Saturday, August 15, 2009

It's good to be home!

Hi guys.  It's good to be home.  We just had a great family vacation to visit my sister in Chicago and then all my cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma, and everyone possible in Wisconsin (where I grew up).  We also visited the Wisconsin Dells, rode a duck boat, and stopped by the "Carr Valley Cheese" chalet to see learn how they make cheese.  Of course, it was fascinating to me and Steve who are generally fascinated by food.  But really, if you've never had cheese curds from Wisconsin, it's worth the trip.  Ha!  They are squeeky and salty and oh-so-good.  We are home just in time to see our peach tree heavy with peaches, our apple tree full of apples, and our tomato vines ripe and ready for pickin'.  Steve also found some potatos to dig up.  The kids loved watching that.  Kids seem to be geared to want to eat things off the ground, so it's kinda funny for them when we dig up food.  And here's a plug for composting... it's great to start dumping all your plant-based trash into a patch of dirt outside because it will not only make that dirt full of nutrients, but you also might plant a few surprises that way.  We never planted our potatos... they just came up because there happen to be a few potatos rotting in our compost pile... so one of them must have sprouted instead because we just got about 15 potatos out of the deal today.  How cool!  I made a ground turkey hash with the potatoes tonight.  First boil about 6 medium sized potatos.  Set aside.  Saute one chopped onion in olive oil, then add about 2 tsp. of minced garlic (set aside).  Brown a pound of ground turkey and salt it with celtic sea salt.  Combine it all into a pan while roughly chopping up the potatos with your tool (pancake turner or wooden spoon or whatever) and add 1 c. petite peas and salt and chili powder to taste.  I added some more olive oil (about 3 TBSP.) 'cuz I like it.  Stir over med. heat until peas are hot.  Optional: top with your favorite cheese.  Really simple.  Really good.  Enjoy!

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