Romanian Red Garlic

Primarily Romanian Red Garlic this harvest! And a few other bulbs in the box.

My brother sent organic garlic from his garden in Okanogan, Washington.

It’s the time of year when I’m watching the mail for his shipment to me. He’s made it an annual event.

Thanks David. It’s here. Now to figure out what to cook!

Did you know there are many types of Red Garlics?

Estonian Red, Chesnok Red, Creole Red, Killarney Red, Russian Red, German Red, Vietnamese Red, Korean Red, and Turkish Red to name some.

But this year it’s primarily Romanian Red!

Roasted, rubbed,minced, smashed,chopped, sautéed- it’s all pungently delicious.

Pesto Season Signals Summer

Last night a friend brought over some fragrant fresh basil from the garden.

I felt inspired.

The recipe I used called for

2 c fresh basil leaves 1/3 c pine nuts 1/2 c Romano or parmesan cheese 1/2 c olive oil 3 cloves of garlic. Another friend’s flowers from her garden.

Such generous friends.

It might be time for new red and white checkered table cloth. I hemmed this fabric in 1974 and the red has faded to almost pink.

Even if it rains, the front porch offers shelter and a wonderful place to watch the downpour.

Good Garlic

Friday night. Supper.

Making good use of the garlic my brother David sent from Okanogan. Cherry tomatoes courtesy of Deb snd Sy’s vines growing along the Ohio River. Steve brought home the fresh pasta.

Sautéed baby spinach in olive oil with garlic.

 

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My Brother’s Organic Garlic From Okanogan

I was excited to receive the annual organic garlic package my brother sends. Inspirational. I think my sister helped get it out to me this year as she’s visiting now.  Thanks David and Mary.  Can’t  wait to cook with it.

IMG_3077(The glass flag plate from my friend J in Florida. She always remembers my Fourth of July Birthday with a red,white and blue gift!)

Shared Summer Harvest

Come January we’ll be longing for these tomatoes. The taste of summer.

My friend R stopped by the other evening and shared these fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes.  Just picked!

Olive oil, chunky chopped onions and a couple of garlic cloves. Threw in the remaining cherry tomatoes (we’d been popping them in our mouths, unadorned)

Black beans and rice.  Mmmmmmmm.

Zucchini and Fresh Tomatoes Hint of Summer

Nell Miller’s Poor Man Meatballs

Three zucchini, grated and drained

Add a couple of eggs and a cup of Italian bread crumbs -salt and pepper

I tilt the bowl so excess liquid pools and can be removed

Mince by hand or whir a few garlic cloves in the food processor

Heat up the cast iron skillet. Add olive oil.

Shape and brown.

Tonight I added fresh grape cherry tomato sauce on the side.  Grate some Parmesan

tastes like summer

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Zucchini, Garlic, Olive Oil

All come together in this recipe-

I love zucchini but this recipe is my favorite. It’s  from my next door neighbor in Clarion PA. (C.1980)

Nell Miller called them Poor Man Meatballs. 

The key to success is getting as much moisture out as you can -which is a challenge. And I like using the cast iron skillet. 

You grate or process about three (not the large seedy kind) zucchini

Tilt the bowl for a time to capture the wet. Drain off. Squeeze as dry as you can.

Add egg, dried Italian bread crumbs or plain with your own seasoning, salt and pepper. Toss with fork -add minced garlic. Mmmmmm can smell them now.  Shape like potato pancakes not too big. My gluten-free friend used crushed Rice Chex instead of bread crumbs.  Drain on paper towel.

You can eat them plain (my choice) or add to marinara sauce over pasta.