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Old 05-23-2004, 03:17 PM   #11
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Nothing nicer than a spring vegetable risotto with baby carrots and peas and lovely young leeks, yum! Still have to wait another three weeks for my next farmers market, hopefully they will have some nice fresh vegetables! It's been just potatoes carrots and onions lately, as they only sell what grows locally.
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Old 05-23-2004, 10:06 PM   #12
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Talking about farmers markets..... is it just ME or do store apples and tomatos just suck!? Tasteless tomatos.... what a waste!!! :? I think canning tomatoes really keeps the flavor.
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Old 05-23-2004, 10:44 PM   #13
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no, unless you buy the vine ripened ones, store bought tomatoes are horrible.
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Old 05-23-2004, 11:59 PM   #14
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We were just reading about how tomatoes are sent to the stores green, then they spray them with CO2 gas to quickly turn them red. Nothing beats homegrown tomatoes!!!!!!!

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Old 05-24-2004, 04:36 AM   #15
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It's the same here, tomatoes can be horrible. The trick to picking good ones is the smell, if they don't have a grassy, tomatoe-y fragrance, they won't taste. I adore growing my own, but don't have a garden here (you need a glass house to grow tomatoes here) I used to grow a variety called Black Russian, which were a very deep blackish red, they were gorgeous!
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Old 05-29-2004, 11:02 AM   #16
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:D Don,t start on tomatoes yet hubbie will soon be bringing them in in mass i usualy end up making chutney with them . The trouble in England
you get alot of one item all at once !! :D
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Old 05-29-2004, 10:02 PM   #17
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Jess can you grow the varieties that don't ripen all at once? I think they're called non-determinate - some varieties are like that. Then you have pickings for weeks on end and not so many at one time.
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Old 05-29-2004, 10:05 PM   #18
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As far as Asparagas goes I think you either love it or hate it - I've always loved it and Hollandaise sauce is a wonderful addition - steamed lends the most delicate flavor.

Hubby is in charge of tomatoes this year and he is nurturing them well - 9 plants! We should be in tomato heaven by mid July! We love 'em sliced on bacon & tomato sandwiches and in tomato salads and just about any way you can think of - eaten out of hand...we are tomato hogs!

If you grow the plum tomatoes you can just pick, rinse and freeze them in the vaccuume bags and they skin themselves when they are thawed!


Big Yum!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-30-2004, 03:48 AM   #19
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I think given the English weather, we honestly do have about two weeks of peak summer, there would be no way of preventing a "rush" of ripening tomatoes. I love relish, chutney and home made tomato ketchup. I used to do a lot of bottling and preserving.
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My Favorite Asparagus Recipe...

Asparagus w/ Lemon-Butter Sauce

2 lbs. fresh asparagus spears, cooked
or 2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen asparagus spears
1/4 c. slivered almonds
1/4 c. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. lemon juice

Cook slivered almonds in 1/4 cup butter until golden brown, stirring constantly (about 5-7 minutes). Remove from heat and add salt and lemon juice. Pour over vegetables. Serves 6.
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