Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

quick and easy summer gazpacho [recipe]

This weekend I was down in New Jersey visiting family and friends. One of my oldest friends – we’ve known each other since 5th grade girl scouts – is getting married in a few months and her bridal shower was Sunday. It was a great affair (even though I was late; oops!) and they actually used the same caterers for the shower that I used for my wedding.

gazpacho 400x400 quick and easy summer gazpacho [recipe]

After the shower I went up with my dad and sister to visit my Grammie and her sister. They have a caretaker who has done a beautiful job┬áresuscitating Grammie’s garden. It’s been neglected the last few years so I’m glad it’s back up and running. She sent me home with more veggies than I could carry, including the tomatoes I used for this soup, the corn, banana peppers, and cucumber. The basil is from my dad’s garden.

Garden Beets and Nuggets of Wisdom

I just found this very insightful nugget:

The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.

From a fantastic article in the WSJ.

Guess what these are?

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They are steamed beets from my dad’s garden. Tender, sweet, and fresh. The best kind of beets, I think. I’ve never had better. I like eating them plain or topped with yogurt, or in a sandwich. I’ll post the sandwich later.

What’s your favorite way to eat beets? What’s your favorite quote or nugget of wisdom?