Grow Your Own #38

I’ve always believed in the innate goodness in people and I’m continually inspired by the goodness I see in the blogging community. Though we might be strangers that have never formally met, people reach out online and extend that reach into the world, making a difference in the lives of others, whether by sending healing… 

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Spiced Persimmon Cake with Dates and Lemon Glaze

Spiced Persimmon Cake with Dates and Lemon Glaze - Andrea Meyers

We discovered the persimmon tree in September when we noticed the golden orbs hanging from the branches. We hadn’t paid attention to the tree before because it was in a relatively inaccessible area behind our house and we had no idea what it was or what if anything it would produce, it had not set… 

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Grow Your Own #37 Round-up

Based on the emails I’ve received lately, my announcement of the Grow Your Own winter hiatus seems to have sparked concern, and I want to thank everyone for thinking of us. We are all well, no health problems, home life is just a little overwhelming right now. Caring for three little boys, two of whom… 

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Oven-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Oven-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa - Andrea Meyers

Have I ever mentioned that purple is my favorite color? I find the color exhilarating and like plants that bear purple fruits and vegetables, including tomatillos. Our tomatillo plants were slow this year along with everything else in the garden. The extended cold, wet spring put a damper on things, making everything slow to grow… 

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Thai Basil Chicken (Kai Kraphao)

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Kai Kraphao) - Andrea Meyers

This dish is the main reason we grow Thai basil in our herb garden. We’ve grown many kinds of basil over the years and seem to have settled into a routine of Genovese, Lemon (Sweet Dani or similar), and Thai (Sweet Thai or Queen of Siam) basil because they cover the spectrum of our uses…. 

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Zucchini Risotto with Basil

Zucchini Risotto - Andrea Meyers

Zucchini season will soon come to an end, but there’s still time to enjoy this icon of the summer garden. We’ve made salads, pasta, bread, gratins, and all sorts of things with zucchini, even though it was a sad zucchini year for us after losing all our zucchini plants to garden pests. Risotto is comfort… 

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Zucchini Soba Salad

Zucchini Soba Salad - Andrea Meyers

My introduction to soba noodles was actually on a plane flying from Tokyo to Honolulu, admittedly not the best place to get good food. The flight attendants came around with breakfast and asked if I wanted the Japanese or the American breakfast, and I chose the Japanese because I could see the noodles that someone… 

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Tomato Jam (Doce de Tomate)

Tomato Jam (Doce de Tomate) - Andrea Meyers

It’s rich and complex, not your average tomato jam. The cinnamon and cloves spice it up, but the ruby port makes all the difference between an average jam and a memorable jam. It’s good by itself on toast, crackers, or baguette slices, and even better with sheep or goat cheese. The recipe comes from the… 

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