Ratatouille’s Ratatouille

Smitten Kitchen has a great recipe for ratatouille that I’ve shared before but I really think I should share again. This is the genuine ratatouille from the movie Ratatouille.

Before the oven
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After baking…mmmm
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This is not your mother’s stew-like concoction. Instead of chopping up cubes of vegetables and combining them in a pot, you layer thin slices of eggplant, red pepper, zucchini and other squash atop a tomato sauce laden with chopped onion and garlic. It is soooo good.

I like to serve it on pasta or rice, but its equally delicious on its own and makes a great fall supper.

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2013 Edible Garden Tour a Great Success!

I want to thank Claudia Bolli and Amanda for bringing a bunch of fabulous green thumbs to my place to view my garden and yard. It was great to meet people who love gardening as much as I do.

Here are some quick links to some of the things we discussed:

Sheet Mulching Workshop (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 
Thanks everyone for coming by!
 
 

Black From Tula Tomato and Other Yummy Things

The Black From Tula Tomato is a heritage tomato that originated in Tula, Russia. We’re it up to me, I might have given it an easier name to remember.

The fruit can grow as large a 5-6″ in diameter and they darken to a purple-black color as they ripen. Apparently they have a smoky taste, but I’ve yet to try one. I’m giving this tomato a few more days on the vine before I devour it.
Tumbler tomatoes are packed with fabulous flavor. The fruit mature quickly on compact plants well suited to containers. I’ve already taken 4 lbs of tomatoes off of this one plant pictured above.
This is a pumpkin, or so I’ve been told. I have no idea whether it will mature before frost, as I’ve never tried to grow them here before.
I’ve decided to grow cucumbers on a trellis this year in hopes of keeping the bugs off the fruit. So far so good 🙂