Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oh it's about to be radish time!

All of the Easter egg radishes are about 2-3 days from being ready, and as the name describes it truly is like going on an easter egg hunt out in the garden.
 There's is no better salad topping then sliced garden fresh radish.....well other than bacon bits.

The watermelon radishes will be ready in about 2-3 weeks, along with the beets and kale.
Pickled beets are one thing my salads are missing.

Now if only those carrots would hurry up.....

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The very last pumpkin

This season we got 27 pumpkins

And so far I've roasted and pureed about 25 cups of pumpkin for the freezer and still have all these to roast.
I really need to get on this chore because all these pumpkins are taking up quite abit of counter space.
But it was a very successful season.
And I am definitely going to have all the pumpkin puree I'll need for cookies, bread, and pies over the winter.

I'll even get to save the big one for carving a jack-o-lantern.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The First fall radish

The radishes are all about 2 weeks from harvesting. So it was a good surprise when I went out to thin the beets and I find this little guy (an easter egg radish), and at supper time!

He's gonna be good in tonights salad!

Monday, October 10, 2011

What's popping up in the garden

Gourmet lettuce mix



The Carrots are slowly peeking up out of the ground. well the atomic red are. There is evidence of digging where the cosmic purple were planted. So if I can get just a handful of them I'll be thrilled.

Time to thin everything.

Cinnamon apple kolache

My fall version of a simple kolache cookie.
Makes 15 cookies.

about 3 C of finely chopped apple
2 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 heaping tbsp. sugar

1 stick of butter, softened
3 oz. cream cheese softened
1/4 C packed light brown sugar
1 1/4 C all purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla

skillet apple filling:

Melt butter in a skillet then add apples, cinnamon and sugar. Cook on medium heat until tender.
Take off heat.

Preheat oven to 375F*.

Cream the butter and cream cheese. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, mix well.
Add flour 1/4 C at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add vanilla.

Roll out on lightly floured surface. Cut with a biscuit cutter or into squares with a knife.
Place on greased cookie sheet. Scoop a tsp. size dollop of apple filling onto the middle of cookie and pinch sides together. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until golden on edges. Brush with melted butter and let cool.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Watermelon Cake

This cake recipe is so simple and delicious!

You'll need:
2 1/2 C. all purpose flour
1 pkg. cherry flavored unsweetened drink mix
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 C. softened butter
1 1/4 sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 C pureed watermelon

Preheat oven at 350F*.
In a medium bowl mix flour, drink mix, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl beat butter for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar 1/4 C at a time, beat well after each addition. Beat 2 minutes longer.
Add eggs one egg at a time.
Beat in vanilla.
Then alternately add flour mixture 1/3 at a time, and watermelon puree half at a time, beat just until blended.

Pour into greased cake, loaf or muffin pan.
The batter will make 3 loaves, 24 muffins, and probably about 2 cakes.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.