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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Fresh from the garden and recipe testing

I have to say, I am thrilled to have my computer back up and running. So far this inanimate object that has caused me such grief the past few weeks has finally gotten its attitude adjusted. :o) With that I share with you the first summer squash from our garden. These plants are just thriving, which we are so happy about. Brandie stopped by yesterday and her eyes lit up with pure joy when she say them. Yes, I sent her home a little care package of delicious home grown squash. Tonight's meal was simple and delicious. I stir fried, with cooking spray, some onion, yellow squash, and the little scalloped squashes. I love how they got a little bit caramelized. Sprinkled a bit of garlic and sea salt on them and they were ready to dish up. When dinner was over I wished for more. :o)

We also have an abundance of Swiss chard growing in our garden. I went out this evening before dinner and cut some beautiful 2 1/2 foot leaves off. I am not kidding, they are huge! Simple and quick. Saute some fresh garlic add the washed greens, some sea salt and pepper and let the magic begin. They so hit the spot!

Here we have a few tester recipes from the Happy Herbivore. You will so want to get her new cookbook when it comes out. Trust me mouth watering recipes! Her banana bread is so moist and delicious. I have tried many vegan banana bread recipes and this one is by far the best ever.

Vegan corn dogs anyone? Well, you will just have to wait. :o)

I made a Double layer pumpkin cheese cake today,

Susan's recipe, which is the best. Trust her when she says you can feed an omni and they won't be able to tell it's vegan. My DH loves this recipe! My dilemma was, what to do with the leftover pumpkin? After all the reason I made the cheesecake was because my canned pumpkin had been sitting in the cupboard just begging to be used. The answer make pumpkin bread, using the banana bread recipe as a base. It worked!! Just as moist and tasty as the banana bread. Yahoo!!!

On that tasty note I will close for now. Happy cooking everyone!


Lindsay (Happy Herbivore) said...

You are truly amazing! (your breads look so gorgeous! The the corn dogs too!) I have been dying to try that pumpkin pie since last thanks giving! You are the best :)

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

You're growing the same things in your garden that I usually grow!! I haven't been able to start my garden yet, due to poor weather conditions :0(

Hooray for more of Lindsay's fabulous recipes!! Everything looks great.

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Vegan corndogs! Wow! And that squash looks awesome too ... so colorful!

MeloMeals said...

What gorgeous squash!

and how exciting that you'll have a grandbaby soon!!!

Elaine Vigneault said...

Wow, it's like Thanksgiving!

Mihl said...

Your squash makes me want a garden!

The Voracious Vegan said...

You definitely make me want my own garden. How lucky you are to walk right out and get the ingredients for your dinner.

Your pictures are so beautiful, thanks for sharing.

Kati said...

Such cute little squash!

I've had my eye on that pumpkin pie recipe for awhile - you've nudged me to finally make it!

aTxVegn said...

You did a great job on those corndogs. I want to make those again for my *kid*.

I'm so jealous of everyone who has a garden. I'd give anything for a green thumb.

Vegan_Noodle said...

I love all the summer squash that is in season right now. I wish I could grow some for myself as well!

Mmm, and that pie... makes me want to go find some canned pumpkin and make that right away!

Rural Vegan said...

Your squash are gorgeous!
I made Susan's double layer cheezecake for Thanksgiving last year and it was amazing!