Two Cool Cucumber Dishes – a Soup and a Sauce

Cucumbers grow well in Louisiana gardens in the summer. I have huge crop and try to find different ways to prepare them.  Here are two recipes which use the same ingredient combination — cucumbers, yogurt, garlic — but with very different results. One recipe was a hit and the other bombed.Chicken and Yogurt Dip - IMG_4117_1 Continue reading

Glazed Carrots from Monsanto Seeds

I attended a convention two years ago; the Monsanto Company handed out sample vegetable seed packets as a vendor. I planted the carrots this February and they grew! For a recipe, I made Glazed Carrots. At the convention, Monsanto researchers participated in a workshop on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) crops.

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Colorful Tomato and Basil Pesto Pizza

Basil is easy to grow in Louisiana in the summertime. In fact, my garden is full of the herb. One seed packet makes a huge crop. Basil makes a nice addition to salads and pasta. Pizza is a favorite dish and I experimented with using basil in a pizza tart recipe. The homemade pizza is surprisingly easy to make and has become a family favorite. fresh basil and tomatoes - IMG_5868_1   Continue reading

Garden-Grown Heirloom Lettuce Inspires Wilted Lettuce Salad

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This spring I planted heirloom lettuce in my garden from a sample seed package mix. I was pleasantly surprised to see that many the 20 varieties germinated resulting in some fascinating lettuce types. When I thought about favorite ways to … Continue reading

Summer Squash: The Zucchini That Got Away

Does summer squash grow in a Louisiana garden? Yes, I planted several varieties of squash this spring. In the morning we go out to the garden, eager to see what is there. Kind of a treasure hunt; it’s exciting to find a new vegetable growing. The squash hide under the big leaves, you’ve got to look hard from several angles to see them. One zucchini got away.

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Swiss Chard: Grow it in Louisiana

What is Swiss chard? It’s a delectable leafy green vegetable, not nearly as common as spinach or mustard greens, for example. It is very tender with a mild flavor. My mother planted it in her garden when we were growing up and it was the only “greens” vegetable that I liked. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it grows in Louisiana gardens. You should give Swiss chard a try, if you have never tasted it.

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