Grow Your Own #34, the Second Anniversary

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Grow Your Own logo, green leafI’ve been thinking about what I wanted to say for this post, perhaps something profound about growing our own foods and sharing them with others, or this being the second anniversary of Grow Your Own and how the event has evolved, but each month I come back to the same theme: how much fun it is to see what everyone is growing, hunting, foraging, and making. I always find ideas for new things to grow in your posts, and even though we may have some of the same foods in season, there is always a variety of dishes. I hope you find the posts as inspiring as I do.

Thanks to everyone who posted for the second anniversary of Grow Your Own! We had eleven thirteen participants from three four countries, and we cooked with our homegrown tomatoes, basil, methi, peppers, squash, onions, greens, pears, and lemon verbena. If I missed a post, please let me know.

If you are new to Grow Your Own, visit the Grow Your Own page to learn more about the event. Today we start the next event and our host is Praveen of Masala Heaven. The deadline for posting is September 15, so be sure to check Praveen’s blog for more information. We hope you will join us!

And now for the round-up! (Presented in the order received.)

[Updated September 1, 2009]

TasteFood - Provençal Vegetable Tian with Goat Cheese and Basil Coulis

Provençal Vegetable Tian with Goat Cheese and Basil Coulis from Lynda of TasteFood
(California, United States)

Lynda’s tian is colorful and beautiful with her homegrown heirloom tomatoes and basil (recipe from Côté Sud).

Fab Frugal Food - Sassy Smoky Salsa

Sassy Smoky Salsa from Donna of Fab Frugal Food
(Utah, United States)

Donna plays Salsa Fairy (explained in her post) and shares a recipe for her favorite smoky salsa with homegrown tomatoes.

eCurry - Lentil Soup with Fenugreek (Methi Dal)

Lentil Soup with Fenugreek (Methi Dal) from Soma of eCurry
(Texas, United States)

Soma’s dal is even more delicious with her homegrown methi and tomatoes.

Erbe in Cucina - Hot Starters with Cheese

Hot Starters with Cheese from Graziana of Erbe in Cucina
(Sicily, Italy)

Graziana’s appetizers get their spiciness from her homegrown hot peppers.

The Cellar and the Pantry - Garden Spaghetti

Garden Spaghetti from Chris of The Cellar and the Pantry
(Pennsylvania, United States)

Chris’s spaghetti squash, onions, and peppers came together for a completely homegrown meal.

Kitchen Therapy - Tomato Review 2009

Tomato Review 2009 from Linda of Kitchen Therapy
(Wisconsin, United States)

Linda shared the varieties of tomatoes they grew this year and the different ways they have used them.

Feeding Maybelle - BLT Pie

BLT Pie from Maybelle’s Mom at Feeding Maybelle
(Ohio, United States)

Homegrown tomatoes and greens make up part of the layers in this luscious bacon, lettuce and tomato pie.

Playing House -Pear Custard Pie

Pear Custard Pie from Amy of Playing House
(Oregon, United States)

Amy’s baby pear tree has shared lots of fruit and some of it went into this custard pie reminiscent of a Dutch Baby.

Chez Us - Lemon Verbena Madelines

Lemon Verbena Madelines from Denise at Chez Us
(California, United States)

These lemony madelines (recipe from David Lebovitz) make a delicious treat.

My Diverse Kitchen - Tomato Bread with Fresh Basil

Tomato Bread with Fresh Basil from Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen
(Goa, India)

Aparna’s homegrown basil adds flavor to this beautiful tomato bread (recipe from Beth Hensperger).

Culinary Disasters - Roasted Tomato Sausage Penne

Roasted Tomato Sausage Penne from Jeff of Culinary Disasters
(Indiana, United States)

Jeff’s roasted his fresh homegrown tomatoes and added some of his fresh herbs to make this hearty pasta dish.

What Smells So Good? - Roasted Squash Blossoms with Tri-Color Filling

Roasted Squash Blossoms with Tri-Color Filling from Sarah of What Smells So Good?
(Ontario, Canada)

Sarah’s homegrown squash blossoms are sure to please with the homegrown sun-dried tomato, basil, and goat cheese filling.

Andrea Meyers - Tomato Jam (Doce de Tomate)

Tomato Jam (Doce de Tomate) from Andrea of Andrea Meyers
(Virginia, United States)

I used our homegrown Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes to make this Portuguese jam with port (recipe from David Leite).

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  1. […] There is a fabulous blog celebrating home-grown goodness – Andrea Meyers at Andreas Recipes – she hosts a twice-monthly “Grow Your Own” feature where she highlights recipes from food blogs that feature cooks using ingredients they have grown (or foraged or were gifted) themselves. This salsa post was featured on her blog – check it out to see this and other “GYO” goodness! […]

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