Thursday, March 11, 2010

Arizona Gardners

This spring break, if nothing else happens, I will be pulling out the last of my cabbage and other leftover veggies to get ready for the mouthwatering summer garden. I am a little behind but still plenty of time to yield my favorite crops. If you also are ready for planting, here are a few things you can plant in Arizona this time of year:

Spring Peas
Green Beans

Everyone should try a garden. Especially tomatoes. There is nothing like the garden tomatoes. It is simple. You don't need much room. Your body will thank you. If you need more gardening info, check out my new "gardening" label at the end for all my past gardening posts. I am relabeling everything so it will be easier to find past post's.

And, if you are like me, you may have some leftover cabbage in the garden. Here is a coleslaw recipe that I like just plain and simple. There is sugar so my sugar free mama's may have to wait. If you want to go for the jazzier version of slaw, try my peanut slaw here.

Simple Slaw

1/2 C. Mayo (To make a healthy, homemade mayo, try Kara's here.)
1/3 sugar or sucanat whirled in blender
1/4 C. buttermilk
1/4 C. milk
2 1/2 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 T. white vinegar
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
8 cups finely chopped cabbage
1/4 C. shredded carrot
2 T. minced onion

Chop cabbage finely or shred. Combine mayo, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl and beat until smooth.

Add cabbage, carrots and onion. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two before serving.

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Leiah said...

ugggh - I built two 4' x 8' garden boxes today - trying to get it all put together. Do you have as many weeds as I do?

Jessie Woolstenhulme said...

I am a blog surfer and came upon your blog and just love it! thank you so much for all of the helpful information! I received my first box from Green Bee just this week and love it! I have one question though... Do you have any good recipes for artichoke? I received two of them in this week's box and am looking for some good recipes.

Shari Goodman said...

I steam my artichokes or put them in a pressure cooker until tender, first cutting off about an inch at the top and the stem. You can tear off the leaves and dip them in a garlic butter or other sauce and with your teeth pull out the meat on the leaves. Then, you get the heart out of the middle of the artichoke. I chopped it up and put it in my Greek orzo on my blog or on a pizza. It was great.