Roasting Tomatoes, Grilling and Freezing Too!

Mamma Mia! We have an abundance of paste-type tomatoes at the Second Street Chicken Ranch. Thankfully, there are several easy ways to preserve these jewels that will keep you in a summer-state-of-mind, all winter.  My favorite way is roasting … [Read more...]

Garlic Scapes – A Simple Pesto Recipe

The Great Garlic Scape Last fall I planted about 50 bulbs of Spanish Roja garlic -- a hard neck variety with a hot and spicy taste.   The garlic is doing extremely well and I'm anticipating a bounty of bulbs this fall.  One bonus of growing … [Read more...]

How to Make Chive Blossom Vinegar

The chive blossoms at the 2nd St. Chicken Ranch are outstanding this year.  I have several clumps of chives that have been divided multiple times over the years - they just keep getting better and better. I love the subtle onion-y taste of spring … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Pesto

The May 2011 issue of Bon Appetit has a great recipe for Chive Pesto.  In addition to chives it also calls for parsley.  Since I'm not a big fan of this herb, I decided to try it with cilantro.  With a couple of ingredient swaps (lime for lemon … [Read more...]

Got Green Tomatoes? This Recipe Takes the Cake

I'm still plucking pinkish-orange tomatoes out from under their plastic cocoon, but I also know the abundance of greenies hanging out there are just not going to make it.  I found this unusual recipe for Green Tomato Cake on the Food Network … [Read more...]

An Easy Recipe for Your Roma Tomato Harvest

Mama Mia, we have tomatoes! Somehow in spite of our disastrous attempt at starting tomato plants from seeds and the less than favorable weather conditions of the 2010 garden season, we managed to have success with our tomatoes this year. The … [Read more...]