It has been over one month since I posted on this blog because this summer has just been so full of other activities, I just never got around to it. My professional job has been insanely busy with new grant projects, new employees, hiring more employees, conferences, and grant writing. I just returned from a week long trip to California for the annual American Society for Horticultural Science conference. That was fun, but now there is twice as much work to do at home as when I left.
The vegetable garden has been highly productive this year. We purchased a very large chest freezer (from craigslist) because we've already filled the upright freezer. We've frozen dozens and dozens of bags of yellow beans, green beans, broccoli, peppers, and corn. There are lots of potatoes and onions in the cellar. Eggplants, peppers, yellow squash, and tomatoes are now in high gear and we are harvesting the first of the butternut squash. Looks like we will have a cellar full of butternut squash and Seminole pumpkins this winter. Looking forward to that because I have many wonderful recipes waiting for them.
So cooking has been a joy this summer. I love to check out the day's harvest, which is usually waiting for me in the kitchen when I get home from work, and plan a meal around it. Give me some fresh vegetables, garlic, cheese, and olive oil and a good dinner can be on the table in no time. Add the herbs from the kitchen herb garden, and it's a little bit of heaven on earth.