Inspired by Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I decided that I would try to preserve some of our favorite seasonal veggies to enjoy next winter. The whole canning process terrifies me, but I discovered that for those who have the freezer space, freezing vegetables is fairly painless. Well, compared to canning anyway.
So. Armed with instructions from my friend Kellyn, I spent yesterday afternoon peeling, seeding, and bagging up fresh tomatoes to use for sauces and stews come winter. I have a few pounds of green beans I’m going to try to do today. Next year we hope to have a vegetable garden, and I expect to be “putting up” a lot of produce for winter, so I thought I should get my feet wet this year, while I don’t have the extra responsibilities of gardening to go along with it.
I spent the rest of the weekend indoors, reading and working and trying to avoid the oppressive heat and humidity that’s been smothering the East coast. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. I attended two very fun events this weekend, so I wasn’t a total hermit.
Fortunately a storm blew through yesterday and cooled it down a bit. Today is supposed to be gorgeous, and it looks like most of the week will be less hot and humid. So with that in mind, here’s my menu plan for this week. (Lots of grilling and fresh veggies. Yahoo!)
MONDAY: Ina-Burgers on the grill, sliced tomatoes w/ olive oil and salt, fresh green beans lightly steamed
WEDNESDAY: Tuscan Lemon Chicken, corn on the cob, fresh green veggie (whatever looks good at the farm stand)
THURSDAY: Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Salad (I really, REALLY want to make my own mozzarella. There are directions in AVM, but I’m a bit intimated by the prospect, even though she swears it’s easy-peasy.) And probably some corn on the cob. We can always have some of that leftover chicken if the salad doesn’t fill us up.
FRIDAY: Friday Night Pizza with caramelized onions, fresh tomatoes, and mozzarella slices (and a traditional cheese pizza for the kiddos). I might try grilling the crust, per Kathleen Flinn’s book that I read over the weekend. I can’t find the recipe online. 🙁
Drooling yet? I am!