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Savoring the Season

The best part of late summer, in my estimation, has got to be the reduction in household bills. Which is to say, we’re using the ceiling fans less owing to cooler days and nights, we’re drying our clothes in the warm summer sun, and we’re picking up our meals from the chicken coop, beehives, and garden. Amen to all that!

Pictured here are some of our recent eats. Yes, we consume an awful lot of eggs, especially frittatas, our go-to egg vehicle of choice. And there are many, many tomatoes. And fresh herbs are making many a cameo. But there have been new additions to our cooking repertoire, as well, inspired by what we’re pulling from the soil, including a Summer Vegetable Hash with Sorrel Pecan Pesto (with house-made Chop Shop Livermush, our zucchini, squash, tomatoes, and potatoes) and Triple Decker (!!!) BLT’s.  And it’s just all so good and fresh and colorful and ripe and, well, awesome.

While I’m extremely excited to move toward the days of cardigans, scarves, and pumpkin ale (PUMPKIN! ALE!), I keep reminding myself to savor these fleeting days of zucchini, fresh peppers, and eggplant. They’ll be gone before I know it and we’ll move from morning coffee in the garden to inside, next to the wood stove.

For now, I’m happy to keep my costs down, my belly full, and taste buds delighted.

11 Responses to Savoring the Season

  • christine says:

    You folk really know how to eat… it all looks so yummy! I love your blog even though I’ve never commented before- so, “Hi, love your blog”
    Oh, and, I just got my copy of A Year Pies- so we’ll be eating extra yummy soon too- thanks!

  • this just made me realize that, somehow, I’ve yet to have a blt this summer. I’m not sure how that happened, but it must be remedied soon. Foothills Family Farm is now offering DELICIOUS bacon. It is so so good. Foothills Family Farms pork bellies cured and such by the weeping radish folks near the coast. mmmm mmmmm good. Picked it up at the tailgate market in Black Mt, but I know they are at some of the other markets as well.

  • Elaine says:

    Oh my! Looks and sounds amazing!!!

  • tea_austen says:

    I am torn as well. I can feel the seasons begin to change up here, and while I love the brisk-get organized-ness of fall, I want to hold on to long evenings and warm days. The fruit has finally come in and it’s all about blackberries, peaches, tomatoes. I’ve grown used to eating out of the garden. Will be sad to give that up.
    But pumpkin ale! And fresh cider! There are some pretty good trade-offs ahead.

  • Lillian says:

    Woooooooooooooooow – I NEED to eat that BLT!!!

  • Lauren says:

    What a beautiful set of meals! I am particularly in love with triple decker tomato BLT’s! Now that is a sandwich! I loved your postings the other day too! The article on eating like Julia Child was really though provoking and inspiring. Thanks for all you share!

  • Hazel says:

    Pumpkin ale? Do you brew it or just drink it?!

  • This all looks delicious!! We eat a lot of eggs here too; I think an egg on just about anything makes it that much better. Now you have me wanting to make a pizza tonight!

  • Yum!
    We love heading out to the garden to gather food for our meals and not needing to go to the grocery store very often. :)

  • Aly says:

    It is a wonderful to have the hint of Autumn in the breeze with excitement of sweaters and crisp leaves beneath your feet. I love sleeping with the windows open! Hurray for pumpkin flavors.