Tuesday, June 22, 2010

~Fresh from the Garden~

"Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You're closer to God's heart in a garden than any place else on earth."
Dorothy Frances Gurney

Summer wouldn't be summer for me without vegetables from Nonnie's garden for supper. I went home over the weekend and she loaded me up with all the fresh picks from the farm...cucumber, tomato, squash, zucchini, okra, eggplant, green beans (not pictured) and bellpepper.

She's as dedicated a gardener as they come...Mrs. President of Marion Garden Club won't even let temperatures in the 100's stop her from taking a ride out to the garden. And she loves sharing the fruits of her labor. (Lucky for me!:)
Last night we had a veggie-full meal to go with our honey barbeque chicken...cucumber and tomato salad, and sauteed squash, eggplant, zucchini, mushroom, and onion with basil and thyme. It was delicious! So farm-fresh and summery.

Sauteed Vegetables:
Baby bella mushrooms
White or yellow onion
White eggplant
1 tsp Minced garlic
Salt & Pepper

Clean and chop all veggies. Heat olive oil and a little butter/spread in skillet and saute garlic until light brown. Add veggies and saute until softened, about 15-20 minutes. Season with desired amount of salt, pepper, basil, and thyme and top with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.

Everything tastes better home-grown, especially knowing how much work someone you love put into it!


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