This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, August 22, 2008

the best meal ever ....

appetizers Copy of IMG_8223
Copy (2) of IMG_8221 birthday cake

... well, I have been having lots of good meals this summer, but this one was exceptional. My family was here. With picture perfect weather, we all harvested vegetables at my garden, made the food together and then enjoyed it together outside on the patio.


cheeses, olives and breads - white, wheat and zucchini
freshly steamed garden edamame
giant carrot slices
St Supery Virtu Meritage White 2006

rotisserie duck and game hens on the grill
new potato and summer squash casserole
green beans
heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and basil
St Supery Cabernet Sauvignon

birthday cake

Tonight I picked up a copy of Micheal Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and I have to admit, that rather than starting at the beginning, I skipped right to the last chapter and read about his Perfect Meal. It reminded me of my Birthday Meal. Awesome.

I'm not sure I want to read about all of the other types of unpleasant food in the earlier chapters of the book. But I will. And by the way, I just finished reading his most recent book "In Defense of Food". I highly recommend this excellent book!

my back patio


Blogger OsmoJoe said...

That meal really does sound perfect. I like how you garnished the cake with nasturtium flowers.

Great pics!

August 22, 2008 3:03 PM

Blogger A.E.K. said...

You are going to love Omnivore- he doesn't get too much into the grossness of industrial food (except for the industrial cow part).
It is WAY better than In Defense of Food, which seemed like he wrote in a day.

August 22, 2008 7:53 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Great! I look forward to starting form the beginning and reading this book.

August 22, 2008 9:28 PM


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