Monday, May 31, 2010


I was inspired to expand the garden a year and a half ago, so part of the motivation for this blog is to inspire others. It was my idea to the Obamas to have a garden at the White House. Really. It was........Really..........

It was funny, though, that shortly after I expanded the garden then EVERYBODY was doing it, there was more attention in the media, etc., but that's okay. It was still my idea. So - the inspiration for this then is to have others get the joy and satisfaction of growing one's own food. It's actually pretty cool, but a lot of work at times. I plan on using some unorthodox means to inspire others, share what I've learned, etc. Showing everyone how easy it is is one way, and sharing the results is another way.

Having said that, dinner tonight included the bean salad posted earlier and steamed green beans from the garden. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Still some berry pie for dessert.

Veggie Bean Salad

This can be made with all-garden ingredients, although the tomatos and the onions aren't ready yet so today they were store bought. Note that I don't measure

~4 TBS Olive Oil

~2 TBS Red Wine Vinegar

~1 Heaping TBS Dijon Mustard

1 Clove Garling, Finely Chopped and Pressed w/ Knife Into a Paste

Ground Seasalt

Ground Pepper

Combine all ingedients and whisk together.


1 Zuchini, Diced

1 Yellow Squash, Diced

3 Roma Tomatoes, Diced

1/4 Red Onion, Finely Diced

1 Can Canneloni, Navy, or Great Northern Beans - Rinsed and drained

~4 TBS Finely Chopped Basil (Oregeno Works in Winter)

Stir Well, Chill, and Serve.

This is best very fresh.

The pie that started it all