Harvest – September 11


A perfect Sunday morning in the garden, almost mid-September- inspecting, watering, harvesting and planning.   After having planted a late 2nd summer crop, the green beans, cucumbers and corn all hold promise for late October.  The chard, basil, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and herbs are an ongoing event.

The basket pictured above holds mostly basil, chard and peppers.  I love a thick and hearty tomato based sauce-the potential for meals is limitless.  I saute 4-carrots, 1-onion, 4 ribs-celery and a large bunch of chard.   Add white wine and reduce.  Add a splash of chicken stock and 3-large cans italian stewed tomatoes.   I added a handful of the first ripe chili de arbol….and the leaves from a huge bouquet of basil.  Simmer and puree with food mill or blender.

One idea for a casual supper:  place cooked pasta of your choice in a wide bowl, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, layer on some sauce, pile with tender greens (baby arugula, baby spinach, or spring mix), grate a bit of parmesan and a slice of buffalo mozzarella, twist of fresh pepper and a pinch of salt.  Crunchy Italian bread sticks make a nice compliment.

There are still several quarts of sauce left for the rest of the week!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s