli flowered out with itty bitty heads. We pulled the old ones and cut back any frost damage over the weekend and put in new plants. Gus and Andy put in potatoes, peas, and brussels sprouts while I planted the last of the White Lady turnips. Whew, it was a busy week.

I made a version of the Cuban Green Soup off the recipe log this week. But, I made it from scratch instead of the short cut version. I used datil peppers from the freezer along with some marcone pepper we grew last summer. I also used a pinch of garam masala and a tablespoon of cumin. I sauted my onion and turnip with the spices in olive oil and skipped the meat for a veggie alternative. I've learned for digestion and to open up the nutritional content of greens, that oil is needed. It doesn't always have to be a meat grease though. But it is why they call it greasy greens. The soup was a hit at our house.
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My husband and friend own a small Community Supported Agriculture business in North Florida near Tallahassee. I work as a director for a before and after school program at a charter school in Tallahassee as well. We are involved in old time music and dance communities.
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I like to cook seasonally and fresh. We eat meat that is locally grown and fruits as they come in, but mostly our garden and freezer provide the majority of our food.
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Being together in the kitchen. It doesn't matter what we are cooking.
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I won a prize at the state fair for my perserves.
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Once I made a lazagna that even the dogs wouldn't eat.
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