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jersey fresh.




jersey fresh.

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tomatoes 2008.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

cherry tomatoes.




cherry tomatoes.

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tomatoes 2009

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Montclair 2010 plant sales.

Gardening time is here, we love to get our tomato, eggplant and pepper plants from our local plant sales. Its good to know that gardeners in our area (or even our town) are able to grow the particular plants we buy because they should grow well in our garden too. Our tomatoes have been doing really well the last few years. The plants are taller than me by the middle of the summer!

The sales have edibles and  flowers too.

There are two main weekends for the plant sales, this coming weekend Fri 30th April, Sat 1st May, and the following weekend Friday 7th May adn Sat 8th of May. Here is the low-down:

Master Gardeners of Essex County Plant Sale:

@ Edgemont Park, Montclair

292 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042

Friday, 30th April 12noon-4pm

and

Saturday 1st of May 9am-4pm

and also this coming weekend:

Van Vleck Gardens Plant Sale

@ Van Vleck Gardens

21 Van Vleck Street

Montclair, New Jersey 07042

973-744-4752

Saturday, May 1st 9am-4pm

and

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens Plant Sale

@ 474 Upper Mountain Ave Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
973-783-5974

Friday, May 7th@10am and

Saturday, May 8th@10am

and finally

Montclair Historical Society is having there 32nd Plant and Herb Sale

@ the Israel and Nathaniel Crane Houses

Thursday, May 6th 9am-5pm

Friday, May 7th 9am-5pm

Saturday, May 8th 9am-5pm

110 Orange Road in Montclair,


 
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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in "may in montclair"

 

happy 40th earth day!

hug a tree!

kiss your mamma—–> mamma earth!

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

veggie-brunswick stew, kale, and fresh bread.

The 2010 April Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den. She chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make Brunswick Stew. Wolf chose recipes for her challenge from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, and from the Callaway, Virginia Ruritan Club.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

thick stew.




thick stew.

Originally uploaded by stephiblu

The 2010 April Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den. She chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make Brunswick Stew. Wolf chose recipes for her challenge from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, and from the Callaway, Virginia Ruritan Club.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Vegetarian “Brunswick” Stew.




Vegetarian "Brunswick" Stew.

Originally uploaded by stephiblu

The 2010 April Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den. She chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make Brunswick Stew. Wolf chose recipes for her challenge from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, and from the Callaway, Virginia Ruritan Club.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

vegetarian stew? daring cooks challenge.

how to adapt a meaty meat stew into a vegetarian stew?

well here is the recipe below for the less exotic version, the other version had rabbit or squirrel.

Brunswick Stew. Serves about 10

  • 2 ½ lb TOTAL diced stewed chicken, turkey, and ham, with broth – yes, all three meats
  • 3 medium diced potatoes
  • 2 medium ripe crushed tomatoes
  • 2 medium diced onions
  • 3 cups/ 689.76 grams / 24.228oz frozen corn
  • 1 ½ cups / 344.88 grams / 12.114oz frozen lima beans
  • 4-5 strips crumbled bacon
  • ½ stick / 4 tablespoons / ¼ cup / 56.94 grams / 2oz of butter
  • 1 Tablespoon / 14.235 grams / .5 oz sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon / 14.235 grams / .5 oz ‘Poultry Seasoning’
  • Dash of red pepper
  • 2 diced carrots (optional)
  • Tomato juice

I did my best to vegetarianize the recipe and ended up with this recipe:

Serves about 10

  • 1 package of morningstar farms chick’n strips, thawed
  • 3 medium diced waxy potatoes
  • 2 medium diced onions
  • 3 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can of beans, I used kidney, because I forgot to get the butter beans and since I was totally redoing the recipe I figured what the heck.
  • 4-5 strips fakin’ bacon or other “veggie bacon” , browned and crumbled
  • a bit of olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon ‘Poultry Seasoning’
  • 2 dried hot peppers, split, destemmed, and seeded
  • 3 diced carrots
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes with juice

I also added a few drops of liquid smoke to make up a bit for the missing smokey, meaty taste

In large stock pot or Dutch Oven, mix all ingredients, heat until bubbly and hot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add tomato juice as desired. Cook until all vegetables are tender. Serve hot.

I think it came out pretty well, let me know if you try it!

James really liked this dish, I served it with sauteed kale and homemade bread.

The 2010 April Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den. She chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make Brunswick Stew. Wolf chose recipes for her challenge from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, and from the Callaway, Virginia Ruritan Club.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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