Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Recipe #33: To garden, or not to garden? That is the question.

(61 recipes to go.)
Well, this week had the potential of being disasterous... But Travis & I are in a good rhythm, jumping hurdles as they're thrown at us! Yay team! (I tell ya, my husband's newfound drive & good mood this week are contagious! -Hopefully his intense headcold isn't as infectious though!!) So, on account of a lot of goings-on, we selected easy meals; today is spaghetti with Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette salad, yesterday was Tilapia Tuesday with Corn on the Cob (a repeat from Recipe #30) & a small fire- oops. Tomorrow we're taking the Walnut Gorgonzola Salad ingredients to my mom for a taste-testing (she's been eating a lot of salads lately). And Monday didn't involve a Chico recipe but became noteworthy when talking to Brenda on the phone; we both happened to be making sloppy joes! With elk burger! And garlic! And green beans! Too funny. Great minds must think alike? :)
Here's our most recent family portrait taken just a few minutes ago. Which was no easy task with Pete bucking all over the place & Chester wanting to eat. Its Day 3 of their diet. Those silly puppies, they aren't enjoying their new weight management food very much! No table scraps for them nowadays, unless its veggies. Which prompted us to brainstorm this year's garden. We plant one every year and love harvesting our very own fresh produce. Crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, sweet strawberries, oh yes! Tis that time of year! Daydreams of tasty herbs & plants were further enhanced when reading about Chico's Heirloom Garden in the cookbook (a great testimonial to the resort's "pioneer beginnings & agricultural history," as well as to the "kitchen's demand for quality ingredients"). But get this, as much as we (especially Travis) love gardening, we are actually considering NO GARDEN this year! An article titled "Garden Soil Tips" is making us think our garden area needs a little break, as we haven't gotten very good results the last couple of years. Hmm, perhaps we need to focus on the soil to improve the performance of our plants? Add some organic nutrients & minerals maybe?? We shall see, enough contemplating for tonight; Travis is now in his man-cave doing leatherwork and I'm meeting up with the ladies for Bunco. (There's just not enough hours in the day!) We shall think more on the garden later. Enjoy the rest of this WINDY Wednesday, everyone!
~Rating of Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette: 6 stars (out of 10) from Travis. 4 stars from me.
~Rating of Corn on the Cob: 8 stars (out of 10). We boiled it instead of grilling it this time.
~Quote of the day: "Whoever loves & understands a garden will find contentment within." -Chinese Proverb.
~Music while cooking: none, just the sound of Travis & I visiting about our days.

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