As we turn the corner and start marching into spring, my thoughts have turned to planting. We're starting seeds and making plans to get our raised beds finished and start planting peas and spring lettuces. I'm excited about all the new produce we're planting this year and can't wait to share it with you.
Thanks to everyone who participated in Grow Your Own in February. We had nine participants from five countries, and we cooked with our homegrown or foraged Meyer lemons, tomatoes, arugula, basil, scallions, peppercorns, Malunggay leaves, sayote (chayote), parsley, scallions, carrots, and thyme. We had several new participants this month, so be sure to give them a warm welcome!
If you are new to Grow Your Own, you can visit the Grow Your Own page to learn more about it. I am hosting the March event, and the deadline is March 30. Send your entries to me.. I'm booking hosts for the coming months, so please send me an email if you are interested. And be sure to visit the Grow Your Own Flickr photo group to see all the things we've been growing and eating.
And now for the round-up! Click the images to visit the posts. (Presented in the order received.)
Meyer Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette from Jessica of Finny Knits (California, United States)
Jessica is fortunate to have Meyer lemons in her yard, and she mixed up a vinaigrette with the juice and made a lovely salad with her homegrown arugula, tomatoes, and basil.
Pickled Green Peppercorn from Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen (Goa, India)
Aparna gave us a tutorial on the different types of peppercorns and showed us how to pickle fresh green peppercorns, which her daughter foraged while on a class field trip.
Warm Artichoke Dip from Kim of Live Love Laugh Eat (Virginia, United States)
Kim made a warm artichoke dip with jalapeno and her homegrown scallions. The recipe comes from Great Party Dips, a cookbook she won in one of our January giveaways.
Black Bean Quinoa Salad from Julia of Grow. Cook. Eat. (Massachusetts, United States)
Julia is a chef who grows as much of her own produce as possible. She made a healthy salad using her own canned tomatoes and frozen basil from her summer garden.
Tinolang Pata from Ela of Everything's Herbed (Laguna, Philippines)
Karen tossed together a simple pasta salad with dory and a salsa verde made with her homegrown parsley.
Shrimp and Grits with Bacon from Deb at Austin Agrodolce (Texas, United States)
Deb got a little adventurous (think snakes on a plane) with her grits and added some cheese, shrimp, bacon, and some scallions from her garden.
Vegetarian Chili from Zora of Gardenopolis (British Columbia, Canada)
Zora used some of her overwintered carrots and thyme from her garden make this healthy chili.
Panini with Prosciutto, Fontina, Spinach and Slow-Roasted Tomatoes from Andrea of Andrea's Recipes (Virginia, United States)
I broke out another jar of our slow-roasted tomatoes from the summer garden and made quick and easy panini for a weeknight dinner.