Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Greens from the Garden

Are you eating healthier now that the holidays are over?  Lot’s of fruits and veggies?  I am, but that’s because I have some produce straight from my garden!  Funny to think of getting fresh veggies out of your garden in January right?  Well, here in Arizona, it is kind part of our prime growing time.  While the nights are pretty cold, the days have been a magnificent 70 degrees and sunny. 

I’ve always grown herbs like basil, mint, and oregano, but in this past year, we have branched out and planted kale, arugula, chard, and romaine lettuce, in addition to the herbs.  

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Here is a bowl full of fresh kale I picked the other morning.

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The kale salad I made with it – also using cherry tomatoes from our tomato plant (along with olive oil, kosher salt, lemon juice and nooch!)

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A simple, but marvelous, side salad with our fresh lettuce.

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I used MY FAVORITE balsamic to dress the salad, so as not to overpower the taste of the fresh picked baby romaine.  This balsamic is available at Williams Sonoma, a little pricey, but worth every penny.   Nothing.else.needed.

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There is a certain satisfaction from eating food you’ve grown yourself.  Not to mention that I’m eating it in January.  ;-)  

PS-If you want a great wine to pair with salads, try sauvignon blanc. Particularly ones from Chile or New Zealand as they have a little more grassy –raciness and meld perfectly with your salad greens. 

4 comments:

  1. So jealous. Your produce looks beautiful.

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  2. I'm so jealous of your weather!

    LOVE sauvignon blanc! Too funny that we both posted it on our blogs today!

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  3. I can't believe that you have such gorgeous greens right now...I don't think we've even been in double digits for a week!

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  4. What a great garden!!! Once we have a backyard, I plan to grow a garden. Right now we live in a tiny one bedroom condo. Thanks for the salad/wine tip.

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