Look what I did!

Check this out:

I grew that stuff! All by myself!  Those thin peppers are cayennes, the light green one is a cubanelle, and there is one little bell pepper that got picked a little too soon.  And thousands of tomatoes!  I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!  This year is my first attempt at growing my own produce, and I can’t tell you how cool it is to cook with ingredients that came from my own backyard.  I started off very modestly – I’ve got 6 tomato plants, 1 cherry tomato, 2 bell peppers, 1 cayenne pepper, and 1 cubanelle pepper (I had never heard of the cubanelles before, but they are a mild, somewhat sweet, pepper similar to the bells but with thinner skin.  I’ve been using them in omelettes and in place of bells in some recipes).  I actually have 4 tomatoes and the peppers in large pots on my back deck, which is very convenient to my kitchen, but I definitely have to keep an eye on them – they need water every day or they will absolutely wilt, and they also need fertilizer more frequently than my “in-ground” plants.  Next year I plan to have a much larger garden with more variety, but even with just the small scale gardening I did this year, I get such a wonderful feeling every time I walk out to my porch and pick my own produce…It’s indescribable. I took these tiny little plants and helped them to grow and provide all this bounty for my kitchen.  Absolutely amazing.

In other news:

I finally got a Silpat!  I’m so excited to try it out, but the day I got it I had already planned to make these cupcakes and a silpat is pretty useless for that.  Happily, I found this artice/recipe about chocolate chip cookies that I plan to make very soon…maybe tomorrow.  I’ve been yearning for a silpat since I first encountered one on one of my favorite blogs (the Wednesday Chef) sometime last year.  I’ll let you know what I think, but really, who wouldn’t love a nonstick baking mat that keeps your baking sheets clean and helps your lovely baked good come away with perfectly intact bottoms?

Oh, and I bought these a few days ago and still can’t figure out what to do with them.  I’ve been eating them out of hand, but sometimes I don’t even want to do that, because they are infusing my kitchen with the most wonderful sweet, fruity, summery fragrance.

I may make a cobbler with them…or a crisp (yes, I know crisps are for fall/winter, but they make such a good (and actually healthy!) breakfast that I’m seriously considering it).  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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7 thoughts on “Look what I did!

  1. Emily, Your produce is gorgeous! You should be really proud of yourself, and doesn’t it all taste good. I’ve been making peach crisps since the peaches came in and Charlie loves this treat any time of the day. Easier than a cobbler and probably healthier. Love, Starr

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    • I’m sure it will! It’s really so exciting to grow your own – I’m ridiculously excited about this coming spring. We actually have a greenhouse on our property now, so I’ll probably be starting seedlings this year – I’ve always bought plants before, so that’ll be a new thing for me.

      • Yay for greenhouses! My mother-in-law has one and she has the most amazing harvest of tomatoes every year! Not to mention the spinach that she plants early in the spring and late in the fall when it would be too cold out otherwise. I’m sure you’re going to have a lot of fun in your new greenhouse this year!

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